Google could be working on a foldable phone too

Doris Richards
March 15, 2019

Several major phone manufacturers are scrambling to bring out foldable phones to rival the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, and now it seems Google is planning to enter the fray.

Whether this foldable Pixel phone from Google ever sees the light of day is of course unknown and to be honest, not expected but it is good to see Google at least doing the basic groundwork should they ever want to release a foldable Pixel. Not everyone. We've known for a while now that other tech giants including Apple and Microsoft have been studying foldable devices of their own, although they're yet to make any announcements.

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Image Source Google via WIPO
Image Source Google via WIPO

With tech behemoths reportedly working on their own versions of foldable smartphones, it is hardly surprising that a leaked patent of Google's purported foldable phone has made an appearance online.

That said, there's no telling when Google will launch a foldable Pixel phone, but the fact that Google is looking at ways of manufacturing sturdy foldable devices seems to suggest it's seriously considering the new form factor.

It can be hard to create foldable top-emitting plastic OLED displays that have a small folding radius in both directions (i.e., having two surfaces of the display fold both towards each other and away from each other) and that can survive many fold-unfold cycles. Now patents have revealed that Google are at least doing their due diligence and investigating foldable Pixel phones.

It's likely that every major phone brand will eventually bring a folding device to market, but Google does have one advantage over the competition. The company has already announced that it worked on a specific Android build for foldable phones, which Samsung and Huawei now use, so it's clearly been thinking about folding devices for a while.

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