With a recent patent application filed by Google, it is recommended that the search giant is testing with foldable demo technology, like the panels that appear on Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold. The filing, which saw Patently Mobile describes a method to build an OLED panel which can be bent repeatedly and used in a “modern computer device.”
interesting here is that Google does not produce any of its own displays, and is not the type of company that makes its own handsets by manufacturers. Like Apple with its iPhones, Google reported that it had outsourced Pixel 3 to Foxconn, and that HTC and LG compose manufacturing duties on Pixels 2 phones. This does not mean that a product based on this patent cannot see daylight, it is likely to happen, as is likely, because Google has approved it for a third party rather than producing its own screen.
The patent continues to imagine a folded apparatus that could bend in two different places – “Exhibit Z-fold” – without interruption, thanks to what is less number of required layers and screen you are building the device. We are not showing manufacturing experts, however.
It is unclear whether Google would compile such a thing or why we would like to get Z-fold, but the return of phone durability is certainly an open question. Samsung Fold Galaxy is rated to survive “hundreds of thousands of folds”, and has a glass glass that can be folded by Corning, a Gorilla Glass manufacturer, and hopes it will be more durable than existing plastic solutions.
It is important to mention that even the word “phone” is not mentioned with a Google patent once. Instead it refers to how “modern computer devices” could use the exhibition. ”It seems like he's talking about phones, but he could refer to tablets, or even laptops, assuming that Google is still working on tablets and on more laptops.
Google's interest in foldable smart phone has so far focused on software design feature. It provided support for foldable displays into last November, and it also worked with Samsung to ensure that Android works as the Fold Galaxy operating system. Obviously foldable phones are important for the future of Android, and Google seems to be interested in the hardware as well as the software.