Few of us bat an eyelid if we get a scratch or two on our smartphone's screen. The real heartbreaker is when your handset is dropped or knocked off a table accidentally and the screen shatters, leaving it completely unusable. It's a fate many of us have experienced before, and one that glass specialist Corning now claims we'll experience less often with the firm's new stronger Gorilla Glass 4.
What exactly makes the latest version of Gorilla Glass twice as tough as other types of aluminosilicate glass is unknown; well, that's Corning's trade secret. But after developing new types of drop tests that better simulate how clumsy we can be with our devices, Corning's researchers improved their recipe so that when dropped face down on to a hard surface from a metre up, phone screens made with the new Gorilla Glass 4 will survive up to 80 per cent of the time, instead of just reliably shattering on impact.
The new and improved version is already en route to manufacturers, which means that you'll certainly be seeing it touted as a key feature throughout 2015 as new handsets are introduced. And you'll be able to be a little more laissez-faire with your new device, too – well, certainly less panicked if it takes an accidental tumble. [Corning via Re/code]