Samsung reports significant adoption of its innovative foldable smartphones

KC Choi, EVP and Head of Global Mobile B2B Team, MX Business at Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced the number of Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip smartphones sold globally for enterprise use has more than doubled year on year. From January to October 2022, the number of foldable smartphones Samsung contracted to enterprise customers increased by 105% compared to the same period in 2021.

With foldable smartphone shipments expected to reach 16 million units worldwide – an increase of 73% YoY – the form factor is becoming mainstream, and shipments are expected to grow to 26 million units in 2023. The ease of multitasking on a large screen, and the app optimisations for foldable devices, are helping drive adoption among enterprise users.

What are the benefits of Foldables for enterprise users?

As companies shift towards work-from-anywhere policies, they are looking to tech for new ways to maximise productivity. Foldables have attracted the financial services industry, where 74% of a sample group of financial advisors say staying connected via mobile apps is critical.

“Samsung Galaxy foldable smartphones were created to open up opportunities for new ways to work and explore creativity. This rapid growth in investment demonstrates our enterprise customers’ need for meaningful innovations to enhance workforce productivity,” said KC Choi, EVP and Head of Global Mobile B2B Team, MX Business at Samsung Electronics.

The Galaxy Z Fold4 – Samsung’s fourth-gen foldable smartphone – is a powerhouse ideal for business use. Despite its pocket-friendly dimensions, it offers expansive sized screen, making it easier to get things done compared to some smaller traditional smartphone screens.

The Galaxy Z Fold4’s screen offers a large working area, well suited to make the most of features from desktop computers. The perfect tool for juggling tasks and pairs of apps, the PC-like Taskbar enables users to switch between apps, all without interrupting work.

The huge screen space on these phones is also a natural fit for working with Multi Windows. The Galaxy Z Fold4 can open up to three apps at once, including two of the same app for side-by-side comparisons. For example, users can respond to Gmail while viewing two Chrome browser tabs, just like working at a desk with multiple screens.

The Galaxy Z Fold4 also adapts to workflow needs. Flex Mode not only provides a hands-free experience for major video conferencing tools, it can now support dedicated e-signature or note-taking capabilities on partner apps using S Pen. These experiences have been popular. In the current market, competition is fierce, especially in the financial services sector.

How is Samsung supporting today’s work landscape?

Professionals need the best tools to help them maintain consistency and routine, even while working remotely. Their devices must support complex workflows, including alerts, research, charts and portfolios, and give them the power and productivity advantage they need to stay competitive. Working with industry-leading partners, Samsung has enhanced Galaxy Z Fold4’s utility in unique ways, leading to wide adoption of foldables for enterprise use. 

According to a survey, the Bloomberg Professional app is the most used financial services app by investment professionals, such as traders, analysts and portfolio managers. It takes advantage of the Galaxy Z Fold’s form factor to enable financial professionals to access Bloomberg’s market data, analytics, news, and communications on the go in an intuitive way, while preserving the user experience and functionality with which they are familiar.

On Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, the Bloomberg Professional app’s adaptive layout provides for easy continuity and multitasking on the go. Users can effortlessly switch from the cover screen, ideal for quick Instant Bloomberg (IB) conversations, to the large screen that makes it easier to read news stories, monitoring real-time market data, browse portfolios. This allows financial professionals to do familiar work in an enhanced way on their foldable device.

DocuSign, which offers the world’s leading e-signature solution and is used by 24 of the top 25 Fortune 500 Financial companies has also been optimised for Android 12L. The Galaxy Z Fold4 takes the hassle out of signing agreements on large screens. Users can now quickly drag and drop email attachments in multi-view mode into DocuSign eSignature, seal deals quickly on the go with Samsung’s S Pen and the dedicated Flex Mode signature.

And, for the financial professionals constantly in and out of the office, DocuSign created a PC-Like experience using Samsung DeX mode. Connect the device to a monitor and thanks to DocuSign’s high-resolution support and adaptive design approach, professionals receive the same grade experience for any screen size. Samsung also collaborated with IBM to address challenges financial professionals may face helping clients while working from anywhere.

IBM iX, the experience design partner within IBM Consulting, worked with a leading financial institution to develop the mobile experience, helping wealth advisors quickly access and manage market and portfolio information. The integration of Samsung DeX and S Pen enables users to interact with data, drag and drop files between apps, translate handwriting to text and even capture digital signatures in a full desktop-like environment on their device.

Samsung’s openness enabled the incorporation of other apps for video conferencing, email and schedules, contacts, within a multi-app interface. Samsung is committed to working with industry-leading partners to create new mobile experiences, and collaborating more closely in coming months to take advantage of ground-breaking tech like foldable smartphones.