JE Technology Desk: Android 14 will debut in India soon, and we have already had a plethora of hints about the features it could have. And the latest one is big, as reports hint the upcoming version of the OS may have support for satellite SMS. However, this will require appropriate hardware to function in a smartphone.
Wccftech, citing a tweet from ‘Pixel #TeamPixel,’ a fan account, claims satellite SMS could turn into reality after the arrival of Android 14. @GooglePixelFC tweeted: “Satellite SMS, Android 14.” After the new Android rolls out for users, the option will be available to eligible Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel smartphones.
With the feature in action, Android users would be able to communicate by sending and receiving messages even in network-deficient areas. Detailed information on this is yet to be released officially. According to the report, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra became the first phone that was used to dial a voice call via satellite connectivity. However, the phone does not support such functionality on paper.
Not all phones will get the feature. The Twitter account added: “SMS Satellite will be added to Android, and requires appropriate hardware, it’s up to the manufacturer” to add it. Also, Google Pixel 7 would not make it to the list of eligible devices, the account added.
Considering it could arrive with Android 14, we can speculate that Google Pixel 8 series might support this feature. However, the final Android is just around the corner, and we might get more details on this when it rolls outs.
The latest iPhone 14 series already support satellite connectivity. Emergency SOS via satellite proved life-saving in several instances when users were trapped in areas with no cellular connectivity and successfully communicated for help via satellite feature. Huawei smartphones also have this feature.