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Android Q – Out with the old and in with the new!

It is impressive to think that Android since releasing their first operating system version 1.0, released 10 new versions and are currently operating on over 2.5 billion active devices worldwide!

A lot has changed since version 1.0, back when smartphones were just an early idea. Now, they’re one of the most important tools in our lives—helping us communicate, navigate and explore.

Releasing Andriod Q

Android is this year releasing their latest version of operating systems (Android Q) and its new features are jaw-dropping!

Quickfacts:

  • What is Android Q? It’s the next version of Android
  • When can you get Android Q beta? Download Android Q beta 3 now
  • When will Android Q launch in full? Probably August  
  • How much will Android Q cost? It will (assumedly) be a free update

Nea Android Q features:

  • Designed to support the potential of foldable devices
  • Supporting 5G connectivity
  • Live Caption –As soon as speech is detected, captions will appear, without ever needing Wifi or cell phone data, and without any audio or captions leaving your phone.
  • Smart Reply, allowing any messaging app to suggest replies in notifications.
  • New Privacy section under Settings, where you’ll find important controls in one place.
  • New Location section under settings that gives you more transparency and granular control over the location data you share with apps.
  • Receive updates faster and easier without having to reboot your phone.
  • Face ID-style authentication for logins and purchases.
  • Focus mode, which is designed to help you focus without distraction. You can select the apps you find distracting—such as email or the news—and silence them until you come out of Focus mode.

Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)

But one feature we want to focus extra on a new function that will assist eSIM users! It is providing support for Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)!

If you are not aware of DSDS it is the function that enables devices to connect to two networks simultaneously. This means you can receive calls on both your SIM cards while accessing mobile data on the ‘primary’ SIM card without manually switching service. It’s great for people who travel a lot and need multiple SIM cards such for example the best travel eSIM that you can find at esim.travel

In Android Q, if you have an eSIM installed and a physical SIM card in the device and you try to open the network switcher, as before, a new message will show on your screen: 

When accepting this your handset will reboot and you will have the ability to connect to both networks and a second signal bar will be visible on the top of the screen.

You will then get asked more questions regarding what SIM you wish to use for mobile data, calls and SMS.

Once you choose these, both networks are connected, with the secondary SIM showing a cross for mobile data—as expected—but calls and SMS will come through without issue. This means you can use your travel eSIM from esim.travel while still receiving calls and SMSs on your normal local number. Brilliant!

If you don’t see the DSDS message or can’t trigger the dual-connectivity mode, you’ll need to enable developer settings and flip on two feature flags: settings_mobile_network_v2 and settings_network_and_internet_v2, which should allow you to enable it provided you have two SIM cards in your phone.

Happy Roaming Everyone!

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