Google follows iPhone’s example: Google Messages gets satellite function

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Google is working on a satellite feature for Google Messages. Unlike Apple’s similar feature, you will also be able to send messages to contacts.

The satellite function will be available for Android 15. That version of the operating system may be released during the third quarter of 2024. However, there is already a developer preview, which was reviewed by 9to5Google. From the code that the site was able to view, some details about the satellite function become clear.

Besides the obvious things, namely that it is best to use the function when you are outside and that the data transfer is slow, the code shows that you can send a message to ‘anyone’. Apple’s similar function, ‘SOS emergency notification via satellite’, can only be used to contact emergency services.

Automatic connection

The function can be used when you are not connected to mobile internet or WiFi. When your phone has access to the satellite network, it will connect automatically. You will also receive a notification about this. In that message you will immediately receive a shortcut to open your messages.

Android has confirmed that it is working on satellite messaging in the announcement of the second Android 15 developer preview. However, it is not yet guaranteed that this feature will actually come. Functions can still be deleted during development.

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The article is in Dutch

Tags: Google iPhones Google Messages satellite function

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