A few hours passed when there was a rumor that Qualcomm was preparing its own Snapdragon Satellite feature for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. An update to this information is that the chipset maker has partnered with someone to make this possible, in the same way as Apple.
Qualcomm said to form a working relationship with Iridium Communications, and Samsung itself was previously rumored to be partnering with Iridium Communications
Qualcomm and Garmin are expected to benefit from satellite communications, according to SnoopyTech, who provided the update on its original tweet. Iridium Communications, which was rumored to be working with Samsung to bring satellite communications to the Galaxy S23 series, is said to be working with Qualcomm to make the Snapdragon Satellite a reality.
Iridium Communications currently has 66 active satellites, but it has not been confirmed if Qualcomm’s existing infrastructure will be provisioned or if new satellites will be deployed within a few months. For now, we only know that to experience connections with Android phones, your device needs to run the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. Also, it appears that for now, only two-way messaging will be possible with compatible smartphones.
Perhaps at some point in the future, Qualcomm will work with Iridium Communications to bring the calling feature, but it looks like San Diego will be taking baby steps. Also, no word on what kind of investment Qualcomm has made to make the Snapdragon Satellite possible. Apple has invested $450 million and partnered with Globalstar to bring emergency SOS via satellite to the iPhone 14 lineup.
We also don’t know if the feature on Android phones will be free for a certain time or if Qualcomm intends to ship owners of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones from the start. As always, we have more questions than answers, so all this information and more will likely be available in the second half of 2023, when the Snapdragon Satellite feature is rumored to be launched, so stay tuned.
news source: snoopy tech