After much anticipation and the emergence of a collection of patent applications, Samsung at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2018) in San Francisco, California officially launched a multipurpose smart phone form factor based on Infinity Flex Display. The South Korean giant at its annual developer conference also launched a new all-round interface design called One UI specifically designed to make the experience more natural and comfortable for one-handed use than the existing Samsung UX Experience. This new interface is also present as a Infinity Infinity Display companion to support Samsung's first generation smartphone that can be folded. The company has so far managed to abandon the traditional notch screen design to support "Infinity Display" technology. However, at the developer conference, it revealed the arrival of notches by announcing three design notches, including Infinity-U, Infinity-V, and Infinity-O. The Galaxy smartphone maker also announced that it was opening a virtual Bixby assistant for developers in an effort to expand its presence over time – taking Google Assistant, Siri Apple, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana.
Among other important announcements, Samsung at SDC 2018 launched the folded smart phone form factor that has been developed with Google. The form factor is based on Infinity Flex Display and is intended to offer users the ability to turn smartphones into tablets. This form factor is mentioned to include a "cover display" which will basically include a foldable internal screen that can measure up to 7.3 inches. The application displayed on the front screen moves to a larger display after the hardware is revealed. Samsung also claims that the One UI will allow devices to simultaneously open up to three active applications on a larger screen.
"With the continuity of the application, the application you use when the device is closed is there waiting for you," explained Justin Denison, SVP of Cellular Product Marketing, Samsung, when opening the digest at SDC 2018 on Wednesday. "When it's open, it's a continuous continuous experience between the cover and main display. In addition, we give people the ability to run up to three applications simultaneously – no need to exchange between applications, without closing one application to get another application. multitasking as it should. We call it Multi-Active Window. "
Because conventional glass panels are not flexible, Samsung has built new materials for cover windows that are claimed to be "flexible and durable" for new form factors. There are also unique adhesives that help increase screen elasticity. Technically, under the cover window, there are shock-absorbent films, ultra thin polarisers, flexible layers, and flexible backplane. The polariser in the new setup is also much thinner than what is available on existing AMOLED screens to allow flexibility.
To make applications compatible with foldable smartphones, Samsung works with Google. "We are optimizing Android for this new form factor. And, making changes to help developers everywhere take advantage of this possibility to create amazing new experiences, new ways to engage and please your users," said Stephanie Cuthbertson, Director of Product Management, Android, at Android Developer blog post.
Samsung does not reveal any concrete details when we can see the latest device based on the newly designed foldable form factor. It shows off a prototype in the "black box" that appears to allow folding action using the built-in motor. Google on the other hand, at the Android Dev Summit, the slip that Samsung's folding smartphone will launch early next year. However, in its Android Developer blog post, Google has a slightly different timeline to share, saying, "Hoping to see Fold coming from several Android manufacturers, including one Samsung previewed today and planning to offer next year."
As reported by Android Police, in a session the developer followed the essence at the SDC 2018 place, Samsung revealed that the display of the first folding device would have a resolution of 840×1960 pixels along with a 420dpi screen density and the smallest screen width of 320dp. The folding screen, which sits under the cover screen, on the other hand, is said to have a resolution of 1536×1960 pixels along with a screen density of 420dpi and the smallest screen width of 585dp.
Along with the development of folded smartphones, Samsung in SDC 2018 announced that they were expanding the Infinity Display family by adding the design of Infinity-U, Infinity-V, and Infinity-O. While the Infinity-U design seems to have a U-shaped screen display, the Infinity-V design will come with a V-shaped indentation, and the Infinity-O design will bring holes to the display panel. Samsung has teased the Galaxy A8s with a design for the selfie camera. It seems like some other Galaxy-series models can come with display holes in the future to offer a high screen-to-body ratio. Android Police shows that the company will also have a "New Infinity" design that will be reserved for smartphones that are less like it.
Samsung can use the One UI in all new Infinity Display designs to offer an integrated experience on all Galaxy models. This new interface is claimed to make it easier for users to access tasks using one-handed movements. UI One will be available to developers in select markets later this month through Samsung's official beta testing program. It is expected to head to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 models in the early stages through software updates next year.
Apart from the development of a new look, Samsung at SDC 2018 announced that it opened Bixby for third-party developers. The company highlighted a special Bixby Developer Studio that would serve developers in an integrated development environment (IDE) to let them make Bixby Capsules – the ability to add original functionality and services to Bixby's voice assistant. Also, there will be a Bixby Developer Center to help developers build new experiences. A Bixby Marketplace will also be available to host Bixby Capsules.
Samsung basically aims to take on Google Assistant, Siri Apple, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana by expanding Bixby. It is also set to bring Bixby Capsules to devices other than smartphones, including smart TVs, speakers and household appliances. The company also updates voice assistants in other languages - English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish English.