Do you remember the Samsung Continuum? If you don't, I don't blame you, and I don't think anyone else would, either. The Continuum was one of those devices back in the day that stood out for only one reason, and one reason only: The strange secondary display that was positioned near the bottom of the device, below the main display. Back when Samsung was throwing gimmicks at the wall to see what stuck, the Continuum was pretty much the pinnacle of that endeavor.
I kind of remember a successor to that device, but only in the foggiest way. If there was a Continuum 2 I wouldn't be surprised, since it wasn't hard to get a sequel to a smartphone back then, but if there wasn't, well, I don't think that hurt any consumer in any meaningful way.
The Continuum was a strange device, but I should probably give props to Samsung for trying something different, especially back then.
And now it looks like the Continuum was just ahead of its time (something that I'm sure Samsung's marketing is trying to figure out how to use at some point in the future).
There have been a few leaks and plenty of rumors regarding an upcoming LG-branded device, right now known as the "V10." It's a device that will probably share plenty of similarities with the flagship G4, but it's the biggest difference that will make it really stand out. According to those aforementioned leaks and rumors, the V10 features a "Ticker Display," almost exactly like what was featured on the Continuum. The big difference between the V10 and the Continuum, outside of functionality in the upcoming device, is the fact that the V10's ticker is above the main display and not below it.
Clearly LG wants to try something new here, and an overly curved display is something that didn't work out too well for them in the past, so it's time to introduce something else. Something that, technically, we've seen before, but it's been a few years since that device was on the market, and it never really made waves in the first place. So while folks that remember the Continuum will have something to reminisce about and compare to, the general public will probably just accept the V10 as the newest device to try something crazy.
But is it all that crazy anymore? Sure, the V10 will probably be the only handset out there with a ticker display, it isn't the only handset with a secondary panel. Or, to be specific, it wouldn't be the only handset with another part of a screen used for extra functions or information. Yes, it would be a secondary screen, but edged displays, screens that have a curve to separate its functionality from the rest of the screen, essentially do the same thing.
After the launch of the Galaxy Note Edge, some might have thought that this would be the lineup in Samsung's diverse portfolio of devices that kept the curved edge, but that's definitely not the case anymore. Thanks to the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+, it's pretty clear that Samsung has big bets on the edged display moving forward. I wouldn't be surprised if this is Samsung's next "big display" movement, as the company tries to bring something new and generally unadopted up to this point.
So my question at this point is if you believe these ticker displays and edged screens with their curves is the future of the smartphone. Is this something you could see HTC, Motorola, OnePlus, and whoever else adopting into their own devices? And, even if it takes Apple four years to do it, could you see the Cupertino-based company adopting a curved display? Let me know!