The smartphone we know is in the last days.
One of the world's largest phone manufacturers, Samsung, says it will release phones in February or March next year, which will have flexible screens that will be on the phone, which can be opened in one giant screen.
At the annual conference of software developers in San Francisco, Samsung unpacked not only the long phone itself, but also the user interface from which the phone will be used, as well as programming tools that application developers will have to use from now until the beginning of the next year, if they want to the applications were ready for huge, flexible displays.
The new phone will have two screens: a standard glass front display and a 7.3-inch folded screen on the inside that turns on when the phone is open like a book.
The phone, which was briefly shown during the conference opening conference, seems to have a small radius of hinges, making it more like an empty binder than a book, however: it is thicker on the one hand than the other, which may limit its attractiveness among the conscious style of users.
Samsung has also introduced a new user interface for its phones, known as a single user interface that will allow applications to move between the main screen and the internal screen when the phone is opened and closed, and this will help phones display up to three applications simultaneously in what Samsung calls " the mode of many windows "in the phone".
This mode would also be supported by Google, which will support multiple screens with many applications directly in the Android operating system, Google officials have stated that all folded and multi-monitor Android phones will work in the same way.
However, what is called folding Samsung phones is still the subject of conjecture, with "Galaxy F" and "Galaxy X" among rivals, according to the names "Galaxy S" and "Galaxy Note", which Samsung provides its current phones with top shelf .
However, Samsung revealed the name of its folding display technology, which will be called "Infinity Flex Display", once again according to the name "Infinity Display", which provides the current generation of curved OLED screens.
The Korean electronics giant says it has been working on folding displays for several years, but the thing that kept him from getting the phone was the need to create a screen and new adhesives that can be folded and unfolded "hundreds of thousands of times" without creating folds or cracks.
Even something as flexible as paper will eventually crack when you fold it and spread it too many times, Samsung managers say, pointing to the difficulties associated with the engineering feat which, they say, ended the company.
Samsung engineers had to develop new materials that would protect the screen because they would not be able to cover with Gorill's inflexible glass.
Managers say Infinity Flex Display marks the end of the phone age with a single rectangular display and the beginning of the phone age with much larger displays that can be folded down to fit into the pocket. The mass production of the screen will begin in the coming months, and most of the phone projects will have folded screens in the coming years, the directors said.
Although this claim may seem impressive, the company has good achievements to support it. It was Samsung that led the entire telephone industry, including Apple, towards bigger screens, and it was Samsung that decided to use Organic LED or OLED displays instead of traditional LCD displays. Even Apple currently uses OLED in its most expensive models.
Other manufacturers also use flexible OLED screens that can break down to the size of a nearby tablet. LG and Huawei work on folding telephones, and one California startup, Royole, released a folded phone called "FlexPai" at the end of October.
Samsung executives at a conference of developers said the company is moving towards folding phones, not in response to the weakening smartphone market, which according to IDC dropped by 6 percent in the last quarter, but rather in response to the data they have been collecting for years, how people use their phones.
People already use many applications on their phones simultaneously, switching between them, and having a large screen displaying many applications at the same time will simply make it easier – said the directors.
"The comprehensive Samsung Infinity Flex display provides access to richer content, a better multimedia experience and a multi-active window for increased productivity. After closing, stay in touch to get notifications and access to your favorite application, all in a compact package that remains portable," spokesman he said in a statement.
The new user interface for folding phones, One UI, will not be used only on folding telephones. It will also be used in regular, rectangular Samsung phones as a way to simplify the convenience of the user – said Samsung.
The new interface, which will appear as an upgrade for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note9 phones already available on the market, will remove clutter from the phone screens, removing icons that are not needed, and then making them appear again when needed. It will also transfer control to the bottom half of the phone screen, where it is much easier to reach if the phone is used with one hand.
John Davidson participates in the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco as a guest of Samsung