Google's next Pixel could house better dual SIM support

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

Google’s Pixel 4 could come with dual-SIM functionality enabled

XDA Developers recently noticed a new commit to AOSP's source code, revealing some interesting details about the Pixel 4. Never mind the fact that eSIM support is very limited in the United States and the rest of the world, the Pixel's Dual SIM mode is one that goes back to the early 2000s.

Google's Pixel devices have always been the talk of the town, and before there is any official information on the upcoming Pixel 4, we know that it is going to be released in the last quarter of this year along with its siblings. 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. Crucially, the commit says it can do this "even if [the device has] two or more SIM cards". It doesn't have two main cameras nor does use the full extent of dual SIM capabilities. 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. That's called Dual SIM, Single Standby (DSSS), and it means that while these phones are technically dual SIM phones, they can't connect to two carriers at once. 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. Making it possible for future Pixel smartphones to use both a physical SIM and eSim simultaneously. However, this is rare as it requires the device to have two radios.

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Beyond that, there's no other word regarding other features.

"The boolean is required to differentiate 2018 Pixel (which has 2 SIM cards, but dual SIM functionality is restricted to dog fooding) from 2019 Pixel (which will have dual SIM functionality)".

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