Google Pixel foldable phone may be out

Google I/O: Foldable phone support is coming in Android Q

The tech giant's foray into foldables wouldn't be much of a surprise as Google revealed native Android support for foldable displays in November 2018, ahead of the official Samsung Galaxy Fold reveal that same month.

Samsung's Galaxy Fold may have gotten the new foldable wave of devices off to a false start, but that hasn't deterred Google from continuing to work on the platform. However, we're not losing hope because there is the Huawei Mate X. It also seemed uncharacteristic that it was already preparing Android for a foldable future even before the first foldable phone hit the market.

It turns out that Google did confirm that it's exploring foldable handsets, but there's no point getting excited about a foldable Pixel handset just yet.

Pixel chief Mario Queiroz admits that Google has been experimenting with foldable form factors but downplays its significance. "I don't think there's a clear use case yet". I don't think there's a clear use case yetWe're definitely prototyping the technology.

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He admitted that foldable smartphones are addressing the user need for a bigger screen, but that alone isn't enough to generate interest and demand.

Queiroz says there needs to be more innovation than just that, something that will make consumers feel the need to have one rather than just being nice to have.

Google has been working to optimize Android for the upcoming wave of devices, adding in new multitasking features and the ability to begin apps on the smaller screen and transfer them seamlessly to the larger tablet display when the device is opened up.

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