Android phones no longer have to be “envious” of the iPhone 14’s satellite connectivity?

Tram Ho

The new partnership between satellite phone company Iridium and chip giant Qualcomm will see a range of premium Android smartphones with satellite connectivity later this year.

This means that even in places where there is no cellular coverage, your handset can connect to satellites that fly over to send and receive messages.

Chips from Qualcomm are now integrated in many smartphones running on the Android operating system.

For its part, Apple announced the satellite feature for the iPhone 14 in September 2022. However, the service is currently only available for sending and receiving basic text messages in the event of an emergency.

British smartphone maker Bullitt was the first to launch its own satellite service, beating Apple for the lead. The service is also intended for emergency use and will be available in select regions upon initial rollout.

The new partnership will help millions of smartphone users access the same service without tying them to a specific brand. However, whether or not to enable that service will depend on the manufacturer.

Điện thoại Android hết còn phải “ghen tị” với khả năng kết nối vệ tinh của iPhone 14? - Ảnh 1.

Will Android phone users no longer have to envy the iPhone 14’s satellite connectivity?

Iridium is a pioneer satellite phone system that launched its first satellite into orbit in 1997. It completed the rollout of its 75-satellite network in 2019.

The satellites cover the entire globe and fly in low orbit, about 780 km from Earth, many of which are able to communicate and transmit data with each other.

Qualcomm said that in the first phase, its new feature called Snapdragon Satellite will only be integrated into its high-end chips, so it is difficult to appear in low-cost devices.

The service will eventually roll out to tablets, laptops, and even vehicles, though. The service isn’t limited to emergency communications either – although users are likely to pay a fee for this.

Satellite connectivity is seen as the next frontier for mobile phones as it solves problems in areas with no coverage, especially in rural or remote areas.

Satellite broadband is fast and often reliable, but more expensive than a cable or fiber connection.

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Source : Genk