After many expectations and patenting applications, the Samsung Samsung Developers Conference (SDC 2018) in San Francisco, California, officially unveiled a folding smartphone-shaped factor based on the Infinity Flex Display. The South Korean giant at the Annual Developers' Conference also unveiled its new interface design called "One User Interface," specially designed to make this experience more natural and convenient for one-time use than the existing Samsung Experience UX. The new interface is also a complement to the Infinity Flex display to power Samsung's first-generation folding smartphones. The company has so far managed to abandon the traditional display computing design to improve the Infinity Display technology. However, at a developer conference, it revealed the arrival of clauses, announcing three laps, including Infinity-U, Infinity-V and Infinity-O. The Galaxy smartphone maker also announced that it's an open Bixby virtual assistant for developers trying to expand their presence over time – having Google's Assistant, Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana.
Among other key announcements, the Samsung SDC 2018 revealed a folding smartphone shape factor that was developed in partnership with Google. The form factor is based on the Infinity Flex Display, and aims to offer users the ability to transform their smartphone into a tablet. The aspect ratio has been touted to include a "cover display" that essentially covers an internal folding display that can be as large as 7.3 inches. The applications appearing on the cover move to the largest display when the hardware opens. Samsung also claimed that its single-user interface would allow the device to simultaneously open up to three active applications on the largest display.
"With the continuity of the app, the app you use when closing the device is waiting for you right now," said Justin Denison, Head of Mobile Product Marketing at Samsung, during the Wednesday SDC 2018 Disclosure Conference. "When it's open, it's an intuitive, continuous experience between the cover display and the main display. In addition, we give people the ability to run up to three apps at a time – not to interchange apps without closing one app to get to another – just multitasking as intended. . We call it Multi-Active Window. "
As the traditional glass panel is not covered, Samsung has created a new material for the cover window, which is considered as "flexible and durable" in the case of a new form factor. There is also a unique adhesive that helps to improve the display's flexibility. Technically, underneath the cover window is a current-absorbing film, especially a thin polarizer, a flexible layer and an elastic rear plane. The new setting for the polarizer is much thinner than what's available on the AMOLED display for flexibility.
Samsung is working closely with Google to make apps compatible with prefabricated smartphones. "We're optimizing Android for this new form factor, and making changes to help developers around the world use the opportunities it brings to create amazing new experiences, a new way to engage and delight your users," says Stephanie Cuthbertson, Product Management Android Android Developer Blog.
Samsung did not disclose any specific information when we can see the ultimate device based on the newly formed folding form factor. It demonstrated a "black box" prototype, which seemed to have allowed folding through the built-in engine. Google, on the other hand, at its Android Dev Summit, hopes that Samsung's prepaid smartphone will be launched early next year. However, in his blog on Android developers, Google had a slightly strange timeline in which to attend: "Expect to see some of the manufacturers of Android products, including Samsung, which were previously viewed today and planned to be available next year."
As reported to Android Police, in a developer session following the SDC 2018, Samsung revealed that its first flip-flap cover display will have a resolution of 840×1960 pixels, with a screen density of 420dpi and a small screen width of 320 dp. On the other hand, the fold-out display below the hover display has a resolution of 1536×1960 pixels, with a screen density of 420dpi and a minimum screen width of 585dp.
In addition to folding smartphone development, the Samsung SDC 2018 announced the expansion of the Infinity Display family by adding Infinity-U, Infinity-V and Infinity-O design. Although the Infinity-U design seems to be a U-shaped display notch, the Infinity-V design will be V-shaped, and the Infinity-O design delivers a hole in the display panel. Samsung has already screened the Galaxy A8 with a display opening design for a self-loading camera. It looks like some of the other Galaxy series models will be available in the future to offer a high screen-to-body ratio. Android Police says the company will also have the New Infinity design, which will be typical for smartphones that are not less.
Samsung could use its unified user interface on all of the new Infinity Display displays to offer a unified experience across all Galaxy models. It is argued that the new interface allows users to easily access tasks using one-way gestures. Using the official Samsung beta test program, one user interface will be available to developers in separate markets later this month. Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 models are expected to be launched next year with software updates.
Regardless of the new emerging trends, the Samsung SDC 2018 announced it will open up Bixby's third-party developers. The company emphasized the special Bixby Developer Studio, which will provide developers with an integrated development environment (IDE) to allow them to create Bixby Capsules – the ability to add local features and services to the Bixby voice assistant. Bixby developers will also have developers to help develop new experiences. Bixby capsules may be additionally available on the Bixby Marketplace.
Samsung essentially seeks to take over Google's helper, Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana by expanding Bixby. It is also expected that Bixby capsules will be delivered to devices other than smartphones, including smartphones, speakers and home appliances. The company also updates the voice assistant in other languages - British, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.