Samsung is expected to bring a satellite-based SOS feature in the upcoming Galaxy S24 Series, as noted by a tipster this week.
This claim is backed by a saying from the South Korean Minister of Science and ICT, who said the local smartphone brands are expected to add a two-way communication service between smartphones and satellites next year. And with Samsung being the major player in the country, we assume the same to add this functionality soon.
Satellite Connectivity in Galaxy S24 Series
One of the best features of the iPhone 14 Series is its Satellite-based SOS feature, which sends an SMS to emergency services in struggling situations – without a cellular signal. This is touted as helpful after saving a couple of lives, who were stranded in hard conditions but relived due to Apple’s new SOS feature.
Well, many thought the same would be coming to Android counterparts, too, especially in the latest high-end phones like Galaxy S23 Series. But Samsung missed it, even in its recently launched Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5.
The company stated that the satellite connectivity ecosystem isn’t mature yet, and it would wait for the ecosystem to improve before bringing a relevant feature. It’s already working with US-based Iridium Communications, which has a low-earth orbit satellite constellation for emergency communications.
As we wait for a timeline, a saying from South Korea’s Minister of Science and ICT, Lee Jong-ho, reveals the launch is imminent, probably early next year. In an interview with Yonhap News, the minister claimed that domestic smartphone brands are expected to launch a service for data transmission between 5G phones and satellites next year.
Jong-Ho Lee, the South Korean Minister of Science and ICT, has announced that domestic smartphone company is expected to launch services enabling data transmission between 5G mobile devices and satellites next year.https://t.co/qoHh88gcGE pic.twitter.com/pSouS7T8Mn
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And with Samsung being the only major player in South Korea (after LG shut its smartphone division), it’s expected that Samsung may bring this two-way satellite connectivity to its phones next year. The company’s following flagship device, Galaxy S24 Series, is scheduled to launch sometime in Q1 2024.