In January this year, Lenovo-owned Motorola Mobility confirmed that it is working on a foldable smartphone. While not much is known about the upcoming device currently, a new report from XDA-developers sheds light on some of its key software features.
According to the new report, users will not be able to enjoy the full Android experience with the device folded. Motorola has reportedly restricted which apps can run on the “closed display”. Currently, only Motorola system apps such as Moto Display, Moto Actions, and the Moto Camera app are said to have access to the “closed display”.
When the smartphone is unfolded, users will be to use the “closed display” as a trackpad to scroll web pages in Google Chrome as well as the apps timeline. Additionally, users will be to view up to six Quick Settings tiles as well. For taking photos, users will have the option of simply tapping on the primary display or swiping up to zoom in on the subject.
Users will also have the option to enable Google Assistant animation on the “closed display” upon activating the assistant when the device is flip closed. In case the user disables it, they will be prompted to “flip open to unlock” using either their password or PIN. Furthermore, the report states Motorola is currently testing having the Moto Display app show a lock, pulsing notifications, and controlling media using the external display. Another feature that might appeal to many users will be the ability to have a separate wallpaper on the “closed display”.
The Motorola foldable smartphone, according to a Wall Street Journal report published earlier this year, will be a spiritual successor to the iconic Motorola RAZR V3. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Motorola foldable smartphone will feature a clamshell design. Just like the other foldable smartphones announced so far, the foldable Motorola RAZR smartphone will not be very affordable. The WSJ report had claimed the smartphone is likely to cost $1,500 in the US.