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Google may finally be thinking about a foldable phone, suggests patent

15 March 2019 3

Google also has plans of bringing a foldable device but when it will happen is completely unknown, at least for now. A patent application published at least proves that something foldable is in works from Google. Going by what we have seen in the past, Google doesn’t really adopt the trend quickly and rather focuses on polishing and enhancing the existing hardware to the finest. Well, the single rear camera on the third-gen Pixel phones is the best thing to exemplify here as the company didn’t believe in the dire need of multiple cameras at once.

However, the new bandwagon is different this time as it accommodates the latest tech on itself. Huawei and Samsung have already shown what they have to offer when it comes to foldable devices. So, it’s obvious to now expect a similar thing from the two big brands Google and Apple.

While the year 2019 marks the arrival of foldable devices, it would only be the next year when we are going to see this tech actually moving on its track.

Going by the diagrams available in the patent application, the design looks similar to the Motorola Razr 2019. One can see the gap between the two halves. It looks like a design when the screen folds in vertically and the result looks more like a wallet.

There’s one more design that shows the device is folding twice into three parts and there is still a curvature. One fold has the screen folded in but the other has it facing outward.


Google first brought the Android support to foldable devices back in November 2018 and speculation that Google is working closely with Samsung to bring a foldable Pixel phone came in January this year. And, fast forward to this month, it was reported that Samsung has already sent the foldable panels to Google and even Apple and this clearly suggested that something is definitely going on.

Well, before you become curious, must note that the patents don’t always materialize in the real world. So, while there’s a possibility that Google is working on foldable devices, there’s an equal possibility that this may not become a reality.


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