How Would Foldable Phones Impact on App Development

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A lot of smartphone companies are investing in consumer’s foldable smartphone devices for better UI/UX. These phones are already in the market and needless to say, are trending as well. We are expecting these phones at every store soon. The users are sending positive signals and are expected to be loving this foldable smartphone. The foldable phones are going to be a hit.

Change for App Developers

The app developers are preparing themselves for supporting the new changed screen and other functionalities of the foldable phones. App developers have to focus their minds on other aspects like App migration. This would be useful if the app developers aren’t able to build a new app altogether.

We hope that the new development of the apps may not face many challenges as compared to migration. The challenges may vary according to the smartphone providers who are making devices with various folding options. Hence it is a tough task for the mobile app development company.

For example- we have majorly two companies Huawei and Samsung who have a vast variety of foldable phones which are already in the market. If we put ourselves in the shoe of an app developer, it will be tough for them to adjust different conditions for the screen of different folding options.

Pros of Foldables

The biggest challenge that android developers face is switching from single screen to expanded screen in foldable phones seamlessly. The transition stage from a single to fully expanded screen needs to be uninterrupted without a flick. This means the app should be able to adapt itself according to the size of the screen.

The biggest complication faced are the various types of foldable options that are supported by the smartphone makers. If we talk about Samsung, it offers a device that has two screens, the cover and the main, whereas Huawei smartphones have a single screen that can be unfolded to get the display of a tablet. The solution for this problem was to adjust the display according to the measurement of the screen size.

Multi-Window Mode

The screen size of the foldable device will be higher than the regular size. So the user might expect an efficient multi-window mode so that they can run more than one application on it. It is expected to have even three or more than that at a time. The users of foldable phones will have a desire for multi-tasking. Developers have to keep a lot of minute things in mind as their app will probably share its usage with another app on the foldable screen.

There is another functionality, we can use a camera along with multiple apps having some relevant settings. There is a possibility that both apps have different features, designs, and functions. So as an App developer, we need to go through the drag and drop option in our app.

It Should Be Resizable

One of the major features of a foldable phone is that the size of the screens is comparatively big. Most of the foldable phones are well-equipped with multi-window mode. We have a specific code for resizing, “resizeableActivity=true”. It gives our system an assumption that our app supports both multi-window and resizable screens.

Enable Multi-Resume Mode

The foldable brings a multi-window operating feature, it is looked forward to the multi-resume feature too. Earlier, only the dominantly used app remained in the resumed state, and all the other activities were paused at that time.

Screen Continuity

There must be a seamless user experience from folded to unfolded state and then back to the folded state. The most important factor is that there shouldn’t be any change in the layout so that it increases the app flow ambiguity.

The Quality of the App

There are multiple orientations, and aspect ratios for foldable phones but the thing we all aspire for is the expectations of the quality. The users will expect a flawless and high-end quality and app flow like earlier. The need for high-quality digital products is high.

Screen Ratio Adjustment

Screen Ratios are one of the important elements in foldable app development. This factor is dependent on the choice of the manufacturers. Few manufacturers like bulkier and shorter screens and others may like long, high, and thin screens. So it is the best way to test our apps for various screen sizes so that maximum compatibility is achieved. We can use both min Aspect Ratio as well as max Aspect Ratio for identifying the lowest and highest aspect ratios.

The Final Take

Foldable phones are going to be a big-time hit. They are going to create a big boom in the entire smartphone industry and among the people. This is going to create a new era of smartphones. Thus, technology is going to transform the way people use smartphones completely.

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