Google SVP confirms Android 14 will support satellite communication

Last week, SpaceX announced it would bring satellite connectivity to smartphones in collaboration with T-Mobile. Following this, Google announced it would support satellite connectivity in the next version of Android 14 and help partners in enabling the technology.

The news comes from Google’s Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, recalling how strenuous it was to get 3G + Wi-Fi working on the first Android phone HTC Dream, also known as T-Mobile G1.

Yesterday, Huawei Mate 50 series was launched and support satellite communications but it is more of a satellite phone. Apple’s and Google’s satellite communication will be via SpaceX satellites which may offer low speed internet access.

By Harry