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Google starts eSIM program for phone makers

Google starts eSIM program for phone makers

Google has started sending out the December security patch update to its Pixel devices, not just limited to the latest Pixel 3 and 3 XL but also the first and second generation devices. The Pixel ThrEE with EEsim (sorry - there's a reason we don't work in marketing) will be available "in the coming months". The patches include improved camera performance, fixes for screen flickering bugs and apps accidentally closing while running in the background, and several others. It addresses two related problems with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will suddenly close audio streaming apps when the user switches to another app and a camera bug where photos aren't always saved correctly.

Pixel 2 owners are also getting these fixes. One downside, though, is that while Google is now offering a free Pixel Stand and USB-C earbuds when you purchase a Pixel 3, the fine print specifically says that it can't be combined with any promotional codes, so you're out of luck if you wanted to snag both deals.

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The key advantage of eSIM connectivity is the enabling of multi-SIM access on the Google Pixel 3 range. You can check to see if it is available for your device from the settings menu.

As mentioned above, the update and all applicable features patches will roll out to all Android devices starting today, 12/5. How big the discount is will depend on your subscription tier - this editor, who subscribes to a 1TB plan, got a $200 promo code while another person on a 200GB plan got $125 code.