It’s been just a couple of hours since the release of the first beta version of Android Q, but users are already uncovering some of the very important under-the-hood changes of the update. Most of them are not visible for the naked eye, and they aren’t included in the release announcement blog post either. One of these features is Dual SIM, Dual Standby support for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices.
As most of you probably already know, the eSIM support is present on Pixel devices since the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Though it has one big flaw: you can’t use both the physical SIM network and eSIM network at the same time. You have to disable at least one of the SIMs, as Google is using the Dual Sim, Single Standby (DSSS) support. Originally, we thought that Google would add Dual SIM, Dual Standby (DSDS) support to the Pixel 4 on the hardware level, but they surprised us much earlier. As Owen Williams noticed, the newly released Android Q enabled DSDS support on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices.
Oh whoa it looks like Q enables dual active sim support for pixel 3 pic.twitter.com/o7Aghd4KEM
— Owen Williams (@ow) March 13, 2019
Better dual SIM functionality has been one of the most requested features from Pixel 3 users so far. After enabling the DSDS support, Google’s latest devices can finally go up to par the newest iPhones. Dual SIM, Dual Standby means that you can use both of the SIMs as long as one of them is not used actively (for example, you’re in the middle of the call). After seeing the DSDS feature in Android Q (and Google enabling it on Pixel 3), we’d be shocked if the Pixel 4 devices don’t also support it. We can also have hopes for Dual SIM, Dual Active (DSDA), which activates both of the SIMs at all times, regardless if any of them is active.
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