Google files patent for 'Z-fold' display technology

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Newfangled gadgets have always been subject to all sorts of rumors and speculations, and foldable phones are no exception.

Almost every company is working on a foldable phone and you can bet that even those who say they aren't are at least doing some R&D into it - afterall, who wanted to be left behind when a new trend takes off.

However, Google's recently released Android Q Beta 1 software update does come with support for foldable phones (see image below).

Several major phone manufacturers are scrambling to bring out foldable phones to rival the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, and now it seems Google is planning to enter the fray.

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The device is likely to have an inwardly foldable display

The Z-folding type of design is interesting hasn't yet been seen on any foldable device outside of concepts and patents; Google could potentially be the first to market with such a product, if it were pursuing it.

Google may be looking to toss its hat in the foldable ring, according to a patent application discovered by Patently Mobile on Tuesday.

In the recent weeks, Samsung and Huawei have challenged each other with foldable smartphones during the MWC 2019 in Barcelona in which the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X were launched.

In particular, creating sturdy, durable Z-fold displays (i.e., displays with both inward and outward folds) is greatly complicated by the fragility of the thin-film layers in the display stack.
A World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) patent gives us a hint on what to expect from Google's foldable smartphone. Another sketch shows the device folded in a "Z" shape. While we've seen this design in a few other patents it's something fewer manufacturers seem to be considering, as most patents we've seen show phones folding in two. In other words, Google isn't willing to be left out.