Sam­sung gives a first look at its fold­able phone

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Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics has given a first look at its much-an­tic­i­pated fold­able phone in San Fran­cisco, urg­ing An­droid de­vel­op­ers to start writ­ing apps for it.

Fold­able phones prom­ise the screen of a small tablet in a pocket-sized de­vice.

The South Korean tech com­pany needs to get the fold­able phone right to re­verse steep de­clines in profit for its mo­bile di­vi­sion and re­store some of the ca­chet lost to Ap­ple.

Justin Deni­son, a se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of mo­bile prod­uct mar­ket­ing, showed a pro­to­type with a screen he said mea­sured 7.3 inches (18.5cm) di­ag­o­nally.

Folded in two it ap­peared to re­sem­ble a thick phone, but Sam­sung did not give me­dia or de­vel­op­ers a chance to touch or see the de­vice up close.

Dave Burke, vice-pres­i­dent of en­gi­neer­ing for Google’s An­droid soft­ware plat­form, told a Google con­fer­ence in Cal­i­for­nia that Sam­sung planned to in­tro­duce a new An­droid­based de­vice next year.

Google’s head of An­droid UX, Glen Mur­phy, was also on stage and said Google would work with de­vel­op­ers to bring more fea­tures to the phone.

Sam­sung said it would be ready for mass pro­duc­tion in the com­ing months.

De­vel­oper Joshua Clark, who was at the con­fer­ence, said Sam­sung needed to sell the tech­nol­ogy to its com­peti­tors for the prod­uct to be widely adopted.

“I re­ally think it only takes two com­pa­nies, and then all of the sud­den it will catch on,” said Mr Clark. “And the fact that Google was on stage, that says a lot.”

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