Samsung gives a first look at its foldable phone
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.”