Google’s Pixel 4 could come with dual-SIM functionality enabled

  • Google’s Pixel 4 could come with dual-SIM functionality enabled

Google’s Pixel 4 could come with dual-SIM functionality enabled

Aside from having a normal and an XL model, it seems that Google isn't really a fan of having two of something.

The dual SIM support is interesting for a couple of reasons. But later in the year, the company will likely launch the new Pixel 4 line sometime around October. 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. An eSIM, or embedded SIM, is a chip placed inside the phone that takes the place of a SIM card. When used alongside a hardware SIM, the Pixel 3 will work in dual-SIM mode, but not well. The Pixel 2 and 3 support DSSS, meaning that while two SIMs can be provisioned to two networks inside the phone, only the active SIM can receive calls and texts. This eSIM isn't widely used, though; Sprint in the U.S. uses it, but few other carriers do. With this feature, both the SIM card slot and the eSIM inside the iPhone (except for China, where the iPhone has a Dual SIM tray) can be active at the same time, allowing you to engage in a voice call on one, and a text on the other. 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. You can make and receive calls and messages on both networks without switching as long as the SIM isn't being used for that same goal. Because it requires two radios, it isn't very common. According to code recently added to the open source foundation of Android, we've got a hint of one potential upgrade: better dual-SIM support.

The Google Pixel 3 series of smartphone may have been out on the market for less than six months, but that isn't stopping the search engine from marching forward with the development of its successor.