The Google Pixel Fold is now official, although you won’t be able to buy it until next month, and it seems the company is open to the idea of developing foldables in other form factors in the future as well.
This comes from Google Pixel product manager George Hwang speaking to Tom’s Guide at Google I/O 2023: in response to a question about flip foldables, Hwang said that the Pixel team is “definitely looking -aw” to “different types of devices, different types of. technologies”.
This is not a confirmation that Google will release a Pixel Flip in the near future, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 or the Motorola Razr 2022 – but Google is definitely open to releasing other foldables in the future.
Focus on the Fold
In the same interview, Hwang said that the Google team is now very focused on making sure that the Pixel Fold is the best it can be – “from the design to the apps as well as the cameras” in his words .
That suggests the classic foldable form factor is what will keep Google busy for the foreseeable future. It’s not easy to fix, and it makes sense to try and perfect the Google Fold before switching to the Google Flip.
Many manufacturers on our list of the best foldable phones make foldables in two different form factors – Samsung being the perfect example – and this means that those in the market for a new foldable has more than one type to choose from.
Analysis: setting folding standards
Tom’s Guide previously published another article behind its interview with Google Pixel product manager George Hwang, and it gives us more context on the development and launch of the Google Pixel Fold, which was unveiled on May 10.
“Our focus is to make sure we bring the best device around,” Hwang said, creating a handset that will provide “the best experience for a foldable phone to our users” – and that meaning reworking the device’s architecture from scratch, redesigning components like cameras to fit.
Google claims that the Pixel Fold has the strongest hinge of a foldable yet, based on an extensive testing process. The outer display is designed to provide the most phone-like experience possible as well, so users only need to open the foldable when they need the full 7.6-inch display.
As for why Google is so far behind Samsung in foldables — with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 coming soon — Hwang says it’s a question of getting the right hardware, software, and apps in place and working together. From our first impressions, we can say that Google got the combination right.