Google Messages to allow two-way communication using satellite messaging feature

Google Messages user can text anyone in their contact list while the service is activated
An illustration of  Messages App logo. — Google
An illustration of  Messages App logo. — Google

Search engine giant Google has been working on adding the feature of satellite messaging to its Messages app.

Google Messages with satellite connectivity will sport two-way communication allowing users to chat with each other without the need of mobile network or internet connectivity.

Moreover, the search engine giant has begun rolling out a new beta version of the Google Messages app that includes the addition of its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot Gemini.

Citing sources, gadgets360 reported that the satellite messaging feature was found within the app’s latest beta version 20240329_01_RC00.

Moreover, the publication has noticed code strings with three different justifications for the functionality. The first string said, “To send and receive, stay outside with a clear view of the sky,” the second string stated, “Satellite messaging may take longer and can't include photos & videos,” and the third string said, “You can message with anyone, including emergency services.”

The phrases are important to note that they suggested that users can text anyone in their contact list while the service is activated. This feature is different from what Apple offers on the iPhone, where the user is only allowed to contact emergency services, and roadside assistance, and share location through Find My. Furthermore, users can only share the chat with emergency responders with their emergency contacts, whereas, it does not provide direct access to communicate with other users.

According to the source, the search engine giant can provide two-way communication because it cooperates with GPS navigation company Garmin, which already provides this feature.

However, it’s not clear that users will be able to see this feature before Android 15 officially launches in the market. The upcoming Android operating system (OS) will include both an "Auto-connected to satellite" notification and a satellite icon in the status bar.