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Upcoming Sony smartphones to support the Russian GLONASS

21 January, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
Upcoming Sony smartphones to support the Russian GLONASS - read the full textSony has announced that their newly announced Xperia smartphones, the Xperia S and Xperia Ion, will come equipped with the GLONASS satellite navigation system built-in. What's more, they have also revealed that some of their previous smartphones on sale right now have had GLONASS support...


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  • 2012-11-20 17:12
  • ftNA

> In reply to MyName @ 2012-01-23 00:36 from Spx{ - click to readYOu have made it ABUNDANTLY clear that you have no idea how GLONASS or GPS works and that you have no idea of what you are talking about,

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  • 2012-08-02 07:40
  • 44%B

> In reply to MyName @ 2012-01-25 23:10 from Spx{ - click to readHello, the white paper for Xperia S available on says: 'GPS and GLONASS are used together to calculate the position. Positioning is more robust and accurate in most conditions, if both systems are active.'

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  • 2012-07-12 03:48
  • mNGJ

I like sony s

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  • 2012-03-26 12:35
  • rJsP

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-01-23 06:30 from sXn3 - click to readBozo, learn to read your own sources.
There are no more sattelites to choose from, because you can use OR GPS, OR GLONASS. Glonass can't use data from GPS satellites, and GPS can't use data from GLONASS sattelites.
And taking in account that GLONASS is about 5 time worse than GPS, you gaining only battery drain, and nothing else.

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  • 2012-01-25 23:10
  • Spx{

GLONASS on my iPhone 4S takes 3-5 seconds to lock on average.

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  • 2012-01-24 02:52
  • 4cZT

That fancy feature doesn't prevent my Xperia neo from taking ages to lock on my location anywhere here, with or without tall buildings around.

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  • 2012-01-23 19:15
  • PknJ

Awesome! Now I don't have to buy a GPS System. I have my Xperia!

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  • 2012-01-23 17:37
  • La8I

Xiaomi M1 also has GLONASS! GSMARENA, when will you list Xiaomi as a brand, among others extinct now?

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  • 2012-01-23 15:07
  • spkn

> In reply to Jimmy @ 2012-01-23 07:50 from sSWi - click to readyou know buddy, at times you have to compromise.
a mobile phone is just that, a mobile phone. sure it has all these great features like camera (which can never be as good as a real camera), a speaker (which will never be as good as real speaker), and among many other things, a GPS module (which will never be as good as a STANDALONE gps).

Please stop comparing your mobile phone to a dedicated gps unit because it makes no sense alright

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  • 2012-01-23 14:34
  • Ish8

> In reply to Jimmy @ 2012-01-23 07:50 from sSWi - click to readI get a much faster satellite fix on my Xperia than on my car's GPS (admittedly not a Garmin). Accuracy is usually better than you state too.

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  • 2012-01-23 11:26
  • sXn3

the best......

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  • 2012-01-23 08:56
  • s8Ih

The problem is mobiles are still too slow and inaccurate for proper gps use. They take far too long from cold to lock and then plus or minus 20-200 metres is not good enough with todays technology. I have run several mobiles next to a top end Garmin gps and none were close enough. I need accurate location fixing but no mobile is good enough.

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  • 2012-01-23 07:50
  • sSWi

> In reply to clarityN8 @ 2012-01-23 02:53 from wHrS - click to readI'm not sure it will be battery hungry considering that the GLONASS gets turned off when there is a clear and accurate GPS signal.

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  • 2012-01-23 06:32
  • sXn3

> In reply to MyName @ 2012-01-23 00:36 from Spx{ - click to readI have read my sources bozo, and once more it appears to be that you cannot admit you were wrong are trying to distort the main conclusion which was that GPS + GLONASS together is "superior" to GPS alone. Your assertion that this would be "worse" is way off the mark.

The main advantage is the ability to get a much easier lock/fix with more satellites to choose from. Most people experienced with GPS know that this is the most frustrating aspect of GPS.

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  • 2012-01-23 06:30
  • sXn3

The Thing is Russian Federation, puts extra Tax for imported phones if the phone doesn't support GLONASS.
It is kindda supporting own E.S.

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  • 2012-01-23 03:59
  • mi1y

wow a battery hunger feature, GPS with network or AGPS is enough, then having both just to have firm sattelite lock is a fancy feature.

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  • 2012-01-23 02:53
  • wHrS

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-01-22 06:46 from sXn3 - click to readOi, bozo!
Read carefully your sources: "... However, the improvement in the final daily (i.e., with 24 hours of observations) solution is not significant..."

i.e. The fact that phone has accsess to more satelites, doesn't mean that it will have improved positioning results, if part of those sattelites are used by totally different to GPS system, with worse to GPS perfomance.

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  • 2012-01-23 00:36
  • Spx{

And about Neo V, Mini and another 2011 sony ericsson phones?

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  • 2012-01-22 19:02
  • P4Sk

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