Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google's Pixel 4 will offer improved dual-SIM functionality

Google's Pixel 4 will offer improved dual-SIM functionality

This eSIM isn't widely used, though; Sprint in the USA uses it, but few other carriers do.

According to recent commits to AOSP's Gerrit, the Pixel 4 will have dual-SIM functionality. Crucially, the commit says it can do this "even if [the device has] two or more SIM cards".

Android Police first broke the story this morning, and their Richard Gao gave a great explanation of the different kinds of dual SIM available.

That's going to change with the 2019's Pixel 4, though, which will likely adopt Dual Sim, Dual Standby (DSDS) tech.

Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 phones both a standard SIM slot and the ability to load an eSIM, one or the other has to be manually selected for use at a time. When one SIM is being used, a call or text coming in to the other SIM can not be received.

Like Apple's latest iPhones, Google's upcoming Pixel will allow users to more seamlessly receive texts and calls from two networks at once; a pretty nice boon for those whose primary cellular provider has spotty coverage in certain areas. So technically speaking, Google may be able to introduce real Dual SIM, Dual Active support for the Pixel 3 with a software update if the company wanted to. You get to save $450 when you buy two Pixel 3 XL phones, $400 when you buy a Pixel 3 XL and a Pixel 3, and $350 when you buy two Pixel 3 phones.

Beyond that, there's no other word regarding other features.

Additionally, the comment says that developers are using the Pixel 3 to test DSDS functionality, which means the Pixel 3 can support DSDS.

The report further reveals that Google is defining support for "dual-SIM mode" with Android Q. The new system property value is meant to "differentiate devices that support enablement of dual-SIM mode from those that don't, even if they have two or more SIM cards".

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