Google Pixel 4 Could Get Improved Dual SIM Functionality with Android Q

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

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

Android Police first broke the story this morning, and their Richard Gao gave a great explanation of the different kinds of dual SIM available. Speculation is rife that Google could be working on more affordable versions of the Pixel 3 lineup, likely to be called the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 also offer dual SIM support but one of the two supported SIM cards is an eSIM which can be an issue if your carrier doesn't support it. Although it is too early to talk about the Pixel 4 device, a new comment in the Android Open Source Project Gerrit tells that Google is adding a new property value in the framework and Telephony service to tell if a device has hardware support for multiSIM functionality. Like Apple's newest iPhone, those Pixel phones have a tray for one SIM card while the second is provided by an eSIM. You'll have to switch between the two networks to receive calls and messages from the respective network. 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 goal. This means that the users will be able to receive calls and SMS on both the SIM and both can be active at the same time. 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 objective. Because it requires two radios, it isn't very common. XDA is guessing that the Pixel 4 will support Dual SIM, Dual Standby (DSDS), which is certainly a logical conclusion. Just as interesting, however, is the note that the Pixel 3 does have that as well but is limited to internal testing.

Google is expected to release less-powerful variants of its Pixel 3 smartphones.

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