Google Pixel 9 phones might have emergency satellite messaging

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It often feels like we live in a fully connected world, but anyone who has been caught without a signal at a time of need can tell you it’s far from true. Emergency satellite connectivity is a solution to this problem, and one the Google Pixel 9 series and next-generation Google Fold will allegedly offer, according to Android Authority‘s Kamila Wojciechowska. The feature will purportedly be available for T-Mobile customers first, thanks to the network provider’s partnership with SpaceX to create satellite messaging. It could become available on other networks in the future.

The messaging service will allegedly ask users questions such as “What best describes your situation?” and “Are there weapons involved?” It’s unclear whether the feature will be free for Google Pixel 9 and next-gen Google Fold users. T-Mobile hasn’t confirmed pricing for its satellite messaging service in previous announcements.

If the news is true, Google would be following in the footsteps of Apple, which launched its own Emergency SOS satellite feature in late 2022 for iPhone 14 users in countries such as the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The tool has since expanded to include the iPhone 15 and countries such as Australia and New Zealand, which have mass wilderness areas where cellular service is absent.

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