Samsung Introduces Infinity Flex Display Folding Phone

Today’s topics include Samsung announcing innovation in folding phones, IoT and mobile UX, and a report finding most users stop engaging with brands after a data breach.

At the SDC developers’ conference in San Francisco last week, Samsung announced the Infinity Flex Display, which has a 7.3-inch tablet-sized screen that can be folded vertically to fit into a pocket or purse. The device features a cover display that acts as a phone along with the tablet display. It is expected to go into production early next year.

Meanwhile, Samsung’s Bixby personal assistant is evolving into a scalable intelligence platform to support diverse products and services, including Bixby Developer Studio, Capsules and Marketplace. Samsung is also bringing the internet of things into the smart home, the car, the office and everywhere by allowing developers to connect devices and services to the SmartThings platform with a new suite of tools in the redesigned SmartThings Developer Workspace.

Finally, Samsung introduced a new minimalistic interface design called One UI, which keeps the most relevant content on the bottom half of the screen, making it more natural and comfortable for one-handed use and reducing clutter and distractions.

According to the Ping Identity 2018 Consumer Survey: Attitudes and Behavior in a Post-Breach Era, 78 percent of consumers reported they would stop engaging with a brand online after a data breach. The eight-page report, released on Nov. 7, surveyed 3,264 adults in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany to get their views on the impact of data breaches.

The study also found that 49 percent of respondents would not sign up for or use an online service that had recently reported a data breach.

According to Sarah Squire, senior technical architect at Ping Identity, to stay on consumers’ good side and ensure compliance with industry regulations and best practices, companies should be upfront about what they know about a breach or privacy incident as soon as they know it.