Samsung brings satellite features to the Galaxy S24

Last year, Apple introduced Emergency SOS via satellite with the iPhone 14 series, which allows users to call emergency services in places where there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection. Since then, other smartphone makers have been working with Google to bring a similar feature to Android, and Samsung recently confirmed that it will add satellite-based capabilities to the Galaxy S24.

Samsung Galaxy S24 to get satellite based features

Earlier this year, the South Korean company announced plans to bring satellite connectivity to smartphones. However, Samsung CEO Park Yong (via SamMobile) confirmed this week that the company will start offering satellite connectivity for emergency services on its flagship phones from early 2024.

Although details are unclear, it’s no surprise that Jung is referring to the Galaxy S24, as Samsung usually unveils new smartphones in January or February.

However, Samsung’s strategy to get this feature in the hands of users is still unclear. For example, Apple has added satellite capabilities to every iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 model. Samsung could do the same for the entire S24 family, or keep satellite connectivity exclusive to the more expensive Galaxy S24 Ultra.

On the iPhone, the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature asks the user a few questions about the situation and sends the answers along with the current location to the Relay Center. Specialists then call emergency services on behalf of users.

While the feature should work in a similar way on Samsung phones, the company is investigating the possibility of sending and receiving any type of message via satellite. It allows users to send text messages to anyone, not just emergency services, when a cellular connection is unavailable.

Samsung is following Apple's lead and bringing satellite features to the Galaxy S24
Galaxy S24 renders

Emergency SOS via satellite

Since its launch on the iPhone, Emergency SOS via satellite has helped many people escape dangerous situations. In August, a family was saved from a fire in Maui thanks to this feature. In June, a climber with a broken leg was rescued by a helicopter after using his iPhone’s satellite connection to call for help.

Apples Emergency SOS via satellite is currently available in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Portugal. Although the feature was released for free last year, Apple said it will be a limited-time offer for two years.

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