Google’s Pixel Fold makes appearance in Android 12L Beta 2


Following the release of Android 12L Beta 2, there wasn’t all that much to talk about in the way of new features. The software release focused more on bug fixes, which makes sense considering it was the second release of the beta software. But thanks to the team over at 9to5Google, we might have a better idea of what a Pixel Fold could actually end up looking like.

A series of new animations were discovered, which are showing off a phone that is shaped a bit differently from what you’ll see now. In addition to the new device animations, mentions to Google’s “Pipit” were also found, which is the supposed codename for the Pixel Fold.

Compared to what we have now, the animations show off a phone with a SIM card tray located on the bottom, complete with a thicker bezel on the left and what is likely a volume rocker on the right. Comparatively, the current animation only shows an outline of a “traditional” Pixel phone with slim bezels, the Google logo, a SIM card tray on the left side, and all of your buttons on the right.

What’s really exciting, at least for those who are interested in a potential Pixel Fold, is the second animation. This one uses what appears to be a foldable phone with the screen in an unfolded position and the SIM card tray found on the left side of the phone.

According to 9to5Google, the display of the device used in the animation “has roughly a 7:8 ratio for its inner display”. This lines more up with what Oppo has done with the Find N and its unique layout, compared to the more “traditional” foldable screen found on the likes of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Honor Magic V. Previous rumors point to the Pixel Fold using a 7.6-inch display, so it’ll be interesting to see what actually is to come from the device.

There were hopes that the Pixel Fold would have been shown off alongside the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro announcement. However, that has yet to come to fruition, so all we have to go off of are various leaks little tidbits like what was found in the second Android 12L beta.


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