Google aims for satellite connectivity in Android 14

Google aims for satellite connectivity in Android 14
Google aims for satellite connectivity in Android 14

Google is going to enable satellite connections in Android 14, which will not appear in beta until spring 2023.

Google only launched Android 13 on its own Pixel smartphones, and yet Vice President Hiroshi Lockheimer has already glanced at version 14 of the operating system. In a tweet, Lockheimer announced that Google is working on satellite connectivity for the operating system and as support for partners.

Earlier, T-Mobile and Space X announced that they are working on satellite connectivity for smartphones. Google is now jumping in by stating that Android 14 will support its partners to make this possible.

Difference with LTE and 5G

Lockheimer is excited about the possibility of connecting smartphones to satellites. Google launched G1 in 2008 and it was quite a job to get 3G and Wi-Fi operational on the first Android phone in 2018. “And now we are working on a connection with satellites,” writes the CEO. However, the difference with the classic LTE and other 5Gs will be large. Initially, the satellite link should serve as an emergency line.

According to Elon Musk (Space X), the bandwidth will be able to handle up to 2,000 calls simultaneously and hundreds of thousands of messages. The bandwidth itself will have a capacity of two to four megabits per cell zone. T-Mobile announced it plans to support text messaging, MMS and even some messaging services. The aim is to cover the dead zones in the classic mobile networks.

In beta from 2023

The idea of ​​satellite connectivity is still in its infancy, that much is clear. Google only launched Android 13 and version 14 is only foreseen in the beta program from spring 2023. According to wccftech.com, existing iPhones and Android smartphones will be able to get the application. However, the convenience for the user depends on how well the operating system can handle the application.


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