The Galaxy Note Edge was announced at a trade show in
The Edge uses
With the Edge, the Korean electronics company is offering a practical use for the curvature. While the main screen remains flat like previous phones, the right edge extends and curves until it reaches the back. That creates a side display so information such as weather and time can be seen from the side when the phone is laid on a table — such as a nightstand next to the bed.
With the side display, the phone's camera functions more like a stand-alone, point-and-shoot camera, as the shutter button and other functions appear on top when the phone is held horizontally. Developers of other apps will be able to specify how the side display gets used.
The side display also provides one-tap access to various apps normally found on the home screen, as well as to functions such as the flashlight and the stopwatch, akin to what Apple offers in the iPhone's Control Center with a swipe up from the bottom.
Analysts said the new display feature could cut both ways.
"An edge-based display will give
If the South Korean giant wants to avoid paying developers to kick start the development of such apps, it might have to make the feature standard across its broad smartphone portfolio, said Fogg.
In recent years, the German capital has become a popular home for technology startups, making the IFA a popular location for companies to launch the latest mobile gadgetry as well as innovations in more traditional fields such as home entertainment systems.
The new phones were announced amid expectations that Apple will unveil new iPhones next week. The iPhone 6 is expected to feature a 4.7-inch screen, up from the current 4 inches, to make it more competitive with larger smartphones made by
Both will have a 16 megapixel rear camera and 3.7 megapixels on the front. The front camera will be able to take sharper selfies than the typical camera phone. They also will let more people fit into selfies by stitching multiple images together.
But video and other content will need to be adapted for the device.
AP Technology Writer
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