Qualcomm, American semiconductor producer behind Snapdragon chipsets on the cell platform, has introduced satellite-based two-way messaging characteristic for smartphones on the 2023 Client Electronics Present (CES 2023). The corporate’s Snapdragon Satellite tv for pc answer will enable customers to ship and obtain emergency messages, SMS, and texts on different messaging apps on Android smartphones globally. The characteristic will first come to units primarily based on the corporate’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 cell platform. An identical characteristic is on the market on Apple’s newest iPhones, which lets customers ship emergency SOS messages through a satellite tv for pc connection.
The corporate has partnered with satellite tv for pc telecommunications firm Iridium to offer the service to customers across the globe. Snapdragon Satellite tv for pc will probably be powered by Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF Techniques and can utilise Iridium’s constellation of satellites orbiting earth, enabling producers to supply the service worldwide, based on Qualcomm.
It is price noting that Apple’s Emergency SOS through Satellite tv for pc characteristic is at the moment solely accessible in USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, and Eire.
Qualcomm’s satellite-based messaging service is predicted to launch in choose areas someday within the second half of 2023. The corporate can be planning to broaden the characteristic past smartphones to laptops, tablets, autos, and IoT units. It intends for producers and app builders to develop proprietary options and functions primarily based on the capabilities of Snapdragon Satellite tv for pc.
Garmin, which makes standard GPS-based exercise monitoring smartwatches, has already stated it intends to collaborate with Qualcomm to carry the characteristic to its units. Garmin watches have their very own SOS characteristic, Garmin Response, which prompts when a person presses the SOS button, connecting them to the Garming Response workforce for rescue or support.
Snapdragon Satellite tv for pc characteristic guarantees to supply “pole-to-pole” protection for satellite-based two-way messaging in distant, rural, and offshore areas. Along with emergency use, the service is also used for leisure functions. There’s at the moment no phrase from the corporate on whether or not smartphones in India will provide help for Snapdragon Satellite tv for pc, when it arrives later this yr.
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