Google has stated that Android 14 will feature satellite communication and will assist partners in making the technology available.
Last week, SpaceX announced a deal with T-Mobile to offer satellite access to cellphones. Following that, Google said that satellite connectivity will be supported in the next version of Android 14 and that it would assist partners in enabling the capability.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, announced the announcement, recalling how difficult it was to get 3G + Wi-Fi functioning on the original Android phone, the HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1.
It should be emphasized, however, that satellite connectivity in phones does not provide high-speed internet, but rather serves to eliminate areas where there is no cellular access and to assist in emergency circumstances.
T-Mobile stated that it will initially feature text messaging, MMS, and a limited number of messaging apps. The business went on to state that they would investigate supporting data and voice in the future. The network carrier plans to launch the initial beta in late 2023. While older phones and Android devices will be supported, the addition of operating system level support would be quite beneficial.
However, Ming Chi-Kuo, a well-known Apple expert, has stated that Apple is collaborating with Globalstar to deliver satellite connectivity to the iPhone 14 series. However, unless the internet giant obtains a legal authorization in India, it would be forced to disable the function.