Corning, the company that makes Gorilla Glass, said it will probably take at least three years before companies start making flexible displays using its new Willow material The Willow glass should be used in some simple products this year, Clappin said. Examples may include a flexible barrier for solar panels or as a thin film behind some touch panels, he said.
Corning sent out samples of the flexible glass to makers of phones, tablets and TVs in June. Chief Financial Officer James Flaws said at the time the company hoped it would be available in consumer products this year.
Google has been working on eyeglass-embedded computers and plans to introduce them in 2014. Apple has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the company's plans said last month. Clappin declined to comment when asked whether Corning had any contact with Apple on this project.
Samsung's role as both supplier and competitor of some of the biggest names in the smartphone industry can make most of its clients wary of conducting further business with them. A good example is a report from Apple Insider that says Nokia may also start veering away from Samsung because their technology can get compromised with continued business with the Korean giant.
Furthermore, the source also claims that instead of shipping next-generation components to their clients, Samsung typically cancels and use the components for themselves. Furthermore, the source states that Samsung has stolen an important specialized design for OLED from the Finnish giant, Nokia.
When you see a Samsung (certain specialized new design for) OLED phone as you surely will, you are looking at something that was stolen from Nokia.
Just recently, Apple won $1B against a lawsuit filed against Samsung for infringing on intellectual property rights. With the kinds of allegations that Samsung is facing from two major companies, it will be hard for them to come up with something new without much scrutiny.