Android satellite support, Android 14 satellite connectivity

Google SVP confirms that Android 14 will support satellite communication

Last week, SpaceX announced that it would partner with T-Mobile to bring satellite connectivity to smartphones. Following this, Google announced that it will support satellite connectivity in the next version of Android 14 and will help partners to activate this technology.

The news comes from Google’s Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, and he recalls how difficult it was to get 3G + Wi-Fi up and running on the first Android phone, the HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1.

However, it should be noted that the satellite connection in the phones does not offer high-speed Internet, but instead works to eliminate zones where there is no cellular connection and helps in emergency situations.

T-Mobile said it will initially support text messaging, MMS and select messaging apps. The company further said that it would also consider data and voice support in the long term. The carrier expects to launch an initial beta version sometime in late 2023. And while existing phones and Android devices will get support, the inclusion of OS-level support would be very helpful.

That said, well-known Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has also suggested that Apple is working with Globalstar to bring satellite connectivity to the iPhone 14 series. But if the tech giant fails to get legal permission in India, it will have to disable the feature.

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I am Sanjit Gupta. I have completed my BMS then MMS both in marketing. I even did a diploma in computer software and Digital Marketing.

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