Google announces Android will support upcoming foldable phones

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Android will provide a feature called screen continuity, which will help in providing a seamless app experience when one shifts from the phone-sized folded screen to the unfolded screen. For example, if one starts watching a video on a folded screen and later unfoldes the phone, there is no glitch in the experience.

“We’re optimizing Android for this new form factor. And, making changes to help developers everywhere take advantage of the possibilities this creates for amazing new experiences, new ways to engage and delight your users,” Google’s Director of Product Management, Stephanie Cuthbertson said.

Google declared that it will reveal more details about the API in a special session at its Android Developer Summit, later this week. It also noted that other manufacturers apart from Samsung will expectedly release foldable phones next year.

Traditionally, Android hasn’t been friendly with transitioning screens. Often, when you set your phone down on a table the orientation changes in a wayward manner. And as ArsTechnica’s Ron Amadeo opined, often apps lose data when shifting from portrait to landscape mode.