Google Pixel 4 likely to come with better dual-SIM support
It has barely been four months since Google launched its flagship smartphones - the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3XL- that rumours of a new Pixel smartphone have already gotten everyone excited. In the past we have heard that the 2019's Pixel phone, the Google Pixel 4, will run on Android 10. And now, a new report has given us interesting insights about a critical function that is likely to be present on board the Pixel 4.
According to comments by a Google engineer on Android Open Source Project has revealed that Google is working on a '2019 Pixel' - Google Pixel 4 (duh!) and it will have better dual-SIM functionality.
"This boolean will be set to true in 2019 devices by default...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)...The flag will be updated over the air for dog fooding," the Googler wrote on the page.
All of this sounds quite gibberish. But luckily for us, XDA Developers decoded the techno-babble for us. Google's older devices - Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 - both come with support for a physical SIM card and an eSIM. However, neither of the two devices allows users to use the physical SIM and the eSIM simultaneously, which means while you can have two SIM supporting two different network carriers, you can use the recieve calls of send messsage using the inactive SIM card. Google is likely to change that in Pixel 4.
Pixel 4, like the latest iPhones -- iPhone XR -- and some Android phones, is likely to allow users to receive calls and send texts using the secondary SIM card as long as the primary SIM isn't being used for the same purpose. What's more? The feature is in dog fooding mode, which means that it is currently being tested inside Google.
Whether the Google Pixel 4 will get better dual-SIM support is a million dollar question right. In any case, the inability of the current Pixel phones to use both the SIM cards simultaneously is a hassle that many Pixel users would like to avoid.