Last night, Samsung gave us a glimpse of its eagerly awaited foldable phone, at its annual developer conference. At the same time, Google appear that Android will clearly abutment the foldable form factor.

In a blog post, the aggregation classified foldable phones in two categories: one-screen accessories and two-screen devices. The first ‘foldable’ has only one screen which can bend. While the latter has one phone-sized screen and addition bendable screen on the inside, as shown on the left in the below graphic. Samsung’s phone falls into the second category.


Android will accommodate a affection called screen continuity, which will help in accouterment a seamless app acquaintance when one shifts from the phone-sized folded screen to the abundant screen. For example, if one starts watching a video on a folded screen and later unfoldes the phone, there is no glitch in the experience.

“We’re optimizing Android for this new form factor. And, making changes to help developers everywhere take advantage of the possibilities this creates for amazing new experiences, new ways to engage and contentment your users,” Google’s Director of Product Management, Stephanie Cuthbertson said

Google declared that it will reveal more capacity about the API in a appropriate affair at its Android Developer Summit, later this week. It also noted that other manufacturers apart from Samsung will expectedly absolution foldable phones next year.

Traditionally, Android hasn’t been affable with transitioning screens. Often, when you set your phone down on a table the acclimatization changes in a aberrant manner. And as ArsTechnica’s Ron Amadeo opined, often apps lose data when alive from account to mural mode, or vice versa.

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