December 6, 2022
The concept of user experiences linked to smartphones connected to satellites may appear wild at first but it’s definitely turning into a possibility.

Google confirmed the news recently that it would be providing support to Android phone manufacturers for direct satellite connectivity. Hence, future versions of your device would no longer solely be relying upon cellular connectivity.

The news comes to us thanks to Google’s senior VP Hiroshi Lockheimer who took to his account on Twitter to confirm the statements. He says the tech giant is honored to allow for this collaboration of satellite connectivity for Android’s next version.

As of now, there is no news on when exactly this rollout could be initiated for satellite connections across various devices. However, a new report by 9to5Google says it could very well be seen in Android’s upcoming new version which is Android 14.

This form of connection would be requiring compatible hardware. And if that is definitely going to be the way things roll out, then we won’t be seeing the classic Android headsets gaining support for new types of satellite connections.

Meanwhile, we’re pretty sure that tech giants like Samsung might not hesitate to feature it as a part of their flagship models in Android. This entails the popular Galaxy S series.

Just the thought of having satellite connections sounds remarkable to us on phones. But it’s also going to be super helpful when you’re stuck in a situation where you can’t rely on cellular connectivity and instead can use satellite connectivity to write out an emergency message.

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Other than search engine giant Google, it’s Apple’s next generation of iPhones that would be next in line to support this form of connectivity. Just one week ago, we heard about tech giants SpaceX uniting with T-Mobile together for a cellular connectivity journey. And the best bit of the news is that it won’t be needing any modifications on user devices or any app for use.

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