Qualcomm has announced that it is working on a new satellite-based messaging solution called “Snapdragon Satellite”. It is the world’s first satellite-based two-way messaging solution available for mobile phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
Powered by the Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF system, this new feature uses Iridium’s L-band spectrum for both the smartphone’s uplink and downlink. Qualcomm says emergency messaging will be available in select regions in the second half of 2023.
Snapdragon Satellite also provides global coverage to people who can send SMS and other messaging applications to two-way messaging systems for emergencies without worrying about mobile network coverage.
It can be used not only on phones, but also on laptops, tablets, IoT devices and vehicles. The well-known smartwatch maker Garmin also seems to have worked with his Qualcomm to introduce satellite connectivity to their products.
A few months ago, there were rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S23 series would also come with satellite connectivity and was partnered with Iridium, the same company Qualcomm works with.