Although it has become a smartphone maker itself, Google has not been one to quickly jump on trends. It still has a camera on the Pixel's back and when it assumed the hook it did it quite ridiculously. So it was quite surprising to find out that it had worked with Samsung to make Android more foldable. It turns out that maybe it is also to think of foldable phones after all.
The appeal to have a larger screen with just one phone is difficult to deny. However, the possibility of making a correctly folding screen is even more difficult. Google may not have manufacturing bodies such as Samsung or Huawei to pull it off but when and if it does, it has at least the legal protection needed for the collapsible devices.
Google's patent shows some possible designs, all of which rotate around the limitation that they cannot be folded completely flat. One is a more well-known design in which an ordinary telephone is folded vertically in the middle with the screen depressed. The result looks more like a wallet than a folding phone.
Another idea has the unit folded twice in three parts. There is still some curvature, but how the bays shift can result in a more conventional sheet with curved sides. One weight has the screen folded in, but the other has it facing outwards. It's almost like a hybrid of Samsung's and Huawei's opposite "innie" and "outie" designs, respectively.
Of course, a patent is a patent so there is no guarantee Google comes even more in this direction, but it would definitely be a waste of a good idea. It would be interesting to see if Google will reverse this at least to any prototype. It has been a while since Google invested in such expensive prototypes as Google Glasses or Project Ara, and the spirit of daring experiment now seems to be missing from the company.