Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
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Google's Next Pixel Devices Might Have Real Dual SIM Support

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

However, the 2017 and 2018 Pixel models are Dual SIM, Single Standby. And with the Pixel 4, Google could be introducing DSDS or Dual SIM, Dual Standby, which allows users to receive calls and texts on both the SIMs, as long as one of them isn't already in use.

We're nearly certainly going to get Android Q arriving with the Pixel 4, ready to take advantage of that dual-SIM functionality.

This is news and it's not; the Pixel 3 line is technically dual-SIM, but the functionality is disabled in most markets.


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. ESIM is only used by a few carriers around the world, including Sprint in the United States, but it can act as a second SIM alongside the hardware SIM when activated. 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.

Put simply, you can't use your standard SIM and your eSIM at the same time in current Pixel phones, and that might be changing in the Pixel 4. Because it requires two radios, it isn't very common.

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. 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. You can not use Dual SIM, Dual Standby to be on two calls at the same time, or have two text messages going on simultaneously. Interestingly, the same commit stated that the dual SIM capability can be enabled on Pixel 3 devices, even though it's only for dogfooding.

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