Today Google officially announced the latest smartphones to join the Pixel family – Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL – during its annual developer conference Google I/O. The phones are an affordable alternative to the popular Pixel 3 and 3XL, targeting consumers who prefer a mid-range price point but still want a device that packs a punch with usability and design features. The Pixel 3a is priced at $399 and the Pixel 3a XL is $479.
These latest Pixel phones offer a similar overall design as the current Pixel 3 line, though the newest versions brought back the headphone jack, and perhaps most exciting, both phones include eSIM.
Announcing advanced eSIM service in summer 2019
GigSky supports the launch of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL devices and the broader Android ecosystem with the release of our new app available this summer. The new version of the app will allow consumers to download eSIMs if they are using an unlocked eSIM-capable Android phone.
Our team has been testing this new version of the app with Pixel 3 devices featuring Android P and Q Beta, which supports dual-SIM dual-standby (DSDS) mode. The DSDS mode is already featured in the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR and GigSky was one of the first companies to build an iOS App to support eSIM functionality in the iPhone.
eSIM Adoption Soars in the Android Ecosystem
According to the GSMA, by 2025 between around 25% (low adoption) and 40% (high adoption) of smartphone connections could be eSIM worldwide. Apple’s support for eSIM in the iPhone has galvanized the entire smartphone industry to support eSIM.
The launch of new, more affordable Pixel devices – and Google’s support for eSIM adoption within the Android ecosystem – is significant. The Android market makes up about 80% of the mobile OS market and Android is poised to become a major contributor to eSIM adoption.
We believe that new Pixel 3a will be the reference eSIM-capable Android phone for the next 12 months.
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