A new feature in the Android 14 QPR1 update will alter the functionality of the Pixel Fold when it is folded.
At present, when the device is folded, only Google Maps and full-screen videos switch from the internal screen to the external screen.
The latest beta version of QPR1 enables you to maintain the unlocked state of the Fold even after it has been folded.
One of the main advantages of using a book-style folding phone like the Google Pixel Fold is the option to expand the device and view apps on the larger inner screen. While the outer display of the Pixel Fold, which measures 5.8 inches, is sufficient for most apps, there are times when you may prefer to relax and browse content on the larger 7.6-inch inner display. However, when you’re on the go, it’s more convenient to use the outer display since the unfolded phone cannot fit in most pockets. This creates a dilemma, but thankfully, Google may have a solution in their upcoming December 2023 Pixel Feature Drop.
The issue with the Pixel Fold is that the majority of apps do not currently switch from the inner to outer display. In other words, when the device is folded shut, the screen simply shuts off. There are a couple of exceptions to this, such as when using Google Maps or watching full-screen videos. However, in most cases, the display will just turn off.