Feb 10 AT 2:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 36 Comments

Corning shows us the future of computing with “A Day Made of Glass”

Not everyone is familiar with Corning’s Gorilla Glass yet, but many of the current Android devices out there are already using it. Samsung chose Gorilla Glass for most of their Android lineup (Galaxy S series and Galaxy Tab),Dell is a big customer (Aero, Streak, Venue), and it was used in the original Motorola Droid.

Manufactured using Corning’s proprietary fusion process, Gorilla Glass is all about thin and tough. You will find it all types of electronics from smartphones, to tablets, and big screen TVs (that can withstand a Wii remote at 65 mph).

Corning is still trying to get their name out there to the geek crowd and they just uploaded a new video called A Day Made of Glass which shares their vision of the future. I’ve seen similar conceptual videos, but this one really is pretty cool and shows what Android-powered devices might look like in the near future.

If you have any of the Galaxy S phones (Captivate, Continuum, Epic 4G, Fascinate, Vibrant) or Dell Streak, let us know what you think of the Gorilla Glass screen. Has it held up to the daily wear and tear as advertised?

Source: Gorilla Glass

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  • http://Website Bill

    I have a Motorola Droid, which was one of the first devices to use Gorilla Glass. I’ve had the phone for over a year and always keep it in my pocket. The metal surround has a ton of nicks on it. The screen — and I’ve never used a case or screen protector — is still flawless. Truly awesome stuff. Now if they would just make sun glasses out of it!

    –Bill

  • http://Website Phil

    Ive had vibrant since release day, and i dont even have a minor scratch or those inevitable swirl marks, no matter how many times ive dropped it or had it face down somewhere, the screen is still flawless, even though samsung is THE WORST for firmware support (finally got 2.2 when 2.3 came out) the hardware is (usually) solid.

    • DavidM

      wow, 2.2 I hope that someday, AT&T will allow it on the Captivate

  • http://Website Brendon

    If this happens in the next 20 years, this would be amazing. And looking at the current pace of technology and how quickly it is advancing, I would says it’s possible. :)

    • http://Website max

      remember 1992? No reason why this will not be accomplished by then, thats our generation its into the newest technology which seems to become 3 times more powerful every year.

    • http://Website Dre

      But does it come in black? That’s way to many white backrounds for me.

  • http://Website Hans

    I’ve had the Original Droid and now the Fascinate and I love their screens. I stopped using a screen protector for my Droid and I never got a scratch on it. I use one for my Fascinate since it’s new, but the screen is quite durable.

    Is it just me or do the phones in the concept look like future iPhones?

  • http://Website Max

    I’ve got a vibrant since day one, and the screen is still flawless. No scratches or anything.

    There are three things I must have on all my smartphones now: Gorilla Glass, Super AMOLED (unless something better comes out), and android :)

    The video was amazing, I love videos like this. The possibilities amaze me. Mad props to Corning for doing what they do!

    • http://Website sammysucka

      I agree with you 100%. I must have those three things with any smartphone I own. I had the behold two and vowed to never buy another Samsung phone. Then came the galaxy s and I waited months for the release and read every rumor that preceded the phone until release date. Yes, they stick it to us everytime with respect to updates but there products are great:-) So its Sampled Gorilla or nothing. Go Sammy:-)

  • http://Website Christian

    “I’ve seen similar conceptual videos, but this one really is pretty cool and shows what Android-powered devices might look like in the near future.”

    Define “near future.”

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Well I think a lot of that is possible in under 5 years.

    • http://Website Dragonithe

      Well if you look at the technology we got today, you just need to connect some pieces for this to work.
      We got the NFC for dragging content from one screen to another and personalized information on a screen.
      We can have the processing power and the storage in the cloud.
      We can have the QI technology for wireless charging, and if it can get powerful enough it could even remove the battery.

      seems not so difficult if you look at what we already got ^_^

  • http://Website markcredsys

    So excited a little bit of wee came out! :) I bet that was the reason they swapped sides of the bed too…avoiding a wet patch

    Seriously though glass is very expensive to produce in energy terms…I cant see these devices proliferating widely like in the brave new world video on a cost basis.

    Byee, I am off to buy several tonnes of silicon before the price rockets….

    • http://Website Nate

      While glass may be pretty expensive to make now as more and more glaass is used the costs will come down. also glass is extremely renewable, just shock some sand (I know its more complicated than that, but im talking about the lack of inputs). Also disposal of glass is very clean and easy, it eventually just turns back to sand. Unlike plastic which starts with oil and takes forever to decompose.

  • http://Website wadzy

    Awesome video Corning! And I have the original Droid. The glass is flawless! Drop constantly, have many scratches on case but not even a nick on the screen. Perfect. CM7 :)

  • http://Website Johnny

    I’ve been using a Samsung Captivate since August and have no scratches at all. Immediately after I got it, I did buy a Zagg Invisible Shield and a BodyGlove rigid case, but I never did put the Invisible Shield on. At first it was because I kept forgetting, but after about two months, I noticed that it still had no scratches. Then I learned about the Gorilla Glass and tried to scratch it (not TOO hard, though) by carrying it in the same pocket as a set of keys for a week. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. No scratches! So far, so good!

  • http://Website Jordan Fritzsche

    “Made possible by corning” ……I don’t know about that, maybe making it possible, pretty sweet video and ideas though, hopefully in the next decade

  • http://Website Firethorn

    I’ve had the international Galaxy S since it was available and always carry it in my pants’ front pocket without any silly cases or screen protectors. The screen glass still looks pristine, like on the day I unboxed the device. (well, that is after I give it a good rubdown to get the fingertip smudges off ;))

    I wish every highend mobile device featured gorilla glass!

  • http://Website Joey

    Invisible Shield screen protector or Gorillia glass, which one is harder to scratch?

  • http://Website Kai

    Had a Galaxy S (international) for several months.. Not a scratch.
    I used to be absolutely psycho about screen protectors on my devices – carrying them around in little padded cases until I got a good quality protector. No screen protector on my Galaxy S and I carry it in my pocket (admittedly, with nothing else – I’m not going to tempt fate), and the screen is immaculate (although the plastic button & case has a few scratches).
    I’ll never buy a device without Gorilla Glass now. I was originally intrerested in the Nexus S, until I found out no Gorilla Glass..

  • http://Website George

    The Droid X supposedly has Gorilla Glass… I’m still using a protector though…

  • tanders04

    Sure. Looks like all fun and games until you’re on the run for a murder that you haven’t committed yet and all of those surfaces start blabing your location.

    • http://Website Maximus

      LMAOOOOO

      Hahahaha that was My intial thoughts

      In a High Tech Society which this video is portraying, Thought Crime already Exist and u be getting Hauled off like in 1984 lmaoooo

      Had to give u a + for that lol

  • DavidM

    yep, that Gorilla glass is incredible, I have no screen protector on my Captivate and have dropped my phone a few times and the screen is still perfect.

  • http://Website 4G or Not To 4G

    What would it be like to be rich…gonna go play the lottery so I can build a house like that

  • http://Website Jordan

    Its absolute crap! They’re flimsy. The glass on my dell streak scratched around the edges simply from putting it into my pocket at some stage… they were small scratches and forgiveable.

    what’s not is that i dropped it getting out of my car, and the screen completely shattered. Pieces would still be falling out if i didn’t put a screen cover on it. Dell also doesn’t fix screens so now i’m stuck with the SHATTERED (not just broken), and dangerous gorrilla glass screen. I’m sure its better than plain glass, but bring back the REALLY indestructible plastic or something.

  • http://Website Dustin

    Weird…I’m on my 2nd droid and both screens were scratched (slightly) by accidentally putting the phone in my pocket with my house keys.

  • http://cel.ly celly

    I have two vibrants and both of them have scratches on the screen, probably from keys. I think laser cut keys are sharp enough to slice it. It is pretty imperceptible except for when the background is pure white there is a bit of a rainbow where the scratch is.

  • http://Website alex

    iron maannn<3

  • http://Website Austin

    I wish mine was that durable! One drop did it in nicely… :(

  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    I don’t use a case or screen protector on my Epic 4G and the screen is still completely scratch-free.

    Anyone wanting to know more about Gorilla Glass may be interested in checking the following page:

    http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/literature

  • http://Website Chris

    The video is unrealistic. It shows the husband got up at 7 AM but the wife still in bed, (probably got up a few minutes later) then shows her fully ready and getting into the car at 7:20 AM. No woman I have ever met can get ready that fast.

  • http://Website Jack

    I have a droid 1, had it since they were released day one, no screen protectors, no otter box, i worked warehouse, now security, and im in the military. not one scratch on the glass. the metal around the screen it beat hard due to it meeting concrete and pavement many times. great stuff in my book.

  • http://Website Barry

    Tempered glass, such as Gorilla Glass is great stuff unless it is hit hard enough to develop a flaw. Then it shatters into many many pieces. A small impact with a hard sharp object can concentrate the force enough to chip any glass. Standard glass will chip, but often you can still use it normally. But with tempered glass the failure is catastrophic.

    Such impacts are rare on large flat surfaces, unless you are unlucky enough to drop the item glass-down on a small rock. But a bad design that leaves the edges exposed like the iPhone 4 is a prescription for chips and shattering of tempered glass. Designs like the Samsung and Motorola phones discussed above are much more protective of the glass edges are ideal for tempered glass, and with only minor care (and without horrible luck), the glass can give long and excellent service.

  • http://Website Jason Spears

    If this is the future, why are we still poking at colored buttons like trained monkeys? What, no gaze tracking and voice control?

    Enhance.

  • http://Website Colin

    I have the original Droid, I’ve never had a problem with it before except for wearing out the headphone port. I dropped the phone from my pocket and it cracked the screen. The ink has not run so it does not interfere with using the phone.