02 January 2020
Android 10 stable update is out for the Pixel line of devices with a pond full of features. While there are so many notable features of the latest OS update, there are also some hidden gems that can only be experienced if you own a Pixel device for now.
Spotted first by 9to5Google, the Android 10 update enables the Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) function in the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL devices. Technically, these two devices are the only Pixel phones that have gained this functionality. Google also activated this service on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL phones with the Android Q rollout but later took it back.
The Dual SIM Dual Standby allows you to use two SIMs at the same time. In this case, one is used in the form of a physical card and one eSIM. The Android status bar shows two network signal indicators when the two SIMs are in use. You can make and receive calls from both the eSIM and the physical SIM simultaneously.
To enable this functionality, you first need to check for eSIM support with your carrier. The eSIM comes embedded into the phone and it lets you launch the device without having to insert a physical SIM.
According to Google, only a few carriers currently support the functionality. It should be noted that Pixel 3a series devices purchased from Japan do not support dual SIMs. Once checked, activating the DSDS feature is pretty simple. You can head over to Network & Internet on your Pixel 3a under Settings app and look for Mobile network and proceed.
You can also set SIM preferences if you want Pixel 3a to prompt you every time you’re making a call or text.
The Dual SIM Dual Standby feature is quite popular in emerging markets like India and it’s even great to see the affordable version of Pixel 3 getting this feature. The Google Pixel 3a has received a great response in India, from critics as well as from customers. And it’s great to see an affordable version becoming even more productive thanks to a new activation.