Now that Samsung’s foldable phone is official, we can expect plenty others to follow suit by launching tablets that fold down to become smartphones. And Google has just helped these companies on their way.
It’s announced that its Android mobile operating system will natively support foldable devices. That means that any company hoping to make a foldable device will be able to make use of tools built into Android to ensure the software works as it should.
Dave Burke, Google’s vice president of engineering, made the announcement at Google’s Android Developer Summit. He said that Google is “enhancing Android to take advantage of this new form factor with as little work as necessary.”
This is a significant move by Google. Android’s main problem over the years has been fragmentation. Because it’s open to be used by manufacturers how they see fit, it’s been ported to all kinds of device types and sizes, with manufacturers adding their own software ‘skins’ over the top.
While that’s great for consumers as it offers more choice, it makes releasing updates a nightmare, as each manufacturer has to adjust the OS accordingly so it’s compatible with its own devices.
Hopefully this move by Google will mean foldable devices work seamlessly with Android, and all the apps play nice with this exciting new type of device.
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