Google could be working on a foldable phone too

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While a patent application doesn't mean anything is set in stone, it does mean Google is at least thinking about a foldable device.

Several sketches included in the patent show a device that seems to fold like a book or wallet.

Several major phone manufacturers are scrambling to bring out foldable phones to rival the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, and now it seems Google is planning to enter the fray.

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.

It looks like Google is gearing up to jump on the foldable phone bandwagon by introducing a brand new handset equipped with a screen that folds.

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These types of patents frequently appear but only rarely do we get to see a finished product based on them. It doesn't strictly refer to a folding "smartphone" in the patent, so this could be used on a tablet or laptop device.

Samsung's Galaxy Fold made a splash at Unpacked in February.

According to the patent application, the device is said to include a foldable display that folds inwards.

The paten doesn't specifically mention anything about this foldable display being for a phone, however. Between Project Stream and leaked information about Project Yeti, it's clear that the search giant is trying to change the future of ...

Foldable smartphones are the flavour of the year for smartphone companies. It's also not one to focus on hardware innovations, but instead tends to lead the way through software. All I'm saying is, don't expect the folding Google Pixel (Fixel?) this Autumn alongside the Pixel 4 series.