Google’s Android 13 could allow you to connect to two carriers on the same eSIM


Google’s upcoming Android 13 mobile OS is expected to release sometime in August this year. Ahead of the official roll out, Google via its developer preview has given us a glimpse of what we should expect from the upcoming OS. The list includes features such as the Foreground Services Task Manager, new wallpaper effects, new media controls, and the ability to warn users if an app drains too much battery in the background, among others. Now, a new report talks about another utilitarian feature that is expected to debut with Android 13 – support for Multiple Enabled Profiles, or MEPs.

According to a blog post by Mishaal Rahman, senior technical editor at Android developer platform Esper, Android 13 will include a feature that will enable users to use multiple carrier connections using a single eSIM.

As of now, smartphone makers use two eSIMs or a combination of one eSIM and one nano SIM card to provide dual-SIM functionality in their devices. This, in turn, takes up storage space that could otherwise be used to squeeze in a bigger battery or more sensors. But with Android 13, Google is working on providing a feature that will enable users to access multiple carrier connections using the same eSIM. This will not only make it easier for users to switch between carrier networks but will also cut down on hardware costs.

This upcoming feature is based on a patent that was granted to Google back in 2020 that relies on splitting a physical interface between different digital connections. “Google is proposing the creation of logical interfaces that are multiplexed over a single physical interface. Each logical interface can then provide an independent communication channel between a SIM profile and a modem, so only a real physical connection is needed for the modem.” will be needed,” Rahman wrote in the post.

He also says that Google’s approach isn’t limited to Android devices, which means it can also be used by Apple and Microsoft in their iOS, macOS, and Windows-based devices. Though it remains to be seen whether they roll out similar functionality with future OS updates.

Google’s Android 13 post may allow you to connect to two carriers on the same eSIM appeared earlier on BGR India.

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