We’ve heard a few things about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4, but thanks to a leaked front panel, we’re getting our first actual look at what may potentially be Sony’s first phone of 2015. The panel is the touch screen for the device, and while we can’t get a screen resolution or anything out of it, we can at least see how it stacks up next to the size of the Xperia Z3.
Fortunately, it looks like Sony is sticking to that 5-inch range with the Z4 instead of going with a massive 6-inch screen like we’ve heard off and on. The display looks very similar to the Z3 with just a few minute differences. The cut-outs for the proximity sensor and camera have switched, and the speaker hole has moved up to the edge of the digitizer instead of sitting halfway between the screen and bezel.
Last year, we saw Samsung release a slightly tuned-up version of the Galaxy S 4, complete with LTE-A support. The same thing happened this year, with the GS5 Broadband LTE-A getting released in South Korea with a Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, all slightly better than what comes with the standard Galaxy S 5. The most important difference, however, is the 2k screen that comes with the LTE-A version of the device.
Yahoo Screen, Yahoo‘s video streaming service, was released to Android today. Yahoo is already offering an iOS version of the app, and today it was finally brought to Android.
The video streaming service puts a larger focus on small clips rather than full episodes, and it offers a mixture of comedy, sports and music. It even has some original programming. Yahoo Screen, for example, offers a huge backlog of Saturday Night Live sketches, all for free. Hit the break for screenshots and the Play Store download link.
A recent graphic tweeted out by @somospostpc shows the screen-bezel ratio of a number of different phones— the LG G2 leads the way with a 75.7% ratio. (The percentage indicates the amount of the phone that is actually screen and not bezel.)
The iPhones (4S, 4, and 3GS) came in last, with the 3GS being the worst— its percentage was 50.8%. The 5S and 5 sat around 60%.
I mean, just look at the photo above and tell me that the iPhone’s forehead isn’t the biggest thing you’ve seen in your life!
It definitely surprised me to see these numbers, but at second glance, the area above and below the the iPhone’s screen, combined with the side bezels, can easily make up about half of the front of the device. Rumors suggest that the next iPhone will be bezel-free, mostly because there will be no home button. We’ll have to see whether or not Apple stays true to the rumors, but my guess is that they’ll find a way.
Check out the full graphic of bezel percentages after the break.
The screen is one of the most important parts of a phone, and that’s especially true for the larger smartphones we’ve become accustomed to. Samsung knows that, and they generally put some of the industry’s best screens in their high-end devices.
Today, they’ve released an infographic detailing the screens on Samsung mobile phones dating all the way back to their first analog phone, up to their latest Galaxy Note 3. It’s a pretty cool graph that shows when color was introduced to mobile phone screens, when Samsung first introduced a touch screen, and a few other interesting bits of information.
You can check out the infographic below. Maybe this is Samsung’s way of building up hype about the different aspects of their inevitable Galaxy S 5?
source: Samsung Tomorrow
The battle for the best smartphone screen in the world wages on— yesterday, LG revealed a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD panel which uses a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440. The density, which is the highest of any mobile screen to date, is 538 pixels per inch.
That’s not all though— the screen is also the thinnest to date, at 1.21 mm, beating out their own record of 2.2 mm set just a month ago. The bezel has also shrunk considerably as well, which is a huge accomplishment considering the increasing market demand for near-microscopic bezels.
This is more of just an arms race, as some have put it, as the technology is currently unrealistic while looking at the processors and batteries we have available in mobile devices. Phones would be way too overworked and wouldn’t be able to handle the crystal clear display.
LG hasn’t said when we should expect to see this display in phones, but late 2014 or within the next few years would be our best guess for now. Check out the full press release after the break.
Corning is best known for their highly resistant Gorilla Glass displays that are used in many, many smartphones around the world, but there’s a lot that goes into those displays aside from just being tough to break. Their latest development is coming in the form of screens that are extremely anti-reflective and extremely resistant to germs, which is a first for the display industry. The glass that Corning is investing is can theoretically tolerate the weight of 10,000 elephants and barely 1% less transparent than air on a clear day, so it’s some pretty impressive stuff.
The bigger points are that anti-reflection tech and anti-germ tech, though. Everyone knows smartphones can be kinda tough to see in direct sunlight, which makes outdoor use difficult on phones. Corning’s latest anti-reflection coating makes a glass panel almost completely transparent, so all of that nasty glare disappears and it’s much easier to see what’s being displayed below the screen, which is in this case your smartphone. Not only will that improve outdoor visibility, but the coating also helps to destroy invisible germs that your phone naturally picks up while being used. After two hours, Corning’s antimicrobial coating destroys nearly every germ on the screen. Fancy, right?
There’s a lot of really technical stuff behind the tech, so if you want to see the full video, check it out after the break.
source: Technology Review
via: Phone Arena
How would you like your future smartphone screen to be completely glare-free, water-repellent, and self-cleaning? Researchers at MIT published a paper describing how they selectively removed parts of the glass to create microscopic cones, which apparently gives the glass the ability to resist fogging and glare. The MIT news site states the following:
“The new ‘multifunctional’ glass, based on surface nanotextures that produce an array of conical features, is self-cleaning and resists fogging and glare, the researchers say. Ultimately, they hope it can be made using an inexpensive manufacturing process that could be applied to optical devices, the screens of smartphones and televisions, solar panels, car windshields and even windows in buildings.”
The lack of glare or fog would make the glass nearly invisible. Also, water would literally just bead and bounce right off, taking any dust along with it, making it super easy to keep dust-free. Check out the video of water droplets rolling off the glass after the break.
When mobile phones first became ubiquitous, the best phones were the smaller ones. Every new model got smaller and smaller and would sell better than the bigger, clunkier models. Then, in 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone…a phone that was all touch screen and was meant to be looked at as much as be held to one’s ear. Suddenly, the tiny phones of the past seemed severely inferior, and the shrinking trend halted and began to reverse.
Fast forward a few years and the trend continues. The proliferation of Android devices flooded the market with devices of varying shapes and sizes. From the iPhone-esque 3.2″ HTC Hero, to the beefy 10.1″ Xoom tablets, Android ran the gamut of sizes. When Dell came out with the 5″ Dell Streak, people didn’t know whether it was a large phone or a small tablet. The common belief of why it ultimately failed was exactly that…product identity.
Samsung has done well with its 5.3″ Galaxy Note overseas, and is about to make a splash with it stateside. But shouldn’t it succumb to the same fate as the Dell Streak since it’s nearly the same weird size? I don’t think so, and here’s why:
Many of you have expressed concern with the fact that Samsung has decided to equip the Galaxy Nexus with an alternative fortified glass as opposed to Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Just because the the popular glass maker wasn’t chosen to outfit the GN’s display doesn’t mean that Sammy cut any corners.
A video recently surfaced on the interweb showing somebody putting the screen to the test by trying to scratch the crap out of it with a key. Although I definitely cringed a bit and felt a shiver down my spine, I was pleased to see the outcome. Here, just check it out for yourself and tell us what you think. Will you be issuing such a test once you get your mitts on one?