Google has just cruised out the first Android 13 quarterly forum release beta. Developers have already revealed code that hints at a pair of upcoming devices: the rumored Pixel foldable and a new “Pro” tablet.
On Twitter, developer Kuba Wojciechowski shares code screencaps that refer to the unfolded and folded states of a device called “Felix.”
It also mentions the cameras the device uses, including a 64-megapixel (MP) Sony IMX787 main sensor and a Samsung S5K3J1 10.8MP telephoto lens on the rear of the phone. In addition, the device could also house an 8MP Sony IMX355 sensor (the same one used by the Pixel 6A) inside and another Samsung S5K3J1 around the front.
The foldable’s dual rear camera system corroborates assertions that the device could fold horizontally like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold. Last year, it looked like Google was also operating on a device that folds clamshell-style, but animations found in Android 12L and an icon in Google’s camera app point towards a phone that tucks like a book.
In addition to digging up details about Google’s upcoming foldable, Wojciechowski also spotted references to a “Pro” tablet, called “t6pro” or “tangorpro.” Google confirmed that it’s working on an Android-powered tablet at I/O in May, and developers have figured out that “t6” and “tangor” refer to the device. But now that we see the “pro” moniker attached to these codenames, it could also indicate that Google’s working on a higher-end version of the tablet. However, the code doesn’t reveal much beyond the fact that the two devices will use different rear cameras.
These findings come a little less than a month from Google Pixel launch event on October 6th, where we’ll see the debut of the Pixel 7, Pixel Watch, and new Nest devices. We aren’t expecting to see the rumored tablet or foldable at the event, though — the Pixel tablet isn’t supposed to come out until 2023, and rumors suggest that the Pixel foldable has been delayed until next year.
While the Google Pixel Fold has been rumored recently, things have been a bit slow on the information tidbit front, with no real honor of a foldable mobile from Google on its way.
Given Google works to create Android-friendly foldable phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, there’s a dispute that the search giant doesn’t need to create its folding phone. But an idealized interpretation of a foldable phone from Google’s perspective is still a compelling prospect.
With that in mind, we’ve listened to the Google Pixel Fold and the search giant’s foldable plans.
The Google Pixel Fold just got tilted for a 2023 launch amidst news of Google moving its production to Vietnam from China.
The latest Google patents verify the gossip that the Google Pixel Fold will leave the notch and instead reveal a camera in the bezel.
Google’s app may have just revealed Google Pixel Fold — Google’s camera app appears to have an icon that alludes to the Pixel Fold.
Leaker and developer Kuba Wojciechowski have tweeted the likely camera hardware on the Google Pixel Fold. It includes two 12MP sensors, a 50MP primary camera, and an 8MP one.
After rumors that we would notice the Pixel Fold arrive by the end of the year, a new report argues that Google has delayed the Pixel Fold yet again.
The most delinquent on the Pixel Fold’s release date is that the foldable could be noticed in 2023. Google is “exploring a foldable for 2023.” In addition, the information says that the tech giant is looking at shifting more than half of its high-end phones in 2023 manufacturing from China to Vietnam.