Later this year, premium Android smartphones with satellite connectivity will be available thanks to a new partnership between chip giant Qualcomm and satellite phone company Iridium. It implies that mobile devices can communicate with passing satellites to send and receive messages in areas without mobile coverage.
Bullitt, a British smartphone manufacturer, launched its satellite service first, ahead of Apple. When first introduced, it will be available in a few areas and for emergency use.
Millions more smartphone users will have access to the same service thanks to the new partnership, which frees them from brand loyalty. However, it will be up to the manufacturer to make it available.