In September 2021, Google is said to have been working on two foldable phones. People even thought the devices might come out in late 2021, but that wasn’t the case.
But the same source (@DSCCRoss) that declared the project “dead” last year due to the cancellation of display orders now says that at least one foldable Google phone with a primary display similar to the upcoming Samsung Z Fold4 (6.19″) , but a smaller 5.8-inch cover display.
Z Fold 4 and Google Foldable will have similarly sized foldable displays, but the Google Cover display will be slightly smaller at 5.8 inches. This should mean that it will have a wider aspect ratio than the Samsung 6.19-inch Fold 4 at next week’s conference.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 2, 2022
A Q4 2022 arrival for this Google foldable display is believable as Google has plenty of time to get this done and these displays may not suffer from the same supply chain issues as higher volume products.
Beyond the device itself, it’s pretty exciting to know that Google will be taking a deep dive into the foldable user experience (UX). With that, apps should ultimately see better Android integration with the “multi-size display” nature of these phones.
Samsung did a great job pioneering the foldable space, and virtually all commercial clones are based on the original Samsung Fold designs. It also did a lot of the heavy lifting and UX work that made the concept successful.
However, it is imperative that the main force behind the operating system, Google, commits to the foldable form factor. Based on its experience, Google will optimize the various APIs required to take apps to the next level and enable developers to create cross-OEM code.
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