Google files patent for 'Z-fold' display technology


Whether this foldable Pixel phone from Google ever sees the light of day is of course unknown and to be honest, not expected but it is good to see Google at least doing the basic groundwork should they ever want to release a foldable Pixel.

Another design shows a handset that folds down in three sections, with three display surfaces that stack when folded to create one smaller device. In the images, the device can be seen partially folded as well as fully folded. Samsung was the first to launch a foldable smartphone when they unveiled the Galaxy Fold earlier this year.

"Hence it is also likely that Google licences the foldable screen out to a third-party rather than producing it by itself".

The folks at Patently Mobile have discovered a patent application from Google for a foldable smartphone - the flip phone variety. Even MIUI, the user interface of the company based on Android could immediately undergo an ad hoc restyling in order to make the most of the versatility of the foldable display. It only mentions it's to be used in a "modern computing device".

What's more, Google's smartphones usually don't reflect current mobile trends - which folding phones may become.

San Francisco: Google has recently filed a patent which suggests that the search-engine giant could be interested in a "Z-fold" display technology that could bend in two different places without breaking. The device will have a single inward fold, according to the patent images. The Pixel 3 was produced by Chinese company Foxconn, for example.

Foldable phones are certainly the talk of the town this year. All I'm saying is, don't expect the folding Google Pixel (Fixel?) this Autumn alongside the Pixel 4 series.