As Samsung prepares to introduce its collapsible smartphone, Google takes the lead and promises a native responsive interface to prevent each constructor from doing anything.
The interfaces of the manufacturers like Sense or TouchWiz have brought much to Android despite the controversies. Some people find these UIs too busy, but they regularly innovate with new features. Picture in Picture, split screen, quick settings … so many novelties that might not have arrived on Android if the manufacturers had not launched the first experiments.
The problem with this is that each manufacturer applies its own standard and that application developers do not want to follow all of them. Take the example of the shared screen, present on Samsung Galaxy Note for years now, but compatible with very few applications before its native integration with Android.
For foldable smartphones, Google does not want this fragmentation and wants to support the technology from the beginning.
The Samsung Galaxy F arrives
Just minutes from the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy F, the second foldable smartphone, Google has announced "screen continuity", an API for Android applications to know when the screen size is changed. This can of course refer to the screen rotation, but also to the use of Android applications on Chrome OS … or foldable screens.
Sagar Kamdar, Director of Product Management, confirmed " work closely with our partners to make sure we have a common API for all developers ". A few days ago, Bloomberg claimed that Google and Samsung are working together to offer a special interface for the Galaxy F.
Some questions about this new interface are still outstanding, but we should learn more in months, days, and even hours, including the announcement of the collapsible smartphone that everyone has been waiting for since CES 2012 and the visions of Samsung's future with its foldable screens.