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What if Samsung could make the Galaxy S10’s bezels customizable through software?

So Samsung just released Good Lock 2018, a new and updated version of its interesting take on how a futuristic smartphone user interface would look like. Hidden deep among the Good Lock 2018 functionality is something called Edge Touch, which allows you to disable the edges of the device’s display from reacting to touch. Well, it doesn’t seem to actually work properly right now, but it got me thinking whether Samsung could use this idea to give consumers customizable bezels on the Galaxy S10.

Customizable bezels would keep everyone happy

Now, I’m assuming Samsung will have some sort of a full-screen display on the Galaxy S10, similar to devices like the Vivo Nex and the Oppo Find X. There’s even a new report that says Samsung could have a third Galaxy S10 model that would feature a triple-camera system at the back, and it’s possible the company would choose this model for the true bezel-less design some of its competition has already managed to achieve. But, as many of our readers have often made clear, not everyone is happy about the idea of a phone that has virtually no bezels at the front. In fact, quite a few folks are also against the Edge screen on Samsung’s flagship, not least because it can result in accidental touches despite palm rejection built into the software.

And, well, maybe Samsung can make sure it doesn’t frustrate those consumers who would like to have some bezels on their displays by making it customizable via software? Adding the option to shut off sections of the display completely to simulate the presence of bezels would be a nifty idea, as the user could create “virtual bezels” on all four corners of the display. Add the Good Lock 2018 option of disabling touch on the screen’s edges to the mix, and you would have a truly bezel-less phone that can be used without frustration by those who continue to the stick to the belief that bezels are a necessity.

It would even let the Galaxy S10 have a notch

In fact, Samsung decides it needs to have a notch on the Galaxy S10 to achieve a higher screen-to-body ratio, customizable bezels would allow the company to hide that notch. It’s something LG has already done on its new G7 ThinQ smartphone, only Samsung’s home rival uses an LCD display and not an AMOLED panel. AMOLED panels are pitch black when the pixels are turned off, and making some parts of the screen black on the Galaxy S10 to simulate bezels would virtually be the same as having actual black bezels that we see on Galaxy flagships with the Infinity display right now.

Of course, such a feature would require a responsive user interface that adjusts according to how the bezels are set up by the customer. But if there’s one manufacturer that can make custom software interfaces without breaking a sweat, it’s Samsung. If the display on the Galaxy S10 is going to extend to all four edges of the phone’s front side, it could turn away many a potential customer, and making the bezels customizable is one way the Korean giant might be able to make everyone happy.

What do you think?

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Cuttroath
Cuttroath

if the s10 should feature a notch, I will switch to the oppo find x. I’m just waiting for the s10, to see what it will be

Biransahin
Biransahin

Why is this in the article? “Hidden deep among the Good Lock 2018 functionality is something called Edge Touch, which allows you to disable the edges of the device’s display from reacting to touch”. You can disable the edge screen in settings independently even with Good Lock installed.. Smh. Do you guys no anything about Samsung phones?

kumarsaini621
kumarsaini621

No, no no, Not at all, we don’t want notch. Notch looks stupid. Notch Not acceptable. 😞

samsungfan99
samsungfan99

That’s how burn-in happens.

Sotirisdim4
Sotirisdim4

I’d like to think that the rumors that the S10 will have no notch despite the patents will be true, just for the peace of mind, let alone that it would be moronic to do it, after making fun of apple for it on 2 separate occasions (Growing Up and Moving on commercials)… The most recent patent of the S10 seems to include no headphone jack which, although saddens me very much, it’s something I can sort of cope with…

Biransahin
Biransahin

There will be no notch. Just click bait. Relax, bro. 🙂

HaskellJava
HaskellJava

Samsung don’t want stupid notch

Biransahin
Biransahin

Of course there won’t be a notch my friend. Don’t worry about it even for a second.

vitorvedder
vitorvedder

since I’ve lost my minute reading this crappy article, why not waste a few more seconds writing a comment and being a dick about it?

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

No, just no.

ironbat
ironbat

No notch.

geops
geops

notch??nope…ever..s9+ here i come…

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

No point, just get rid of the bezels and give the 5.8 model triple camera, 8 GB ram, min 256 internal and make it 140 mm tall or less and max 8mm thick

_alex_
_alex_

Good point…. imagine then the price… 1300 euros for sure!!
First move to be again competitive, lower those absurd prices, other brands have lower prices higher specs
..if sammy wants to be Apple…well good luck

heisenberg001
heisenberg001

You guys like whinning unnecessary and meaninglessly. How much did P20 pro cost? How much does Vivo Nex cost? How much does Oppo Find x cost? How much did LG, Sony and HTC priced their flagships? But you want Samsung to lower it’s flagship prices

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

If they give that spec with the right design I would part with £1000 for it potentially

djcbs
djcbs

I agree one of the versions of the S10 should only be 14cm tall and keep the same specs as the rest….but you can’t fit a 5.8″ on a 14cm tall phone.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

This is another hype of 2018 I cannot get behind, COMPLETE bezel-less display is very impractical no matter how futuristic it looks. its only good on a fixed stationary display (like a TV or digital photo frame). the S9 bezels are plenty thin enough. pack more stuff in that bezel instead, more sensors, more cameras, better speakers and more features.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I completely agree with you. This bezelless race is starting to stink. Thin bezels top and bottom with front facing speakers is the better solution, no need to reinvent the wheel.
There are other more important things Samsung should focus on.

warlockba
warlockba

And it is software, another thing at which Samsung is really skilled, so having and additional “customization” to Android, which goes one level deeper than the usual UI customizations (as it most likely will involve playing with the active resolution and such), just screams of even more “delayed updates”.

djcbs
djcbs

“customizable bezels would allow the company to hide that notch.” We have to stop this nonsense that software can hide hardware. It can NOT. All those notched abortions on the market have the same issue: the notch takes space from the notifications/status bar at the top of the phone. It’s irrelevant if you put a black background behind it, the stupid notch is still there and, yes, you can still see it. No. Adding a notch isn’t an option. And I really hope Samsung isn’t as dumb as Google who, after mocking something, goes and does it. The bezels on… Read more »