After much anticipation and the emergence of a lot of patent applications, Samsung on Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2018) in San Francisco, California formally announced a collapsible smartphone form factor based on an Infinity Flex Display. The South Korean giant at its annual developer conference also presented its brand new interface design, called One UI, specially designed to make the experience more natural and comfortable for single use than the existing Samsung Experience UX. The new interface also comes as a friend of Infinity Flex Display to drive Samsung's first-generation folding smartphones. So far, the company has managed to abandon the traditional screen design to benefit its Infinity Display technology. However, at the Developer Conference, the arrival of slots revealed by announcing three heel designs, including Infinity-U, Infinity-V and Infinity-O. Galaxy smartphone maker also announced that it opens Bixby virtual assistant to developers in an effort to expand its presence over time – take on Google's assistant, Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana.
Among other important messages, Samsung revealed at SDC 2018 a foldable smartphone form factor developed in collaboration with Google. The form factor is based on Infinity Flex Display and aims to offer users the ability to convert a smartphone to a tablet. The form factor is estimated to include a "cover screen" that will mainly cover the internal folding screen that can have up to 7.3 inches in size. Apps displayed on the cover display are moved to the larger screen when the hardware expires. Samsung also claimed that its One UI allows the device to simultaneously open up to three active apps on the larger screen.
"With app continuity, the app that you use when the device is just there waiting for you," explained Justin Denison, SVP for Mobile Product Marketing, Samsung, under the opening key of SDC 2018 on Wednesday. "When it's open, it's an intuitive continuous experience between the cover display and the main display. In addition, we allow people to run up to three apps at once – no switch between apps, no closure of an app to get to another – just multitasking like It was supposed to be. We call it the Multi-Active Window. "
Because a regular glass panel is not smooth, Samsung has built a new material for the cover window that is claimed to be "flexible and durable" for the new form factor. There is also a unique adhesive that helps improve the screen's elasticity. Technically, under a cover window there is a shock absorbing film, ultra-thin polarizer, flexible bearing and a flexible backplane. Polarization in the new setting is also much thinner than existing AMOLED screen to allow for flexibility.
To make apps compatible with collapsible smartphones, Samsung is collaborating closely with Google. "We optimize Android for the new form factor. And make changes to help developers everywhere take advantage of the opportunities it creates for amazing new experiences, new ways to engage and delight your users," says Stephanie Cuthbertson, Product Manager, Android, in a Android Developers blog posts.
Samsung revealed no concrete details when we can see a final device based on the newly developed foldable form factor. It showed a prototype in a "black box" that turned out to enable the folding function using a built-in engine. Google, on the other hand, on its Android Dev Summit, released that Samsung's folding smartphone will be launched early next year. But in his Android Developers blog post, Google had a slightly different timeline to share and said, "Expect to see Foldables coming from several Android manufacturers, including a Samsung previewed today and planning to offer next year."
As Android Police Reports, Samsung revealed in a development session that followed the keynote at the SDC 2018 site that the coverage of its first foldable device will have a resolution of 840×1960 pixels along with a screen density of 420dpi and the minimum screen width of 320dp. The folding screen, which is beneath the cover, on the other hand, is said to have a resolution of 1536×1960 pixels along with a screen density of 420dpi and the minimum screen width of 585dp.
In addition to the collapsible smartphone development, Samsung announced to SDC 2018 that it extended its Infinity Display family by adding Infinity-U, Infinity-V, and Infinity-O patterns. While the Infinity U design seems to have a U-shaped screen, Infinity V design comes with a V-shaped hack, and the Infinity-O design will bring a hole on the screen. Samsung already plagued the Galaxy A8s with a screen design for the selfie camera. It seems that other Galaxy series could bring a viewing hole in the future to offer a high relationship between different parts of the body. The Android police point out that the company will also have a "new infinity" design that will be specific to notch-less smartphones.
Samsung can use its One UI over all new Infinity Display patterns to offer a unified experience on all Galaxy models. The new interface is claimed to make it easy for users to access data by using handy gestures. The One-Interface will be available to developers in selected markets later this month through Samsung's official beta testing program. It is expected to lead to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 models at first stage through a software update next year.
Apart from the new display trend, Samsung announced on SDC 2018 that it opens Bixby for third party developers. The company highlighted a dedicated Bixby Developer Studio to provide developers with an integrated development environment (IDE) to enable them to create Bixby Capsules – the ability to add built-in features and services to the Bixby Voice Assistant. In addition, there will be a Bixby Developer Center to help developers build new experiences. A Bixby Marketplace would also be available to host the Bixby Capsules.
Samsung aims primarily to turn 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 televisions, speakers and home appliances. The company also updates the voice assistant to other languages - British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.