Editor's note: Google first put its name on the clamshell cover and researched the technology along with other major smartphone makers. But since Samsung, Motorola, and others rolled out initial offers, Google has yet to materialize. Maybe a strategic move or just a bad time?
Google publicly announced in May 2019 that it had been testing foldable display technology, and had been doing so for some time. However, at the time, Google's head of pixel development said they hadn't really defined an explicit use.
Now, more than two years later, after several foldable offerings from rival Samsung and a challenging supply chain environment, Google may not be closer to launching a fold than it was in 2019.
Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), claims that supply chain resources are saying that Google has decided not to launch a clamshell Pixel phone — at least not in 2021 or in the first half of 2022.
Sources said that Google does not believe this device is competitive in terms of size. As it should be. Additionally, Yang cited earlier rumors that the device will be shipped with the latest camera sensors. Slightly snowflakes are still a very suitable category, and in this price range buyers expect high-end devices, not outdated cameras. Google is also giving its Tensor processor some time to mature, the Pixel 6 family as Google's flagship phone, more time to enter the market, and perhaps some time for global supply chains to get back on their feet. p>
It looks like Google has put the Pixel Fold on ice, and that's probably not a bad thing