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- According to reports, new evidence of Google’s allegedly foldable phone has surfaced in the beta version of Android 12.
- The device’s code name, “Passport”, was first discovered in internal company documents last year.
- Android 12 Beta also mentions the rumored duo Pixel 5a 5G and Pixel 6.
There have been several suggestions that Google is working on a foldable phone. Further evidence of this emerged in 2020, pointing to the device’s release in 2021. Now another mention of this product has surfaced, this time in the Android 12 beta.
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Android 12 Beta reportedly lists the Japanese model numbers and code names of the upcoming Pixel phones 9to5Google. All four device code names that we published in previous reports. These include “Barbet” which is believed to be the Pixel 5a 5G, and “Oriole” and “Raven” which are believed to be part of the Pixel 6 troop. One great device, however, is “Passport”. This device is believed to be Google’s rumored pixel folding phone.
It doesn’t give any specs or other release information, but it’s noteworthy that the company’s latest operating system build includes fresh evidence of Google’s alleged foldability. Google confirmed in 2019 that it was working on such a device, but its mention in the Android 12 beta suggests the phone might not be too far away.
As for the code name itself, it is unclear whether “Passport” is a reference to the shape of the leaflet. If so, the foldable pixel may be closer to the size and shape of the Galaxy Z Flip than the Galaxy Z Fold. Previous reports have also indicated that Samsung is creating flip displays for Google.
Of course, a mention in the Android 12 beta doesn’t guarantee its official release. Now that the form factor is more mature, it might be the right time for Google to adopt the technology.
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