Google’s Android 13 could fix the SIM card problem

Every one of us knows that we need a SIM card in our smartphones to make calls, to connect to the internet and for messaging etc. A smartphone will not be useful without a SIM card.

Nowadays, a smartphone is used for many purposes other than calling which leads the manufacturer to improve and introduce new elements in the smartphone to keep pace with its competitors.

However, as the features and elements of the device increase, the need for more space increases, which has led manufacturers to make changes to other elements of the device. For example, the lack of space in smartphones has led to the reduction of the SIM card size from full to mini, micro and eventually, to nano SIM. Even some companies have started replacing nano SIMs with embedded SIMs (eSIMs). These new modules can replace traditional cards.

However, there is a problem with eSIMs that can prevent them from taking over.

Now Google can provide a solution to this problem with the help of a new feature in Android 13.

eSIM issues

Although eSIMs are a great replacement for SIM cards, there is still a problem. eSIMs do not support dual SIM card support. The reason for this is that the chips are designed to work with only one service provider at a time. So while eSIMs can currently store multiple profiles on a single chip and support switching between them, they can only keep one profile active at a time. The solution to this problem is to get a device with multiple eSIMs, multiple physical SIM cards, or one eSIM and one physical SIM card.

The new Google Android 13 feature can solve this problem?

Google has introduced Multiple Profiles Activated (MEP) which will allow multiple active SIM profiles on a single eSIM, according to reports. Which means that a single eSIM will be able to connect to two different carriers at the same time.

How does MEP work?

Google’s MEP method uses multiple logical interfaces that will serve as independent communication channels between a SIM profile and the phone’s modem while maintaining a single physical connection between the components. The company will also add API classes to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) that will allow carrier applications to obtain information about logical and physical interfaces as well as SIM profiles stored on them.

Earlier it was reported that Google was testing this technology on Pixel engineered hardware.

This technology could come out with Android 13

According to reports, Google is likely to introduce this supercharged eSIM support on Android 13 as the credentials of this technology are there is AOSP. The Android Developers website also suggested that the company could integrate it into the upcoming operating system.

Some new MEP APIs are also present in the second Android 13 developer preview. The company plans to release six betas in six months starting in April. We will get more information about this feature from the betas of the next operating system.

How will this feature help you?

This feature will help people to use two SIM cards on one phone while giving smartphone manufacturers some extra headroom. This feature can later be implemented on iOS and even Windows. Let us tell you that tech giant Apple already allows iPhone 13 to use two eSIMs for two or more mobile plans.

(Source: Gadgets Now)

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