Android 14 will say goodbye to Android Beam and marry satellite connectivity

androidAfter making its debut more than 10 years ago, it seems the time has come for the “retirement” of Android Beam, the system that allowed users to connect two devices to immediately start a data transfer via NFC. This technology, however, over the years has been overtaken by other more efficient systems and, therefore, Google , with the release of Android 14 , would have thought of saying goodbye to Android Beam. Concretely, the support for this function had already stopped with the release of Android 10, however other manufacturers using AOSP (Android Open Source Project) could benefit from it. Now, however, in the new Android 14, this option will be completely removed from the AOSP: in practice, manufacturers will no longer be able to rely on Android Beam. Meanwhile, Google also said the next version of Android will come with support for satellite communications. The announcement, given directly by Google executive Hiroshi Lockheimer, comes a few days after the agreement signed between SpaceX and T-Mobile, which formalized a system that will allow each smartphone to connect with the second generation of Starlink satellites. This is an important announcement as satellite connectivity on phones will no longer have “dead zones” for the phone signal. Indeed, it will be possible to call anywhere in the world and, as indicated by T-Mobile, also to send SMS and MMS. In short, it will be possible to successfully overcome various emergency situations. As for compatibility, current iPhones and Android smartphones will be supported.