In 2007, a famous executive complained to employees that his smartphone was scratched by the screen because of the key in his pocket. Later, the CEO made a decision that is now a standard on smartphones – glass screens instead of plastics. From here, Gorilla Glass became a familiar name in the phone village.
The above CEO is none other than Steve Jobs – Apple's legendary chief executive officer and the screen-scratched phone is the prototype of iPhone 2G – the first iPhone generation released by Apple in 2007. According to. revealed by former product manager Bob Brochers, Steve Jobs called Corning and persuaded them to return to the long-forgotten Gorilla Glass toughened glass project. This last minute change changed both Corning and the smartphone world.
Corning is not an emerging company as many of us are still mistaken. We have only known Corning with Gorilla Glass for over 10 years, but Corning is actually one of America's oldest companies – founded in 1851, which is 168 years old, originally named Corning Glass Works. , headquarters in New York.
The company specializes in the development of glass products, ceramics and optical materials for many industries. Corning used to make household products such as Pyrex glassware, Corelle Vitrelle brand ceramic bowl … More interestingly, Corning is the main unit for the Hubble Space Telescope, the ship's window. shuttle or glass ball for Thomas Edison's first electric lights.
The main glass system of the Hubble space telescope was made by Corning.
So far, the company has five main businesses: screen technology, environmental technology, life science, optical communication and special materials. In 2007, Corning lost money in five consecutive years and thanks to Steve Jobs and the success of the iPhone, the company was revived, starting to make a profit.
LG BL40 New Chocolate.
In 2008, the iPhone 3G and the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream), continued to use Gorilla Glass toughened glass, which made the product start to be watched by many parties. Years later, some phones of Symbians like Samsung i9810 Omnia HD, Nokia X6 started using Gorilla Glass, including cheap phones like Samsung S3650 Corby or strange phones like LG BL40 New Chocolate. As of 2010, Gorilla Glass glasses are used on 200 million smartphones.
The rate of smartphones using Gorilla Glass.
Over time, the phone was thin and Corning had to follow the trend of launching the Gorilla Glass 2 glass in 2012, 20% thinner than the first generation but still durable. Since then, Corning has almost launched new generation of glass every year, Gorilla Glass 3 in 2013 improved in terms of reflection and fingerprint reduction. The fourth generation of 2014 improved impact resistance, the 6th generation continued to be more durable, which Corning said could withstand a high fall when users took selfies. In this 6th generation, Corning refined the chemical composition to increase the tolerance after the Gorilla Glass 5 generation was criticized for being easy to scratch and to suffer from poor strength.
Gorilla Glass is not the only company with toughened glass for smartphones on the market, but Apple is the company that helped Corning become famous. Though parted for a short time when Apple used ion-strengthened glass on iPhone 6, Corning and Apple then re-cooperated on the iPhone generations later. Apple's original intention with the iPhone 6's glass was to use sapphire but the company responsible for apple production was soon bankrupt.
Today in addition to Corning and Gorilla Glass, the market has a Asahi with Dragontrail Glass – a type of durable toughened glass that is used on some phones as close as the Pixel 3a or Sony's Xperia Z series. And there are many more names, but cell phone companies often don't specify, generally speaking, scratch-resistant glass.
However, Gorilla Glass has become the norm and you try to imagine how fragile it would be without the Gorilla glass like the Galaxy Fold. Corning is currently developing a Gorilla Glass solution for folding screen devices, including a special version for wearable devices, TVs and even developing glass with strange surfaces such as wood and stone. flowers, carbon fiber for manufacturers to apply on the back of the phone, laptop cover to make a difference on the product.
Compared to the number of 200 million devices in 2010, currently, 6 billion devices are using Gorilla Glass.