Mr Dave Burke, vice-president of engineering for Google's Android software platform, told a Google conference in California that Samsung planned to introduce a new Android-based device early next year. The company unveiled a foldable Android smartphone with a 7.8-inch screen. Google will also adapt Android Q accordingly and support these new functions in the operating system.
Bixby started as an intelligent interface, a practical way to use voice to interact with your phone. Google's support for Samsung's foldable phone is key, because it widens support for multiple active Android windows on this type of hybrid device.
With lights on the stage dimmed, Justin Denison, a senior vice president of mobile product marketing, gives a glimpse of Samsung's first foldable mobile device at a developers conference in San Francisco Wednesday. This device is on preorder in China and available to developers globally.
Samsung and Huawei have been vying to be the world's first developer of a foldable smartphone.
Samsung is also adding five additional languages to Bixby in the coming months - such as British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
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Both reporters confirmed that the folding technology worked - halving the size of the 7.8-inch (20-centimetre) plastic screen with one 180-degree twist. The one thing Infinity O phones won't be able to do is offer Face ID-like authentication, and that's because 3D facial recognition requires more components at the top of the phone, and they therefore need a bigger notch. Developers can build and launch on the platform, as well as easily integrate cloud-connected, Zigbee and Z-Wave devices. Several windows can be arranged and used on the large screen. "The experience was reengineered to reduce clutter and distractions, allowing the user to better focus and quickly navigate".
The new S Pen that comes in the box with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a handy tool.
Folded in two, it appeared to resemble a thick phone. The Infinity O display, meanwhile, sits offset to the left side of the screen.
Apps will be able to work three different ways on the foldable Samsung phone's screen.
For more information about the Samsung Bixby development community, go here.