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Chief Minister K Palaniswami distributed the gadgets to seven fishermen from Chennai, Nagapattinam and Kanyakumari engaged in deep sea fishing.
Under this, 15,000 fishing vessels will be equipped with NavIC devices costing `10,620 apiece at a total cost of `15.93 crore.
While Huawei will add NavIN to its navigation bouquet by the end of this year, Samsung is expected to launch phones with the Broadcom chip in early 2019.
The project was envisaged after several fishermen lost their lives during the cyclone off Kerala coast last year.
This seven-satellite system aims at providing India a satellite system so that it becomes independent of the Global Positioning System (GPS) of the US.
According to ISRO, NavIC system presently comprises the entire constellation of eight satellites — IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, and 1G which are already in their orbital homes in space over India.