The latest version of Android 12L may have revealed some secrets of the Google Pixel Fold, based on the findings of 9to5Google.
Android 12L is an upcoming update to Android 12 which is modified for better use with the best foldable phones and the best tablets running Android. And in the new development version, Beta 2, there are new artwork to help users get used to their new foldable, which looks suspiciously similar to the supposed Pixel Fold.
We can see in the animations a foldable with a SIM tray on the bottom edge and a prominent button on the right side opposite the hinge. In the animation with the phone unfolded, we can see that this is a foldable book as we expected, rather than a Galaxy Z Flip 3 or Motorola Razr 5G style clamshell case. .
The general shape of the phone in these animations is also remarkable. The outline looks squarer than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and more like the shorter Oppo Find N. Based on 9to5Google’s measurements, the screen ratio shown in this image appears to correspond to the 7.6 internal screen. inches of the Pixel Fold.
To add weight to the idea of these illustrations depicting the Pixel Fold, they are referred to as “Pipit” in the operating system code, the code name that apparently replaced the Pixel Fold’s original “Passport” nickname. While these are easily generic images to help users insert a SIM card, these Pipit references seem to suggest that they are not.
One thing we will need to watch out for is whether these animations will actually be included in the final version of Android 12L. And we also have to accept that these animations, while seemingly resembling what we know of the Pixel Fold, could still be meant to represent a generic foldable, despite being Google.
We’ve heard more nuggets of information about the Pixel Fold. It can use the same Tensor chipset as the Google Pixel 6, according to the references found in the Geekbench browser, but it may feature a older camera setup based on data from Google Camera app.
Assuming the Pixel Fold hasn’t been canceled (as some sources have suggested), we still have no clear idea when it might launch. We hope for a reveal in 2022 so that Google can compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.