The smartphone industry is moving towards the adoption of eSIMs, a digital version of the traditional SIM card, and Samsung’s latest beta opens the door to this handy feature. The eSIM, also known as an Embedded SIM, eliminates the need for a physical SIM card, and can be activated and managed digitally. This makes it a convenient option for travelers or customers who want to add a secondary line to their mobile without having to carry a second phone.
Manufacturers have been integrating support for eSIMs in their latest smartphones for several years now. Apple has even removed the SIM port from its American versions of the iPhone 14, while other manufacturers are looking to do the same in the future. However, Google seems to have fallen behind in this area, but that could change with Android 13.
The latest beta of Google’s mobile operating system has a new tool that allows users to transfer their eSIM from an old phone to a new one. This feature will make the transition to a new device more seamless, and the option, available to all manufacturers equipped with Google Mobile Services, will allow Samsung smartphone owners to carry out the operation in a few seconds.
It’s possible that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5, which could be released in the middle of summer 2023, could offer this option. However, Google may keep the first of such an option and only offer it exclusively on its Pixel models before a wider deployment in the months that follow.
It’s worth noting that though the SIM card technology is evolving, it’s not yet on the brink of extinction. It’s still a subject of discussion among the manufacturers, operators and users. However, with the convenience and ease of use that eSIMs provide, it is likely that the technology will be adopted by more and more manufacturers in the years to come.