Once once, Android itself would play just catching up market trends and to conceive that manufacturers have done their own and fragment the ecosystem. It seems that Google has adopted a different approach and do not leaving these companies to take the lead in folders. From the beginning, he collaborated with Samsung on the first Galaxy fold and now expands Android’s capabilities to handle devices with large and flexible displays.
Android has been rather weak on the tablets, with Google initially refusing to recognize their existence. The release of Android 3.0 honeycomb was supposed to be the first to answer Android on big screens, but which was almost condemned to failure. Since then, Android has incorporated features and components designed for tablets and even PCs, but Google now makes a stronger thrust, ironically because of leaded.
Some of the points that it certainly should have been years ago even before the timing of foldable phones. Applications must, for example, learn to take advantage of the larger screens with something like a slidingpanelayout while allowing their applications to be controlled using a keyboard and a mouse. At the same time, Google also updates the android user interface components so that they resize and adjust, regardless of the size of the screen.
There are also new user experiments enabled by foldable devices, such as the execution of two instances of the same application side by side and to drag the content and deposited between them. Android will also take into account the fold and hinges when present to avoid content falling under these parts not visible.
It is certainly good to see that Google brings Android support these use cases, even when there are still no many foldable devices on the market. This could actually encourage some manufacturers to adopt this form factor, knowing that the operating system supports it directly rather than having to understand how to hack the fold.