We've all dropped our phones, and the moment of panic that takes over when it lands face down is almost indescribable. What will you see when you turn it over? Will the screen be intact, or will it have shattered into a thousand pieces? It's come a little too late for the likes of the Nexus 6, but the fourth generation of Gorilla Glass – Corning Gorilla Glass 4 – is on the way, and it could make smashed screens a thing of the past.
Scratching the screen of your phone is one thing, but it does not usually render a phone unusable. Previous generations of Gorilla Glass have helped to all but eliminate pecky scratches from keys, coins and other things that share your pocket with your phone, but smashing is a different matter entirely. Drop your phone onto a hard surface and there's a high chance the screen will break and become unusable.
According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 4 is twice as tough as its nearest rival when it comes to protecting dropped phones. The company's researchers developed a series of drop tests that simulated real-world situations and then used the data from this to develop a new breed of glass that survives a 1 metre drop onto a rough surface 80 percent of the time.
The video below shows how a phone kitted out with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 could survive a drop onto a hard surface:
It's not known when Corning Gorilla Glass 4 will be seen in handsets, but the company says that testing is currently underway with a number of customers, so hopefully it won’t be too long before extra protection comes to our screens.
Have you destroyed a phone by smashing its screen? Would you ditch your current phone in favour of one with Corning Gorilla Glass 4?