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

Ceria Alfonso
Febrero 11, 2019

The dual SIM support is interesting for a couple of reasons. According to a report by XDA Developers, recent commits to Android Open Source Project's (AOSP) Gerrit, Google "will be adding property values in the framework and Telephony service to tell if a device has hardware support for multiSIM functionality". 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. Just as you would on a phone with Dual SIM card support. Never mind the fact that eSIM support is very limited in the United States and the rest of the world, the Pixel's Dual SIM mode is one that goes back to the early 2000s. 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. While you can have the settings on the eSIM and an installed SIM card from two different carriers, the one that is inactive cannot receive calls or texts.

Put simply, you can't use your standard SIM and your eSIM at the same time in current Pixel phones, and that might be changing in the Pixel 4. 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. The Googler also points out that Dual SIM, Dual Standby is being tested internally on the Pixel 3 in preparation for use with the Pixel 4 models.

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Google is expected to launch new Lite versions of the Pixel 3 sometime soon.

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