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Google Messages to reportedly let users text anyone using satellite messaging feature

2024-04-04 17:28 by


Google has been working on satellite messaging for Android behind the scenes, and a new beta version of the Google Messages app revealed how the company might implement the feature in Android 15. In March, we learned that Google wants to let Android users message anyone via satellite and does not plan to limit the features to emergency and roadside assistance calls. Now, the latest Google Messages beta provides further evidence that you'll soon be able to message anyone over satellite connectivity.

Spotted by 9to5Google, details about the satellite messaging feature within Google Messages was found within the app's latest beta version 20240329_01_RC00. Strings of codes with three different explanations of the feature was seen by the publication. The first stated, "To send and receive, stay outside with a clear view of the sky," and the second explained, "Satellite messaging may take longer and can't include photos & videos."

But the most interesting was the third explanatory string which said, "You can message with anyone, including emergency services." The phrasing is notable, as it suggests that users can text anyone in their contact list as long as they too have the service enabled. This is quite different from what Apple offers on the iPhone, where users can only contact emergency services, roadside assistance, and share location via Find My. While users can share the conversation with emergency responders with their emergency contacts, it does not allow users to directly communicate with other users.

Google is able to offer two-way communication due to its partnership with GPS navigation giant Garmin, which already offers this functionality. It is unclear whether users will see this feature before Android 15 officially rolls out to public. The next Android OS reportedly comes with an "Auto-connected to satellite" notification as well as a satellite icon in the status bar.

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