Samsung smartphone with flexible wraparound display, that actually has a good reason to be. Launch next year

The first smartphones with flexible displays – Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex, are pretty pointless devices. Samsung and LG did them for bragging rights, and simply because they could. Not because there’s something those phones can do better than handsets with traditional, flat screens.

But it does not mean that they won’t find ways to do useful stuff better with flexible OLEDs in the future. They certainly will.

In fact, Samsung has already demoed one such approach almost a year ago, when they showed us a phone prototype with the screen bending on the side, creating an additional control/information bar. Today Bloomberg reports that Samsung plans to launch this phone sometime next year.

And, by a strange coincidence, a patent application called “Method and apparatus for operating functions of portable terminal having bended display” was published by USPTO today. In it, Samsung  delves deeper into the cool things a phone with such wraparound display will allow us to do. Like:

Slide to lock/unlock or battery/charge indicators on a side-screen that could be always on:

Samsung flexible sidescreen 1

Arranging and navigating through your photo gallery via folders or dates, and combination of touch and tilt gestures:

Samsung flexible sidescreen 2

Quick navigation menu for your address book, or chapter navigation for an e-book:

Samsung flexible sidescreen 3

Clipboard/storage area for items you find interesting and want to share:

Samsung flexible sidescreen 4

Display the size of attachments of your inbox messages:

Samsung flexible sidescreen 5

These things look much more interesting useful than anything Galaxy Round and G Flex can do today.  Of course, to make it work on a real device, Samsung has a lot of work ahead of them.

But, hey, Samsung execs recently bragged that half of their R&D staff work in software development now. That’s about  30 000 people programming something 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week.

Maybe with a device like this, they could finally create a good reason for Touchwiz to be something more than an annoying Samsung ego play?

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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