If supply chain rumors are to be believed, Google may have abandoned or delayed plans to launch the Pixel Fold phone.
There was a lot of hype about a potential Google foldable device, and all signs pointed to the alluring prospect of a pure Android rival to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Now Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) claims that “Google has decided not to bring the Pixel Fold to market.” At least not in 2021 and not in the first half of 2022.
You might think that a new phone in 2021 might be unlikely anyway. But the DSCC previously stated that the Google Pixel Fold could be launched before the end of 2021, so this seemingly unnecessary detail was added.
According to those supply chain sourcesGoogle doesn’t believe its foldable phone will be competitive enough. The Google Pixel Fold is said to have failed to match the Fold 3’s built-in selfie camera, and that its cameras would not have matched the Pixel 6 Pro (pictured) or Pixel 6 standards.
We would like to point out that the built-in selfie camera of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 was not very good, and that its main cameras were far from the state of the art. But let’s move on.
It still seems likely that Google will release a foldable phone at some point, quite possibly in the second half of 2022. The Android 12L announcement last month appears to have been made specifically for the foldable form factor, and it should be released in early 2021.