Guess who is stepping in onto the foldable phones patent era; it’s none other than Google.
This speculation would have been toying around in the Google world, ever since they had announced about adding android support for foldable phones. This was in fact in support with Samsung and their rumored foldable phone last year, on the 7th of November, 2018.
Is Google really stepping ahead with a foldable device?
Well, the answer to this question, is not quite clear. The reason behind this uncertainty is the fact that not all companies are all in with regard to foldable phones. Rather most of the companies are joining this patent race for foldable phones, merely due to the buzz that this technology is creating.
As TechCrunch mentions, “It’s tough to know from a series of crude drawings and technical details filed with the USPTO how seriously an individual company is taking these plans. Honestly, most companies are understandably most likely taking a wait and see approach to the tech.”
More Insight –
Google’s Patent on its Foldable Phone –
The patent published by Google was recognised by Patently Mobile on the 12th of March, 2019. The blog tells how the patent seems much simpler than the ones published by Samsung or Huawei.
Google, after all, outsources a lot of its Pixel and other hardware to other device manufacturers — and, notably, doesn’t make its own displays. Even so, the filing shows off a device that folds a bit like a wallet.
The Patent Application is as shown in the image and mentions the following as its abstract –
“A foldable display of a computing device includes a back stiffening layer, a transparent frontplate layer, a transparent cover window layer, and an OLED display layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer. The OLED display layer characterized by a Young’s modulus that is lower than the Young’s modulus of the transparent frontplate layer and that is lower than the Young’s modulus of the back stiffening layer; a neutral plane of the foldable display is located within the OLED display layer.”
The supposed verdict –
This patent puts Google in the same boat as Apple and Motorola, however, as companies that, have at the very least, flirted with the idea of a foldable.
As far as consumers are concerned, of course, foldables are still mostly a curiosity, with prices hovering around $2,000 — double the cost of other flagships. Relatively low barriers of entry have long been among the appeals of the Pixel line, so it’s tough to imagine Google rushing into a $2K foldable this year.