Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Satellite for Android, and it’s not just for emergencies

Apple introduced emergency satellite connectivity with its iPhone 14 models last fall, and obviously Android devices couldn’t be far behind. Today at CES Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Satellite, a two-way satellite messaging service that will be available on “next-generation premium Android smartphones”.

This is made possible through a partnership with Iridium, which operates a 66-strong Low Earth orbit satellite constellation. One of its main competitors is Globalstar, which is Apple’s partner for its service.

Snapdragon Satellite will support two-way messaging for emergency use, SMS…

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