In January, Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Satellitea project that aimed to enable Android users send messages via satellite in case they don’t have a mobile signal. It was supposed to be a similar feature to Apple’s SOS emergency feature, which debuted in the iPhone 14 series. But the project didn’t work out the way Qualcomm had hoped.

Qualcomm therefore opted for termination of cooperation with satellite phone manufacturer Iridium, which uses Snapdragon Satellite. Although both companies have successfully developed and demonstrated this new technology, smartphone manufacturers have unfortunately not included it in their devices.

The manufacturers gave priority standard solution for satellite connection. In other words, they’re looking for an approach that doesn’t put Qualcomm at the top of the imaginary ladder. At the same time, the price of sending text messages via satellite could have deterred some manufacturers.

Now that the agreements with Qualcomm are ending, Iridium will be able to work directly with smartphone manufacturers, mobile operating system developers and chipmakers, according to Iridium. Meanwhile, Apple has expanded its emergency SOS feature by adding shock detection to the iPhone 15.

Starlink is also planning to launch a satellite SMS service next year. It plans to offer satellite-mediated voice and data capabilities directly to the phone, meaning users won’t necessarily need a Starlink terminal.

Source: engadget.com