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Google working on a foldable smartphone? Here’s what patent shows

Google working on a foldable smartphone? Here’s what patent shows

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. We've already seen devices from companies like Samsung and Huawei, and teasers from Xiaomi and Oppo.

Google is likely to be working on a 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.

Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone
Is Google building a foldable Pixel phone?

What do we expect to see in the iPhone 11? What's interesting is that the patent describes two methods of folding: a single fold that transforms the device into a clamshell, and a Z-fold that allows you to bend the phone at two places as shown in the diagram below.

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. 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. Its Pixel phones are no doubt safe, but the Pixelbook series, and perhaps new prospects like a Google foldable, may not survive the restructure. Interestingly, the patent also shows a second foldable design wherein the smartphone folds twice, making a Z-fold.

The search giant's not the only one trying to make a small foldable phone. Since then, more foldable phones have been unveiled as companies grab at the latest phone trend. The Pixel 3 was produced by Chinese company Foxconn, for example.

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