Almost every company is working on a foldable phone and you can bet that even those who say they aren't are at least doing some R&D into it - afterall, who wanted to be left behind when a new trend takes off. The tech giant is rumoured to be working on a foldable smartphone.
The device is likely to have an inwardly foldable display
Google this year is expected to launch a the Pixel 3 Lite (or Pixel 3a) series of affordable devices, as well as the Pixel 4 flagships, but there's no indication that a foldable phone might be in the works. Apart from an overview, the leaked patent images don't reveal much about Google's first foldable smartphone.
It looks like Google is gearing up to jump on the foldable phone bandwagon by introducing a brand new handset equipped with a screen that folds.More news: Apple to host WWDC 2019 between June 3 to 7
Titled Foldable display neutral axis management with thin, high modulus layers, the application was submitted with WIPO last June and published in mid-December.
The patent applications also show a double foldable phone it seems which would allow for a screen on the outside of the phone when it is folded down - we can not image the amount of engineering required to have two hinges on a foldable smartphone. While we've seen this design in a few other patents it's something fewer manufacturers seem to be considering, as most patents we've seen show phones folding in two. For a foldable Pixel phone, Google would have to order screens from Samsung, LG, and other display makers that can make foldable/flexible OLED panels. A report said not too long ago that Samsung sent both Apple and Google foldable display samples.More news: Dash camera captures plane crash in front of vehicle on busy road
While most companies are focused on making a big foldable, it's nice to see that some companies are considering a compact form factor for this category.More news: Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi pledge new start