Here’s everything you need to know about Android 14, which will add satellite functionality to phones.

Satellite Connectivity To Phones

Recently, the Elon Musk-led SpaceX and T-Mobile companies announced their collaboration to enable mobile connectivity anywhere in the world by integrating satellite connectivity into phones. Google has now acknowledged that Android 14 will soon include satellite connectivity.

Hiroshima Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android at Google, acknowledged in a tweet that satellite connection would be included in the next Android 14.

“Wild to consider how users of satellite-capable phones would interact with these devices. It was challenging to get 3G + WiFi to function when we introduced the G1 in 2008. We are now developing for satellites. Cool! Excited to assist our partners in implementing all of this in the next Android version! In a tweet, Hiroshi Lockheimer stated.

Lockheimer mentioned the challenges in adding 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities to the T-Mobile G1, the first consumer Android smartphone introduced in 2008, while talking about satellite support.

It’s possible that iPhones will soon enable satellite connectivity as well. In a blog post, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the Cupertino company has completed hardware tests for satellite connectivity, and whether or not the feature would be included on the iPhone 14 will rely on if the two parties can come to an agreement.

What is satellite connectivity?

Satellite connectivity is provided via low-Earth orbit or geostationary satellites in space, in contrast to more conventional services like 4G and 5G that rely on towers. Almost location in the world can offer satellite access.

What is the use of satellite connectivity to mobile phones?

Areas with no traditional connectivity choices or cellular dead zones will benefit from satellite access. As people may contact emergency services or their loved ones from anywhere around the world, it will be useful in times of need.

Compared to 4G and 5G, is satellite connectivity better?

Satellite connectivity is not a substitute for more established connectivity technologies like 4G and 5G. It is helpful in places with poor traditional connectivity, such as rural areas or cellular dead zones.

The bandwidth in satellite connections will probably be restricted to 2 to 4 megabits per cellular zone, according to the Space Explored research.

How much will satellite connectivity cost?

Although the cost of satellite access is still unknown, we anticipate it to be somewhat expensive.

Will current phones be able to connect to satellites?

Once the feature is included in Android 14, certain devices will support satellite connectivity. Once the update is out, we should have further information on the eligible devices.

Will India launch the satellite connectivity?

Before providing satellite connectivity in India, businesses must obtain the government’s approval. Recall that the Department of Telecommunications ordered SpaceX to reimburse clients in India who had reserved Starlink because it lacked a license.

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