As a result of this satellite connectivity, Android Smartphone users will be able to send and receive basic text messages in an emergency
‘Qualcomm’, one of the world’s biggest chip manufacturers, has partnered with satellite phone provider ‘Iridium’ to bring satellite connectivity to Android phones. Once activated, this will allow Android users to send and receive messages anywhere there is satellite coverage.
As Qualcomm chips are found in almost all Android smartphones, this satellite is likely to succeed.
While Apple introduced a similar feature back in September 2022, it came in second to UK smartphone company Bullitt, which launched the first satellite connection for smartphones.
Satellite connectivity will be available to millions of smartphone users around the world for the first time. Currently, users can only send and receive basic emergency text messages without mobile coverage.
However, manufacturers can enable or disable satellite connectivity without limiting people to a particular brand.
Global coverage is provided by Qualcomm and Iridium satellites orbiting 780 km above the Earth.
As Snapdragon Satellite, the satellite connectivity feature will only be available in premium Qualcomm chips. This means that most budget devices will not have it.
Initially, the feature will only be available on mobile phones, but it will be rolled out to tablets, laptops, and cars in the future.
The widespread availability of satellite connectivity will solve the problem of weak or no mobile coverage areas, which in turn will have a great impact on a number of industries.