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Google Pixel 4 Might Sport Real Dual-SIM Support

13 February, 2019, 12:41 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Pixel 4 could finally have true dual SIM support

Google is working to improve support for dual SIMs in Android Q and Pixel devices, and it may enable dual SIM support in the upcoming Pixel 4. This eSIM isn't widely used, though; Sprint in the USA uses it, but few other carriers do. Crucially, the commit says it can do this "even if [the device has] two or more SIM cards".

The unnamed staffer says the feature the souped-up dual-SIM functionality is in active "dogfooding" on the Pixel 3 right now, which means that Google is already testing the feature. Just as you would on a phone with Dual SIM card support. 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. It's possible that the Pixel 2 and 3 will be updated with this improved capability, though we wouldn't hedge any bets on that. 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. This means that even though you can have two SIMs operating on two different networks, you will not be able to receive calls or texts to the inactive SIM slot.


This allows users to have two phone numbers running at the same time - so you can send a text to a close personal friend from your own number, then take an important call from someone ringing your work line. 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. Specifically, the comment cites the implementation as necessary to differentiate the 2018 and 2019 Pixel - in other words, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4.

The Googler seems to suggest that this year's Pixel phones, which will run on Android Q, of course, will have DSDS dual SIM functionality.

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