There have been many rumors that the Google Pixel Fold, aka Pixel Notepad, is on the way; it is expected to be the tech giant’s first foldable smartphone. However, after the annual Google I/O 2022 conference, our hopes of seeing it in the near future were dashed.
It was an absolutely accurate launch, Google announced software and hardware with a rapid cadence, and all was quiet in the foldable market. That might seem understandable – Google isn’t going to detail all of its future products – except that it really does seem like the company has done just that.
Google seemed to announce its next year of mobile technology, and there was absolutely nothing on the Pixel Fold. So it seems unlikely that the foldable phone will arrive anytime soon.
At Google I/O, the company showed off the Pixel Watch and the Pixel 7 series — they weren’t really ‘teasers’, as we’ve seen quite a few, but they weren’t launches either complete.
We’re expecting both of these products to launch later this year – in October, if the previous one holds – so it’s a good example that Google has unveiled its future products. Rumors suggested the Fold could launch alongside the Pixel 7, but the lack of a teaser makes that seem unlikely.
Not in years to come
Adding to this sentiment is that the Google Pixel Tablet has also been teased, and we’ve heard a little bit about its chipset, software and design. Google has said it will arrive sometime in 2023, suggesting there’s still a long way to go before we see it in the market.
Since Google has announced technology that’s literally a year or more away, while remaining silent on the prospect of a Pixel Fold, it seems very likely that this anticipated device is still over a year away.
Of course, the company could just stay quiet in order to have something being chosen to surprise everyone, but given its obsession with teasing, that seems unlikely.