Google has recently offered to invest at least $880 million (about 1 trillion won) in LG Display Co causing talks that it is planning to introduce a curved screen on the follow-up to its solid Pixel flagship phone from 2016. The investment will allow the search giant to secure OLED supply and the South Korean tech giant to reduce capex.
It is no wonder that Google has looked closer at curved displays as far as it seems to be a growing trend in phone design. Samsung has added the one to its new Galaxy S8 – the device that seems to represent a new level of functionality and convenience, opening up a galaxy of possibilities, services and apps as well as a stunning Infinity Display for immersive viewing experiences. In its turn, Apple is rumored to have signed a deal with the company for 160 million of displays for its next iPhone.
LG Display has not come up to a final decision so far as it is still reviewing Google’s offer. Meanwhile, Google may not have too many other options if it wants a curved screen. Reportedly, the invest volume and the supply deal may go up during talks.
Currently, LG Display supplies small flexible OLED panels for the Apple Watch and LG Electronics’ watch line-up. It is not clear if it will be able to focus on smartphones as well.
However, the significant investment will help LG Display start an additional production line dedicated to producing flexible OLED displays for Google’s upcoming smartphones – just in time as the company is planning to move its focus to OLED panels from liquid crystal display (LCD) products.
Last week, Google made one more exciting announcement. The company has launched YouTube TV with 40-plus channels of entertainment, news and sports to the selected cities for $35 per month.
YouTube TV will allow watching favorite programs today in New York and tomorrow in Los Angeles with many other cities “coming soon,” according to YouTube. It is hard to say now how many channels you’ll get for your $35 each month, because local availability varies per market. But YouTube TV has the networks ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and ESPN among others while some important like CNN or HGTV are missing.
It seems that the service is perfect for those who would like to passively dip into TV to find something to watch, from movies to recent TV to original YouTube Red content.