Tech media is all a-flap today because a low-key tweet is being taken as proof of the date we'll finally see the long-awaited Samsung folding phone.
Spotted by The Verge, the tweet advertises the Samsung Developer Conference with a little animation:
The crossroads between the present and the future – Samsung Developer Conference is where you’ll meet the knowledge needed to stay on tech’s cutting edge. #SDC18
Learn more: https://t.co/t66edOWIUi pic.twitter.com/bDZHuZVWee
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) October 18, 2018
The Verge reckons this is proof positive that the folding phone will debut at SDC:
"In a tweet sent late last week, the company teased a big reveal of the device, or at least a prototype version of it, describing its upcoming developer conference as “the crossroads between the present and the future” and showing a subtle graphic of two lines unfolding into a right-facing arrow."
Well, that's one interpretation. You know what else can be stylised as a flat line that folds out into an arrow?
Which one might use to code at, say, a developer conference.
Realistically, the graphic is just too subtle to say either way. Samsung will be well aware that we're all champing at the bit for news of the folding phone, and so it's entirely possible they made the animation vague on purpose to see if they could stir up a bit of excitement. Or maybe it's just a forward-facing arrow to mean the future. Or maybe it really is confirmation that the folding phone will be launched. Or maybe it's a complete coincidence.
The fact is, we just don't know, and your cynical pals at Giz UK are far less confident than The Verge that this tweet means we'll be seeing a prototype.
What do you reckon – does this tweet mean anything? Are we all reading far too much into things like your Year 9 English teacher? Or is it blatantly a folding phone? Speculate with us in the comments.