TechnologySamsung's Galaxy Fold will have support from 'hundreds' of apps

02:50  10 september  2019
02:50  10 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

You can once again pre-register to buy the Samsung Galaxy Fold

You can once again pre-register to buy the Samsung Galaxy Fold After a more than five-month delay, it looks like Samsung, true to its word, is on track to launch the Galaxy Fold this September. As of Monday, the company is once again allowing consumers in the US to pre-register to purchase its first foldable smartphone. The fact Samsung is allowing individuals to pre-register to buy the Fold suggests we'll see the phone finally make its way to consumers sometime later this month. To be clear, pre-registering to purchase a device is not the same pre-ordering one. In this case, you're not putting down any money before the phone is available to buy.

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As part of this process, Samsung developed a whole new UX and collaborated closely with Google to provide integrated OS support from Android. Hundreds of apps have been optimized for the Galaxy Fold , including services from leading partners like Amazon Prime Video, App in the Air

Foldable phones aren't worth much without apps that can take advantage of their screens -- Huawei even postponed the Mate X to give app makers more time to optimize their titles. That might not be much of a problem now that the revised Galaxy Fold is finally ready to make its debut. Samsung revealed that it has worked with Google and developers to bring Fold support to "hundreds" of apps, including big names like Amazon Prime Video, Facebook, Spotify and Twitter. This comes after Samsung and Google set up test labs that have spent months helping app makers fine-tune their work for the Fold.

Samsung's Galaxy Fold will have support from 'hundreds' of apps

The news also comes alongside details of how Android 10 improves foldable phone support. It's better at resizing apps and resuming them across screens, while developers have a new emulator to help them test multi-display switching. You should see more apps that work with foldable phones as a matter of course, even if there won't be many devices that can use them.

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Samsung folding phone: New 'clamshell' phone concept teased .
The company teased at its annual Samsung Developer Conference a mobile device with a "clamshell" form factor. In a video showed on stage, the Galaxy Fold smartphone -- which opens vertically into a tablet -- transforms into one that expands horizontally. Samsung didn't provide too many details on the concept, but a Samsung spokesperson confirmed it is "working on advancing new foldable form factors and bringing a new foldable device to market." In late September, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which folds like a book, finally hit stores following several months of delays.

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