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Supply chain rumors had circulated back in December 2016 (one and two) that there were 3 to 5 tech companies working on smartphones that were foldable. The names of Apple, Google and Microsoft kept popping up. Samsung has the largest number of patents on foldable, bendable and scrollable smartphones on record to date with Apple having a number of foldable and bendable patents on record as well. One of Apple's patent figures from a folding smartphone patent is presented below.
Back in October Microsoft's SVP of Operating Systems Group basically said that their Windows Phone was dead. And yet to this day die-hard fans believe it's a bluff and that Microsoft will be back with a Surface branded smartphone of some kind in the future.