After a string of carrier service outages, satellite messaging in Android 15 could bring stability


What you need to know

  • Last week, Google News and Verizon joined a growing list of critical services that have faced widespread outages in 2024.
  • Both services are back up and running, but the Verizon outage specifically left users unable to communicate for hours. 
  • These issues call the reliability of websites and messaging services into question, but satellite connectivity might be able to help.

It doesn’t feel like it, but we’re almost halfway through 2024. So far, it hasn’t been a great year for critical digital infrastructure services. Carriers like AT&T and Verizon suffered major outages, Google News went down briefly, and iMessage became unavailable too at various points this year. Service outages are inevitable, but we’ve seen some big ones that could have had massive consequences. 

Most recently, Google News/Discover and Verizon had service outages late last week in unrelated incidents. In the grand scheme of things, Google News becoming unavailable for a few hours probably isn’t that big of a deal. The same can’t be said for the other service outages we’ve seen so far this year. Verizon’s problem caused thousands of users across multiple states to lose connectivity from the evening of Thursday, May 30, through midday on Friday, May 31.

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