The satellite calls of the iPhone 14 are among the “flagship” features of the new generation of iPhones and have even saved a handful of lives in recent months. For this, it is no wonder that a function of Satellite messaging will also arrive on Android 14 when Google’s new operating system is launched, in the coming months.
According to the Twitter profile Google Pixel FCin fact, smartphones of the line Pixel 8 will have satellite connectivity integrated thanks to Android 14, which will allow you to send SMS (and perhaps even calls) using a satellite constellation linked to Google. WCCF Techhowever, reports that the same feature will also arrive on the next generation Samsung Galaxy and that it could be made available for all android smartphones in the next months.
On the other hand, it seems that the experimentation with Android satellite connectivity has been going on for some time: according to various sources, the Galaxy S22s already had to have satellite for calls and SMS, anticipating the iPhone 14 by a few months. Google and Samsung even made their first satellite call on smartphones with a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. It is therefore not clear why the feature has not been implemented in Android 13, even if now could arrive with Android 14.
However it seems that it will be up to individual smartphone manufacturers the choice of whether or not to support the function and to connect it to one satellite constellation or another: considering Google’s move and the fact that several competitors such as Huawei have begun to implement satellite on their smartphones on a proprietary basis, it is possible that the latter will soon become a basic function for all phones on the market.
In any case, Google’s decision to support satellite messages with android 14 could make the feature, currently reserved only for a few smartphones (and all high-end smartphones at that) decidedly more widespread on the market, also penetrating medium and low-end products, obviously provided that OEMs decide to implement it on their devices.