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Last week, SpaceX announced that it would bring satellite connectivity to smartphones in collaboration with T-Mobile. Subsequently, Google announced that it would support satellite connectivity in the upcoming Android 14 release and help partners implement the technology.
The news comes from Google’s Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, recalling how difficult it was to get 3G + Wi-Fi working on the first Android phone. The HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1.
Wild to think about user experiences for phones that can connect to satellites. When we launched G1 in ’08, it was an effort to make 3G + Wifi work. Now we design for satellites. Chill! We’re excited to support our partners to enable all of this in the next version of Android!
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) September 1, 2022
However, it should be noted that satellite connectivity in phones will not offer fast internet but rather works on eliminating areas where there is no cellular connectivity and helps in emergency situations .
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T-Mobile said it will initially support text messaging, MMS, and select messaging apps. The company went on to say that in the long term it would also consider supporting data and voice. The network operator plans to start the initial beta at the end of 2023. And while existing Android phones and devices will be supported, the inclusion of OS-level support would be great. useful.
That said, the Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo also suggested that Apple is working with Globalstar to bring satellite connectivity to the iPhone 14 series. But unless the tech giant manages to secure a legal license in India , it should disable the feature.