Android 14 will add support for satellite connectivity, remove Android Beam

A week ago T-Mobile and SpaceX announced a partnership that will enable smartphones to connect directly to satellites. This will be supported by upcoming Starlink V2 satellites, but will work with existing phones because it will use an existing band in the PCS spectrum.

Google SVP of Platforms & Ecosystems Hiroshi Lockheimer announced on Twitter that the company is working on building satellite communication support into the next version of Android (v14). While the existing radio hardware in current phone will do the job, it’s not yet clear what software updates will be required (i.e. can…

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