Royole Corporation has announced a ‘Developer Support Project’ in which the company will invest $30M in supporting and encouraging software developers around the world to create a variety of new apps for its foldable FlexPai smartphone (pictured above).
The project will help in building a software ecosystem for the potentially revolutionary device.
Disrupting consumers’ traditional concept of a smartphone, FlexPai can be used either folded or unfolded, giving it both the portability of a smartphone and the screen size of a high-definition tablet.
When unfolded, FlexPai supports split-screen mode and multi-tasking. It also supports dual-SIM cards and drag-and-drop across applications, enabling it to share features just as a computer does. Not only that, it adjusts screen sizes and provides enjoyable video-watching and gaming experiences, claims the manufacturer.
When folded, FlexPai can support dual screens with separate, simultaneous operations. The interface on the primary and secondary screens can mutually interact with each other, or independently use different interfaces without interfering with one another. Users can also get notifications on the edge screen side bar, which can be used to manage calls, messages, and other notices that may disturb the primary and secondary screen usage.
In addition to completely redesigned hardware, a new software ecosystem has been built for the device. Called the Water OS for FlexPai, it is the base for software applications to run, enabling apps to adjust screen sizes between 4:3, 16:9, and 18:9 aspect ratios when folded or unfolded, offering consumers the incredible combination of large screen and portability experiences.
At the Global Product Launch Event in Beijing on October 31, 2018, Dr. Bill Liu stated that Royole’s focus has and always will be on helping people better perceive their world through technological innovation.
He said: “I believe our flexible products will provide value to consumers. FlexPai is a new start for us, and I am confident it will improve people’s lives.
“Through the ‘Developer Support Project’, we plan to grow the ecosystem, enabling consumers to experience their favourite apps in a new way.”