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As you can see from the image above, the phone seems to have a belt clip built into it - not the sturdiest or even nicest of form factors. However this is just one of the forms that this device can take and it's all due to the advances that Samsung have made in mobile displays. After an estimated billion US dollars over the past decade alone, Samsung have been at the forefront of many of the display technologies we all use today. Even the iPad's much talked about Retina display was designed and is manufactured by Samsung. Their main focus remains the OLED technology that they've spent so much money researching, and it is this technology that has finally been made into a working flexible display.
Of course, many of you may be wondering what the fuss about a flexible display is. The point is more who it comes from. As I've mentioned before, Samsung have heavily invested in display technology and are pretty-much the masters of it when it comes to hardware. They're also dead set on putting their own control scheme on top of any operating system in their phones, so while the Skin will be running stock Android, changing the form of the device into certain shapes will change the user interface to suit those shapes. Change it into a small sound system type shape and the music centre will open and fill that space while other shapes will allow for smartwatch functionality and alarm clock amongst other things.
While I'm certain that many of the more esoteric features of the Galaxy Skin wont be making it into devices with this display, the future is certainly going to be a little more shatter proof than before. One thing to note is that every single manufacturer that is working on flexible displays has mentioned the need to wrap the display around a wrist as a watch and have the functionality change slightly when in that form factor.
So, how do you fancy your future - as a pair of glasses or as a watch?
By now you've no doubt heard of the exciting Project Glass that Google has been working on. What you may not have heard is that this project is currently being tested by Google employees in public conditions.
The project consists of two units. The first is the pair of glasses themselves with their camera and voice sensors as well as integrated display. The second is the so-called base unit which is basically a phone that links to the glasses via "Wi-Fi Direct" (not Bluetooth as some have been speculating) and streams data between the units at a superfast speed. The wi-fi on the base unit is set to openly receive information from around the user (the store maps in the video being one example) as well as hook into any open hotspots and use data that way. What is unknown outside Google is whether a cellular connection can be used for data while roaming.
Project Glass is more an alternate user interface and display technology than it is a new technology, but it still makes me feel those wonderful butterflies that only new tech has so far. What do you guys reckon? Time for a new pair of shades?
While still in Beta (and the mixture of links to new mobile pages, old ones and full web pages show how early the beta version is) this new style focusses on showing as much information as possible on the screen at one time, customising that data according to the users needs and taking full advantage of the higher resolution screens that have come around since the page was first designed.
You can try out the page yourself at the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/home/mobilebeta
Reckless Racing 2 improves on the original in every possible way. The amount of content on offer is staggering, and the game looks and plays brilliantly. It’s not just a great racing game; it’s probably the best racing game currently available on Android. This does come at a cost, however, and the price is sure to put a few people off.
The game was reviewed using a Samsung Nexus S running Ice Cream Sandwich, and an HTC Flyer running Honeycomb.
Price: £3.15 | Size: 8.4mb | Transferable to SD card? Yes
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