The Android 4.4 nano-SIM-only rumor makes no sense
As we get this week started, there’s a lot of Nexus 5 info floating around – mainly specs, and some ones we’ve seen before, but still acting as confirmation and keeping this handset fresh in our minds. One aspect to some of these rumors has been getting a lot of attention, but it’s not one we’re sure means quite what people think it does: the idea that Android 4.4 might impose a nano-SIM requirement on new phones.
Where’s this notion coming from in the first place? A website for Ukrainian carrier “life :)” advertises its nano-SIM cards by noting compatibility with the “iPhone5S, iPhone5c, Nexus5 or smartphone with Android 4.4,” and it’s that last bit, mentioning Android 4.4 separately from the Nexus 5, that’s fueling speculation that nano-SIM support could become standardized for Android hardware.
Honestly, that seems both like a situation where people are reading far too much into a throwaway line in some fine print, as well as an idea that just doesn’t make any sense on face value.
What interest could Google possibly have in mandating use of nano-SIM cards? It’s not concerned with restricting the hardware options available to OEMs. We doubt that standard SIM sizes would be very beneficial to carriers, as that’s only going to make switching networks all the easier for users who shop around. Maybe most importantly, it’s not like nano-SIM cards have some special, advanced features that other sizes lack – they’re regular, old SIMs, but just smaller. All things considered, this rumor doesn’t make a lick of sense.