Google I/O: Foldable phone support is coming in Android Q

Google I/O: Foldable phone support is coming in Android Q

Samsung's foldable device - the Galaxy Fold - has a smaller screen on the front and opens up into a larger one on the inside while Huawei's foldable phone - Mate X - has a different design that puts its eight-inch screen on the outside. Google hinted that it is considering this technology when it announced that Android would natively support foldable smartphones.

Samsung's Galaxy Fold may have gotten the new foldable wave of devices off to a false start, but that hasn't deterred Google from continuing to work on the platform. Its fiasco with the Galaxy Fold, which may not even ship at all, has made both consumers and manufacturers think twice about the prospects of foldable phones.

Google and ZTE were reportedly working on their foldable phones as patents and renders showed up. There's also the iQOO foldable phone and whatever phone that will have the DragonHinge technology by TCL. We're thinking about one but we don't know it will be ready anytime soon.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold's postponement due to displays breaking may be a factor why OEMs need to wait a bit.

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Officially, Google isn't in a rush although we can't deny it has experimented on the foldable form in the past.

Mario Queiroz, head of Pixel development at Google, told CNET that the company is "definitely prototyping the technology", and that it's something it's been working on for some time now. "I think it needs to be more innovative than that".

The first batch of foldable phones is being marketed to those that want bigger screens but don't want to carry yet another device.

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