We Have Our First Info About Android Q, the Foldable Phone OS

By Holly Brockwell on at

Foldable phones are well and truly happening, and Google has given us even more to be excited about with some hints about how the as-yet-unnamed Android Q will behave on the new category of device.

Fresh from the announcement of Samsung's Galaxy X, or Galaxy F, or whatever we're calling it today – plus of course the Royole FlexPai that just pipped it to the post – Google has given us some tantalising hints of how Q will work.

At the Android Dev Summit, which was awesomely held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, Google gave a keynote that included lots of info about what they're planning for foldables, as the new category seems to have been named.

We've skipped the video to the right bit for you, because we're nice like that:

It sounds like Google's seen more of the new devices than we have, commenting that "broadly, we're seeing two variants: there's the two-screen devices, and the one-screen devices." Samsung's device is one of the two-screen types, and Royole's has one screen, so they could just be referring to those two, but we really doubt it. LG, Lenovo, Huawei and others have all teased folding phones, and since they'll all need to run on Android, it makes sense that they'll have been sharing progress with the big G.

Android Q will be able to seamlessly switch between folded and unfolded states. As Google puts it in the accompanying blog post:

"For example, start a video with the folded smaller screen - and later you can sit down and unfold the device to get a larger tablet-sized screen for a beautiful, immersive experience. As you unfold, the app seamlessly transfers to the bigger screen without missing a beat. We're optimizing Android for this new form factor."

Google also got on stage during Samsung's presentation about the Galaxy X foldable phone, and PhoneArena reports it's the first time we've heard them refer to Android Q by name. It's not surprising that that's its codename, since Android versions are alphabetical and we're currently on Android P, or Pie.

Speaking of Pie, Google's also given lots of info on getting Pie apps ready for foldy phones in a dedicated blog post and conference session:

All of this begs the very important question, what will the foldy-phone-optimised Android Q be called? There aren't many desserts beginning with Q. Android Quality Street? Or will they go for something savoury, like Quiche or Quinoa? Let us know your best guess in the comments.