Google is could allow satellite connectivity on smartphones with the Android 14 OS. If this happens, Android smartphone users won’t have to worry about the poor or lack of cellular networks. They can establish connections directly via satellites.
The rumors have circulated on the internet after Google’s Senior Vice President of Platforms & Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer teased the possibility. In his tweet, he hinted at what the tech leader could be planning on its Android OS. “we’re designing for satellites. Cool! Excited to support our partners in enabling all of this in the next version of Android!,” he said.
Interestingly, satellite connectivity on smartphones with existing hardware. But will require software updates, GSM Arena writes.
At the same time, reliable news source 9To5Google says Google has confirmed that the upcoming Android version will be Android 14.
Android 14 Could Bring satellite connections to smartphones in 2023
The next version of Android OS, Android 14 is slated to launch in mid-to-late 2023 and there is a growing possibility that we would get satellite connectivity on Android phones.
Mr. Lockheimer has also talked about how the experience will differ from LTE and 5G connections. Satellite connections will bring browsing capacity to the areas where a regular mobile network is unavailable. SpaceExplored.com writes that satellite connection could bring “two to four megabits of bandwidth per cellular zone.” This is not remarkable for today’s needs but inspiring at the start.
Both SpaceX and Google are working on satellite connections for smartphones. In terms of their roll-out, 2023 will see both companies substantiating the next-gen connectivity for smartphones.
Satellite connectivity on smartphones will address dead zone cases for smartphone users. It will be a reliable alternative for both service providers and smartphone owners where traditional cellular signal is not available. Likewise, satellite connectivity is also handy for Nepal due to the adversity it faces with the uneven landscape.