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Nov 08, 2022 08:01 PM
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China’s GPS Challenger Now Ships on Almost Every New Phone Sold in the Country

A diorama of BeiDou satellites at the China International Trade in Services Fair in Beijing National Convention Center on Sept. 6, 2020. Photo: VCG
A diorama of BeiDou satellites at the China International Trade in Services Fair in Beijing National Convention Center on Sept. 6, 2020. Photo: VCG

About 98% of new smartphones sold in China in the first half of the year were fitted with the nation’s home-grown GPS alternative BeiDou, officials said Friday during the launch of a white paper plugging the technology.

The near ubiquity of BeiDou in the devices gives policymakers something to tout in their efforts to make the technology the centerpiece of a domestic navigation market that has expanded at an average annual rate of 20% over the past 10 years, as well as a global rival to GPS, the U.S.-based satellite navigation system.

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