How Does Google's Satellite SOS Work?

How Does Google’s Satellite SOS Work?

Google is stepping up its game with a new safety feature for Android phones, inspired by Apple’s emergency SOS function. This feature is all about connecting you to emergency services when you’re in a tough spot and can’t get a signal through regular networks.

If you’re using a Google Pixel phone with the latest software update, you might notice something new in your settings. There’s a tab called Safety & emergency, and inside, you might spot an option labeled “satellite SOS.” While it’s not active yet, it’s designed to let you send messages and share your location with emergency services when you’re unable to connect to mobile data or Wi-Fi.

The idea is pretty straightforward. If you’re in a remote area or facing network issues, this feature could be a lifesaver. It’s like having a backup plan for emergencies. But here’s the catch: using satellite services might cost you extra. Google seems to be teaming up with Garmin for this, so stay tuned for more details on how much it’ll set you back.

Google hasn’t said much about this yet, but it looks like they’re gearing up to compete with Apple’s Emergency SOS feature. And who knows, they might bring in more partners down the line to make this even better.

Speaking of partners, Google’s been investing in companies like AST SpaceMobile, which is working on its own satellites to provide internet to phones. And there’s Iridium, getting ready to test a satellite-to-phone service for Android in a few years.

But wait, there’s more! SpaceX’s Starlink is also getting into the game, planning to launch a satellite service for phones soon. Initially, it’ll focus on text messaging for T-Mobile users, with voice and data support coming later.

So, while Google’s satellite SOS feature is just starting to peek out, it’s part of a bigger trend towards keeping us connected, no matter where we are. And that’s something worth keeping an eye on.

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