Corning Incorporated, the company behind the tough ‘Gorilla Glass’ used on many mobile phones, has launched a new flexible glass that it’s calling Corning Willow Glass.
The new material can be ‘wrapped’ around a device and processed at high temperatures, making it suitable for smartphones, tablets, notebook computers and ‘smart surfaces’ such as touch-controlled walls.
Microsoft has revealed a new application that’ll bring entertainment from its Xbox gaming console to other devices. Xbox SmartGlass will launch later this year for Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone handsets.
For example, it’ll be possible to browse the web on your Xbox while using your mobile device as a remote control. Similarly, bonus features from TV shows could appear on your smartphone or tablet while you’re watching your television.
ETSI, which defines globally-applicable telecomms and IT standards, has confirmed a new SIM card format that’s 40% smaller than current micro-SIMs.
This fourth form factor - abbreviated to 4FF - is 12.3mm wide, 8.8mm high and 0.67mm thick. It’ll be published in ETSI’s TS 102 221 specification.