Phones with folding screens can never be anything more than a niche product. Then again, if you're Google and you're dealing with an apparently endless reality with fragmentation among Android device creators with all sorts of different screens, sizes and form factors, it may make sense to get into the ground floor and offer Android support to folding phone makers like Samsung in the hope that you can start promoting some uniformity early – at least when it comes to the app experience that makes a seamless transition between different monitors, including bendy ones.
It's behind Google's thinking of advertising today, at the company's Android Developer Summit, Android will officially support a "Foldables" device category, with Android VP for engineer Dave Burke who says Google initially plans to improve its operating system "for to take advantage of this new form factor with as little work as necessary. "
In addition to this announcement, there is not much else in the way of detail than yet. Although there will be a "Foldables" session this week at the development summit which allegedly has more to share.
The Android Developer Blog has a few more things to say, including the fact that foldable files are coming from several Android manufacturers like Samsung, who previewed one today and plan to offer it next year.
"There are two variants in general," explains the post. "Two-screen devices and one-screen devices. When folded, they look like phones that fit the pocket or purse. When unfolded, their defining function is what we call screen continuity. For example, start a video with it folded the smaller screen ̵
"When you unfold, the application transfers apple free to the larger screen without missing a beat. We optimize Android for this new form factor. And making changes to help developers everywhere take advantage of the opportunities this creates for amazing new experiences, new ways to engage and enjoy the users. "
The position says that as early as Android 1.6, it was considered to give given to different screen sizes and densities so that the platform could support new form factors and experiences like Android TV, Wear OS and more.
All this is to say that "support" Android offers for foldable files right now seems to be primarily guidance Sagar Kamdar, Android Director of Product Management, told The Verge There are various ways to cut n edged on fragmentation among foldable devices and experiences, but that Google has nothing else to announce. At least today.
"The company is not ready yet to discuss some of the more basic questions, which will Google make a default home screen for folding?" The Verge reports. "Will better support drag and drop on a full screen come? Will device makers sign another type of Android license to create a folding phone?
" Still, the main question is whether Google is on the ball when it comes to preventing fragmentation on this new form factor. The answer seems to be yes. "