The smartphone manufacturing market is evolving and foldable smartphones are slowly becoming reality. Although we are yet to see a commercialized foldable phone, Samsung and Huawei already have such a device. Following Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, Google foldable phone patent hit the web today and it seems different from what we have seen so far.
Google LLC applied for this patent to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) at the end of 2018 and published it on June 27, 2019. The patent has a multi-page foldable display panel that can be folded open like a book. The patent shows that the device combines multiple OLED screens through a “book cover” spine and other components like battery, processor, camera, etc are on the rear. The Google foldable phone display panel is located inside the device and it can display content on both sides (front and back). The screen can be adjusted by “turning pages”.
In May of this year, Google said at the 2019 I/O Developers Conference that it has been researching folding screens for a long time and has developed a variety of foldable screen prototypes. The actual workability and system compatibility of this device are not known. In fact, this is only a patent and for all we know, this could be the last we will ever hear about this device. We will keep our fingers crossed to see what Google will do with this technology.