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Samsung Shows Off Uses for Wraparound Displays, Might Hit Shelves Early 2014


Samsung took to the USPTO to apply for patents regarding wraparound display technology usage. Back in January of last year at CES, Samsung unveiled Youm, its wrapped-display tech features on a concept device. At that time, it was known that you could view stock prices, your clock, and other little things to take advantage of the unique design, but the people wanted more. In this new filing, Samsung goes over a few use cases for the technology, and they actually seem quite useful.ย 

Samsung details that the wrapped part of the body could be used for locking and unlocking your device, browsing through galleries with swipes of your finger, plus used to show battery and charging indicators. As another example, Samsung details that if you are in a particular app that allows for sharing content, a designated button can be placed on the side of the device, dedicated to quickly sharing images and content with friends and followers.

Samsung Wrapped

While in an ebook or digital magazine, the wrapped part of the display could be used as a navigation tool for quickly accessing different chapters within the book. If you want to flip through the pages, simply swipe your finger down the display. The same goes for your contacts menu, as instead of scrolling on the flat part of your display, you can navigate using the side scroll feature.

Samsung Wrapped

Bloomberg reports that we could see a device featuring a three-sided display as early as next year. As for our thoughts, we think this is way more useful than the Galaxy Round, but we will have to wait and see if Sammy can pull it off.

Curved displays are starting to pop up with the Galaxy Round and G Flex from LG, so what are your thoughts on their uses? Can these companies innovate the way we navigate our devices with the use of wrapped display technology?

Via: UnwiredView | Bloomberg

  • Ian Nott

    Check out my YOUM concept based on some of the rumors going around!


  • HarvesterX

    Hmm, so instead of swiping left and right like everybody else in the free world to the pages, now I would have to swipe …ok I’m not getting something. So to flip through pages of say a magazine, I’d swipe. I already do that. I’m missing something there… Unless it means swipe down the sides of the curve which is just plan stupid.

    I use my phone in landscape mode 99% the time, so then what. Use my nose to swipe the edge closest to my face? This may lead into something useful. But as it is now is just a waste of space.

  • CHRIS42060

    Tomorrow LG will be announcing plans for a cylindrical phone in which the screen wraps completely around the inner workings of the phone.

  • Andy Stetson

    This is the tech that should’ve been in the Gear. And every other smart watch.

  • Higher_Ground

    yeah they just put w/e was on the side of the screen to begin with on the side of the phone. Not sure that that’s really special, though it might look neat.

  • Tyler

    Does this mean we will get on screen nav and circle lockscreen?

  • Jared Tau

    Drop if you dare.

  • John

    Love the side display. Note 4 is what I been waiting and counting on this to be on.

  • MacNificent

    ยฟWhat type of case would you use?

  • jose

    Is Richard Yarrell here? I can hear it now. THIS IS INNOVATION. Android sucks. HTC sucks. Moto sucks. LG sucks. Samsung is da best. Samsung is king. I WANT SAMSUNG HEALTH INSURANCE.

    • flosserelli

      Shhhh…he’s been stirring up sh!t elsewhere. Don’t encourage him to come back.

  • shelooga

    you know what would be cool? not this

  • SewWhat

    After 15 min out the store door, using a device like this, the bezel debate will finally be put to rest permanently because folks will have done 5 things in the process of getting it out of their pocket and getting it situated in their hand to look at it.

  • Mike_Cook7

    Umm how are you supposed to hold this without pressing buttons?

  • joejoe5709

    I think this is pretty cool stuff. Just like anything else Samsung makes, I’ll wait for the second iteration (Galaxy Gear, I’m looking at you…) for a fully realized concept. I hope LG picks up a similarly cool idea.

  • panicswhenubered

    Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

  • HellRa1SeR

    Would definitely love to see drop test of these devices. ๐Ÿ˜€

    PS – needless to say none of them will survive.

  • I could see a lot of uses for this. But I know it won’t catch on, because the companies implementing it will do it wrong, and not use any of the things I’m thinking of. That makes me sad.

  • wmsco1

    A FLEXIBLE Screen would be ok for when you accidentally dropped it. But not sure about all the curved stuff.

    • Eddie G

      If you haven’t looked at the stress test of the LG G Flex yet, you owe it to yourself to. It’s pretty slick and *seems* quite durable…

  • Chris Hughes

    Dear Hardware OEMs –

    Stop doing stupid gimmicks and focus on the big tech elephant in the room – Battery life. You can stop when phone life is measured in days.

    Every mobile user since 2000.

    • Adrynalyne

      What smartphone were you packing back in 2000?

      Feature phones already are measured in days.

      • Chris Hughes

        That’s my point… Smartphone battery life has always sucked compared to other phones. They need to fix it…

        • rutgersjaffo

          What part of “giant screens in hi-def eat batteries” don’t you get? This is basic physics, man.

    • joejoe5709

      I just got 42 hours out of my LG G2 with moderate use. I’d say that’s a good place to start.

      • Chris Hughes

        I think we all know that’s not standard time..

        I’m just saying that battery life is where they need to focus

      • Wilmer F.

        Prove it – screen shot. I just bought back droid maxx which has the biggest battery in the game. My phone is being used constantl… Messaging youtubing … Point is that the screen is on about 50% of the time. I’m only getting 18 hours out of it. 42 hours on a g2 with “moderate” use doesn’t seem likely. You most likely meant light use. My friend gets 2days and about 8 hours on his maxx with light use. The point here is that battery life has never been the focus and it should be.

        • E A butler

          I think the Note 3 can pull off 42 hours normal use… I use my Note 3 to listen to music and podcasts via bluetooth from 8 am -til 7pm and It still has juice to last till bedtime which is around 11pm …. Im sure if i did play music it would last a day and a half.

    • crazed_z06

      Try a Note 3.. Battery life is not a concern

      • Chris Hughes

        I have… I’m want to be able to lose my charger for 4 days before having to find it…. Old school Nokia style!

        • rutgersjaffo

          Yeah, that’s not going to happen.

        • E A butler

          just use double a capacity battery!!! What else do you need help with sir?

        • CHRIS42060

          I hear Stark enterprises are making great strides with the Arc Reactor….. Oh you mean in reality? Sorry but I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

      • inzandity

        Agreed. I don’t even have a battery indicator in my status bar anymore. Never even come close to killing it in a day.

    • Raven

      Do you really think they are NOT working on battery life in favor of these other gimmicks? Those are completely separate departments and even companies. I am sure they are working on them as well. It is just hard to overcome the laws of chemistry and physics. Also, Samsung was a display maker long before they ever made their first Android device, so that is a natural area for them to be pursuing innovation in.

      • Chris Hughes

        Resources are resources…

      • rutgersjaffo

        This. Batteries are not magic. They have to deal with reality, lol.

    • Twofourturbo

      My Galaxy Note 3 has no idea what your talking about..

    • Wombat Face Killer

      I just found a couple of ladies to frequent and made them wear these.

    • Andy Stetson

      My G2 is confused by your post.

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    • Richard Yarrell

      Plain and simple technology changes and so do the times stupid gimmicks are dull stock android with no WOW FACTOR poor cameras, and putrid battery life yearly on all Nexus line products. Samsung and Lg are the ONLY manufacturers offering NEW PRODUCTS for the masses. I openly applaud SAMSUNG for it’s industry leading NOTE product line and it’s new Galaxy Round product line. We can expect to this wrap around display on the GALAXY NOTE 4 in october 2014. Plain and simple NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG.

      • squiddy20

        You’re a moron. You claim stock Android has “useless gimmicks” when in fact, stock is the basis for Touchwiz/Nature UI and all the other crap Samsung throws on their phones. Without stock Android, there’d be no Touchwiz/Nature UI, because they are the layer on top of the OS (Android), not the OS itself. Clearly, you have no clue what you’re talking about.

        As for the cameras and battery life on the Nexus 5: Have you read any of the reviews? Most give good marks in these areas, certainly better than the Nexus 4, and the Galaxy Nexus before that. If you want a better camera, go get a f*cking point-and-shoot.

        “Samsung and Lg are the ONLY manufacturers offering NEW PRODUCTS for the masses.” So I guess in “Richard’s World”, Sony, HTC, Motorola, Oppo, Pantech, Huawei, Asus, and countless other manufacturers all over the world don’t? What a joke.

        “I openly applaud SAMSUNG for it’s industry leading NOTE product line and it’s new Galaxy Round product line.” We don’t know if the Galaxy Round even will become a “product line”. So far, they’re only releasing one device and will then wait and see if consumers like it. If not, there won’t be a second. Basic rule of product creation. Idiot.

        “We can expect to this wrap around display on the GALAXY NOTE 4 in october 2014.” Says the guy who “knew”, without a doubt, that the S4 would have the same wraparound screen tech.

  • j

    sooo.. its a screen.. that curves.. and on the curved edges.. they’re going to put icons and sw buttons you can touch. REVOLUTIONARY. not.

  • bogy25

    apple to have it in 2018 and claim it to be a first

    • The Motto

      No.. this is such a stupid idea that even Apple wont fall for it…

  • Jeff C

    one drop and smashhh

    • joejoe5709

      Curved screens are made from much more durable materials. Should be fine.

  • hickhamt

    maybe not phones, but i keep thinking about touch control arm bands… they may not be the awesome holographic ones like in the movies, but still! soldiers, nurses, factory foremen…. wearing a touch control wifi armband might be alot closer than you think…

  • S.Ober

    Whoa a commenting section I can read, without people trying to kill Google.

  • A.J.

    So instead of making phones wider (more screen real estate for the menus they are talking about) and thinner, now they are going back to thicker phones?

    • xpyroxcorex

      If they throw a bigger battery in that thickness, then I am a-ok with it.

  • decidedtochangename

    Person puts case on phone and all new functionality is gone?

    • sk3litor

      Don’t you think they would just make a case to fit the design?

  • Dave

    And I thought a glass screen replacement was expensive already….

  • DJyoSNOW

    More to break

  • litobirdy

    how do you hold tje phone then w/o pressing something on those side? i think flexible displays is the way to go. I mean really flexible, not partiallly like the LG Flex

  • zurginator

    I don’t think this will do much except have more people complaining about shattered screens (thanks to lack of bezel to protect the glass).

    I do think using the sides as the notification and status areas could be useful though.

  • Ryuuie

    This would seriously annoy the piss outta me. ๐Ÿ˜

  • phil

    imagine what this could do for the TV industry…

    • Mayoo


  • Mayoo

    That’s it, Apple will sue them because Apple is jealous and announced it after Samsung.

  • OMJ

    This is a worse gimmick than the second screen of the Continuum.

    • hkklife

      But it’s still not as bad as Touchwiz!

    • Adrynalyne

      Leave the Continuum alone!

      • OMJ

        Your right there are probably still 3 users out there waiting for Bubby to release something

        • Adrynalyne


  • Greg Morgan

    I think the curved glass and these three sided screens will last as long as 3d phones lasted.

    • Agreed.

    • zurginator

      And foldable devices will last about as long as the Echo….

      • poop

        That is far from likely ๐Ÿ™‚

      • xpyroxcorex

        I wonder how many people know what you’re talking about lol

    • Scottyb112

      I think they will last a total of 5 minutes before that screen gets smashed!

      • adidas89

        I’m afraid you are wrong. Curved AMOLED doesnt use glass as it can’t. It is in fact plastic hence the screen will not smash.

    • Jonathan Bunch

      Kinda makes it hard to hold one handed…unless you are left handed. Neat idea just not practical

      • jose

        I’m left handed and think that everything about this phone is wrong.

    • Stnkycheezman

      A sphere phone is what we really need.

      You can unlock it by rolling it down the street.

      • Greg Morgan

        ^ ha i would pay for that ๐Ÿ™‚

        • ReturnOfTheMack

          Return of the Nexus Q

        • Stnkycheezman

          you just gotta be able to catch up to it before the screen locks again

    • imaletufinish

      And a lot longer than anybody will remember your short-sited comment. Don’t quit your day job, there Nostradamus.

    • bassman418

      Hopefully they are leaking this crap to put all the other brands in the wrong direction. They are all trying to produce this and out do Samsung, mean while Samsung is working on some real shโ–ชt we can use. Put themselves 2 steps ahead of everyone else……..

      • michael arazan

        LG press release in 3…2…

    • michael arazan

      Well at least the multisided devices won’t give you migraines from staring at the screen for 10 minutes or longer like the 3d did

    • CHRIS42060

      I don’t think it will last that long. I am thinking it will last as long as the Samsung Beam with the projector in it.

  • flosserelli

    If I pretend to swipe unlock the side of my Note 2, it wants to fly out of my hand. Samsung had better figure out how to minimize that potential, or there will be a lot of unhappy people with broken phones.

    • Mayoo

      It’s marketing. You buy a phone because it has a curved screen, you break it and buy another one. Repeat until Samsung rules the world.

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  • jlsushman

    Give me a phone I can fold into my wallet.

  • Guest

    I dont see any added benifit. i can do all that with my phone now