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what you need to know
- Android 12L Beta 2 may contain additional hints about the Pixel Foldable.
- The animation in the build shows the animation of the humble foldable smartphone.
- The Pixel Foldable’s aspect ratio could be more tablet-like than the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
News of the rumored Google Pixel foldable phone may have disappeared for a while, but thanks to the latest Android 12L beta release, new news about the foldable phone appears to have emerged.
After delving into the code for Android 12L Beta 2, 9to5Google found references to the device, codenamed “Pipit.” These references are shown along with an animation describing how to insert a SIM card into a foldable smartphone.
The first animation shows a foldable device in a closed state. The device appears to have a wider aspect ratio than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, with an apparent hinge on the left.
The image below shows a similar animation, but this time the device is turned on. The folding screen appears to have a wider profile when opened, unlike the taller Z Fold 3. 9to5Google compared the design to the recently released OPPO Find N, and our Nick Sutrich praised it for not requiring you to rotate the device for the best full-screen video experience.
9to5Google also notes that the animations are visually similar to the SIM animations when setting up the new Pixel smartphones, which may give credence to images depicting the planned foldable device. That said, it’s also possible that it’s just a generic placeholder for a foldable Android smartphone.
Last time we heard, Google shelved its foldable plans, presumably to redesign the design while monitoring the foldable market currently dominated by Samsung. However, as development of Android 12L continues, we may learn more about the rumored device. After all, the Pixel foldable is what Android 12L is targeting, along with the best foldable phones and tablets.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
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Best of both worlds
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is one of the most versatile foldable phones on the market, with a large 120Hz OLED display, a triple-camera array, and an under-panel camera for video calling. The best part is that it works with the S Pen.