The flexible future of mobile devices

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A number of electronics firms are working on technology that would enable mobile device displays to bend, providing a more flexible experience for the mobile device user, whether at home or in the workplace.

Research firm Visiongain estimates that the market for flexible device displays will reach $230 million this year, with flexible screens becoming the "benchmark technology" for mobile devices by the end of 2018.

"The technology is increasingly gaining credibility amongst the critics as more people are discussing and keenly anticipating the launch of flexible display screen based devices," Visiongain noted.

After unveiling its Youm flexible display technology at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, Samsung is expected to wow the crowds at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month with a version of its Galaxy smartphone with a high-definition flexible display.

The Galaxy Q smartphone is expected to have two 5.3-inch displays that can be folded out to form a single 1,080p screen or folded into a wallet-sized phone, according to a report by AndroidGeeks. Samsung displayed how it would work in a humorous commercial shown during its CES presentation.  

I could imagine a number of enterprise devices using flexible displays, such as a video conferencing system with bendable displays that give users the feeling of being in the same conference room with the remote participants.

The future of mobile technology is flexible. The only thing holding it back is that the other electronic components in mobile devices are still inflexible. It's time for the rest of the component manufacturers to join the flex party.

As the BYOD trend has shown us, where the consumer mobile market goes, so goes the enterprise market. - Fred