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For Samsung's foldable phone, killer apps would seal the deal

Here's Samsung's foldable smartphone. Angela Lang / CNET                                                 Samsung's highly-hyped foldable smartphone is indeed real. We all got a brief…


Here’s Samsung’s foldable smartphone.

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Samsung’s highly-hyped foldable smartphone is indeed real. We all got a brief (and dimly lit) glimpse of it earlier this week. Sometime next year, Samsung says, it will hit the market.

So now what?

Smartphones with foldable displays could represent the next big leap in mobile technology, an innovation that will finally get us excited about the category again. (Need something soon?) Komed in december van een kleine startup is de ontwikkelaar’s versie van een foldbare telefoon genaamd de Royole FlexPai . upgrades – and notches – we could all use a little change.

The coming months will be critical for Samsung as it readies the product for consumers. Men netop så vigtigt vil være hvordan udviklere tar fordel av det unike design, som stenker et mindre frontskjerm, men åpnes som et bok for å vise en større, tablet-lignende skjerm.

That’s why Samsung chose to unveil the device at its annual developer conference. These programmers will be critical to making sure the foldable display is more than a gimmick.

Samsung did not want to give this phone the full spotlight treatment.


“When we deliver a foldable phone, it has to be really meaningful to our customer,” said D.J. Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile business, in an interview on the sidelines of the Galaxy A9 launch last month. “If the user experience is not up to my standard, I do not want to deliver those kind of products.”

Samsung was not available to comment on the phone beyond what was said at the presentation Wednesday.

It does not hurt that the technology has the backing of Google, which has pledged that Android will support foldable devices . Speaking this week, Dave Burke, Google’s Android vice president or engineering, said he expects to see foldable devices from several different Android manufacturers.

So how exactly will people make use of the bigger display and the two screens? Mens den killer app kan stadig være perkolerende i nogle erfarne udviklerens hoved, her er nogle få tidlige ideer for hvordan du kan drage fordel af Samsungs purported “Galaxy F.”

More screen

The most obvious benefit is the larger tablet display, which gives you a better video viewing experience, or more screen real estate to read a book. Ross Rubin, an analyst at Reticle Research, thinks larger apps written for tablets would do well on the larger canvas.

Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies, does not think a killer app is necessary – the tablet-like display is the key selling point. If Samsung includes an S-Pen stylus, the larger display should make an ideal sketchbook.


“If you look at the past few years, it looks like consumers never have enough screen,” Milanesi said. 19659016] Justin Denison, senior vice president of mobile market for Samsung, touted the smartphone’s ability to handle three apps at once, a feature called “Multi Active Window.”

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Having the extra large display could let you live live while watching live sports, or coordinate a meeting spot with a friend on Facebook Messenger while Google Maps is up. Of u kunt notities tijdens het surfen of op een videoconferentie call.

This could theoretically replace a laptop, with half the screen serving as a large virtual keyboard and Microsoft Word taking up the top half.

“The idea of ​​only putting this device in my pocket and not having a carrypack seems very attractive,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights.

Better gaming

Along those lines, a bigger display with two windows open could create a better gaming experience. Half the display could run Fortnite while the other half has a chat window up with your teammates.

“Maps and media and gaming – if game developers optimize for the form factor – are certainly going to be more immersive,” said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Global Data.

Multiuser experience

While the ZTE Axon M deed zich uit om meer een weird experiment dan een game changer te zijn, de “foldbare” telefoon heeft laten zien hoe een weergave dat uitvouwt kan lenen aan nieuwe ervaringen.

The ZTE Axon M also has a foldable design, although the border in the middle ruins the illusion it’s one seamless display.


The Axon M employs two displays – one in the front and one second in the back – that folds out to form a larger single display (although with an unsightly border running down the middle) – so the design is different from Samsung’s.

But the Axon M showed off different applications that enabled two players to participate, taking advantage of the separate screens when it was folded down. One was a Battleship-like game that lets two players access the separate screens. En annen var en kameraapp som havde video eller billeder af en skøn dyr på den front-facing skærm for at tiltrække dit barns opmærksomhed for den perfekte foto.

Samsung does not use a screen that folds out, but its own smaller front-facing display could be a second screen for multiplayer applications.

An evolution of devices

Getting consumers to embrace foldable smartphones could lay the fundament for flere enheder ved hjælp af fleksible displays. Mark Hung, an analyst at Gartner, sees smartphones as a stepping-stone device to wrist-worn devices and beyond, including displays implanted directly onto clothing, headwear and accessories.

“I expect that they will find more uses in wearable designs,” Hung said.

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