Corning's Project Phire is working to bring tougher sapphire-like glass for smartphones that would release as Gorilla Glass 4, and could even be employed for wearable devices.
Corning has always led the way with incredibly durable and scratch-resistant glass for smartphones. Their Gorilla Glass is often seen on Apple’s iPhone, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy devices, but will see even more smartphones in the future – as the company is developing an even tougher glass material for smart screens. While iPhone users will have to wait for the next round up updates to see Apple create a device with the material that Corning has dubbed as being a part of Project Phire, which would tailor a smartphone glass, strong enough to hold up like sapphire.
The Project Phire glass would be formally called Gorilla Glass 4 and would introduce some of the most indestructible glass ever to be placed on a smartphone. However, Corning has done well to maintain themselves as the leader when it comes to glass production for smartphones. One Corning executive, named James Clappin pointed out that the company, as well as the Board expected this glass to launch later in the year – and to revolutionize the world of smartphone glass completely. They have even been indicating that the glass would be seen on wearable technology as well, as companies like Samsung and others worked more harshly to launch indestructible products.
“We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn’t fare well when dropped,” Clappin said. “So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire,” he concluded. Corning hasn’t necessarily dumped all of their focus into Gorilla Glass, as television displays are still the biggest part of their business – but Gorilla Glass has proven to be a growth area, as well as a top-performer. When you look at high-end mobile devices, oftentimes, users have seen Gorilla Glass on some notable devices like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy Note 4.
Overall, the last several years have been very good to Corning, with their development of some of the best glass in the business for smartphones – and now with the expansion onto other wearable smart devices, this really generates a clear path of where the company is headed, and how successful they will be in the long term.