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

Google Pixel 4 May Offer Improved Dual-SIM Functionality Like 2018 iPhones Tips AOSP Commit

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. There is also DSDA or Dual SIM, Dual Active, which requires two different radios and allows the SIMs to be used simultaneously - but the smartphone industry mostly uses DSDS for dual SIM support on handsets.

With Apple providing dual SIM support on the latest iPhones in some regions and most Android phones offering the same, it's no surprise to see Google introducing actual dual SIM support on the upcoming Pixel 4. Lastly, DSDA means that both SIMs can be used for calls, texts, and data at the same time.

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This isn't widely-known information, but the Pixel 2 and 3 can technically act as dual-SIM devices thanks to their eSIM support. This eSIM isn't widely used, though; Sprint in the U.S. uses it, but few other carriers do. While you can have the settings on the eSIM and an installed SIM card from two different carriers, the one that is inactive cannot receive calls or texts.

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. 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. 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 objective. Interestingly, the same commit stated that the dual SIM capability can be enabled on Pixel 3 devices, even though it's only for dogfooding. What is likely, however, is that when the improved dual SIM feature is made available, it will be present on the next Android Q OS update, along with the new Google Pixel.

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