There are some good reasons why the Galaxy S23 line doesn’t offer satellite connectivity
Samsung will wait for smartphone satellite technology to mature before including it on its phones
Apple’s Emergency SOS via Satellite has already helped rescue two women in Canada
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Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon appeared at Samsung’s Unpacked event yesterday partially to display a tight partnership between the chip designer, Samsung, and Google all with one target in mind. Can you guess which company that would be? (Hint. It starts with an “A”).
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Satellite service will be available in the second half of the year on certain handsets powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and the Snapdragon X70 modem. Not all phones powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC will be able to support satellite connectivity and special hardware is required on smartphones that will offer the service. It’s unknown whether this hardware is included with the Galaxy S23 series. Additionally, the feature won’t have native Android support until the release of Android 14.
The two women had no idea where they were and had no cellular or Wi-Fi service. One of them owned a handset from the iPhone 14 series which hooked them up to a satellite and were rescued. According to someone with a knowledge of the region, without this feature it might have taken a full week to find the missing women.
Obviously this is a feature that might not need to be used often, but when it is needed it is a life saver.