Apple announced the satellite communication feature in the iPhone 14 phones last year, and now Qualcomm has announced Snapdragon Satellite technology, which will provide the same quality on Android phones.
Qualcomm recently unveiled Snapdragon Satellite, a two-way satellite service available on "next generation Android smartphones". The launch of the new technology comes in cooperation with the American company Iridium, which operates 66 A constellation of low-orbiting satellites around the Earth.
Snapdragon Satellite technology isn't just for emergencies
The new technology will support two-way messaging for emergency use, SMS text messaging, and "other messaging apps."
And Qualcomm clearly states in its press release that it will not only be for emergencies, but also "for recreation in remote, rural, and offshore locations." The new technology will be supported starting with devices with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. Emergency messages are scheduled to be available on next-generation smartphones, which launch in select regions starting in the second half of 2023.
Snapdragon Satellite can expand to other devices, such as laptops, tablets, cars, and IoT products.
OEMs and application developers can offer unique branded services that use satellite communication. The Snapdragon Satellite will support 5G Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) as they become available.
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