Google Pixel 4 may get this iPhone feature

Google Pixel 4 may get this iPhone feature

XDA Developers recently noticed a new commit to AOSP's source code, revealing some interesting details about the Pixel 4.

The commit in question adds a "property value" in Android Q that could differentiate between devices with dual SIM mode and those that don't.

For those unfamiliar with dual SIM support, it generally works in one of three ways. Comparatively, other Android devices and the latest iPhones support Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) tech, which lets you receive calls and texts on either SIM card.

Before then we might well get treated to the Pixel 3 Lite - Google is rumored to be readying a mid-range version of its 2018 flagship phone, built with slightly cheaper materials and a less powerful chipset on board. That's a handy feature to have in a phone, as long as your carrier supports eSIM. 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. This means that even though you can have two SIMs operating on two different networks, you will not be able to receive calls or texts to the inactive SIM slot.

If you're a Pixel 2 or Pixel 3 user, you already know that your phone comes with dual SIM support out of the box, but one of those two SIM cards is a virtual one - or eSIM. The Googler also points out that Dual SIM, Dual Standby is being tested internally on the Pixel 3 in preparation for use with the Pixel 4 models.

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

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.

The Pixel 3 could support DSDS in the future, but not DSDA because it lacks a secondary radio.