Google brings tool that turns physical chips into eSIM for more Android phones

Google's official tool for transform physical chips into virtual identifiers in eSIM format is closer to arriving. The new feature is starting to appear for groups of users, but adoption should be gradual.

According to the Android Policesome Android users around the world started receiving compatibility notifications on their cell phones with the tool. However, the feature still seems restricted to a few regions, companies and smartphone manufacturers.

Google's idea with the function is facilitate data migration from telephone operators when you change your smartphone. Furthermore, she must gradually eliminate the need to use the physical chip.

Google's eSIM converter is still limited

According to the report from the Android Police, Google's own Pixel 8 line was the first to benefit from the new feature. This is a natural process, as the company's family of devices is usually the first to receive system resources.

The company officially announced the tool in March last year, during the MWC 2023 fair, in Barcelona. In recent weeks, the first information about the launch of the feature in the codes of a test version of the Android platform finally emerged.

The method of transferring SIM from one cell phone to another.The method of transferring SIM from one cell phone to another.Source: Android Police

However, it was already possible to carry out the same process on the Galaxy S24 Ultra, a Samsung launch presented in January 2024 with Android 14 running from One UI 6.1. For a while, it was thought the feature would start exclusively on Samsung devices, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

The same user noticed that even an LG V60 that was turned on in the same room was recognized during setup. This indicates that older devices with Android 13 will also be compatible with the new feature, which works by reading a QR Code generated on the old cell phone.

For now, Google has not officially commented on the availability of the conversion, which will be available in waves. The process involves approval not only from the owner of Android and partner manufacturers, but from operators around the world.

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