Samsung unveils phone with foldable screen

Samsung has unveiled its long-awaited foldable phone and asked Android developers to start creating apps for the new device.

The South Korean company needs to perfect the foldable phone to avoid falling profits in its mobile division and keep up with Apple, reports tch.

Foldable phones promise the screen of a small tablet in a pocketable device.

At the unveiling in San Francisco, Justin Denison, a senior vice president of mobile product marketing, showed off a prototype of the new handset.

Folded in half, it looks like a thick phone, but Samsung didn't give the media or developers a chance to touch or see the device up close.

Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Google's Android software platform, said at a conference in California that Samsung planned to introduce a new Android-based device early next year. "We expect to see foldable products from some Android manufacturers," he said.

Google's head of Android UX, Glen Murphy, was also on stage with Samsung and said that Google would work with the developer community to bring more features to the phone.

Samsung said it would be ready for mass production in the coming months.

Samsung is one of the few developers working with foldable phones. Huawei has said it plans to launch a 5G smartphone with a foldable display in mid-2019.