Foldable smartphones have been announced and launched under big trumpet fanfares for years – only to be quickly forgotten. Even major smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung have so far failed to make the so-called foldables palatable to the masses.
This does not seem to prevent the search engine giant Google from also dealing with the foldable devices. Because like the tech portal “9to5Google” now reported, internal documents of the company have been leaked. They suggest that Google plans to launch a Foldable by the end of next year alongside three other smartphones. The Google Pixel “Passport”, as the code name of the device is called, should be foldable according to the documents.
Passports are notoriously foldable, hinged documents – so the name makes sense, at least superficially. What it has to do with the names “Barbette”, “Oriole” and “Raven” can only be assumed at this time. For its part, “9to5Mac” assumes that the “barbed” is the code word for the new Pixel 5a. “Raven” and “Oriole” probably refer to the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 XL, according to the portal.
Google declined to comment to the website, saying: “We do not comment on rumors or speculation.”