From the casual consumer to the executive of a Fortune 500 company, everyone pretty much agrees that sturdy and reliable gadgets are the high standard. With users constantly using various gadgets—smartphone, tablet, mini tablet—and with the gadgets always being on the go with them, everyone wants electronics that can withstand the buffeting of nature and constant travel. Gone are the days when you have to be delicate with a fancy smartphone or tablet; the most popular pieces of technology available today are ones that can handle lots of processes, have speedy connectivity, and can stand against scratching and knocks on top of that.
Take the iPhone, for instance. While it is undeniably one of the most well known and most desirable model for a mobile business phone out there, one of the first problems it had was the fact that it just wasn’t sturdy enough for the kind of travel and abuse that businessmen and employees on the field are likely going to inflict on it. One particularly hard smack on the corner, or maybe even a single drop onto the floor, was enough to shatter it. This “delicacy” made people look to other devices that could handle the stress and won’t smash to pieces upon a single impact.
Since then, Apple has fixed the handicap by using a sturdy form of Gorilla Glass. And as a sturdy material capable of resisting scratches and surviving impact, Gorilla Glass has proven itself and has since become one of the biggest standbys in the creation of smartphones and tablets for casual and business use.
All over the world, electronics designed for mobile use are being equipped with Gorilla Glass: tough, scratch resistant, and able to survive being in a pocket or a bag that contains various objects which could potentially scratch and damage a screen. While it’s still not advisable to drop your iPhone, other gadgets with Gorilla glass have fared well. So well, in fact, that Corning, the manufacturer of this type of glass, has released a quarterly earnings release announcing that over one billion pieces of technology equipped with Gorilla glass have been released everywhere.
Corning’s earnings for the glass have risen to 700 million USD in 2011, and in the third quarter alone for this year, the glass earned up to 363 million dollars. Going over 21 percent year after year since the iPhone, Corning’s glass has risen in earnings.
The revenue from the glass is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) of Corning’s earners over the years, allowing the company to develop more types of glass that would have potential use in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile gadgets. Willow Glass is one of these products, which Corning describes as an “ultra-slim flexible glass” that might change the game again for various mobile electronics. This type of glass could have great potential uses in LCD and OLED technologies.