Samsung's demo of its first folding (in the dark) allowed the developers at the Samsung Developer Conference to catch the attention of developers, but left many questions as to whether anyone would care about the challenge.  With manufacturers looking to develop and launch their first folding display devices, developers should really strive to make these devices meaningful with their compatible apps. Because without the right apps, Samsung's technical efforts to develop and manufacture such devices will be lost.
New form factors mean new use cases, and these use cases need to be driven by tailor-made app experiences. Samsung can and will deliver native Samsung app optimizations next year with the introduction of its folding devices, but it remains to be seen if third-party app developers will follow suit.
The problem arises from the fact that Android as a platform is heavily fragmented. There are numerous devices in different form factors with different display sizes, which all developers must consider when creating and updating apps.
While Google lags behind in integrating Android into new hardware trends for a while (the score is a clear example), it seems to have finally figured it out.
At the Android Developer Summit, Google has announced support for devices with folding displays, and this happens once before the manufacturers. So Samsung and LG have officially introduced their "foldables," as Google calls them.
Google native support is a big deal. According to to The Verge Google is working with Samsung on the future of folding and customizing Android.
Samsung is benefiting from this collaboration for both the One-UI interface and The Relief, which assumes that at least some Android developers will adapt to this new form factor. Flipboard seems to have already promised to adapt to Faltbare.
. @Flipboard is working on an app for the new foldable phone from @Samsung . When closed, only an area of information is displayed. When you open the phone, you get a larger panel (exactly where you left off on the closed display) and multiple windows # SDC18 pic.twitter.com/08PiAUvY3I
– Shara Tibken (@ sharatibken) November 7, 2018
Early launch should allow Android to reduce fragmentation, and Google benefits from its collaboration with Samsung. In fact, we can expect such foldable pixel devices in the future if the trend is dictated by other manufacturers.
It remains to be seen if the developers are up to the challenge.
After Samsung had annoyed its foldable system for months, it finally gave us a glimpse of its first foldable device, but said nothing about the pricing. According to recent rumors, it is expected to be too expensive. Very expensive! According to to by Forbes the Galaxy X smartphone is expected to cost around $ 2,000.
Once these devices hit the market, their high prices will ensure that they will not get into the hands of many. This is one reason why it makes them less attractive to developers when it comes to making all these efforts in creating custom apps. In fact, developers need to have more confidence in folding tools before taking off, otherwise the trend will die as fast as it comes up.