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szdaily -> China -> 
Chinese look forward to China’s own Beidou app
    2018-04-17  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINESE are now eagerly looking to its own navigation app that’s expected to debut next month and greatly improve navigation accuracy to within a meter.

Many netizens expressed the hope of shifting from GPS to China’s own Beidou navigation and positioning system.

“I’m very happy to see that Chinese are willing to support Beidou,” said Xu Ying, a Beidou navigation expert at the Academy of Opto-Electronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

However, she noted that downloading the app to a smartphone doesn’t necessarily mean Chinese can use the Beidou system immediately.

“It’s the chip installed in the smartphone that determines which navigation system to use. If your mobile phone doesn’t support Beidou, no app can help,” Xu said.

Many models of smartphone brands such as Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Meizhu, HTC and Nubia support Beidou, and more are expected in the future.

Named after the Chinese term for the Big Dipper constellation, Beidou aims to rival the U.S. GPS system, Russia’s GLONASS and the European Union’s Galileo as an alternative global satellite navigation system. The project was formally launched in 1994. It began to serve China in 2000 and the Asia-Pacific region in 2012.

China plans to send 18 Beidou-3 satellites into space in 2018. The system is expected to provide navigation and positioning services to countries along the Belt and Road by late 2018. By around 2020, when the Beidou system goes global, it will have more than 30 satellites.

(Xinhua)

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