Samsung made history for itself in November teasing its foldable phone, now called Galaxy Fold, to mark the first of its kind in Samsung’s lineups. All the uncertainties are now over as Galaxy Fold is no longer a concept anymore. Samsung has announced Galaxy fold release date to be April 26th, and the company has, in addition, revealed more features distinguishing the foldable phone from other smartphones out there.
According to a report by CNET, Google appears to be experimenting with a foldable phone. Mario Queiroz, the head of Google’s Pixel division, told the publication that the company is working on a new mobile form factor.
“We’re prototyping foldable displays and many other new hardware technologies, and have no related product announcements to make at this time.”
Let’s hope Google acknowledges the inevitable and avoids all the mistakes Samsung made during the making of the Galaxy Fold. The wildly ambitious $1,980 foldable smartphone which rolled out to a handful of tech reviewers was found to be a deal-breaker.
Google’s track record with Pixel says its hardware quality needs more than a simple patchwork. Building for a foldable smartphone is a completely different ball game.
Google’s API will play an important role in shaping the software behavior of Android foldable phones. Last year, the company announced that Android will officially support foldable phones.
A patent filed in March hints a clamshell form factor for a foldable phone. But it’s too early to comment on what is going to be the final design.