Google's Pixel 4 may offer improved dual-SIM functionality, according to an AOSP commit
11 February, 2019, 22:08
Google Pixel 4 upcoming flagship could come with dual-SIM support. But the new additions to AOSP seem to indicate that the Pixel 4 phones will have at least DSDS tech onboard, matching what other devices can do, 2018 iPhones included.
The information comes from an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit commit spotted by XDA Developers.
Android Policefirst broke the story this morning, and their Richard Gao gave a great explanation of the different kinds of dual SIM available. This means that both the eSIM and the SIM card slot can not be both active at the same time.
The second, Dual SIM, Dual Standby (DSDS), allows a phone to receive calls and texts from the secondary SIM as long as the phone isn't actively using the primary SIM for the same goal. 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. We know that the Google Pixel 3 and its predecessor Pixel 2 have a regular SIM slot and an eSIM, but the user cannot use the physical SIM network and the eSIM network simultaneously even though the user can allocate the eSIM to connect to many supported carriers. According to a source, the next-gen Pixel device will be coming with an improved dual SIM functionality. An eSIM, or embedded SIM, is a chip placed inside the phone that takes the place of a SIM card. Also available in the latest iPhones and many dual SIM Android smartphones, this basically means that the other SIM can receive calls or texts so long as the primary SIM slot isn't actively being used for the same goal. Ideally, phones would have Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA) capabilities but those require two wireless radios instead of one. When used alongside a hardware SIM, the Pixel 3 will work in dual-SIM mode, but not well. A Googler noted that the 2019 Pixel 4 will have dual SIM functionality in Android Q.
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