11 September 2019
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is a futuristic device considering that foldable phones are still in the infancy stage. It even ran into durability related issues right when it was supposed to launch that resulted in an indefinite delay. The team took its time to fix the luxurious piece of advanced tech and finally released an improved model last week. And now, Samsung has announced that Galaxy Fold has over hundreds of optimized applications at the time of launch.
It seems like the delay proved to be a blessing in disguise as it allowed Samsung and app makers to work on their respective apps and make them compatible with the Galaxy Fold. These optimized apps were needed because the Galaxy Fold works differently than standard phones. It not only has a different aspect ratio but also offers different ways of using the same app and doing tasks.
In the official announcement, Samsung said:
"Samsung and Google set up test labs in cities across the globe – from Seoul to Mountain View to Beijing – to work with and encourage partners and developers to test and verify that their apps and services are optimized for the Galaxy Fold and the Android ecosystem. Alongside this effort, Google introduced changes in Android 10 to offer improved resizable activity, multi-resume functionality and an updated Android Emulator to help support multiple-display type switching – opening the door to future foldable device optimization."
Even though Samsung claims there are over 100 optimized apps, some of the major ones include Amazon Prime Video, App in the Air, Facebook, iHeartMedia, Microsoft, Spotify, Twitter, and VSCO. It has not revealed details regarding what exactly are those optimizations but we can expect them to improve the user experience.