Google says Android will natively support foldable devices

Todd Singleton
November 8, 2018

Even the One UI page on Samsung's site mentions Android 9 Pie in a footnote - though, again, it's less than explicit in revealing that's what it's based on. Today, at the Samsung Developer Conference, the South Korean company gave us our first look at the device, and it's quite interesting.

During the conference, Samsung also previewed other upcoming screen technology that can cover most of the device, and eliminate the intrusive notch for a smaller cutout.

The interface will come out as an early test version in the U.S., Germany, and Korea this month, Samsung said. "It's an exciting concept and we expect to see foldable products from several Android manufacturers". The company said it was disguising some elements of the phone's design, but we still got a clear look at the phone folding up from a small tablet size to a pocket-sized phone. For example, when using a messaging app, message contents appear at the top of the screen while the message list (and therefore the ability to select which one to read) all appear at the bottom.

High price tags are expected to prevent foldable phones from immediately becoming big hits, and some analysts doubt there is huge appetite for such products. Android Studio is the official developer environment for Android.

Both of those screens will have a big impact on battery life, so Samsung will have to include a large battery to keep the phone lasting all-day long.

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A potential catalyst is coming with the introduction of phones featuring flexible screens that can be folded in half without breaking.

If leaks are true, the Snapdragon 845 will be powering the foldable phone, paired with with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

One of its engineering chiefs announced that it would soon add support to the operating system to allow other manufactures to create foldable phones of their own.

Samsung faces competition in the folding phone market. Samsung showed off their first smartphone with a fully-foldable OLED panel. The smartphone-tablet hybrid was first unveiled to journalists at an event in San Francisco, Monday, November 5, U.S. time (Tuesday, November 6, Philippine time).

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