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SDC 2018: Samsung Innovating in Folding Phones, IoT, Mobile UX

09 November, 2018, 16:03 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Bixby is now open to developers through the Bixby Developer Studio

On the developer side of things, Samsung says it's giving devs the same full access to Bixby that it does through its new Bixby Developer Studio - claiming it's treating creators like "first-class citizens" compared to competing services.

A lesser known Chinese electronics company called Royole unveiled a foldable phone earlier this week.

"Yes, it feels a bit gimmicky, but the FlexPai does actually deliver on its promise of being the "first foldable smartphone", Mashable's reporter Karissa Bell said.

The Verge's reporter Nick Statt said that when folded, the phone was "bulky" and "feels miles away in quality" from a high-end smartphone.

The bigger screen can split into three active areas at once, meaning three apps can run at the same time.

The device will be available for mass production in a few months.

The main screen of the Samsung foldable comes with a 4.2:3 aspect ratio and the cover a 21:9 aspect ratio.

One UI's "clean and minimal design keeps the most relevant content on the bottom half of the screen - making it more natural and comfortable for one-handed use", said Samsung in a release.


During the Samsung Developers Conference, the Korean electronics giant announced both its Infinity Flex display and Google's support for foldable screens. The app experience transitions from the smaller display to the larger display as the device unfolds.

"The foldable display lays the foundation for a new kind of mobile experience", said Koh Dong-jin, president and CEO of the IT and mobile communications division at Samsung. A new foundation?Why would we want our displays to fold?

Not alike: I've previously reported on the foldable smartphone rumor.

Bixby Developer Studio: This is a collection of tools created to provide an intuitive way for developers and partners to infuse intelligence into more services and devices.

The announcement means other companies can start building the voice assistant system into their own machines and devices as well.

China's Huawei Technologies has said it is planning to launch a 5G smartphone with a foldable screen in mid-2019.

She said Royole told her the issues were "due to the adhesive used in the engineering samples".

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