A leader without followers is just a guy taking a walk, as the saying goes, and that's pretty much how LG must be feeling these days about 3D.
In the 15-odd months since the LG Optimus 3D's arrival, just one other 3D smartphone has been launched – the HTC Evo 3G – but could the floodgates finally be about to open after all?
Well, no, probably not, but there could at least be another couple of options in the pipelines to give the 3D phone market a bit of respectability.
Samsung and Nokia have filed separate patent applications over in the US for 3D-related display technologies, suggesting they're at least thinking about jumping into the third dimension to give LG and HTC a bit of company.
Nokia's application is for a “dual-mode two-dimensional / three-dimensional display”, which seems a little odd considering that sounds like exactly what the Evo 3D and Optimus 3D already offer.
Samsung's application, meanwhile, is quite a mouthful: “a touch screen panel display comprising a display, a touch screen panel sensor film stacked on top of the display, and a window stacked on top of the touch screen panel sensor film, the touch screen panel display comprising: a viewing angle difference barrier film stacked between an upper surface of the touch screen panel sensor film and a lower surface of the window and for transmitting light of a pixel corresponding to a left eye and light of a pixel corresponding to a right eye to a left eye and a right eye, respectively.”
Or, to sum up, 3D.
In the trigger-happy world of technology patents, applications like these are evidence of pretty much nothing at all, but we'd still like to see Samsung and Nokia give 3D a go, if only for the prospect of seeing a 3D Windows Phone...
Via Unwired View