Filling the blank areas of the planet for mobile telephony is the objective that SpaceX and the operator T-Mobile have set themselves. We have already seen in practice that this works, especially in Ukraine, when mobile phone antennas are destroyed. But in the future, it may be possible to do without a satellite reception station, because Android wants to integrate support for satellite connections directly into its operating system.
This information comes from Hiroshi Lockheimer, the senior vice president of mobile OS. In a tweet, he mentions a next version of Android, but it is not yet that of Android 13 which has just been distributed on the brand’s Pixel smartphones.
The end of the white zones
This faculty should therefore land directly in Android 14. This new version of Android should arrive at the end of 2023. He also explains that this satellite connection will improve speeds. It should therefore be possible to make calls and send messages from anywhere on the planet without the need to invest in a satellite phone. The possibility of using a smartphone via a satellite connection will be integrated into all smartphones. Even Apple should implement it in its next iPhone 14 which should be presented tomorrow during the back-to-school keynote. This announcement and the arrival of compatible smartphones could well mark the beginning of the end for satellite phones.
Android 14: satellite calls and SMS will arrive with the new update
After SpaceX and T-Mobile recently made an announcement about this feature, it’s Google’s turn to announce that support for satellite calls and SMS will arrive with Android 14. SpaceX and the operator T-Mobile recently announced that they are teaming up to launch a satellite communication service. The first tests are planned for next year. The two American companies want to offer an alternative to people located in remote areas where the connection is not good. The majority of smartphones already connected to the T-Mobile network will be able to take advantage of the satellite connection. And this seems to interest the tech industry since this feature could arrive on the iPhone 14 which will soon be presented by Apple. Now Google has just announced, through its senior vice president of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, support for satellite calling and texting via Android 14. connecting to satellites Hiroshi Lockheimer indeed indicates that the next Android update will allow communications through satellites, as reported by 01net. “It’s crazy to think about user experiences for phones that can connect to satellites. When we launched G1 in 2008, it was difficult to get 3G and Wifi to work. Now we are working on satellites.
Android 14: satellite communication as standard
As Android 13 is just starting to roll out, Google is announcing that Android 14 will support calls and messages over satellite link. An innovation that will help to fight against white areas.
While Google is just starting to roll out Android 13, the big new version of its mobile operating system, Android 14 is already making waves. Still, it’s not expected to arrive until summer 2023, as Google’s FAQ section states: “Android 13 QPR beta updates continue through March 2023, followed by Android 14 betas ”. However, we already know that this new version will support satellite communication, just that! It was Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President of Google and one of the main people responsible for Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Play and Photos, who announced the news on Twitter: “It’s crazy to think about the experiences of users for phones that can connect to satellites. When we launched the G1 in 2008, it was difficult to get 3G and Wifi to work.
The advantage of satellite communications is to allow calls to be made and texts to be sent regardless of location and circumstances, including in white areas that are not covered by the wireless network – such as a park. or a very large body of water – and therefore receive no signal, or in areas where the weather and geography impose technical challenges and high costs for installing relay antennas. Likewise, they can be life-saving in emergency situations, in the event of a natural disaster, for example, when terrestrial communication networks are out of order.
Android 14: satellite connection support
This idea is far from new. Indeed, Google had already tried to deliver an Internet connection in white areas or victims of natural disasters using balloons during Project Loon, before realizing that it was far too economically uncertain. Similarly, the firm invested in SpaceX in 2015 to support its Starlink satellite efforts.
Apple is not left out since, according to rumors, the apple firm is working on the integration of satellite calls in its iPhones, in particular on the iPhone 14, which should be officially presented on September 7. Analyst Ming Chi Kuo revealed on his blog that the tests had been completed on a technical level. It remains to be seen whether the company has managed to reach an agreement with telephone operators on the economic model to adopt.
Android 14: Google announces support for satellite calls
Android 14 will support satellite calling and texting, Google says. After the announcement of SpaceX and T-Mobile, the industry seems to be very interested in this major novelty.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android at Google, just mentioned Android 14 on his Twitter account. The manager reveals that the next Android update will support communications through satellites.
“It’s crazy to think about user experiences for phones that can connect to satellites. When we launched the G1 (Editor’s note: the HTC G1 or HTC Dream) in 2008, it was difficult to make 3G work in addition to Wi-Fi. Now we are working on satellites.
Through a smartphone running Android 14, it will therefore be possible tosend text messages or make calls by connecting to satellites. For the time being, Google does not specify what the software additions of Android 14 will be. In addition, it is not known whether smartphones that have remained under Android 13 will be deprived of certain options.
The advent of calls and SMS by satellite?
One of the major telecommunications operators in the United States. The two companies have announced the launch of a satellite communication service. The first tests are planned for next year.
The objective of the two firms is to offer an alternative to people who are in remote areas, where the cellular connection is poor. According to T-Mobile’s website, the vast majority of smartphones already connected to its network can take advantage of the satellite connection.
Under these conditions, we imagine that Google could develop software features exclusively for satellite calls and SMS for Android 14. Nevertheless, it seems that communications through the satellite network are well planned on all devices. Your smartphone will not necessarily need to be compatible with the Android 14 update.
Note that Apple would also work on the integration of satellite calls in its iPhone. According to the latest leaks, the Cupertino giant would inaugurate this novelty on the iPhone 14, which is expected to be presented on September 7. It is still possible that Apple has finally postponed the novelty, failing to find a satisfactory agreement with the telecom operators.
Satellite communications are mainly used to make emergency calls or send SMS, in the event of a natural disaster for example.