Chinese start-up Royole claims crown of world’s ‘first foldable phone’

Samsung gives peek at device that will fold

Here's a first look at Samsung’s new foldable smartphone

Samsung and Huawei have been vying to be the world's first developer of a foldable smartphone.

While this isn't a finished device, and the eventual commercially available version will be different, they were showing off the Infinity Flex Display, the development of which included inventing brand new materials to make it out of.

That confirmation came at its developer conference in San Francisco, where we also got a look at Samsung's new One UI for both its regular smartphones and the upcoming foldable device.

“When its closed, its a phone” and “when its open, its a tablet”, the company said at its developers conference, explaining that it is working with Google and developers to optimize Android apps for this type of screen. Several windows can be arranged and used on the large screen.

Samsung just recently unveiled, among other things, a foldable smartphone prototype. "The experience was reengineered to reduce clutter and distractions, allowing the user to better focus and quickly navigate". These are first generation devices but imagine some years from now where physical ports have been removed, driving electronics significantly reduced in size, and batteries perhaps flexible, too. The new, revamped software design is called One UI, and it's focused on three ...

Dave Burke, vice president of engineering at Google, said at the Android Developer Summit that Google is "enhancing Android to take advantage of this new form factor with as little work as necessary".

Royole said it would start filling orders in late December.

As shown in the image above, the device is a wallet-like gadget that folds in half.

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