Your next Android phone might text via satellite, thanks to Qualcomm

You have been misled. The new frontier of mobile connectivity isn’t 5G or even 6G, it’s satellite. Last year, Apple was unveiling its SOS lineup with the iPhone 14 satellite phones. This year, Qualcomm laid the groundwork at CES 2023 for a lineup of satellite-based Android phones capable of two-way messaging in 2023 and beyond.

Satellite communication capabilities are not easy to prove, especially on mobile test platform hardware and with convenient software and many steps of consumer availability. Even when you’re just trying to run a simulated test, you’ll want to take extraordinary measures to prove that your satellite systems work. Alternatively, you can set the mood.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Satellite

Welcome to the remote testing ground. (Image credit: Future/Lance Ulanoff)

Qualcomm’s big idea for showing the Snapdragon Satellite to an excited group of tech journalists was to take us far, far away from the bustling, neon-filled Las Vegas Strip.

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