Following Apple, Samsung has now announced that it is conducting a technology development to bring satellite communication capabilities to the next-generation Galaxy smartphone series.
According to a report by ETNews, Samsung is working with Iridium Communications to bring some sort of satellite communications system to the Galaxy S23.
Iridium provides voice call and data communications services via 66 low-orbit (Leo) communications satellites.
Samsung has reportedly been preparing for the past two years to meet the technological challenges of satellite communications.
According to the report, due to the nature of satellite communications technology, the antenna (RF) must be large to accommodate voice and high-speed data communications.
The main technical challenge was to make the antenna small enough to be built into a general smartphone.
“The technology to process digital data through the integration of the existing cellular modem and satellite communication modem is also considered to be largely complete.
In comparison, Apple has already partnered with satellite company Globalstar to provide satellite communications for the iPhone 14, but its data processing capacity is limited to emergency rescue requests.
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is also capable of sending and receiving limited text messages via BeiDou satellites.
If the South Korean company succeeds in bringing satellite connectivity to the Galaxy S23, it can proudly be among the few brands that have this feature in their smartphones.
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However, it remains to be seen how widely the feature will be available in South Africa, as Apple has currently only enabled the emergency communications feature in Canada and the US.
According to the report, Samsung is reviewing the related features of the Galaxy S23 that will be unveiled next year.
Meanwhile, Apple rolled out its Emergency SOS via satellite for iPhone 14 users earlier this month.
Emergency SOS via Satellite allows users to send SMS to emergency services when they are offline, whether they are camping in the mountains or driving in a remote area at night.
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