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Google's Next Pixel Devices Might Have Real Dual SIM Support

11 February 2019

Aside from having a normal and an XL model, it seems that Google isn't really a fan of having two of something. A recent change in the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) Gerrit system shows that the next Pixel flagship will have a built-in dual-SIM functionality, reports XDA Developers.

This isn't widely-known information, but the Pixel 2 and 3 can technically act as dual-SIM devices thanks to their eSIM support. Like Apple's newest iPhone, those Pixel phones have a tray for one SIM card while the second is provided by an eSIM. Most Android smartphones come with Dual-SIM, Dual Active (DSDA) support, meaning users would be manually able to choose which SIM to be used for calls and data.

There are actually several different versions of dual-SIM: Dual SIM, Single Standby (DSSS); Dual SIM, Dual Standby (DSDS); and Dual SIM, Dual Active (DSDA).

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Although Pixel 3 supports dual-SIM, it does not feature proper dual-SIM support. This just means that you can't use both SIMs at the same time, in this case the physical SIM and the eSIM networks simultaneously. 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. 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. And a revelation a few weeks ago said that Android Q would receive native support for 3D facial recognition, prompting us to speculate that the Pixel 4 may feature Google's response to Face ID.

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.

Google's Next Pixel Devices Might Have Real Dual SIM Support