Qualcomm Technologies has partnered with communications company Iridium to bring satellite-based connectivity to Android phones. Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Satellite, the world’s first satellite-based two-way capable messaging solution, is powered by Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF Systems and is supported by Iridium’s satellite network. The technology will allow Android users global coverage, beginning with devices based on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform. Emergency messaging on the Snapdragon Satellite is expected to be available in certain regions in the second half of 2023.
Unlike Apple’s Emergency SOS messaging, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon will also be available for non-emergency messaging – setting it apart and making it perhaps more useful than Apple’s version. The company has also partnered with technology company Garmin to send SOS messages through its iReach platform. Snapdragon will also be available on other devices, such as tablets, laptops, vehicles and IoT. According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon Satellite is planned to support 5G Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) as the infrastructure becomes available.
In other news, Delta Air Lines has teamed up with T-Mobile to offer fast, free Wi-Fi to all of its passengers. The new offer will be available on over 700 Viasat-equipped aircraft by the end of 2023, and all other international and regional aircraft by the end of 2024. The airline company also announced its Delta Sync Exclusives hub, which will provide entertainment and other in-air experiences.
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