Google released the Android 13 operating system last year and is now all set to introduce the next version of Android, Android 14, later this year. While Android 14 is still in the beta phase, the expected features and improvements included with the next version of Google’s mobile operating system have already surfaced on the internet. Android 14 has now been proposed to bring satellite connectivity support to smartphones, which will allow users to send emergency message alerts without using cellular or WiFi coverage. Apple also introduced the feature in last year’s iPhone 14 series.
TeamPixel (Twitter @GooglePixelFC) in their last cheep, has shared that the upcoming Android 14 will bring satellite connectivity support for SMS along with other features for smartphones compatible with the required hardware. It has also been said that Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phone users will likely be the first to get their hands on this feature. Satellite communication requires hardware support and therefore the availability of the feature on other Android smartphones would depend on the manufacturer.
When supported, the functionality will help smartphone users to send SMS via satellite connectivity in remote areas where cellular or WiFi network cannot be accessed.
Apple introduced the Satellite Emergency SoS feature last year with the launch of the iPhone 14 series. However, the feature was only available in the US and Canada at the time of launch. Later, it expanded to more countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The feature not only allows users to communicate with emergency services, but also allows users to find their location and share it with friends and family using the Find My app.
meanwhile google released the Android 14 Beta 4 update for eligible Pixel users earlier this month. The latest Android 14 beta has been said to be suitable for testing and general use. It is said to bring various fixes and performance improvements to the system. Android 14 Beta 4 is also available for the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet.