Future handsets in the Xperia range will come with built-in GLONASS satellite navigation, Sony Ericsson has revealed.
The recently unveiled Sony Xperia S and Xperia Ion will be the first Xperia phones to market with integrated GLONASS support, which, for the uninitiated, is the Russian equivalent of GPS (Global Positioning System).
Most devices come with GPS-only on board, which pinpoints your location using 31 satellites. GLONASS will throw 24 additional satellites to the mix for a total of 53, thus significantly increasing the accuracy when you’re out and about. And to ensure it’s not a hog on battery life, it will only be used in “problematic locations”.
A number of high-profile devices already support GLONASS out of the box, namely Apple’s iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy Note.
In news that’ll certainly please early adopters, Sony Ericsson has revealed it will also be bringing GLONASS support to almost all its major handsets released last year via a software update. These include the Xperia Arc S, the Xperia Ray, Xperia Neo and Play to name a few.