The Google Pixel 9 is shaping up to be one of the standout devices like its predecessor, poised to be the first Android smartphone to fully leverage Android’s built-in satellite communication features. Recent reports revealed that the Pixel 9 will feature the Samsung Exynos Modem 5400, enabling satellite connectivity for emergency situations. Now, we have a glimpse into how future Pixel 9 owners will actually interact with this new technology.

According to the Google News channel on Telegram, Google has designed a unique satellite pointing user interface for the Pixel 9. This interface will be crucial when sending emergency texts via satellite, as users will need to maintain a clear connection by pointing their phones directly at the satellite.

The interface features a prominent instruction to “move your phone to center the satellite in the circle.” This guidance, combined with clear animations, is designed to simplify the process of establishing a satellite connection.

Additionally, the interface can be minimized into a floating window, allowing users to continue texting emergency services while adjusting their phone’s position.

During the initial setup, a special notification from Satellite SOS will remind users to “get a clear view of the sky by avoiding buildings, trees, and mountains” for optimal connectivity.

While this interface is included in the Adaptive Connectivity Services app, it is not yet accessible to general users. This leak offers an exciting preview of the practical implementation of satellite connectivity in the upcoming Pixel 9. By streamlining the satellite connection process, Google aims to make this potentially life-saving technology as accessible and user-friendly as possible.

Below is a video showing the satellite pointing UI:

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