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  1. Google announced that original Pixel phones are scheduled to receive a final security update in December, marking the end of support for the Pixel phones released back in 2016. Along with the latest Pixel 4 series, Google unveiled a significantly redesigned Google Assistant. Now some of those changes are rolling out on the older phones in a 'compact' version. Until now, only Pixel 3 series phones have received the compact Assistant upgrade. In the new upgrade, results to queries no longer take up all of your screen. Instead, minimal space required to display the result is used. In sharp contrast to results filling the entire screen previously, now results to uncomplicated queries take up the bottom third of the screen. Weather consumes two-thirds of the panel. The compact Assistant bears a smaller panel without transparent look, present in the Pixel 4. The Assistant icon is located in the top-left corner and greets with "Hi, how can I help?" when invoked. Profile avatars are situated to the right and always visible. Shortcuts for "What's on my screen?" or "Share screenshot" appear right under the greeting. It may be noted that this upgrade does not offer any other of the key features of the Pixel 4's new Assistant. It does not have continued conversation and screen context features. The redesign still makes use of old pills to launch Lens, voice, and the keyboard. The Updates feed can still be accessed by swiping up. While the UI may be slightly revamped, it doesn't match the feature set of Assistant on the Pixel 4. It is not yet certain that a similar Assistant update will be rolled out on Pixel 2 series phones. Contrarily, it is improbable that original Pixel phones will be getting the 'compact' Google Assistant. Source: 1. Pixel 4-like Assistant now available on Pixel 3 series in new update (via Neowin) - main article 2. New compact Google Assistant inspired by Pixel 4 starts rolling out to older phones (via 9to5Google) - reference to the main article
  2. PhoneBuff completed an in-depth speed test between the Pixel 4 XL and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and Google's flagship can't quite keep up. Flagships and their specifications don't tell an entire story on paper. It requires real-life performance to understand where they sit against each other. Take the Pixel 4 and the iPhone 11 Pro as an example. Both flagships use top-tier components and technologies, but they run very differently. Let's take a look at just how much of a gap sits between them. Through an in-depth speed test completed by PhoneBuff, we're able to see the optimizations on Android and iOS at work. Still, despite Google's best effort, the iPhone 11 Pro pulls out ahead. Apple continues to benefit from creating hardware and software tailored to each other. Pixel phones, however, get some optimization but not enough as desired due to Android's existence on third-party hardware. Google's Pixel 4 XL didn't keep up during the comparison. In fact, it finished approximately 30 seconds behind the iPhone 11 Pro Max. That's down from last year's full minute when the iPhone XS Max dusted up the Pixel 3 XL, so maybe Pixel phones are another year or two away from catching up to or pulling in front of the latest iPhone. The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max ship with Apple's custom A13 chip. It's paired with 4GB of RAM, as well as a neural engine, to keep tasks running smooth. On the other side, Google inserts Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855. The Pixel 4 and its XL-named sibling include 6GB of RAM. So, even with a larger capacity of internal memory, Google's flagship managed to lag behind. It's another case in which Apple's approach to developing in-house hardware and software wins. Check the video, but by no stretch does this mean the Pixel 4 should be labeled as 'slow' and unworthy of your attention. The simple truth is that Apple's iPhone 11 Pro is a bit snapper. Here's the in-depth speed test, courtesy of PhoneBuff: Source
  3. The Pixel 4’s refresh rate is inexplicably tied to its display brightness [Update] Above 75% brightness, 90Hz mode works. Below 75%, it doesn't. Enlarge / The Pixel 4. Update 3:33pm ET: Google gave the following statement to The Verge: We designed Smooth Display so that users could enjoy the benefits of 90Hz for improved UI interactions and content consumption, while also preserving battery when higher refresh rates are not critical by lowering back down to 60Hz. In some conditions or situations, however, we set the refresh rate to 60Hz. Some of these situations include: when the user turns on battery saver, certain content such as video (as it's largely shot at 24 or 30fps), and even various brightness or ambient conditions. We constantly assess whether these parameters lead to the best overall user experience. We have previously planned updates that we'll roll out in the coming weeks that include enabling 90hz in more brightness conditions. So Google's statement seems to indicate that 1) this was on purpose, and 2) Google is going to change it in the future thanks to some "previously planned updates." The "Future Pixel Updates" list now contains this 90Hz display fix, which is due out "in the coming weeks" and the Face Unlock awareness fix, which is due out "in the coming months." Original post: After trying out the Pixel 4 at Google's hardware show and at home for a bit (review coming eventually) my working description for the new, 90Hz display has been that it's... "inconsistent." Sometimes it seems smooth, and sometimes it doesn't. Now Reddit user Brian Sefcik has discovered why: the display refresh rate is tied to the display brightness. Wait, what? Yes, that's right—at high brightness, the display runs at the full 90Hz; at lower brightness, the display inexplicably drops back to the normal 60Hz. XDA's Mishaal Rahman figured out that the exact cutoff point is 75% brightness, and this is easy to confirm on any Pixel 4 by loading up the testufo.com display test and watching the frame rate fluctuate with the brightness. It's hard to imagine why the Pixel 4 would work this way. There has been some speculation that this behavior is to help the Pixel 4's battery, which, on the smaller unit, is a minuscule 2800mAh. If this was a scheme to help the Pixel 4's anemic battery limp along throughout the day, you would think it would be the other way around. High brightness uses more battery, and high refresh rate uses more battery, so if you wanted to help the battery, you would only allow one battery-sucking feature at a time. Having "high brightness, high refresh" and "low brightness, low refresh" modes don't make sense for the battery. We asked Google PR about this and will update this article if we get a response. Enlarge / The Pixel 4's 90Hz display setting. Ron Amadeo The wording of the Pixel 4's 90Hz mode is pretty suspicious, with the company saying the mode "[a]utomatically raises the refresh rate from 60Hz to 90Hz for some content." I asked several people at the Google hardware show what "some content" is, and no one came clean about the brightness limitation. I was told that 90Hz would turn off when a user is viewing stationary images, which would be an implementation that makes sense. Hidden in the developer options is a way to force 90Hz mode all the time, which is how most other high-refresh rate phones work. Higher refresh rate displays are the next big thing in the Android world. The higher refresh rate leads to smoother scrolling and animations and just makes the device feel faster and more responsive. After years of Android phones "not feeling as smooth as an iPhone" the higher refresh rate displays indisputably put them ahead. The most mainstream devices with this feature are the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T, which have 90Hz displays, and there's also the 120Hz Asus ROG Phone 2. Apple kicked off the mobile device refresh rate race with the 120Hz iPad Pro, but it has yet to bring the technology to an iPhone. Next year, we expect to see 90Hz+ displays from just about everyone. 90Hz does use a bit more battery, but so far most vendors have implemented it without all the weird quirks of the Pixel 4. Source: The Pixel 4’s refresh rate is inexplicably tied to its display brightness [Update] (Ars Technica)
  4. Google Pixel 4 actually supports any Qi wireless charger with up to 11W of power output Google launched the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL last year with support for wireless charging. However, only customers who would buy the accompanying Pixel Stand or a very limited range of third-party wireless chargers may take advantage of that feature at a faster speed. That meant charging pads not approved by Google could only juice up the third-generation Pixel phones at 5W. However, it appears that Google has changed that with the Pixel 4 series. Spotted by XDA Developers' Mishaal Rahman, who shared the information on Twitter, the fourth-gen Pixel phones actually include support for any Qi wireless charging pad with a capacity of up to 11W. This enables users to charge their Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL using any wireless charging pad faster than the previous limitation, although this capability was not mentioned by Google during the Pixel 4 debut. The Pixel 4's official registration with the Wireless Power Consortium was on October 17, two days after the phones' announcement. The Pixel 4 series' silent addition of support for all third-party Qi wireless chargers is a welcome development, nevertheless, as it removes the need to purchase a Pixel Stand if you wish to wirelessly juice up your handset faster than 5W. Source: Google Pixel 4 actually supports any Qi wireless charger with up to 11W of power output (Neowin)
  5. The Pixel 4's facial recognition will unlock your phone with your eyes closed Google announced its Pixel 4 series of handsets earlier this week, and one thing that's different this time around is that there's no fingerprint sensor on the back. Instead, they use a new face unlock feature. Unfortunately, it turns out that with face unlock, you don't actually have to be looking at the phone. On Google's face unlock support page, the company confirmed that your Pixel 4 can be "unlocked by someone else if it’s held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed". The firm also noted that looking at the phone can unlock it when you don't mean to, and it can be unlocked by someone that "looks a lot like you". The only other mainstream flagship smartphones that have facial recognition and no fingerprint sensor are Apple's lineup of iPhones. And even when Apple's Face ID was first introduced with an iPhone X two years ago, it required not only that your eyes be open, but that you're actually looking at the device. Sadly, there's no option to require your eyes to be open on the Pixel, although it wouldn't be surprising if Google adds that at some point. If you're worried about someone using your face to unlock your phone while you're sleeping, your only option is to turn off the feature completely. Source: The Pixel 4's facial recognition will unlock your phone with your eyes closed (Neowin)
  6. Google will not be selling the Pixel 4 and 4 XL in India Google unveiled the Pixel 4 and 4 XL flagships smartphones at an event yesterday. The devices see the addition of a secondary rear camera for improved abilities in the camera department, a 90Hz refresh rate for the display, improved Google Assistant features and more. However, a standout feature of the devices is the addition of a radar sensor called ‘Project Soli’ which the firm now officially terms ‘Motion Sense’. This sensor allows for the ability to use air gestures to control the phone and aids in faster face unlock. That very feature might be why these flagships offerings will not be making it for sale in the Indian sub-continent. In response to a user question on Twitter, the Made by Google account confirmed that the company has decided “not to make Pixel 4 available in India”. While the tweet does not pinpoint the exact reason, it is likely due to regulatory restrictions in India that prevent the usage of 60GHz bands for commercial use. The ‘Project Soli’ chip in these devices leverages the 60GHz band to sense precise movement around the device. With premium smartphone sales seeing an increase in the country, the inability for Google to offer its latest smartphones might hurt the company. Samsung recently claimed that it holds 72% of the premium device market share in India (in the ₹40,000 (~$560) and above segment). With the omission of the latest Pixel devices in the market, users of older Pixel phones waiting to upgrade their devices have the Pixel 3a as an option or might have to go the way of Samsung or other OEMs. While the tweet from the company suggests that it looks forward to “bringing future Pixel and other hardware products to India”, it isn’t clear if it points at the possibility of a Pixel 4a in the future sans the Project Soli radar chip or if there are other plans. It is too early to read too far into what the company plans for its future devices. Source: Google will not be selling the Pixel 4 and 4 XL in India (Neowin) If you like this post, then this post.
  7. Google Pixel 4 5G could launch alongside 4G handset at October event Google beating Apple in the 5G race The Google Pixel 3 (Image credit: TechRadar) The Google Pixel 4 is almost upon us, with it set to launch on October 15, and while we're expecting to see the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, it looks like there could be a third handset on the cards as well – the Google Pixel 4 5G. That's according to Japanese news site Nikkei Asian Review, which says an industry source told the publication that Google is testing a 5G handset that will be shown off at the October 15 event alongside the two new phones, a smartwatch and a notebook. While the smartwatch and notebook are big news in their own ways, it's the 5G phone that's really intriguing – alongside Apple, Google is one of the few companies that hasn't entered the 5G race yet, although it could be about to. What we're expecting to see in the Google Pixel 4 Only a test? That said, the sources state the Google Pixel 4 5G is in 'test production' while the 4G handsets are in full production. This means we might not see the next-gen device release at the same time as the main Pixel 4 and 4XL. For now, this is just a leak and not confirmed by any means – but Nikkei has got stuff right before, most recently predicting the Nintendo Switch Lite before that was announced, so it's worth bearing in mind. If precedents from other manufacturers are followed, the Google Pixel 4 5G could be almost identical to the Pixel 4 XL, but with the next generation of connectivity - a tactic used by Oppo, Samsung and Huawei to upgrade high-end phones to 5G. However we've also heard a rumor that the device will be the Google Pixel 4 XL 5G, and it'll be more powerful than the other devices. That's somewhat of a tongue-twister name, though. We'll find out either way come October 15, when Google hosts its Pixel 4 event. TechRadar will be on the ground, reporting live to bring you news, hands on reviews and analysis, so check back then for all the latest smartphone news. Google Pixel 4 camera samples leaked: what are the big new features here? Source: Google Pixel 4 5G could launch alongside 4G handset at October event (TechRadar)
  8. Google’s next flagship smartphone launches October 15 We'll see the Pixel 4 and probably a bunch of other Google hardware. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Google has sent out invites for the latest "Made by Google" hardware event. On October 15, the company will officially launch the Pixel 4 and probably a slew of other hardware. The livestream is already registered on YouTube, with a launch time of 10am ET. The Pixel 4 is the worst-kept secret of the year. In addition to leaks from the usual suspects and Google's own public announcement of device features, any semblance of secrecy was killed last week when several Vietnamese YouTubers got hold of a Pixel 4 prototype and started posting full video reviews. Key features of the Pixel 4 include a 90Hz OLED display (just like the OnePlus 7 Pro), two rear cameras and a time-of-flight sensor (the first multi-rear camera setup for a Pixel phone), and a thick top bezel packed with sensors for things like face recognition (apparently the only supported form of biometrics) and air gestures. Air gestures—which requires you to wave your hand above the phone screen to control it—have been tried on phones before, usually with poor results. For the Pixel 4 though, Google is using a "Soli" radar sensor that it developed in house, which will hopefully make the feature more useful. As usual, we're expecting two phones, this year packing 5.7-inch and 6.3-inch OLED displays. The specs are a bit behind the competition, with the Snapdragon 855 instead of the faster Snapdragon 855+, only 6GB of RAM instead of the 8GB of RAM you get from other phones in this price range, and batteries that seem on the small side. Google's Pixel phones have always been about software, though. With this release, you'll get Android 10 and probably the "Next gen" Google Assistant that was announced at Google I/O 2019 as "coming to new Pixel phones." There's also the Pixel's top-shelf camera setup, which this year includes a focus on astrophotography. Alongside the yearly smartphone launch, Google is also in the habit of launching a plethora of other hardware. This year, the expectations are a second-gen Google Home Mini (probably rebranded the "Google Nest Mini") with better sound and an aux jack, and maybe even a Google Pixelbook 2, codenamed "Atlas," which popped up at the FCC in July. With Wi-Fi 6 ready for devices it's also time for a new Google Wi-Fi, and various Chromium commits have been hinting at a next-gen version of Google's mesh router. With Google's track record for leaks, we'll probably hear even more about these devices in the time between now and the launch event. We are already signed up for the event, so we'll bring you the latest on whatever Google announces on October 15. Listing image by ReLab Source: Google’s next flagship smartphone launches October 15 (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  9. Google announces the Pixel 4 will have FaceID, radar-powered gestures The Pixel 4 is getting a full face unlock package with cameras and IR sensors. After showing off the back of the Pixel 4 in June, Google is again taking the unprecedented step of publicly detailing an unreleased smartphone. The newest post on the company blog is all about the Pixel 4's big top bezel and the tech goodies contained within. First, Google confirms the earlier rumors from 9to5Google that the device will integrate Project Soli technology: Pixel 4 will be the first device with Soli, powering our new Motion Sense features to allow you to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving your hand. These capabilities are just the start, and just as Pixels get better over time, Motion Sense will evolve as well. Motion Sense will be available in select Pixel countries. Soli, or "Motion Sense" as it's being called in the Pixel 4, is powered by radar. Google's Advanced Technology and Projects team (ATAP) has been working on shrinking down radar into a tiny chip for the last five years. As originally pitched, Soli was capable of detecting a number of fine hand gestures, like tapping your thumb and index finger together for a virtual button press or rubbing the two fingers together to scroll or turn a virtual dial. Google's old Soli YouTube video claims the technology is capable of tracking "sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy," but in this first consumer device, the video shows waving your hand across the entire face of the phone to skip music. Gestures like this have been done before on Samsung and Motorola phones with cameras and other optical sensors, and they were not well received enough to be carried forward to future devices. Google notes that "Motion Sense will be available in select Pixel countries," which probably indicates that Soli will have some regulatory hurdles to overcome. Soli operates in the 57- to 64-GHz frequency band, and in the US, Google had to get the FCC to lift power limitations in those bands so Soli could work better. If an international regulatory body is not as accommodating as the FCC, it sounds like the Pixel 4's Soli capabilities will be shut off in that country. Google provided a diagram of all the stuff that lives in the top bezel of the Pixel 4, and there are quite a few surprises. First the "second front camera" spot that we've seen on renders isn't set up like the Pixel 3, with a wide-angle lens. The wide-angle lens is being cut for a "face unlock IR camera." There are actually two face unlock cameras besides the main selfie cam. Along with a dot projector and flood illuminator, it looks like the Pixel 4 is getting a full-blown copy of Apple's FaceID. Google says it's making some improvements over Apple's implementation, though, with faster activation: Other phones require you to lift the device all the way up, pose in a certain way, wait for it to unlock, and then swipe to get to the homescreen. Pixel 4 does all of that in a much more streamlined way. As you reach for Pixel 4, Soli proactively turns on the face unlock sensors, recognizing that you may want to unlock your phone. If the face unlock sensors and algorithms recognize you, the phone will open as you pick it up, all in one motion. Google promises that its FaceID "image data never leaves your phone" and that the data is "never saved or shared with other Google services." Soli data will get the same on-device treatment. The Pixel 4 should be out sometime before the end of the year. We're sure we'll see more leaks (and maybe even more posts from Google) before then. Source: Google announces the Pixel 4 will have FaceID, radar-powered gestures (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  10. In renders, the Pixel 4 trades a giant notch for a giant forehead Google is once again going with a, uh, "unique" design for the Pixel line. When we last checked in on the Pixel 4, Google itself was leaking the device by posting renders of the back design to Twitter. Today, we're getting a better look at the front of the Pixel 4 XL thanks to a new set of renders from OnLeaks and Pricebaba. OnLeaks has nailed the design of several devices in the past, so these are worth paying attention to. With the Pixel 3 XL design, Google chose to embrace the notched display design trend with what was probably the biggest notch ever fitted to a smartphone. It was twice as tall as other notch designs, and Google used that space for two front-facing cameras (the extra one was wide-angle) and an earpiece/speaker. That notch design was not very popular or good-looking. This year, according to the render, it looks like Google is going back to a traditional top bezel. Despite the extra space reserved at the top of the phone for components, this render doesn't show any additional hardware compared to the Pixel 3. There are still two front cameras, an earpiece, and two front sensors, which are typically a proximity sensor and an auto-brightness sensor. The bottom bezel is being shrunk down to almost nothing. On the Pixel 3 (and Pixel 2), the bottom bezel was there to house a big front speaker grill. This year, again according to the render, the bottom speaker is moving to the bottom edge of the phone next to the USB-C port. With no headphone jack to worry about, the render shows two "speaker grills" on either side of the USB-C port. If the Pixel 4 is set up like most other smartphones, you'll get one bottom firing speaker, with the other grill there for symmetry and usually the voice microphone. The typical setup is to have stereo sound by combining the bottom-firing speaker with the front-firing earpiece, which can double as a normal speaker. These renders are technically of the Pixel 4 XL, which OnLeaks says will have a 6.25-inch display. We already have official Google-provided renders of the back of the phone, but Google's image wasn't very clear about the number of cameras. This OnLeaks render shows three cameras. XDA Developers recently found a reference to a "rear telephoto" lens in the Google Camera app. Since the Google Camera app only works on Pixel phones, and none of the existing Pixels have rear telephoto lenses, it's a good bet that the camera lens #2 on the Pixel 4 is a telephoto lens. We don't know what the third smaller lens is for. A good guess would be a time-of-flight sensor for 3D sensing, since these are usually smaller than a normal camera lens and since Google loves AR camera technology. With all these extra cameras, there's a chance we'll finally see a smartphone that can match the 3D sensing of the old Project Tango smartphones from 2016. Google has been implementing a watered-down version of the Project Tango technology on single-camera smartphones called ARCore, but ARCore can only really detect flat surfaces like walls, floors, and tables. Tango was a full 3D sensing smartphone and could even be set up to be a 3D scanner. It was awesome. Anyway, this top-heavy design sure does look strange. It looks like Google will once again be marching to the beat of its own drum and choosing not to compete with the best all-screen smartphone designs out there. Next to a OnePlus 7 Pro, the Pixel 4 looks positively dated, and it isn't even out yet! As has been typical with the Pixel line, Google will have to sell people on a feature other than the design. Maybe the headline feature will be the return of Project Tango features? Maybe it's air gestures powered by Project Soli? The Pixel 3 saw sales fall year over year, and the Pixel 4 doesn't seem like a huge departure in terms of Google's strategy. It's hard to imagine a huge drop in price, either: the bill of materials will obviously be higher this year with those extra cameras, and the Pixel 3A takes up the mid-range pricing slot. For now, we'll be keeping an eye out for more leaks between now and the launch, which should be sometime around October. Listing image by Onleaks Source: In renders, the Pixel 4 trades a giant notch for a giant forehead (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  11. Google’s Pixel 4 rumored to support air gesture system Pause music and skip tracks with a radar-based air gesture system? Enlarge / Project Soli in action. We're at least four months out from the typical Google Pixel smartphone unveiling, but that isn't stopping the rumor mill from churning. There are already a pair of reports pointing toward a Project Soli-based gesture system being in development for the Pixel 4. First, a refresher on what the heck Project Soli is. The project has been in development for years inside Google's ATAP group, with the first public showing happening all the way back in 2015. Soli aims to embed a tiny radar system into a chip that can be used to detect hand motion above a device. Google demoed gestures like moving the thumb and index finger together for a virtual button press or rubbing the two fingers together to scroll or turn a dial. It has always seemed like something that would be a good fit for a smartwatch, where the tiny touchscreens and UIs limit how much can be done on with smartphone-style input. Like many ATAP projects, Soli kept a low profile for years, and you would have been forgiven for assuming it was dead—until the project surprisingly gained FCC approval this January. Now, about those reports. 9to5Google was the first to float the rumor that Google's next smartphone would be equipped with the radar-based gesture system, and then XDA Developers quickly followed up with actual code evidence. XDA has been tracking a feature in Android Q that uses an "Aware" sensor, which would be a good fit for a consumer-facing name for Soli. The latest Android Q betas allow for Aware-based control of lock screen notifications and gestures to skip and silence music. Google has been experimenting with air gestures since the second-gen Moto X, which was equipped with IR sensors that would let you wake the display or dismiss alarms or phone calls just by waving your hand across the display.That feature, from before Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, was not useful enough to be brought forward to future Google phones. The Pixel line has been experimenting with weird input methods, too. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 are squeezable—sensors embedded in the sides of the device allow you to call up the Google Assistant with just a firm squish. Does anyone out there want air gestures in their smartphone? If Soli does make it to the Pixel 4, Google has some work to do to convince everyone the feature isn't just a gimmick. Source: Google’s Pixel 4 rumored to support air gesture system (Ars Technica)
  12. Google engineer reveals the Pixel 4 will likely have better dual-SIM support Just like the iPhone Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge According to comments from a Google engineer on code in the Android Open Source Project, Google is working on a new “2019 Pixel.” Well, duh, of course Google is working on new smartphones for this year. But what’s interesting, as XDA Developers discovered over the weekend, is that the new handset should have better support for dual SIMs. That could mean that the Google Pixel 4 could work better on two different cellular carriers’ networks simultaneously instead of having just one enabled and the other disabled (and forcing you to choose which is which). In fact, the dual-SIM functionality is in active “dogfooding” on the Google Pixel 3 right now, meaning that Google is already testing it internally on a phone you might be using today. We know this because of the Google engineer’s comment — which you can read below — but first, here’s some context. The Google Pixel 2 and 3 have both a physical SIM card slot and an eSIM, but you can’t have both active at the same time. That’s in direct opposition to how the latest iPhones work, which are able to receive calls and texts from either network. Other Android phones can do similar multi-network tricks, and that feature is actually pretty important to some people. In some regions of the world it’s common to quickly switch between networks to get the best data rate — and it’s also a boon for people who travel a lot. The Pixel 3’s inability to have two SIMs active is a hassle for a lot of people. Here’s that Googler’s comment, which points out both that a “2019 Pixel” is coming and that dual-SIM functionality is being tested inside Google: The code here is essentially an engineer working out how Android itself will know whether a phone supports dual SIM. XDA also points out something you should know: there’s more than one way to handle dual-SIM functionality. One is “Dual SIM Dual Active” (DSDA) where both SIM cards are active and able to be used for calls, text, and data. The other is “Dual SIM Dual Standby” (DSDS) where the secondary SIM can only receive calls and texts, but isn’t fully active. iPhones use DSDS and presumably that’s what will arrive on the Google Pixel 4. Whether dual-SIM functionality for current Pixels will ever make it out of Google’s internal testing to your Pixel 3 is an open question. If I were Google, though, I’d work hard to ensure it works on the rumored Google Pixel Lite, because it will be a better fit for markets like India where dual SIM is more valued. Source
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