Samsung Works to Provide a Seamless Foldable Experience on Galaxy Fold
Samsung has recently released the Galaxy Fold, a first-of-its-kind mobile device. It marks the beginning of a new era in mobile technology, and they’ve been working alongside their partners and the Android developer community to design a new and complete foldable user experience.
Efforts to design this software experience for the Galaxy Fold began at the framework level in April 2018. As part of this process, Samsung developed a whole new UX and collaborated closely with Google to provide integrated OS support from Android.
“We didn’t just build new category-defining hardware, we worked with major partners to design and deliver a brand-new mobile experience and foster an ecosystem that gives users access to the best applications and services,” said ES Chung, EVP and Head of Software and AI, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung. “This is software innovation that incorporates both an immersive UX and a new UI perspective to provide a seamless experience.”
Since the introduction of the Infinity Flex Display at SDC 2018, Samsung and Google set up test labs in cities across the globe to work with and encourage partners and developers to test and verify that their apps and services are optimized for the Galaxy Fold and the Android ecosystem. Google introduced changes in Android 10 to offer improved resizable activity, multi-resume functionality and an updated Android Emulator to help support multiple-display type switching, opening the door to future foldable device optimization. Now, select applications have been updated to deliver new experience on the Galaxy Fold.
“Together with ecosystem partners like Samsung, we have the opportunity to deliver an entirely new user experience that could transform the way we use our smartphones. We enjoyed working closely with the Samsung team and the Android developer community to ensure the users of the Galaxy Fold have the best experiences with their favorite apps and services,” said Sagar Kamdar, Director of Product Management for Android at Google.