Qualcomm is also in the race to bring satellite features to smartphones as they announced Snapdragon Satellite at CES 2023 eventenabling more functions than expected.
The company is launching its own satellite, which will be aimed at providing satellite-enabled features to Android phone users. Let’s discuss all the details.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon satellite: all the details
As we all know, Apple was the first to introduce Emergency SOS via satelliteas it was available to users who own any model of iPhone 14 in all supported regions in some previous months.
And later in the year, we’ll see the same satellite feature in premium Android smartphones that will be powered by Snapdragon’s next-generation chip.
It will also be more flexible and allow you to do more than the features of others. For example, Apple’s feature lets you message emergency services in situations where a cellular network isn’t available.
But Qualcomm’s upcoming feature would be more accurately called a two-way satellite messaging service, meaning it will enable messaging for use in emergencies or otherwise in areas where cellular network isn’t available.
And the announcement company has also officially stated that “it won’t be just for emergencies” and that it will cover more regions.
By the way, Samsung is also participating rumors of bringing the Emergency SOS via satellite in upcoming Samsung phones. Even leak reports say we’d see it in the Samsung Galaxy S23, which launches in Q1 this year.
As I said, this feature is only available on devices that do Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipsetand it is set to be launched in the second half of 2023.
The company partnered with Iridium for the Snapdragon satellite, and Iridium operates about 66 satellites, so their authority in the industry is very prominent.
Moreover, the company will also extend this feature to devices, such as laptops, tablets, cars and other IoT products.