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Tech & ScienceLooks like Google’s thinking about a folding screen of its own

04:35  15 march  2019
04:35  15 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Like Apple with its iPhones, Google reportedly outsources manufacturing of the Pixel 3 to Foxconn, and both HTC and LG shared manufacturing duties on It ’ s not clear whether Google would ever build such a thing or why we’d want a Z- fold , but the survivability of folding phones is definitely still an

When folded , it looks like a phone, fitting in your pocket or purse. The defining feature for this form factor is something we call screen continuity.” As Samsung was onstage getting ready to talk about its upcoming foldable phone, Google spilled the beans a bit at its own Android Developer Summit.

Looks like Google’s thinking about a folding screen of its own

A recent patent application filed by Google suggests the search giant is experimenting with foldable display technology, similar to the panels seen on the Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold. The filing, spotted by Patently Mobile, describes a method for constructing an OLED panel that can be bent repeatedly and used in a “modern computing device.”

What’s interesting here is that Google doesn’t produce any displays of its own, and isn’t the kind of company that manufacturers its own handsets. Like Apple with its iPhones, Google reportedly outsources manufacturing of the Pixel 3 to Foxconn, and both HTC and LG shared manufacturing duties on the Pixel 2 phones. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible for a product based on this patent to see the light of day, it’s just that in the event it does, it’ll probably be because Google licenced it out to a third-party rather than producing a foldable screen itself.

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A folding screen is a type of free-standing furniture. It consists of several frames or panels, which are often connected by hinges or by other means. It can be made in a variety of designs and with different kinds of materials. Folding screens have many practical and decorative uses.

Not clamshell devices like the classic Motorola Razr, or a hinged, two- screen curiosity like the instantly forgotten Think of the materials that go into a transparent OLED smartphone display. You need to place thin films of “Right now we’re still thinking about a smartphone as some static device, where

The patent goes on to imagine a possible folding device that could bend in two different places — a “Z-fold display” — without breaking, thanks to what sounds like a smaller number of layers required when building the screen of the device. We’re not display manufacturing experts, though.

It’s not clear whether Google would ever build such a thing or why we’d want a Z-fold, but the survivability of folding phones is definitely still an open question. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is rated to survive “hundreds of thousands” of folds, while Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning is developing a glass screen that can be folded and, it hopes, will be more durable than existing plastic solutions.

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A folding screen is a type of free-standing furniture. It consists of several frames or panels, which are often connected by hinges or by other means. A folding screen was often decorated with beautiful art; major themes included mythology, scenes of palace life, and nature. It is often associated with

It looks like Motorola' s rumoured folding phone could be a reborn Motorola Razr (Image credit: Sarang Sheth, Yanko At the moment it looks like LG' s foldable will feature just two screens rather than the Samsung How does the new Samsung contender match up against the current Google champ?

It’s important to mention that Google’s patent doesn’t even mention the word “phone” once. Instead it refers to how the display could be used by “modern computing devices.” That sounds to me like it’s talking about phones to us, but it could refer to tablets, or even laptops, assuming Google is still working on tablets and laptops anymore.

Google’s interest in foldable smartphones has so far focused on the software aspect of their design. It added support for foldable displays into Android last November, and also worked with Samsung to ensure that Android would work as the Galaxy Fold’s operating system. Clearly, foldable phones are important to the future of Android, and Google appears to be interested in both the hardware as well as the software.

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