Google has shown their continued support for foldable devices during its I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California. In the opening keynote, mobile manager Stephanie Cuthbertson showed some of the main features of the 10th version of Android, nicknamed ‘Q’ (video below). It supports screen continuity and multitasking, taking advantage of the extra screen real estate on foldable phones.
Foldables are coming from multiple mobile OEMs this year, all running Android, Cuthbertson said. Another manager said Google is also working on foldable prototype hardware, not just software. “We’re definitely prototyping the technology. We’ve been doing it for a long time,” said Mario Queiroz, head of development of Pixel phones. However, no announcement regarding a foldable Pixel phone were made.
A seperate keynote (video above) was dedicated to foldable phone development. Android UI specialists Andrii Kulian and Adrian Roos walked developers through the different software adaptations that foldable phones require.