Talking about Google’s latest OS, Android 13. The OS is still available only for Pixel smartphones. Meanwhile, interesting information has already surfaced about the new features that will be installed in the next OS, Android 14.
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Google’s Senior Vice President of Android Hiroshima Lockheimer announced on Twitter that the next version of the OS, ie Android 14, will support satellite communications in collaboration with partners.
US carriers T-Mobile and SpaceX recently announced a partnership on plans to offer satellite-based connectivity services in areas where cellular service is currently unavailable. By “partners”, he probably refers to these two companies.
By the way, T-Mobile and SpaceX’s satellite communications service is scheduled to start in late 2023, and by that time the service will be available at the OS level.
In addition, as one of the founding members of the Android team, Lockheimer was instrumental in adding Wi-Fi and 3G communications capabilities to T-Mobile’s G1, the first consumer Android device released in 2008. Consider the difficulties you are facing.
Perhaps it is technically difficult to support satellite communication while maintaining the traditional communication function of a smartphone.
Of course, to really use satellite communication with a smartphone, not only the communication infrastructure but also the terminal must be compatible, so it doesn’t mean that all smartphones with Android 14 will be compatible with satellite communications.