Google Pixel Fold design seems to have been hinted at in the latest Android 12L beta

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

TL; DR

  • Google released the second beta of Android 12L with an interesting hint about its foldable future.
  • The animations in the operating system represent a foldable which may suggest the design of the Pixel Fold.
  • This suggests that the Pixel Fold may tend towards a chunkier build than Samsung’s taller foldables.

Google released the latest beta of Android 12L this week, making several tweaks to the user interface. However, one notable tidbit apparently concerns Google’s foldable phone.

As spotted by 9to5Google, the new beta includes new animations that detail how to set up a foldable phone, including network setup and SIM card insertion. Interestingly, they are similar to the Pixel setup screen you would see on modern Pixels.

So what can we learn from these moving images? The animation shows a foldable book-shaped phone with an exposed hinge on the left, an external display next to it, and the SIM tray below. Its right side also houses an apparent volume rocker.

Google Pixel Fold: A compact foldable?

foldable animation google android 12l

Another interesting detail is the apparent physical profile of the phone. 9to5Google Guess they might be hinting at the general shape of the Pixel Fold, which tends more toward the Oppo Find N than the taller and thinner Galaxy Z Fold 3. When fully unfolded, the Pixel Fold’s screen in the animation has an aspect ratio of around 7: 8. Compared to Samsung’s 8.4: 9 or 22.5: 18, this suggests that Google could working on a phone design that fits between these two players.

We have to mention that these design details are taken from setup animations, not concrete images or details of the Pixel Fold itself. These animations could just be placeholders within the operating system and the actual design of the foldable could change. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen mention of the Pixel Fold in Android, and it probably won’t be the last.

For now, Google’s long-awaited foldable has reportedly been canceled, but it’s interesting that development for the Pixel Fold may not be dead yet. Perhaps we’ll see the long-awaited debut of the phone this year, but that’s still far from confirmed.

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