After the release of a bunch of patent filings, Samsung at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2018) in San Francisco, California formally unveiled a foldable smartphone form factor that is based on an Infinity Flex Display. The South Korean giant at its annual developer conference, and its all-new interface design, called One UI, which is designed to make the experience more natural and comfortable for one-handed use than the existing Samsung Experience UX. The new interface also comes as a companion to the Infinity Display to power Samsung's first-generation foldable smartphones. The company has managed to abandon the traditional display to its design "Infinity Display" technology. However, at the developer conference, it includes the arrival of notches by announcing three notch designs, including the Infinity-U, Infinity-V, and Infinity-O. The smartphone smartphone also announced that it is opening up its presence over time – taking on Google's Assistant, Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana.
Among other key announcements, Samsung at the SDC 2018 unveiled a foldable smartphone form factor that has been in development in collaboration with Google. The form factor is based on the Infinity Flex. The form factor is touted to include a "cover display" that will cover the internal, foldable display that could be as large as 7.3-inch in size. Apps featured on the cover screen to the larger display once the hardware unfolds. Samsung also claimed that its One UI will enable the device to open up to three active apps on the larger display.
"With app continuity," explained Justin Denison, SVP of Mobile Product Marketing, Samsung, during the opening keynote at the SDC 2018 on Wednesday. "When it's open, it's an intuitive continuous experience between the cover display and the main display. – just multitasking as it was meant to be We call it Multi-Active Window. "
Samsung has built a new material for the cover window that is supposed to be "flexible and durable" for the new form factor. There is also a unique adhesive that enhances the elasticity of the display. Technically, under the cover window, there is a shock-absorbent film, ultra-thin polarizer, flexible layer, and a flexible backplane. AMOLED display to enable flexibility The polarizer in the new setup is also much thinner than what is available.
To make compatible apps with smartphones, Samsung is working closely with Google. "We're optimizing Android for this new form factor." Says Stephanie Cuthbertson, Director of Product Management. , Android, in an Android Developers blog post.
Samsung did not reveal any concrete details around when we can see a newly designed foldable form factor. It showcased a prototype in a "black box" that appeared to enable the folding action using a built-in motor. Google on the other hand, at its Android Dev Summit, let slip that Samsung's foldable smartphone will be launched early next year. However, in its Android Developers blog post, Google had a slightly different timeline to share, saying, "Expect to see Foldables coming from several Android manufacturers, including one Samsung previewed today and plans to offer next year."
As the first one in the SDC 2018 venue, Samsung revealed that the cover of its first foldable device will have a resolution of 840×1960 pixels along with a screen density of 420dpi and the smallest screen width of 320dp. . The foldable display, 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.
Alongside the foldable smartphone development, Samsung at the SDC 2018 announced that it is expanding its Infinity Display family by adding the Infinity-U, Infinity-V, and Infinity-O designs. While the Infinity-U design appears to have a U-shaped display, the Infinity-V design will come with a V-shaped notch, and the Infinity Samsung already teased the Galaxy A8s with a display hole for the camera. Galaxy-series models could come with a high screen-to-body ratio. Android Police points out that the company will also have a "New Infinity" design that will be specific to notch-less smartphones.
Samsung could use its One UI across the new Infinity Display to offer a unified experience on all Galaxy models. The new interface is supposed to make it easy for users to access tasks using one-handed gestures. Samsung's official beta testing program will be available on select markets later this month. S9 and Galaxy Note 9 models at the initial stage through a software update next year.
Aside from the new display developments, Samsung at the SDC 2018 announced that it is opening up Bixby for third-party developers. The company highlighted a dedicated Bixby Developer Studio that will serve you an integrated development environment (IDE) to let them be created Bixby Capsules – the capabilities to add native functionalities and services to the Bixby voice assistant. Also, there will be a Bixby Developer Center to help developers build new experiences. At Bixby Marketplace, it would be possible to host Bixby Capsules.
Samsung is basically aiming to take on Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana by expanding Bixby. It is also set to bring Bixby Capsules to devices other than smartphones, including smart TVs, speakers, and home appliances. The company is also updating the voice assistant to other languages - British, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.