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

Doris Richards
November 9, 2018

Smartphone manufacturers are finally starting to take mobile gaming seriously - and Samsung is arguably leading the pack. But it's smaller than tablets made by either company.

During the Samsung Developers Conference, the Korean electronics giant announced both its Infinity Flex display and Google's support for foldable screens.

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

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

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

Bixby Marketplace: The Bixby platform will allow developers to adapt their capsules from mobile phones and televisions to home appliances and other products across the Samsung ecosystem. To facilitate multitasking, Samsung described at the event a new, intuitive interface design called One UI to be used with the Infinity Flex Display.

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.

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.

Samsung is now making it faster and easier for developers to connect their devices and services to the SmartThings platform with a new suite of tools in the redesigned SmartThings Developer Workspace. The company today announced the launch of Bixby Capsules, that's what it's calling the features or services that developers create for its assistant.

Royole said it would start filling orders in late December.

There is a high chance it will carry a price tag of around 2 million won ($1,790).

Other companies: Google has started working on foldable devices, too, The Verge reports.

Samsung needs to get the foldable phone right to reverse steep declines in profit and restore some of the cachet its brand has lost to Apple. These will work in a similar way to Amazon's Alexa Skills wherein different developers will be able to implement their own voice commands based on the services they offer.

Bixby will also be launching in five new languages in the coming months: French, German, Italian, Spanish and British English.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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