Motorola Defy Rugged Smartphone to Get Bullitt’s Two-Way Satellite Messaging Service: Report
Motorola will bring satellite messaging service to its upcoming Defy rugged smartphone in Q1 2023. The company has partnered with Bullitt to bring satellite connectivity to its Android devices. Satellite connectivity was introduced by Apple with the iPhone 14 series. The functionality of the iPhone 14 as well as the iPhone 14Pro model allows users to make an emergency call and send SOS messages even when absent. cellular or Wi-Fi connection. Now, Motorola also plans to bring this feature to the Android ecosystem, as announced at CES 2023.
According to a report by Android Authority, the Bullitt Satellite Connect satellite messaging service in Motorola phones will allow users to send and receive text messages, send SOS requests and share their location without using a connection cellular or Wi-Fi. The company has confirmed the launch of this feature with the upcoming Motorola Defy rugged 5G smartphone. However, there have been no other official details about the said smartphone.
According to the report, to use this service on the Motorola Defy rugged 5G smartphone, users will need to install the free Bullitt Satellite Messenger app. Initially, the service will only support text and emoji, which will later expand to support images, audio, and video. Bullitt added that those who have the free Android or iOS app installed on their handset will be able to receive and react to messages sent by Bullitt Satellite Messenger over IP or satellite service. On the other hand, users without the app will receive the messages in the form of SMS, but they will not be able to reply to them.
Additionally, those who don’t have a phone with satellite connectivity support will be able to use the app over Wi-Fi or a cellular connection.
A Bullitt rep was quoted as saying that SOS on Android will be rolling out in a phased manner. Initially, it will be available in Europe and North America in the first quarter of 2023, then it will reach Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America in the first half of 2023. Other countries will benefit from this feature in the second semester. of the year.
Check out the latest from the Consumer Electronics Show on Gadgets 360, in our CES 2023 hub.