Pixel 4 could finally have true dual SIM support

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Google launched Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in October and both smartphones have been praised for their exceptional cameras. It doesn't have two main cameras nor does use the full extent of dual SIM capabilities.

According to recent commits to AOSP's Gerrit, the Pixel 4 will have dual-SIM functionality.

To recall, the Google Pixel 3 offers dual SIM support in the form of a regular SIM slot and eSIM.

This isn't widely-known information, but the Pixel 2 and 3 can technically act as dual-SIM devices thanks to their eSIM support. Like Apple's newest iPhone, those Pixel phones have a tray for one SIM card while the second is provided by an eSIM.


There are actually several different versions of dual-SIM: Dual SIM, Single Standby (DSSS); Dual SIM, Dual Standby (DSDS); and Dual SIM, Dual Active (DSDA). Never mind the fact that eSIM support is very limited in the USA and the rest of the world, the Pixel's Dual SIM mode is one that goes back to the early 2000s.

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.

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. 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.

The report further reveals that Google is defining support for "dual-SIM mode" with Android Q. The new system property value is meant to "differentiate devices that support enablement of dual-SIM mode from those that don't, even if they have two or more SIM cards". The same commit mentions that the Pixel 3 also supports dual-SIM use, but it's restricted to dogfooding.

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