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Android 14 to Bring Support For Satellite Connectivity for Samsung Galaxy Phones

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The satellite connection has become a highly sought-after feature in recent months, gaining attention after its introduction in Apple’s entire iPhone 14 lineup. As usual, Apple’s innovations set the trends in the technology sector, prompting other manufacturers to follow suit and cater to the demands of consumers.

Notably, Samsung and Pixel phones also boast support for satellite connectivity, which is expected to become more widespread upon the release of Android 14. Once the update is available, compatible hardware will be required, with phone manufacturers responsible for incorporating it into their devices.

Samsung One UI 6.0 (Android 14) internal testing started for these Galaxy devices

According to a tweet from the Pixel #TeamPixel Twitter account, Android 14 will bring satellite SMS support. The feature will gradually roll out to supported Pixel and Galaxy phones, a development that shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering reports of the Galaxy S22 Ultra already being used to place satellite calls, despite lacking official support. (Via – Wccftech)

Back in February, Dr. TM Roh, who leads Samsung’s mobile eXperience unit, revealed the reasons behind the company’s decision not to include satellite connectivity in the Galaxy S23 line. “When there is the right timing, infrastructure, and the technology [is] ready, then of course for Samsung Galaxy, for our mobile division, we would also actively consider adopting this feature as well.” That day could be coming as soon as early next year with the release of the Galaxy S24 line.

It should be understood that Android smartphones are different, and manufacturers can implement the idea of satellite communication in a different way. However, Android 14 should officially debut in October, along with the Pixel 8, so Google products have a chance to demonstrate to others how it should.


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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Google released the Pixel feature drop in June 2024 for its Pixel devices

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Google aggressively updates Pixel device lineups, including smartphones and tablets. To get new features and improvements, the company follows the Quarterly release program, where initially, it provides testing updates to eligible users and then provides new stable updates publicly. Following the same trend, the company has started rolling out its third Pixel drop update for its devices; let’s explore it.

June 2024 Pixel drop update 

With the June 2024 Pixel drop update, many new features exist, including Gemini nano, summarize in recorder, and connected displays. With the latest update, it has improved the HDR+frame selection. Now, you will get a manual lens selection option to handle the smartphone camera professionally. It has brought a doorbell notification: if your pixel tablet can give you a snapshot of who is at your front door, you can talk to them and receive a quick response. To explore all the latest features in detail, you can check the official changelog here.

Availability of the update for pixel devices

Google’s latest Pixel drop update will be available to select Pixel devices, including Pixel 8 series, pixel 7 series, Pixel 6 series, Pixel 5a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. However, it is worth noting that the feature’s availability will vary from device to device; if you have any of the smartphones mentioned above, you can check the feature’s availability with this link. It is worth noticing that the latest update also brings a new June 2024 security patch level.

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Despite Android 14 Launch, Android 13 Remains Most Used

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Google shared the Android release number last time in October 2023, when Android 13 was crowned first place with a newly released Android 14. Now again, the metrics of the most-used Android versions in 2024 get updated. 

Despite the fact that it has already been seven months since the Android 14 release, Android 13 is still the most used Android version. Android 11, Android 12, and even Android 10 have surpassed the latest stable version of Android, which now holds the fifth place. The last will not always be the first. When it comes to the distribution of Android versions, the most recent version, Android 14, unfortunately does not rank first or second, but instead falls to the bottom of the Top 5.

This is being speculated as Google has finally updated the Android version distribution panel, hidden within Android Studio for a few years now. After calculating the appropriate calculations, the results show that Android 14 is on only 13% of mobile phones, a somewhat low figure considering that seven months have already passed since its launch.

If the statistics are to be believed, the most used version of Android is still Android 13, with 20.9% of the total. Since October 2023, which is the last time Google shared the data, Android 13 has dropped only 1.5%. The result is strange since it showcases that the second most used version is Android 11, holding a share of 19.0% instead of Android 12, with 14.7%. 

Jumping on the five-year-old ‘Android 10’, which has a greater market share than Android 14, The “good” news is that the versions before Oreo are gently retiring, counting up to a total of 4.6%. Versions before Marshmallow and runtime permissions arrived are presented in only 1.2% of all active Android phones. We are mentioning the Android versions with their shares. – 

  • Android 13 (20.9%)
  • Android 11 (19.0%)
  • Android 12 (14.7%)
  • Android 10 (13.6%)
  • Android 14 (13.0%)
  • Android 9 Pie (8.4%)
  • Android 8 Oreo (5.8%)
  • Android 7 Nougat (2.0%)
  • Android 6 Marshmallow (1.4%)
  • Android 5 Lollipop (0.9%)

Also, Android onwards accounts for 81.2% of the total. These versions receive changes and new features, such as updates to the Google Play system or Google services. 

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Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 Update: Network Fixes and Better System Stability

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Google is working towards the development of Android 15, but it is not only focused on the upcoming new Android iteration; at the same time, it is also bringing new features for the pixel devices with the Android 14 QPR updates.

For your information, the QPR update stands for Quarterly Platform Release, which aims to bring new functionalities and improvements for the Pixel device on a quarterly basis. In each quarter, the company provides beta updates and then offers public updates after testing the features. Like with the late Android 14 QPR 3 beta 2.2, the company has brought some new fixes.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: What’s new? 

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 brings some new fixes that will improve the overall functionality of the devices. According to the changelog, the latest update will fix the issue related to mobile phones halting connectivity even on the best networks. Along with this, the update has also made improvements for making the device more stable while using different functions.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: official changelog

This minor update to Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 includes the following fixes:


The update is live for all the eligible Google Pixel devices, including the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. However, it will only be available to those users who haven’t joined the Android 15 beta program.

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