Next Google Pixel SmartphoneCould Feature Improved Dual SIM Functionality

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

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

Instead of allowing for what is effectively two SIMs (one physical, one digital) but restricting customers to using only one at a time, the Pixel 4's dual-SIM support could eliminate that barrier entirely.

The source of information by way a short post made on the official page of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Crucially, the commit says it can do this "even if [the device has] two or more SIM cards".

For context, both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 smartphones have both a regular SIM card slot and support for an eSIM. According to a source, the next-gen Pixel device will be coming with an improved dual SIM functionality. Now, it being alleged that with Google Pixel 4 series, Google will offer Dual SIM, Dual Standby (DSDS) feature.

Before then we might well get treated to the Pixel 3 Lite - Google is rumored to be readying a mid-range version of its 2018 flagship phone, built with slightly cheaper materials and a less powerful chipset on board.

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Like those older dual SIM phones, the current Pixel use Dual SIM Single Standby or DSSS. 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 objective.

Finally, Dual Sim, Dual Active (DSDA) allows a phone to use both SIMs for calls, texts and data simultaneously.

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.

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

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