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

16 March 2019

While a patent application doesn't mean anything is set in stone, it does mean Google is at least thinking about a foldable device. There is a chance that Google could just give this design to a manufacturer if it wanted to produce a foldable version of a Pixel phone in the future. Another sketch shows the device folded in a "Z" shape. The device will have a single inward fold, according to the patent images.

The folks at Patently Mobile have discovered a patent application from Google for a foldable smartphone - the flip phone variety. Check out how it looks in the images below. As seen in the diagram, the fold is inwards from the top.

It looks like Google has considered using foldable display technology.

But boy is that a big if.

What do we expect to see in the iPhone 11? 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. This is a form factor a few other companies are looking at, including Samsung, for a Fold-successor. While we've seen this design in a few other patents it's something fewer manufacturers seem to be considering, as most patents we've seen show phones folding in two.

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Newfangled gadgets have always been subject to all sorts of rumors and speculations, and foldable phones are no exception.

It should come as no surprise that Google is diving deep into gaming.

The search giant's not the only one trying to make a small foldable phone.

Foldable smartphones are the flavour of the year for smartphone companies. Its Pixel phones have been slow to adopt multiple cameras and to shrink their bezels, unlike its major competitors. The Pixel 3 was produced by Chinese company Foxconn, for example.

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