Satellite connection support is coming to Android

T-Mobile and SpaceX recently announced that the Starlink satellites launched next year will be able to connect directly to the telecommunications provider’s mobiles on existing bands, so that the satellites can be used to eliminate the shortcomings of areas that have been poorly covered so far. In the meantime, it was heard from Apple that the iPhone 14 will be capable of satellite connection for emergency calls, at least some models.

Seeing the trends towards satellite connection, it’s only a matter of time before the Android mobile manufacturers get involved, an important step in this respect was announced by Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Android and other Google services, who confirmed that the next Android release (the Android 14) will support this communication method natively.

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The integration of satellite connection support into the operating system will make it significantly easier for mobile manufacturers to use the technology in their own models. At the current IFA expo in Berlin, the head of Qualcomm, Cristiano Amon, also hinted that they are already working on developments enabling the satellite communication capabilities of Snapdragon Connect modems, but so far they have not shared a specific schedule on when such a product can be on the market.

Larger companies persistently invest energy and money in building a satellite connection, which, although it helps with the problem of poorly (or not at all) covered areas, satellites cannot replace traditional mobile network towers, as the bandwidth offered is limited. The connectivity feature is designed to help users in off-grid zones reach their loved ones and emergency services when they are in a crisis. Given the available bandwidth, Elon Musk previously said that a satellite connection could support one to two thousand simultaneous voice calls or the sending and receiving of hundreds of thousands of text messages.


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