It looks like the next major change in terms of smartphone connectivity after 5G is rolled out will be the ability to connect to satellites. Google is implementing this feature in the new Android 14.
Android 14 will allow you to connect to satellites
Now, when we lose coverage and there is no Wi-Fi network nearby, the smartphone cannot even make a call or send a message, let alone connect to the Internet. However, there is a feature on the horizon with which lack of coverage will no longer be such an issue.
We recently wrote that SpaceX will launch a new generation of Starlink satellites that smartphones can connect to directly. The American operator T-Mobile intends to cooperate with Elon Musk’s company, which wants to get rid of dead zones and provide communications throughout the United States.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s senior vice president of platforms and ecosystems, announced that Google is also developing technologies for satellite communications. It’s hard to tell where they are right now, but insiders are reporting that next year’s Android 14 will bring satellite connectivity to our smartphones.
It should be understood that this will not be a full-fledged alternative, for example, LTE or 5G. Satellite connectivity should be seen as providing basic smartphone capabilities in places where mobile network access is difficult. Internet bandwidth will be low, but it will provide basic connectivity such as messaging and emergency calls.
What’s more, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, has hinted that the Mate 50 series flagships will also be equipped with technologies that will “tear the sky”. Thus, more and more players in the market are interested in using satellites to provide additional connectivity in smartphones. It is likely that in the coming years we will see significant progress in this matter.