Suppliers For the Pixel Fold are Reportedly Being Canceled by Google
The “Pixel Fold” has been shelved, Google has confirmed to multiple supply chain sources, according to a report from DSCC (Digital Supply Chain Consultants). If a cancellation is confirmed, it’s unclear if Pixel Fold will be delayed indefinitely or canceled altogether.
DSCC has confirmed with its supply chain sources that Google has decided not to bring the Pixel Fold to market. Not in 2021 and reportedly not in the first half of 2022. Our sources indicated that Google believed the product wouldn’t be as competitive as it needed to be.
Apparently, Google has canceled its orders for the components, as the report’s author claims.
Bad news for those waiting for the Google Pixel Fold. We hear they have canceled parts orders and decided not to bring it to market as indicated in the latest DSCC Weekly Review. See blog excerpt at https://t.co/EVmWKcgi2c. @DisplaySupply pic.twitter.com/2P5lFW09Pt
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) November 15, 2021
In the absence of official confirmation that the company is developing a folding phone, it’s difficult to predict what Google will do with the Pixel Fold. It’s all speculation, just like the original report about the Pixel Fold and then this report that says it isn’t.
As the supply chain continues to be constrained, Google may have decided it was not the right time to compete in the foldables market. It’s also becoming more difficult to compete with Samsung’s third-generation flagship foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold3, due to rising component costs in recent years.
When we first learned that Google was working on a foldable phone, we were excited. When Google made the announcement of Android 12L, it was a sign that they were serious about improving Android’s experience on devices with larger form factors, particularly tablets and foldable devices.
In addition to the dual 8MP front-facing cameras found on the Google Pixel 5, the foldable Pixel device would have had dual 8MP rear-facing cameras for both internal and external displays. In addition, the 7.6-inch LTPO OLED screen manufactured by Samsung was expected to be used in the phone’s internal display.