Folding smartphone screens could be hitting the market as early as 2016, according to a report in Business Korea. This news comes shortly after Samsung applied for a patent for flexible displays earlier this month.
The new smartphone screens wouldn’t just slightly flex like the iPhone 6. These would actually fold over like a piece of moldable rubber. Some of the latest photos show just how extreme the folding could be, turning a standard smartphone into a candy-cane shape that could hang on a towel rack.
Another important technology coming to smartphones may be transparent displays, which are currently used in fighter planes, billboards and heads-up displays for select vehicle manufacturers. The screens are designed to show an image on a clear surface, like a piece of glass, or in this case, a smartphone screen.
Will either technology change the way you use your smartphone in the future? Probably not. However, the same could be said about the transition from small phones to phablets. The extra size was not necessary for any functional purposes, but it was, and still is, very trendy. Flexible screens and transparent displays may become trends of the future in the smartphone industry.