Google Foldable Smartphone Design Tipped by Patent

Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone

Google Foldable Phone Patent Surfaces Online; See Details

Samsung and Huawei have already launched their first foldable smartphone while others like Xiaomi and Oppo have already teased their versions of a foldable phone. Likely not. Chances are, this is just Google preparing for a future where foldable screens are the new "it" technology. The patent images reveal the device in a partially folded configuration as well as fully folded. Another sketch shows the device folded in a "Z" shape.

The folks at Patently Mobile have discovered a patent application from Google for a foldable smartphone - the flip phone variety. The patent was unearthed by Patently Mobile (via The Verge), and it suggests the Android creator is mulling the launch of an innovative foldable device.

The patent, first spotted by Patently Mobile, reveals a Google design for a foldable smartphone. Even MIUI, the user interface of the company based on Android could immediately undergo an ad hoc restyling in order to make the most of the versatility of the foldable display. That's not to so these patents couldn't be used for future phones, or that they don't help in the development of similar products, only that they don't guarantee such a device will ever be released.

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We are three months into 2019 and there is enough evidence to support the fact that foldable phones are finally turning into a reality. Interestingly, the patent also shows a second foldable design wherein the smartphone folds twice, making a Z-fold. The Pixel 3 was produced by Chinese company Foxconn, for example.

Newfangled gadgets have always been subject to all sorts of rumors and speculations, and foldable phones are no exception. All I'm saying is, don't expect the folding Google Pixel (Fixel?) this Autumn alongside the Pixel 4 series.

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