This is what the main Android apps look like on the Galaxy Fold

The smart phone sector is experiencing a revolution, probably one of the most important in all its history: design. Reducing it to the basics we can talk about something as simple as 'folding mobiles', but the concept goes much further because this implies a change in the design, in the hardware components and, of course, also in the  . So, with the Samsung Galaxy Fold in hand, we have started to analyze how the main apps look in it: the revolution in terms of software.

It is not a cheap mobile, obviously. The Samsung Galaxy Fold It is a piece of innovation for the sector, the first folding mobile, and it brings important new hardware and software, as well as exclusive elements in the sector. However, we have facilities to get one of them because we can buy it with Vodafone for 52,50 euros per month. A more attractive option than its just over 2.000 euros, and also with unlimited data.

More content on screen when browsing the Internet, a more comfortable view thanks to the width of the panel.

Foldable smartphones, or 'folding mobiles'  they may have many hinge systems, but the basis of the concept is the same. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Fold what we have are two screens, a main in the front that has nothing less than 7,3 inches diagonal and a resolution of 2152 x 1536 pixels; and a second on the back or outside, with 4,6 inches and 1680 x 720 pixels. So we have a panel in panoramic format and another one 'square', two very different ways to see, enjoy and take advantage of the applications.

A software adapted to the new form factor

In the outer, smaller screen, we see apps as always. In panoramic format, in this case vertically, although in a somewhat reduced size for only 4,6 inches. This panel is reminiscent of that of smartphones from only a few years ago, when we called the ones with the largest diagonal 'tabletphones''phablets'. It is actually a useful panel for quick use. For reading content, for example, due to its vertical orientation and for queries that do not require much resolution.

The only thing that is particular about this screen is that the edges are quite rounded, something that does not negatively affect the experience at all and only gives you 'personality' to the design of the smartphone. To see the notifications it is more than enough panel, and the applications here have nothing special or strange. In other words, the display is the same as what we are used to, as we can see in the image, saving small distances due to the size of the panel.

Google Maps in extended format

If we open Google Maps we can already see the advantages that a smartphone gives us with the particularities of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The content on the screen is much more and, above all, wider. It is curious, because for the same location we can see that many more streets appear simultaneously on the screen. In an application like Google Maps this is positive, because it can help us to simplify the orientation in a place. We don't have to do 'scroll' and movements to see what is around us, or use the zoom so that all those streets that we do not normally see appear on our screen.

However, the visualization itself is exactly the same. That is, we do not have additional buttons or options. Exactly the same, but on a more generously sized screen so that, as we mentioned earlier, we can see more on our device. And things change when, as we will see in the following photograph that we have taken of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the exclusive functions that have been added to your software.

Multiple apps on screen, higher productivity

In this case the running application is YouTube, but it could be -almost- any app that was open in 'foreground'. And at the same time, taking advantage of another section of the screen, we have the calendar. In this view, which is obviously exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Fold due to its particularities at the hardware and software level, it is perhaps in which we can most express its possibilities.

We have YouTube in conventional format, with a panoramic section of the panel, and the calendar in a similar section. In practice it is as if we had two mobiles in one. Aside -it would be a mobile- we have an open full format app, and on the other side -what would be another mobile- exactly the same. Obviously, this implies productivity advantages that make the device really eye-catching.

More and better multimedia

But what if we only use YouTube? If we do this, or open an app like Netflix, and we forget the calendar, we have another advantage: more screen. In current mobile devices we have black bands up and down almost always, due to the difference between the ratio of the device and that of the content to be played. The Samsung Galaxy Fold does not escape from this, but it does offer us a viewing experience improved by its big screen.

And you have to know how to see something positive in these black bands, and that is that we can hold the device with our hands, comfortably, without covering any multimedia content that we are viewing on the screen. The device stands out in the multimedia section for how the applications are adapted to its large panel, but without a doubt its great 'strong' is the one we mentioned before, which is the section of the productivity.

Here again, we can see that the contents of YouTube they look at 'Large Format'. And in this sense, although it has nothing to do with the software, it should be noted that the viewing experience is excellent thanks to the technical characteristics of the Samsung Galaxy Fold screen, in terms of hardware.

More content to watch faster

This last example is an email message from Gmail. As we can easily see in the comparison, in a typical format terminal, in landscape orientation, the content that can be seen is really little. On the Samsung Galaxy Fold ,. However, it is practically double what we can see in a 'screenshot' identical. So, obviously, also for reading there are some advantages to having a smartphone with a folding screen.

And as we see in this experience, there is no need to fear the least for the applications. All the apps are adapted. In some we will notice 'improvements' compared to its display on a typical smartphone, and in others we will see that it is more or less the same. Now, the great advantage of a folding terminal like the Galaxy Fold is that we can enjoy a more advanced multitasking with several applications open at the same time.

And speaking of Gmail, although it is applicable to any other application, here the display of the keyboard on this mobile device. It is large, yes, but it is adapted so that we can write more comfortably by holding it with two hands. The keys are shifted to the left and right, as appropriate, so that we have them more accessible and, indeed, it costs us less effort to write our emails, as well as any other content.


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