Well, we knew it was coming and here it is. Corning has officially announced the next generation in their widely popular protective glass, Gorilla Glass 2. The newer material allows for the same scratch resistant and damage prevention while reducing the thickness by 20 percent. This means slimmer devices, better colors and greater touch sensitivity on phones. Corning says that their new glass is already in the hands of manufacturers and that we should be seeing implementation of this upgraded glass “during the coming months.” (more…)
Corning, the makers of the popular Gorilla Glass will be in Vegas next week at the Consumer Electronic Show to show off Gorilla Glass 2. So what can we expect from the company that already has some of the most scratch-resistant glass around? According to the presser, we could be looking at a thinner design which no one would ever argue with.
“Corning Gorilla Glass has been a tremendous success for Corning, enjoying excellent market acceptance across mobile device industries. Handset and tablet device manufacturers are clearly driving toward higher functionality from thinner designs. Corning’s latest innovation in Gorilla Glass technology is very well positioned to meet these challenges and enable broader touch technology penetration.”
Gorilla Glass is one of those things that people just love, because we know it works and also brings us a sense of security. You can drop it, bend it, try to scratch it, and it just keeps looking fantastic (for the most part). It was featured on our dear Motorola “OG” DROID and countless other products we love over the last couple of years. As manufacturers continue to pump out thinner and thinner handsets, it is good to know that companies such as Corning are meeting the demands of consumers. Here’s hoping Corning blows us away with Gorilla Glass 2.
And you can bet that the DL staff will be at their booth when they show it off.
When the DROID RAZR was announced last month, Moto CEO Sanjay Jha stood on stage raving about its build quality and the materials used to make it one of the toughest phones on the planet. It has Gorilla Glass, a kevlar back, splash coating and more. Unfortunately, there aren’t many materials that can be used to save a phone from a pocket drop to face on concrete. Might be time to invest in a case if you haven’t already.
On a related, the Galaxy Nexus and its non-branded “fortified glass” seems to have passed this stair drop test with flying colors. We should take into account that the stairs are covered in carpet and are likely the only reason it survived. Hard wood stairs and the G-Nex would be joining our RAZR friend in the Graveyard of Forgotten Phones. (more…)
Your disappointment in the lack of Gorilla Glass on the Galaxy Nexus was pretty evident back at this post. Even with Samsung’s acknowledgement that they decided to use a different fortified glass with a less prominent name, there were still some skeptics. Maybe the video above will help ease your mind. The UK G-Nex is given a good key rubbing and comes out – unscathed. Not that we were worried that it wouldn’t.
According to the official Twitter account of Corning – the folks that make Gorilla Glass – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will not come equipped with their highly damage resistant screen technology. It would be safe to say that many of us are disappointed to hear this news especially knowing that many of the top-of-the-line tablets and smartphones of the last couple of years have had this wonderful product. Hell, even the DROID RAZR has Gorilla Glass. Definitely not a killer, we would just recommend that you try your hardest not to pocket drop your G-Nex or take a key and scratch the face of it as hard as you can.
Update: Over at Samsung’s Facebook page they admit to the lack of Gorilla Glass, but also share that they use another type of glass that should be good as well:
Samsung Janel No. Instead of the Gorilla Glass we use another kind of fortified glass.
Speaking of Corning, has everyone seen the “A Day Made of Glass” video that they released earlier this year? It’s a fantastic watch. We have included it for you all below. (more…)