In news– Apple iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS via satellite will soon come to Android phones.
About Snapdragon Satellite-
- Qualcomm at CES 2023 has announced Snapdragon Satellite- a satellite-based two-way capable messaging solution for premium smartphones.
- The company has partnered with Iridium and Garmin to introduce the satellite connectivity for two-way texting in remote or no internet connectivity areas.
- As per the company, Snapdragon Satellite feature will be available only on phones that run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and its X70 Modem system.
- The feature is scheduled to roll out on next-generation smartphones, launched in select regions starting in the second half of 2023.
- The Snapdragon Satellite is powered by Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF Systems and is backed by Iridium’s operational satellite constellation.
- The solution for smartphones utilizes Iridium’s weather-resilient L-band spectrum for uplink and downlink.
- To send SMS via satellite, one will need a clear sky and time to set up a connection between one’s phone and the satellite. Once the connection is set up, one can start sending SMS messages.
- One can send only 160-character messages using the Qualcomm’s satellite connectivity feature. One can type his/her own messages and choose the recipient from your phone’s contact book which isn’t possible with iPhone 14. Apple allows to send limited responses to emergency services.
- Qualcomm, for now, will add the Satellite messaging feature only to its premium chips with plans to expand it to laptops, tablets, IoT and vehicles.
Source: Financial Express