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

Google plans to give the Pixel 4 this 2018 Apple iPhone feature
According to information found in an Android Open Source Project web page by XDA Developers, it appears that the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will feature an improved dual SIM functionality. As many of you already know, the "subscriber identity module" or SIM allows your carrier to verify your identity. An eSIM, or embedded SIM, is a chip placed inside the phone that takes the place of a SIM card. Currently, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 series phones carry both an eSIM and a SIM card slot.

However, the 2017 and 2018 Pixel models are Dual SIM, Single Standby. This means that both the eSIM and the SIM card slot cannot be both active at the same time. 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.

That is different than the Dual SIM, Dual Standby system found in the 2018 iPhone models. With this feature, both the SIM card slot and the eSIM inside the iPhone (except for China, where the iPhone has a Dual SIM tray) can be active at the same time, allowing you to engage in a voice call on one, and a text on the other. You cannot use Dual SIM, Dual Standby to be on two calls at the same time, or have two text messages going on simultaneously. That would require a third option, Dual SIM, Dual Active.

Based on the Commit found on the AOSP page (see image at the bottom of this article), a Google employee says that Android Q will support Dual SIM, Dual Standby or even Dual SIM, Dual Active if the device and the carrier support it as well. 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.

The bottom line is that Dual SIM, Dual Standby could be added to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 series if Google so desired. We should see this available on the Pixel 4 models, and it is a possibility for the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL. The latter two phones are expected to be offered by Verizon early this year.

We could see a bezel-less, chin-less Google Pixel 4


Returning to the Pixel 4, a recent patent awarded to Google shows a full-screen, edge-to-edge display with no chin and no notch. A fingerprint button still appears on the back of the illustration (see image at the top of this article). And there is talk that Android Q will support "secure facial recognition hardware" like Face ID. We could also see the Pixel 4 get a bump in RAM; both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 handsets carry 4GB of the stuff, so 6GB or 8GB of RAM could wind up on the fourth-generation Pixels. And we'd expect nothing less than the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform to be powering both models. The Pixel 4 XL could wind up equipped with a hefty 4000mAh battery.

As we told you yesterday, Strategy Analytics says that Pixel is the fastest growing smartphone brand in the U.S. Since the Pixel line gets first crack at the latest build of Android, and gets the latest improvements and features available for Google Assistant, Android fanatics will inevitably head toward the Pixels first. It also comes with one of the best cameras found on a smartphone. If Google does bring the specs more in line with other top shelf models and uses the bezel-less design seen on the aforementioned patent, the Pixel brand will continue to grow rapidly in the U.S.

Commit on AOSP page that reveals an improved Dual Sim functionality for the Google Pixel 4

Commit on AOSP page that reveals an improved Dual Sim functionality for the Google Pixel 4

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23 Comments

1. fakenewzz

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Hope they get it right this time.

12. androiduser

Posts: 500; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

If they do then it may be the best phone of 2019 by far.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 1752; Member since: May 04, 2015

Wait! What? How is this an Apple feature? A company that just introduced dual-sim capabilities is now the benchmark? Vivo phones have physical dual-sim AND eSim. To the author: Please stop the Apple worship and misinformation that will now give Apple credit for something they didn't invent. Do your research.

22. ryanbbn

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 29, 2019

Iphone will always be the benchmark other phones are compared too, get used to it

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 1752; Member since: May 04, 2015

Lol. Looks like the i8 have another iFool to make them the i9.

2. hazard1

Posts: 228; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Will it still be a carrier exclusive? That would be the highest impact change they could make.

3. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Pixel isn't carrier exclusive, it can be bought unlocked and used on any network.

8. hazard1

Posts: 228; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

I understand that, and that the story is different overseas, but in the States, most consumers buy mobile phones from their carriers. Presently, the only carrier in the US that offers the Pixels on payment plans is Verizon. Yes I know Pixels can be purchased from the Google store, Best Buy and places like b&h, but most folks do not think about those outlets when purchasing phones.

4. briankeithmays

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I'm tired of phonearena and it apple comparing. Other phones had dual Sim way before Apple. Every article they try and sneak an apple comment in.

7. blingblingthing

Posts: 711; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Good point. 2015 feature from an Android OEM.

9. Subie

Posts: 2231; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, I even have dual Sim capability on my $99 dollar Lumia.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1954; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They're talking about eSim and a physical sim card slot. As far as I know the Pixel and the iPhone are the only phones that have it. On the Pixel they can't be used at the same time. On the iPhone they can.

11. Subie

Posts: 2231; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You are correct Apple and Google are the only phones that have eSim as far as I know as well. However, the article is talking about having both Sims be active at the same time. Whether or not the Sims are physical or electronic, still equates to a dual Sim phone. And dual Standby or Active tech has been around for a while now. Just how I'm reading into this anyway. Cheers

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 1752; Member since: May 04, 2015

They aren't the only phones with an eSim and regular sim. Vivo phones have them too, well at least my NexS does as well as having a physical dual-sim slot. The US consumer is really shortchanged when it comes to choices.

15. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5467; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

The only Vivo phone I can find with eSim and NanoSim is the Nex Dual display. Which came after the iPhone Xs. Haven't found a single phone that has eSim/NanoSim that supports dual-standby as the iPhone Xs does. So please which Vivo model that came before the iPhone Xs has this?

17. TheOracle1

Posts: 1752; Member since: May 04, 2015

My Vivo NexS has it and probably several other Vivo and Oppo models.

19. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5467; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Weird, according to full specifications on GSM arena, the Vivo NexS is dual-sim with 2 nanosims, not 1 nano/1 esim Oppo only features e-sim in their upcoming F9 variants, long after the iPhone Xs. But if you know any models, I would gladly know them as well.

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 1752; Member since: May 04, 2015

Well I didn't know either until I stumbled on it when I got the phone. It's in the dual-sim settings so I can understand how GSMArena could have missed it. There's quite a long list of countries where it can be enabled and you choose your country and the plan you want. For example one of the full EU plans is about $19 for 7 days with 1GB of data. Since it's not fully certified on any of the local networks it's used primarily for roaming but the pricing is in line with roaming packages from UK carriers. I don't know specifically what Oppo have, I was just assuming that since they're sister companies they may have it too. I know Xiaomi have had it for a while on specific models in a few Asian countries.

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 1752; Member since: May 04, 2015

In fact most models sold in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia etc) and Hong Kong have it. The eSim disables Sim2 and uses the slot for itself whilst Sim1 remains fully functional.

16. ahmadkun

Posts: 492; Member since: May 02, 2016

This is the only way to make the comments section active, at least they made you and I drop a comment and that's the goal

23. ryanbbn

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 29, 2019

Thats because apple is the benchmark others are compared too

5. sun0066

Posts: 246; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Everything is for the next generation , never is ready for the current , being already available .

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 711; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

This 2018 iPhone feature seems to been a 2015 feature from and Android manufacturer in the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE550ML.

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