Android satellite messaging settings

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  • The latest beta of Google Messages has references to Android satellite messaging.
  • Based on what we see, the system appears to mimic Apple’s Emergency SOS feature.
  • We expect this to roll out with Android 15, based on previous leaks and research.

In 2022, Apple announced an iPhone service called Emergency SOS. Using satellite messaging, the system allows iPhone 14/15 users to connect to satellites to contact emergency services. Since the rollout, we’ve all been wondering when Android would get its own similar service. Today, in an APK teardown of the latest beta of Google Messages, we see hints that this could be imminent.

In the latest Google Messages 20240318_00_RC00 beta, we’ve spotted strings that directly reference satellite messaging for emergency situations: