With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services coming soon, the first European Galileo-ready smartphone is now operational.
The Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone, the first European Galileo-ready smartphones and produced by the Spanish technology company BQ, is now officially Galileo-capable. Following a firmware update released this week, users can now access the Galileo signal via the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. To activate Galileo on the Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone, one only has to upgrade to the latest firmware version.
As Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information that will greatly benefit European services and users – including the Location Based Services (LBS) community. Being fully compatible with all existing and future GNSS (i.e., GPS, GLONASS, etc.), Galileo enables a seamless and accurate experience for multi-constellation users worldwide. “I am glad to see Galileo is taking off in the smartphone arena,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The key to Galileo’s success in this market is to ensure its update by LBS device manufacturers, and we are excited that a European smartphone manufacturer is pioneering the use of Galileo for enhanced LBS solutions.”
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Leveraging Galileo’s Capabilities
To shape the future of Location Based Services and leverage the power of Galileo, this week Europe’s leading coders are competing in the first Galileo Hackathon. During the two-day event, coders will be the first to use the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus’ Galileo-enabled firmware to come up with innovative applications that make full use of Galileo’s numerous capabilities. The Hackathon is happening November 3 – 4 during WhereCamp, the ‘unconference’ dedicated to geolocation enthusiasts and professionals, at Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences.
About the Aquaris X5 Plus Smartphone
The next-generation Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone comes equipped with a 3,200 mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa Core processor, up to 1.8 GHz and an Adreno 510 graphic processor of up to 550 MHz. It features a 16 Mpx back camera, Sony IMX298 sensor, f/2.0 dual tone flash and phase detection focus, along with a Sony IMX219 sensor-equipped 8 Mpx front camera. The phone offers 4K video recording, video stabilizer, fingerprint scanner and NFC.
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