Foldable smartphones have been talk of the tech town lately and it is almost confirmed that the smartphone trend of 2019 will be foldable devices. Now Google has confirmed that it will add Android support for foldable devices. At this year’s Android Dev Summit, Google said it will add support for “foldables” allowing Android apps to work seamlessly with the new devices.
Google has actually created a foldables category and will put all the phones that could fold in the “foldables” category. The Android Developers’ Twitter account also put out a post which showcase how an app could work on foldable phones.
We just announced support for foldables at #AndroidDevSummit, a new form factor coming next year from Android partners.
Android apps run seamlessly as the device folds, achieving this form factor’s chief feature: screen continuity. pic.twitter.com/NAfOmCOY26
— Android Developers (@AndroidDev) November 7, 2018
According to a report by Tech Crunch, Android VP of Engineering Dave Burke said, “You can think of the device as both a phone and a tablet. Broadly there are two variants – two screen devices and one screen devices. When folded, it looks like phone, fitting in your pocket or purse. The defining feature for this form factor is something we call screen continuity.”
Dave Burke explained further about screen continuity, “For example, you might start a video on the folded smaller screen while on the go, but later sit down and want a more immersive experience. You can simply unfold the device to get a larger tablet-sized screen. As you unfold, the app seamlessly transfers to the bigger screen without missing a beat.”
The news from Google Android Developers comes the same day as Samsung’s Developer Conference where Samsung has announced their new smartphone technology that is the foldable smartphones. Known as the Infinity Flex Display, users will be able to have a compact smartphone that unfolds to provide a larger, more immersive display for multitasking and viewing content.
While Samsung has not said any thing about the availability for its foldable smartphone, but Google mentioned that it worked closely with the company to create a device that is expected to launch early next year.