Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone

Ruben Fields
March 16, 2019

It is worth noting that Google has neither confirmed nor denied that it is now hard at works on a phone that folds in half. As seen in the diagram, the fold is inwards from the top. Earlier this year, we saw reports noting that Motorola's working on a foldable version of the famed Razr phone. While Samsung and Huawei last month launched their foldable devices along with price and availability, Google couple of days ago revealed Android Q beta 1 with support for foldable screens.

We'll keep you updated with all the leaks, rumors and news about Google's foldable, and all the other folding devices headed to the market.

The search engine giant's interest in foldable smartphones is being speculated to be more inclined towards the software aspect of their designs, because typically, Google does not produce displays or handsets on its own.

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The device is likely to have an inwardly foldable display

In particular, creating sturdy, durable Z-fold displays (i.e., displays with both inward and outward folds) is greatly complicated by the fragility of the thin-film layers in the display stack.
The most interesting part is that Google doesn't manufacturer displays. 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.

In other words, if a Google folding phone is in the works, Google probably won't be in a hurry to reach the market with it, or use it to pioneer a unique Z-folding design.

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.

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