Google plans to give the Pixel 4 this 2018 Apple iPhone feature

Google's Pixel 4 may offer improved dual-SIM functionality, according to an AOSP commit

The dual SIM support is interesting for a couple of reasons. To that end, a new piece of information suggests that the Google's next Pixel smartphone will feature better dual SIM functionality, among other features.

According to recent commits to AOSP's Gerrit, the Pixel 4 will have dual-SIM functionality. One of those might be changing in the upcoming Pixel 4 phone later this year and, no, it won't be the cameras.

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While the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 3 can technically support two SIMs through eSIM technology, it's not the more advanced version of the tech available in many other handsets, including the latest iPhones. An eSIM, or embedded SIM, is a chip placed inside the phone that takes the place of a SIM card.

Whether this means the Pixel 4 will support two hardware SIMs (as most users would understand dual SIM to mean) remains to be seen, but it appears if it does, the software will be ready for it. Most Android smartphones come with Dual-SIM, Dual Active (DSDA) support, meaning users would be manually able to choose which SIM to be used for calls and data. Making it possible for future Pixel smartphones to use both a physical SIM and eSim simultaneously. DSDS is what's used by most dual-SIM Android phones and the newest iPhones; here, the second SIM can receive calls and texts if the main SIM isn't being used at that moment for the same objective. Because it requires two radios, it isn't very common. A Googler noted that the 2019 Pixel 4 will have dual SIM functionality in Android Q. Interestingly, the same commit stated that the dual SIM capability can be enabled on Pixel 3 devices, even though it's only for dogfooding. The most common is Dual SIM Dual Standby, wherein both SIMs are registered on the network at once, and both can receive calls / SMS, but generally only if the other SIM isn't already being used for that goal.

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