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It works by infusing ions of silver directly into the glass

Smartphones go everywhere with us, and they pick up germs from all the dirty surfaces we set them on (not to mention the germs from our hands and faces as we use them daily). In other words, our smartphones are gross -- but Corning has a solution.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, which is being held in Las Vegas this week, Corning showed off its new Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass 3, which keeps your smartphone screen nice and clean. 

According to Corning, it works by infusing ions of silver directly into the chemically-strengthened glass. Silver is a common antibacterial agent used in hospitals, and while it's an expensive antibacterial solution in that setting, Corning kept costs down by folding the ions into the glass -- keeping the cost of raw materials down below 50 cents per smartphone. 

Corning, which touted the new glass as the first of its kind, said it can wipe out up to 99.9 percent of certain bacteria. 

“Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties. Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets.” 

Gorilla Glass is some tough stuff doing cool things. Last year, Corning said Gorilla Glass could lower vehicle weight and improve fuel economy

Source: Corning Gorilla Glass

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Another win for preventing the impossible
By arazok on 1/6/2014 12:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully this will prevent future outbreaks of disease caused by smart phone use.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By Jeffk464 on 1/6/2014 1:12:47 PM , Rating: 3
But I have to put a plastic screen protector over the gorilla glass to protect it, negating any antibacterial qualities.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By tbake on 1/6/2014 1:21:48 PM , Rating: 1
You don't need a screen protector on a Gorilla Glass 3 screen. Carried my S4 in pocket since day 1 no screen protector. 0 scratches.

By CZroe on 1/6/2014 5:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not true. Most of the scratch resistance actually comes from the oleophobic coating and the oleophobic coating can actually wear off quite easily (take a look at what Samsung S View covers are doing to the Note 3). Without the coating simple sand will scratch Gorilla Glass 3.

My brother let our sister use his iPhone 5 after he used it for over a year and one week in her purse was all it took for thousands of visible micro-scratches that weren't there before. He also used it without a protector, so it's all in how it's treated. IMO, a protector is still needed.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By Falacer on 1/6/2014 1:27:38 PM , Rating: 3
Why would you need to put a screen protector on it? I've never put one on any of my Samsung Galaxy phones.

I still have my original Galaxy phone that my daughters use from time to time & all these years later still not a single scratch on the screen.

By tanjali on 1/6/2014 2:20:31 PM , Rating: 1
That's because you don't have sons, only daughters.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 1:31:53 PM , Rating: 2
As the others have said, there is no ... Bu tI added a video to drive the point home how touch this glass is.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By Samus on 1/6/2014 2:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
I regret taking the screen protector off my S3. Within a few months, I have scratches from keys and whatnot in the center of the screen.

By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 3:17:27 PM , Rating: 3
The S3 was not GG3, it was GG2, which was 20% thinner than 1, but less scratch resistant. GG3 takes a beating.

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