Samsung on Thursday unveiled its own method for smartphone satellite connectivity. This is to enable phone communication with satellites in places without cellular network coverage, the business launched the 5G non-terrestrial networks modem.
The South Korean electronics giant said that it intended to include this technology into its Exynos chip, which powers many Samsung smartphones but not the latest model, the Samsung Galaxy S23. In order to give connectivity in faraway places, the Korean tech giant described this technology as deploying “satellites and other non-terrestrial vehicles.”
The action is in line with Apple’s debut of satellite connectivity for off-grid connectivity with the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro. The business initially made this technology available in the United States and Canada before bringing it to France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Apple is reliant on the satellite network of Globalstar.
In a statement, Min Goo Kim, vice president of communication processor development at Samsung Electronics, said, “This milestone builds on our rich legacy in wireless communications technologies, following the introduction of the industry’s first commercial 4G LTE modem in 2009 and the industry’s first 5G modem in 2018”.
“Samsung aims to take the lead in advancing hybrid terrestrial-NTN communications ecosystems around the world in preparation for the arrival of 6G.”
Two-way texting and phoning for emergencies are promised by the most recent generation of satellite communication technology. But, Samsung asserts that further iterations of their technology will support transferring both photographs and videos.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month, Qualcomm unveiled a collaboration with Iridium to enable satellite connectivity on Android devices using Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processors.