Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Industry | By Dora Warner

Google jumps on the foldable phone bandwagon, files patent

Google jumps on the foldable phone bandwagon, files patent

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 device is likely to have an organic LED (OLED) display. The patent images reveal the device in a partially folded configuration as well as fully folded.

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

Shortly before the official announcements of these two foldable smartphones, Xiaomi has demonstrated a working prototype of the rumored Xiaomi Mi Flex (whose name is not yet confirmed), the first folding device from the Chinese company.

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These types of patents frequently appear but only rarely do we get to see a finished product based on them.

While only Samsung and Huawei have foldable phones that will hit the market soon, a succession of leaked patents suggest everyone from ZTE to Apple have plans to enter the market, and these handsets come in a range of designs from "clamshells" that fold down to "notebooks" that open up.

Foldable phones are certainly the talk of the town this year.

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We are three months into 2019 and there is enough evidence to support the fact that foldable phones are finally turning into a reality.

With all that being said, Google is a huge technology company with vast resources, and if people start spending on folding phones (i.e.it sees profit in them), it will no doubt produce one at some point.

We'll keep you updated with all the leaks, rumors and news about Google's foldable, and all the other folding devices headed to the market. All I'm saying is, don't expect the folding Google Pixel (Fixel?) this Autumn alongside the Pixel 4 series.

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