What is GLONASS in a smartphone and how does it work?

The abbreviation GLONASS stands for Global Navigation Satellite System. Not everyone knows that the official start of GLONASS development was laid back in 1976. In 2015, the completion of the GLONASS system was officially announced. The system is a competitor or, if you want, an analogue of another satellite navigation system – GPS (Global Positioning System).

Using GLONASS in a smartphone or phone allows you to determine your location. The system is used, for example, in navigation programs used by many mobile device users..

How to find out if there is GLONASS in a smartphone?

To find out if your device supports GLONASS, you can, for example, go to the same Yandex.Market and see the specifications for your smartphone. If it is indicated that GLONASS is supported, then it is. Just be careful: the manufacturer may produce several similar devices, some of which may have GLONASS support, while others will not.

In addition, you can find out about system support directly from the smartphone menu. To do this, go to the navigation system settings. If GLONASS stands as a separate item, then support for this navigation system is present.

Finally, you can install the program to test the navigation properties of your smartphone. Install it, run it, go out into the open space for a more accurate test result and wait a bit until the application detects satellites. If there are both GPS and GLONASS among the satellites, congratulations – the device supports both navigation systems. GPS is usually indicated by an icon with the American flag, GLONASS – with the Russian flag.

Which smartphones support GLONASS?

A few years ago it was possible to count the number of smartphones that supported GLONASS on the fingers. Today everything has changed and GLONASS you can meet in a huge number of devices, including iPhone or Samsung.

A significant increase in the share of smartphones with GLONASS support was also helped by the fact that device manufacturers for the most part do not develop chipsets, but purchase them from other well-known companies. The latter add to the chipset both GPS support and GLONASS support. So very soon there will be no smartphones that will not support GLONASS – as happened with GPS in due time.

Why does a smartphone need GLONASS and GPS at the same time?

It’s simple: somewhere, positioning accuracy is better with GLONASS, somewhere with GPS, and in total, both systems allow you to more accurately position the device, which, of course, is a big big plus for a smartphone buyer.

For example, satellite systems are actively used in navigation applications. And the higher the accuracy of positioning, the less likely that the driver will miss the desired turn.

How to use GLONASS?

Just like GPS. Turn on satellite system support, open the application with maps and work with them. If you don’t have such an application, download it from the Google Play Market, where you will find a lot of free applications for every taste..