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Qualcomm-Iridium Agreement to Provide Satellite Connectivity for Phones Fails?

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Iridium, a provider of satellite-to-phone services, stated on Thursday that it has severed ties with Qualcomm, a major player in the US semiconductor industry, to deliver satellite-to-phone services. Following hours of trading, Iridium shares dropped more than 8% from their closing price of $37.14 per share. The parties successfully developed and demonstrated the technology as per the business, but smartphone manufacturers have not included the technology in their devices, which is why Qualcomm terminated the agreement. The two firms unveiled the Snapdragon Satellite platform in January with the goal of enabling high-end handsets to support emergency messaging and satellite-based SMS.

The makers of smartphones, including Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, Motorola, Honor, and Nothing, have officially committed to developing devices that support satellite communication. However, Qualcomm was forced to end the deal, effective December 3, due to the lack of interest from smartphone makers, despite successful technical development and demonstrations (via- PCMag). Using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon technology with Iridium’s L-band spectrum for both uplink and downlink, the direct-to-device (D2D) service was intended to provide two-way communications.

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Android phone satellite connection is severely harmed by the partnership’s dissolution. On the other hand, Apple has started including satellite-based emergency messages with the most recent iPhone models. A cellular satellite service is also being attempted by SpaceX, subject to FCC permission, in addition to Iridium. The solution would enable satellite access for unmodified T-Mobile phones via the company’s Starlink constellation. In the meantime, AT&T is working to make a comparable service available, but through AST SpaceMobile, a recently published satellite operator.

Iridium, meanwhile, is still upbeat about satellite connectivity’s prospects in the phone industry. For remote connectivity using its own services and products, the corporation already manages a low network of 66 low-Earth orbiting satellites. Iridium hopes to use a different strategy to bring satellite connectivity to Android phones. With the partnership ending, Iridium is free to pursue other partnerships with smartphone OEMs, chip makers, and operating system developers.

CEO of Iridium, Matt Desch, stated,While I’m disappointed that this partnership didn’t bear immediate fruit, we believe the direction of the industry is clear toward increased satellite connectivity in consumer devices.”


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Finally, Samsung to bring patches to eradicate critical issues with the August 2024 patch

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In August 2024 patch, Samsung to fix some critical issues founded earlier, in context, last month, Google reported that a critical issue had appeared on Android smartphones and tablets. To eradicate it, the company also included new patches for its Pixel devices with the June 2024 update.

However, at that time, Samsung hadn’t included the update in its Galaxy devices, but now, with the August 2024 update, the company has decided to bring the patch.

August 2024 patch update to fix the critical issues

Samsung says that it will provide the fix for the critical issue, which is coming in patch CVE-2024-32896 in August. With this patch, the company will ensure the user’s data security. You can observe how critical this issue is by the US government officials’ directive to federal employees to update their pixel devices by July 4 or stop using them.

The patch was delayed because earlier, the issue was only expected to appear on the Pixel, but later, it started appearing on Android devices as well; as Samsung has addressed the criticality, it is actively bringing the patch with the next update.

Given the issue’s criticalness, Samsung is expected to bring the August 2024 security patch earlier this time; we hope that the company will apply the update to its devices earlier than usual.

Source: Forbes


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Samsung One UI 7 will bring refresh Galaxy devices with redesigned UI

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The Samsung One UI 7 update will be a game-changer for Galaxy users, especially for those who appreciate the devices’ UI elements.

Samsung has recently rolled out the One UI 6.1 and One UI 6.1.1 updates for its eligible Galaxy devices. These are the incremental updates that only added some new features for the devices; no single UI changes have arrived, but fortunately, the One UI 7.0 will provide some fresh changes for the devices.

Yesterday, we reported some UI changes that will be applied to the notification panel and app icon changes. Now, a new report highlights more details about them.

One UI 7 takes UI element design inspiration from competitors

Samsung is focusing on levelling up the user interface experience in the Galaxy device. To do that, the company reportedly welcomes several UI elements designed similarly to those of its competitors.

According to the report, One UI 7 will provide a rounded icon pack and 3D-looking icons, just like macOS or visionOS. A new Quick action on the lock screen is an iOS copycat. The Gallery app icon has a white background and rainbow-type flowers.

The notification panel has been changed to a two-page panel, with one panel on the left being a notification only and the other for a quick toggle. Xiaomi’s HyperOS inspire this design. The UI changes were also applied to the camera App. Here, all the quick camera settings options were moved to the bottom.


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Google Android 15 development moves ahead with Beta 4 update

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Google is gradually moving forward to develop Android 15 for Android devices. To provide full-fledged, smooth-working software, the company has consistently brought new beta software updates for the testers. Now, with the fresh development, the company is rolling out the fourth beta update.

Android 15 Beta 4: What’s new in this update?

Android 15 beta 4 update is now live for all eligible Pixel devices, including Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet, Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, and Pixel 8a, which are enrolled in the beta program. With the latest beta version, Google has resolved many issues reported by different users.

According to the changelog, the company has fixes based on the issues reported by Developers, such as the Android 15 image launching failing embedded mode, the lock screen, Quick setting tiles, and booting issues.

Apart from these, there are many issues resolved regarding Bluetooth, which are causing Digital car keys, Use of head tracking and more. For more information, you can check the official changelog from this link.

How to install

If you are already running a beta build, you will start getting new updates with the firmware version number AP31.240617.009. It comes with the latest Google Play services, 24.23.35. Just check from the software update menu by tapping on download the update.

Android 15 update availability

Regarding the availability of the Android 15 stable channel, based on the past timeline, it is expected that Google will officially introduce the stable update in August.

Most probably, beta 4 may be the last beta update for the devices, but if there are some major issues still decreasing the performance of the device, then it may expand the program from some more days.


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