Google Pixel smartphone with foldable display, clamshell design may soon be a reality

Google Pixel smartphone with foldable display, clamshell design may soon be a reality  Gadgets NowGoogle is considering working on a foldable screen sporting smartphone. The design of the handset could be similar to the Samsung Galaxy W-series. The.

Google Pixel smartphone with foldable display, clamshell design may soon be a reality
We are three months into 2019 and there is enough evidence to support the fact that foldable phones are finally turning into a reality. While Samsung and Huawei last month launched their foldable devices along with price and availability, couple of days ago revealed Android Q beta 1 with support for foldable screens. And since Google’s Android is coming with this support, the idea of the search giant coming up with a foldable device of its own is very much on the table. Supporting that claim is a new patent that has been unearthed by Patently Mobile.

According to the patent Google is considering working on a foldable handset. However, it might not be the same as the Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X. It might sport a clamshell form factor, something we have seen with Samsung’s W-series smartphones. As seen in the diagram, the fold is inwards from the top. Interestingly, the patent also shows a second foldable design wherein the smartphone folds twice, making a Z-fold. It is not for sure how exactly the device will work.

In addition to Google, companies like Xiaomi and Oppo are also planning to bring their foldable phones this year. Some companies have even confirmed they will be launching a 5G supporting smartphone as well.

What’s worth is that Apple too is considering working on a as well according to a recently published patent. As per the latest patent filed by Apple at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reveal, that the company is seeking details to a solution associated with the wear and tear of a foldable smartphone. The patent notes that the company is focusing a lot on the damage that could be caused to a foldable display when used in extreme cold weather.

The patent hints that the company might come up with a solution of heating a particular area of the display, probably the hinge in order to protect the display from any kind of damage.