Chances are you’ve heard about Gorilla Glass, the product that Corning makes so that handset manufactures can create devices that don’t break when you drop them, but did you know that the first smartphone to use Gorilla Glass was the 2007 iPhone? These days, you can find Gorilla Glass in a majority of devices on store shelves. When Corning announced their Q3 2012 financial results back in October, they said there were over 1 billion devices using Gorilla Glass on the market. That’s not an insignificant number.
The latest version of Gorilla Glass, dubbed Gorilla Glass 2, was announced at CES 2012. It was basically the same thing as the original version, but 20% thinner. Now Corning says they’re going to show off Gorilla Glass 3 at CES next week. According to Engadget, this time the company is going to focus on scratch resistance. It’ll be three times more resistant to scratches than Gorilla Glass 2, it’ll reduce visible scratches by 40%, and the glass is said to be 50% stronger after sustaining some damage.
The real question is when will we see this show up in retail devices? It took about half a year after the announcement of Gorilla Glass 2 for us to see it in devices from Acer and ASUS. We could very well see the same pattern repeating this year.
Does Samsung use Gorilla Glass? Yes, at least according to Corning themselves, but Samsung doesn’t like to make a big deal out of it. In fact, most companies don’t really mention if their products have Gorilla Glass, which sort of baffles us. Wouldn’t you want to tell your customers that the phone or tablet they’ve just purchased can be manhandled and it isn’t going to break?
Expect to hear more about the third generation of Gorilla Glass in a couple of days. There’s a high probability that a fancy video will be uploaded to YouTube showing off everything the glass is capable of doing.