Samsung in works for satellite connectivity feature in future handsets

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By Nilanjan Dey

According to a report by PhoneArena, Samsung is likely to turn to Elon Musk for the feature rather than Apple’s satellite connection provider because his Starlink satellite service is already operational in some areas.

Apple in its September event unveiled its newest model of iPhone, the iPhone 14 and a slew of features. One that made the headlines and was the most expected of the features was satellite connectivity. With this feature, users can contact for help even when there is no cellphone signal coverage, thanks to satellite communication.

Now, Samsung may introduce this feature into its own line of products. According to tipster Ricciolo, Samsung will include this feature in future Galaxy smartphones, but it is not yet known whether it will be offered alongside the Galaxy S23 series. This, however, is not the first time being achieved. The Huawei Mate 50 series included this feature as well.

According to a report by PhoneArena, Samsung is likely to turn to Elon Musk for the feature rather than Apple’s satellite connection provider because his Starlink satellite service is already operational in some areas.

It was later revealed that Apple was in touch with Elon Musk’s Starlink for the satellite connectivity but ended up going with Globalstar. Globalstar stated in a recent SEC filing that it would “supply 85% of its present and future network capacity” to the tech giant.

In contrast to cellular connectivity, satellite communication takes some time to establish. In addition, you must know where to point the device to establish a secure connection. This is due to the low bandwidth and shifting targets of satellites. The transmission of messages could even take several minutes.

Users of the Apple iPhone 14 series will only have access to satellite connectivity if they are located in the US or Canada. The programme will launch for users in November of this year and be free for two years. Later this year, there’s a potential the feature will expand to more nations.

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