We take our phones everywhere. After all, they’re our cameras as well as communication devices; when we’re on a remote hiking adventure or skiing in the mountains, we not only want to be able to capture those moments but more importantly, we want to be able to call for help if it’s needed, even in truly remote areas that don’t have cellular service. That’s where Snapdragon Satellite will come into play.
Qualcomm and Iridium are partnering to bring satellite-based connectivity to devices, starting with those powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform. Garmin will also be collaborating by offering support for emergency messaging.
The idea behind Snapdragon Satellite isn’t to have full internet connectivity in the remotest corners of the earth. So no, you won’t be able to share your latest TikTok from Denali, for example.
The idea here is that if you have a compatible smartphone, you’ll be able to utilize two-way messaging or send an emergency text from anywhere on earth that has a clear view of the sky.
Snapdragon Satellite will be coming first to select smartphones, but the capability could make its way to all sorts of devices, like laptops, tablets, and even vehicles.
Manufacturers have already worked up to bigger, longer-lasting batteries and better cameras. Now, smartphones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform will theoretically be able to be used as emergency satellite-based messaging devices. This is an exciting leap forward for smartphones!
Qualcomm has partnered with Iridium because they have a huge network of satellites that supports devices for everything from boating to camping, so they already have the infrastructure in place to support Snapdragon Satellite-capable mobile devices.
Snapdragon Satellite may not be a feature you’d use or need often, but having it available on your smartphone could literally save a life!