Samsung offered a first look at its concept folding phone. But if you blink or looked away you may have missed it.
The folding phone, easily the main reason why people voted in the company's annual developer conference, proved courtesy of Samsung's executive Justin Denision, who pulled the device out of his jacket pocket and developed it. The scenes were dimmed and Denison showed it just a while after a splendid introduction video.
Samsung started the day with a long discussion about Bixby, and some of the new opportunities for digital assistant. The arrangement is intended to drum up software support for the company's large product portfolio, from smartphones to smart refrigerators.
Folding phones are seen as one of the next major innovations in smartphones, and the area that has become old as upgrades every year becomes more incremental. Samsung, meanwhile, is also in competition with some of the world's top-tech companies to make people embrace their digital assistant. Amazon and Google have successfully received their assistants into the home through affordable smart speakers, which play important roles in our increasingly smarter homes.
DJ Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, adorned this era as "a time of connected living," when he talked about his vision of new technology like 5G, enabling trends like smart cities, smart homes and autonomous driving.
Here is everything that Samsung showed at his event.
- Bixby opens: Samsung has fought to get people interested in their digital assistant at a time when people are already familiar with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Eui-Suk Chung, chief of software and artificial intelligence, said the company and said the company plans to get the voice assistant in more devices. "Bixby is our commitment to AI," said Chung.
- Bixby goes globally: In the coming months, Bibxy will receive support for five more languages. The company will also launch a marketplace for the assistant.
- Bixby Developer Studio: Samsung introduced a tool kit that allows developers to more easily take advantage of the assistant on multiple devices – practical in terms of how many products Samsung makes. This means that it will be easier to develop "capsules" or skills available on the market.
- Bixby heads to smart TV: Samsung said it would release tools to help developers create apps that let you control the TV with your voice.
- SmartThings push: Jaeyeon Jung, engineering engineer, talked about pushing more devices under his SmartThings division. She talked about the company's SmartThings button, which has been around for a while, and its ability to trigger programmable actions like light and temperature control.
- Galaxy Home Update: Samsung first revealed its smart speaker during the summer at the Galaxy Note 9 launch, but talked more about the device at the conference. Still up in the air is when the speaker actually starts.
- A User Interface: The company created what it describes . A user interface promises to declutter Samsung's apps – like their phone and watch app – while placing more controls closer to the bottom of the screen to make them easier to access. An open beta application starts this month.
- Infinity Flex Display: Samsung billed this screen as "the future of viewing technology." On the stage, Dennison showed a device like . The company said it is clear to start mass production on the display in the coming months, launching next year. Samsung said it also works on rollable and extendable screens.
- Android Support: At the same time Google said and said it worked on a device for next year.
: The company's best "all" phone.
The best deals so far.