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Qualcomm introduces the “Snapdragon Satellite” for Android smartphones at CES 2023.

A deal between Qualcomm and Iridium, a global satellite communications firm, will enable satellite connectivity for upcoming high-end Android handsets.
A deal between Qualcomm and Iridium, a global satellite communications firm, will enable satellite connectivity for upcoming high-end Android handsets.

A deal between Qualcomm and Iridium, a global satellite communications firm, will enable satellite connectivity for upcoming high-end Android handsets.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2023, chipmaker Qualcomm will unveil “Snapdragon Satellite,” a satellite-based two-way communications solution for high-end smartphones.

A deal between Qualcomm and the international satellite communications firm Iridium will enable satellite-based connectivity for the upcoming generation of high-end Android devices.

According to the firm, the US-based technology company Garmin is eager to work with them to facilitate emergency messaging.

Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, cellular modems and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, said in a statement that this new addition to the Snapdragon platform, which will debut in premium smartphones later this year, “strongly positions us to enable satellite communication capabilities and service offerings across multiple device categories.”

Snapdragon Satellite will provide global coverage from pole to pole and can handle SMS texting, other messaging applications, including two-way messaging for emergency use — for a variety of uses like emergencies or recreation in remote, mountainous areas.

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