Google Messages hints at satellite texting for more than just emergencies

Satellite messaging may not be reserved for emergencies.

Google Messages hints at satellite texting for more than just emergencies
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  • Lines of code in the Google Messages app explain how satellite messaging will work.
  • One line mentions “You can message with anyone, including emergency services.”
  • The line suggests users will be able to use satellite messaging for more than just emergencies.

Last month, we reported on seeing lines of code in the Google Messages app directly referencing satellite messaging. Those strings were followed by simpler strings that included the words “emergency” and “emergency demo,” which suggested that satellite messaging could be used for emergencies. Now new lines of code suggest satellite connectivity could be used for messaging anyone.

In an APK teardown, conducted by 9to5Google, lines of code that explain how satellite messaging will work in the Google Messages app were discovered in beta version 20240329_01_RC00. According to the outlet, these strings say: