Google's Pixel 4 may offer improved dual-SIM functionality, according to an AOSP commit
11 February, 2019, 13:43
Google's next Pixel flagship is still a long time away, but it appears that the upcoming smartphone might offer better dual SIM functionality than the current crop and previous generation Pixel smartphones. A Googler commenting on a source code change for Android Q let it slip that the 2019 Pixel will have "dual SIM functionality", which hopefully means the true dual SIM capabilities users expect these days. Also available in the latest iPhones and many dual SIM Android smartphones, this basically means that the other SIM can receive calls or texts so long as the primary SIM slot isn't actively being used for the same objective.
While the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 3 can technically support two SIMs through eSIM technology, it's not the more advanced version of the tech available in many other handsets, including the latest iPhones. The same commit mentions that the Pixel 3 also supports dual-SIM use, but it's restricted to dogfooding. You see, the Pixel 3 contains an eSIM as well as its hardware nanoSIM slot. Never mind the fact that eSIM support is very limited in the U.S. and the rest of the world, the Pixel's Dual SIM mode is one that goes back to the early 2000s.
Apart from that, not much is known about Pixel 4 at the moment.
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. Although it is still very early for Pixel 4 leaks, there's already some information about Google's next-gen Pixel handsets.
Google launched Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in October and both smartphones have been praised for their exceptional cameras. We don't know the exact release date yet, but the announcement could be made at this year's Google I/O in May.