BeiDou fully armed to guide China’s phones and missiles

China wants to promote civilian use of its satellite navigation system with the launch of a new chip that can support short messages on smartphones in remote areas.

The built-in chip allows smartphone users to send and receive short messages through the country’s BeiDou navigation satellite system, Yang Changfeng, the system’s chief architect and an academic from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told media in a recent interview.

Yang said China would optimize the use of its satellites and telecommunications facilities to improve the performance of BeiDou, which is now accurate to within one meter.

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