When Samsung launched its redesigned Galaxy Fold smartphone last week, questions were raised over the kind of apps that would be usable on a completely foldable phone.
The company faced criticism when it first launched the device in April 2019. The redesigned version of the Fold is pretty neat, giving users a large 7.3-inch display once opened up. It also gave developers time to completely redesign the user interface and provide support for apps.
Now, the company revealed that hundreds of apps have been optimised for the Fold, including Amazon Prime Video, Facebook, iHeartMedia, Microsoft, Spotify, and Twitter.
“We didn’t just build new category-defining hardware, we worked with major partners to design and deliver a brand-new mobile experience and foster an ecosystem that gives users access to the best applications and services,” said ES Chung, EVP and Head of Software and AI, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “This is software innovation that incorporates both an immersive UX and a new UI perspective to provide a seamless experience.”
In collaboration with partners worldwide, Samsung changed Android 10 for better resizable activity, multi-resume functionality and support for multi-display switching.
“Together with ecosystem partners like Samsung, we have the opportunity to deliver an entirely new user experience that could transform the way we use our smartphones,” explained Sagar Kamdar, Director of Product Management for Android at Google. “We enjoyed working closely with the Samsung team and the Android developer community to ensure the users of the Galaxy Fold have the best experiences with their favourite apps and services.”
It’s difficult to imagine how users would switch between apps or run multiple apps at the same time, so check out this video: