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

Samsung gives peek at device that will fold

Here's a first look at Samsung’s new foldable smartphone

Samsung and Google want you to jump seamlessly from using an app on the 4.5-inch screen to pick up exactly where you left off when you unfold the phone and start using its 7.3-inch display. "When closed, it's a phone that fits neatly inside your pocket".

A Samsung insider we know by the Twitter and Weibo handle of Ice Universe said that he doesn't expect to see cameras behind the displays of smartphones until 2020. If other Go devices are any indication, the Galaxy J4 Core will be priced pretty fairly; its predecessor costs just over a hundred bucks. Pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

The bigger screen can split into three active areas at once, meaning three apps can run at the same time. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, SmartThings offers a connected experience in a single app, bringing IoT into the smart home, the auto, office and everywhere in between, the company said.

Samsung has opened up its Bixby platform, allowing third party developers to build functionalities for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant. "We're talking about brand new materials that have been made for this and also a new manufacturing process", she said.

Dave Burke, vice president of engineering at Google, said at the Android Developer Summit that Google is "enhancing Android to take advantage of this new form factor with as little work as necessary".

Samsung has embarked on a tasteful overhaul of how its phones look and work. After a lot of buzz around the foldable display that Samsung had been teasing for the last couple of months, it was finally showcased at the event.

As part of its efforts to scale Bixby services, Samsung said it would expand support to five new languages in the coming months, including British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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