Counterclockwise: the rise of Gorilla Glass and how it changed the phone industry

Back in 2007 a undeniable CEO were given pissed off that the display of his prototype phone were given scratched up in his pocket. So, mere weeks prior to unveiling it, he determined to switch the plastic duvet of the display for chemically-strengthened glass.

Plastic used to be the same old again in the day, it had accomplished a excellent activity for years. But that wasn’t excellent sufficient for Steve Jobs. His resolution changed the cellular panorama and made Gorilla Glass the same old.

It is produced via Corning, which has a protracted historical past in forte glass. It made the Pyrex cookware. It made the glass for the Hubble telescope’s primary reflect. It made the home windows of the house go back and forth. Corning even produced the glass for Thomas Edison’s mild bulb.

Yet this mythical corporate used to be suffering – via 2007 it have been shedding cash for five years immediately. Thanks to Steve Jobs and the large good fortune of the iPhone, the corporate has (most commonly) returned to profitability.

This temporarily stuck on. In 2008, the iPhone 3G and the T-Mobile G1, the first-ever Android phone, introduced Gorilla Glass to the consideration of much more other people.

The following 12 months some Symbians (e.g. Samsung i8910 Omnia HD and the Nokia X6) followed Gorilla Glass as did more than a few featurephones, like the further lengthy LG BL40 New Chocolate and even the small, reasonably priced Samsung S3650 Corby. In 2019, Gorilla Glass might be discovered on kind of 200 million smartphones, in keeping with knowledge from Corning.

And for a very long time, Gorilla Glass used to be sufficient. However, the improve treadmill and the power for thinner telephones result in the advent of Gorilla Glass 2 in 2019 – 20% thinner than GG1, however simply as sturdy (says Corning).

After that, there used to be a brand new model virtually annually – GG3 in 2019 diminished reflections and fingerprint smudges, GG4 in 2019 advanced have an effect on resistance, GG6 advanced it additional (it used to be marketed as with the ability to live on drops from “selfie peak”).

We’re recently on Gorilla Glass 6, which has remodeled chemistry to succeed in higher resistance to wreck, after GG5 confronted complaint.

Gorilla Glass isn’t the handiest reinforced glass on the marketplace, of path. Apple, the corporate that driven GG into the stratosphere, famously divorced it and switched to “ion-strengthened” glass beginning with the iPhone 6. Apple initially sought after to make use of sapphire, however the corporate that used to be making ready to provide the panels went bankrupt.

There’s the occasional choice like Dragontrail, which used to be used on the Pixel 3a maximum just lately and some Xperia telephones prior to that. Some makers simply say “scratch-resistant glass” and go away it at that, so it’s exhausting to inform what you are getting infrequently.

To at the moment, alternatively, Gorilla Glass is the same old. And existence with out it will also be difficult, simply have a look at what came about to the best display layer of the Galaxy Fold. Corning is operating on foldable Gorilla Glass, there’s a unique model for wearables, even some TVs use Gorilla Glass. It’s a subject material that’s extremely vital for contemporary tech (the trendy global has monitors in every single place) and it merits popularity.

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Published by Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).