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Android will natively support folding display devices

Google's Android will have native support ready for foldable display devices. (Source: Google)
Google's Android will have native support ready for foldable display devices. (Source: Google)
Google has announced that it is bringing official support to Android for devices with foldable screens. The news coincides with the launch of Samsung’s new Infinity Flex display that will feature on its forthcoming foldable Galaxy F. ​

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2019 looks like the year that smartphones with truly foldable displays will start to become the next big thing. And unlike some previous efforts from Android device makers that have leapt ahead of what Google was officially supporting on the platform, Android will be ready with native OS-level support for these devices.

Google made the announcement at its own Android Developer Summit where it said that it is working with with Samsung and other Android partners to make foldable smartphones work seamlessly. The aim is to have an open app transition from being folded into an unfolded display without needing to shut it down and relaunch it, for example. Google is calling this screen continuity.

Samsung’s new Infinity Flex display demonstration, unfortunately, didn’t show this feature in action. However, it was a great illustration of how the form factor will bring the dream of having a device that is both pocketable as well as offering a large display a reality. With official Android support for the form factor, it is shaping up to be the next big breakthrough in the smartphone market.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-11- 8 (Update: 2018-11- 8)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture.