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Growing reports of Galaxy S20 Ultra camera glass shattering

A handful of reports regarding a fragile camera cover on Samsung's $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra have surfaced, claiming that it breaks more easily than expected. Those affected claim a range of issues from hairline fractures to more dramatic shattering, like you can see just above. While reports don't seem especially widespread, and none of us here at AP with devices have had any problem, there are enough of them to make it seem like this is A Thing.

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Galaxy Z Flip teardown confirms fragile glass display beneath protective plastic layer

Since JerryRigEverything's Zach took his picks to the Galaxy Z Flip, there's been a lot of debate around the web concerning Samsung's claim that it's using an ultra-thin layer of glass in the folding phone's display. Thanks to a new teardown by PBKreviews on YouTube, we now have confirmation that there is indeed a sheet of flexible glass in the Z Flip, but it's not as durable as you might hope.

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You can now buy Glass Enterprise Edition 2, but it’s only meant for developers

The original Google Glass Explorer Edition made a big entrance when it quite literally fell from the heavens during Google I/O 2013. While that model never really stood a chance as a consumer product, it became the starting point for Google Glass Enterprise Edition. It seems to have worked out because a second generation launched last year, and as of today, Google is expanding availability to an even larger audience... of developers.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 rumored to have first-ever foldable glass display

2019 was the year foldable phones became more than a trade show demo, but only barely. The Galaxy Fold launched after a multi-month delay for $2,000, and it's still troublingly fragile. The Galaxy Fold 2 might be a bit more robust. The latest round of leaks say this could be the first foldable with a glass screen.

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Plastic fantastic: The Pixel 3a is a refreshing break from the delicate glass sandwich

Sometime in the last few years, "plastic" became a dirty word in smartphones. The reasons for this — like evoking the kind of cheap and unpleasant designs that defined early Android phones — are probably less important the outcomes. A whole class of materials were re-branded as low-rent, and today even many relatively affordable phones have made the switch to fully aluminum or metal-and-glass sandwiches for the superficially premium look they impart.

But Google's newest smartphone bucks the trend, and in just the right way: the Pixel 3a stands apart with its genuinely nice, unapologetically plastic design.

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JerryRigEverything's Pixel 3 XL test reveals back glass durability

The Pixel 3 XL is landing on doorsteps as we speak, but how careful do you need to be with your shiny new smartphone? YouTube channel JerryRigEverything is here to absolutely wreck another phone in order to assess its durability. The Pixel comes out of it alright—it won't bend, but you might pick up some scratches.

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Corning announces Gorilla Glass 6, made to survive repeated drops

Corning announced the newest version of its ubiquitous Gorilla Glass today. Gorilla Glass 6 is, as you'd expect, the strongest iteration of the material to date, less likely to break than previous versions when dropped. The new glass was engineered not only to survive drops from greater heights, but also more drops over time, Corning says.

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OnePlus confirms the OnePlus 6 will have a glass back

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed in a forum post today that the company's upcoming OnePlus 6 will feature a back panel made of glass. Much like the device's display notch, glass backs are another divisive trend in modern smartphone design OnePlus seems to be in favor of. 

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ZTE's crazy 'Iceberg' concept has two display notches

Display notches are the controversial smartphone design trend du jour: while the Essential Phone beat Apple to the punch, the notch is the defining trait of the iPhone X, and, for better or worse, it's being aped by a whole bunch of Android OEMs. Reactions have been mixed. If you're not a fan, avert your eyes—ZTE has a concept it's calling "Iceberg" that features not one, but two display notches: one at the top, one at the bottom.

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[It lives!!!] Google Glass emerges from 2-year silence with new Enterprise Edition and wider availability to partners

What's that strange feeling? Almost like I've seen a ghost. Oh, Google Glass isn't dead after all? That'll be it. There have been recent signs that the seemingly abandoned experimental wearable might be making a return in one form or another, more than 2 years after the Glass Explorer Program officially ended. The first was an update to the MyGlass app last month, after lying dormant for nearly 3 years. This was followed the next day by a mysterious firmware update making its way to any Glass Explorer Edition units still in use. Google has confirmed that was regular maintenance to the consumer device, and not related to this fresh news about the Glass Enterprise Edition that Alphabet's experimental X subsidiary (formerly Google[x]) has been busy working on for the last two years.

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