The patent applications also show a double foldable phone it seems which would allow for a screen on the outside of the phone when it is folded down - we can not image the amount of engineering required to have two hinges on a foldable smartphone.
We'll keep you updated with all the leaks, rumors and news about Google's foldable, and all the other folding devices headed to the market. As seen in the diagram, the fold is inwards from the top. The device is likely to have an organic LED (OLED) display.
A patent application, noticed by Patently Mobile, seems to suggest that Google is working on or at least dreamed up a foldable display. There is a chance that Google could just give this design to a manufacturer if it wanted to produce a foldable version of a Pixel phone in the future. And it looks like Google could be next to join the list.
These types of patents frequently appear but only rarely do we get to see a finished product based on them. Interestingly, the patent also shows a second foldable design wherein the smartphone folds twice, making a Z-fold.
"Like Apple with its iPhones, Google reportedly outsources manufacturing of the Pixel 3 to Foxconn, and both HTC and LG shared manufacturing duties on the Pixel 2 phones", the report said. The patent notes that the company is focusing a lot on the damage that could be caused to a foldable display when used in extreme cold weather.
The search giant's not the only one trying to make a small foldable phone.
Almost every company is working on a foldable phone and you can bet that even those who say they aren't are at least doing some R&D into it - afterall, who wanted to be left behind when a new trend takes off. The patent filed by the company indicated it was working on a flip phone. All I'm saying is, don't expect the folding Google Pixel (Fixel?) this Autumn alongside the Pixel 4 series.