Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone

Image Source Google via WIPO

Image Source Google via WIPO

Aside from that, the phone seems quite familiar to the Galaxy Fold from Samsung. At the moment, we can't surely say that Google's ever going to make the device described in the patent, but I really hope that they make an attempt. Samsung and Huawei have already launched two foldable devices, while other companies confirmed that similar mechanisms are in the making or teased early foldable phone concepts.

Almost every company is working on a foldable phone and you can bet that even those who say they aren't are at least doing some R&D into it - afterall, who wanted to be left behind when a new trend takes off.

The search engine giant is expected to follow in the footsteps of Samsung and Huawei that introduced their foldable phones during the recently concluded MWC (Mobile World Congress) that took place in Barcelona.

We don't expect to hear anything official about Google's devices for some time - the company doesn't launch phones in the numbers many other other brands do, and it usually announces them at the end of the year, so we've a while to wait before we get any official word on the handsets.

Image Source Google via WIPO
Image Source Google via WIPO

But a patent application, first found by Patently Apple reveals that Google has been actively studying foldable screen technology. According to the patent application the foldable Pixel will fold inwards from top to bottom, just like those flip phones we all used to know and love.

The patent explains how a foldable display would be built, which is very interesting considering that Google doesn't make displays of its own.

Newfangled gadgets have always been subject to all sorts of rumors and speculations, and foldable phones are no exception. The patent suggests that Google would not go for off-the-shelf parts, and it'll have particular requirements from display makers. This is a form factor a few other companies are looking at, including Samsung, for a Fold-successor.

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