The T-Mobile logo, a SpaceX satellite, Huawei Mate 50 Pro, Android logo, and iPhone 14 pictured in space above Earth

The new Space Race revolves around your smartphone

There’s been a lot of talk about satellite connectivity lately, with companies like Apple, T-Mobile, and even Huawei boasting the technology in their latest phones and upcoming plans. But what does this mean for consumers and carriers, and should we care?

Despite the different ways companies approach this mode of connectivity, analysts expect direct satellite connectivity to become more prevalent in consumer smartphones. And even with some already beating others, analysts predict that it may be some time before we can take advantage of the technology’s full scope.

Preparing for launch

T-Mobile and SpaceX collaborate for higher and farther coverage

(Image credit: SpaceX)

As it stands, there are a few major players in the race for satellite connectivity. With Apple’s marketing prowess and loyal customer base, iPhone 14 It represents a huge boost in technology sharing as one of the first consumer-grade smartphones to be launched with this feature. However, I say “one of the first” because Huawei launched its latest flagship Mate 50 series with satellite connectivity just days before the Apple event.

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