New Patent Features A Foldable Display for Google Pixel 4?

Daphne Planca
2:18 PM

Nowadays, tech companies like Huawei, OnePlus, and Xiaomi are facing tough competition when it comes to foldable smartphones. It seems that the leading mobile makers Google and Samsung are joining the bandwagon.

According to T3, Google just filed a new patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The recently published patent deals with a foldable computing device. This provides an open door for other devices like laptops and tablets. The technology in the patent improves the overall durability of foldable displays and looks similar to the rival foldable smartphone Samsung Galaxy X.

In the patent, the system on the device is designed to prevent the display from becoming weakened when folded and unfolded over time. When the flexible display is bent, its inner and outer layers can be compressed and stretched, respectively. So, if the folding and unfolding are done many times, the plastic components inside the display and the flexible printed circuit boards begin to irreparably damage. This causes the reduced lifespan of the flexible displays compared to the rigid counterparts.

What Google did to solve this issue is the system that adds a bend limit layer. This invisible layer is attached to the flexible display and then prevents the components at risk from bending too much. The company will use this patented technology to collect royalties from other rival tech companies that have already implemented a similar way into their own foldable smartphones. Many have high hopes that the company might use this technology for the forthcoming Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL scheduled to launch on October 2019.

To those who are not aware, the prototype of the Samsung Galaxy X was unveiled during the company’s annual Developer Conference in San Francisco last November 7. Even if the device does not have an official name yet, the company’s SVP Justin Denison of Mobile Product Marketing called its technology the Infinity Flex Display that is capable of folding hundred of thousands of times without any damage.

So, what are your thoughts about the newly patented technology for the upcoming Google Pixel 4?

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