Google Pixel 4 could come with improved dual-SIM support

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

Thanks to new code uncovered in the latest version of Android and spotted by the team at XDA Developers, we now have a clue about another upgrade coming to the next Google Pixel - fully-fledged dual SIM support. While the phone will allow the eSIM to connect to many supported carriers, neither of the phones allow the physical SIM or eSIM to be used at the same time.

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. Crucially, the commit says it can do this "even if [the device has] two or more SIM cards".

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The dual SIM support is interesting for a couple of reasons. In fact, even if you only wanted to use the eSIM to buy mobile data from a local country when on holiday to avoid eye-watering roaming charges - not being able to receive any text messages or calls to the number associated with your usual SIM card is a not inconsiderable drawback. When one SIM is being used, a call or text coming in to the other SIM can not be received.

While bringing DSSS support would require Google to add a second antenna which is not possible for Pixel 2/3 but Google might bring Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) to older Pixel devices. This is how the Pixel 2 series and Pixel 3 series work, as both have a physical SIM slot and an eSIM slot. Specifically, the comment cites the implementation as necessary to differentiate the 2018 and 2019 Pixel - in other words, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4. But if you were disappointed that those handsets didn't launch with proper dual-SIM capabilities, then you'll gladly welcome this new, very early Pixel 4 rumor.

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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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