Google could be working on a foldable phone too

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Google is likely to be working on a foldable smartphone

Its Pixel phones are no doubt safe, but the Pixelbook series, and perhaps new prospects like a Google foldable, may not survive the restructure.

Patents from Google. discovered by Patently Mobile show a variety of rough designs for how a foldable device could work, with handsets folding in different ways.

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. And we do know from Samsung that Google was involved in creating the new Android experience for the Galaxy Fold foldable.

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The device is likely to have an inwardly foldable display

In the recent weeks, Samsung and Huawei have challenged each other with foldable smartphones during the MWC 2019 in Barcelona in which the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X were launched.

Samsung's Galaxy Fold made a splash at Unpacked in February.

Titled Foldable display neutral axis management with thin, high modulus layers, the application was submitted with WIPO last June and published in mid-December.

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But a patent application, first found by Patently Apple reveals that Google has been actively studying foldable screen technology. Another sketch shows the device folded in a "Z" shape.

The patent explains how a foldable display would be built, which is very interesting considering that Google doesn't make displays of its own.

Further, Google is rumored to have asked those with roles in its tablet and laptop division to find other positions in the company, suggesting hardware development is being deprioritized, or that there won't pursue as many hardware lines in the future.

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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.

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