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

Alfred Osborne
November 9, 2018

Samsung unveiled the device at its company's developer conference Wednesday. The lights on the stage dimmed to deliberately obscure details of the device, and Denison opened it like a book to show a main organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen - which Samsung has dubbed "Infinity Flex Display" - that measures 7.3 inches diagonally.

Developer Joshua Clark, who was at the conference, said Samsung needs to sell the technology to its competitors for the product to be widely adopted.

Normally, one doesn't think of Samsung as necessarily being a haven for the worldwide development community.

"The foldable display lays the foundation for a new kind of mobile experience".

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

Other companies: Google has started working on foldable devices, too, The Verge reports. But Samsung is evolving it into a scalable intelligence platform to support a set of diverse products and services. 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 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. This is the same suite of developer tools used by Samsung internally.

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

He did not reveal how thick the device is. "They'll have to prove that it's more than just a gimmick", said Mr O'Donnell.

During the SDC keynote, Samsung also outlined its commitment to making connected IoT devices work seamlessly together via the new SmartThings app. These enhanced tools include SmartThings Cloud Connector, SmartThings Device Kit and SmartThings Hub Connector. This will now be supported by a SmartThings Developer Workspace.

Samsung introduced a new interface design called One UI.

After years of promising one, Samsung Electronics on Wednesday gave a glimpse of a smartphone that unfolds into a tablet that could give a major jolt to the industry in 2019, the year Galaxy phones will be celebrating their 10th anniversary.

The device will be called the "Infinity Flex Display".

Up to three apps can run at the same time on the phone.

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