Google could be working on a foldable phone too

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 16, 2019

"Hence it is also likely that Google licences the foldable screen out to a third-party rather than producing it by itself".

We don't expect to hear anything official about Google's devices for some time - the company doesn't launch phones in the numbers many other other brands do, and it usually announces them at the end of the year, so we've a while to wait before we get any official word on the handsets.

Several major phone manufacturers are scrambling to bring out foldable phones to rival the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, and now it seems Google is planning to enter the fray.

The search engine giant is expected to follow in the footsteps of Samsung and Huawei that introduced their foldable phones during the recently concluded MWC (Mobile World Congress) that took place in Barcelona.

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The device is likely to have an inwardly foldable display

Google may be looking to toss its hat in the foldable ring, according to a patent application discovered by Patently Mobile on Tuesday.

As well as a clamshell-style unit (Fig.2), we also see what looks like a Z-folding approach (Fig.3), and possibly what taking a selfie or video calling may look like on the unit (the first image). We've already seen devices from companies like Samsung and Huawei, and teasers from Xiaomi and Oppo.

Titled Foldable display neutral axis management with thin, high modulus layers, the application was submitted with WIPO last June and published in mid-December. Another sketch shows the device folded in a "Z" shape. 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. 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.

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold.

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