I was wondering what the state of preparation for that is on hardware side. Are there any consumer grade GPS units that are ready to take advantage of Galileo?
The New GPS Units will be able to be used with both systems
The GPS/Galileo should result in better accuracy and faster fixes as there are more (50 Satellites combined)
Upgrades to the current GPS to be called GPS-III also require new changes to receivers for better accuracy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPS_Block_IIIA
The Trimble R1 offers Galileo support: http://www.trimble.com/R1-GISUser
Capable of supporting multiple satellite constellations, including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou