The availability of satellite functions as we know them from the iPhone is further delayed in the Android ecosystem.
2023 was actually supposed to be the year of satellite functions in Android smartphones and thus could be a delayed response to Apple’s system. But so far nothing has happened except announcement. Now an important deal has even fallen through, meaning Qualcomm can no longer live up to its own announcements.
Together with Iridium, they plan a satellite feature for two-way emergency messages, and this should be introduced in 2023 in the first Android smartphones with Snapdragon chipsets. This could mean the Xiaomi 14 series. But the parties involved have now confirmed that it did not work out and that the collaboration will not continue.
The triangle of Iridium, Qualcomm and smartphone OEMs reportedly didn’t work out. Now Iridium itself wants to communicate directly with smartphone makers. Affected OEMs seemed more interested in a common standard rather than a proprietary solution. So the satellite function probably shouldn’t be dependent on a Snapdragon chipset.