Corning’s antimicrobial Gorilla Glass can kill bacteria on your smartphone

Gigaom

It’s no secret that smartphones are gross. More than 59 percent of phone users have confessed to using their device in the bathroom, and those are just the people willing to admit as much to a survey. Bathroom habits aside, we use our smartphones so much, and in so many different places, it’s hard not to see them as purveyors of bacteria and disease. Luckily Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass, is doing something about this. On Monday the company unveiled the world’s first antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.

Corning’s new Gorilla Glass is formulated with ionic silver, an antibacterial agent. Corning claims it’s implementation of the glass with silver can inhibit the growth of algae, bacteria, fungi, mildew and mold. According to CNet, the glass might be able to repel up to 99.9 percent of bacteria. It’s completely safe to use, and Corning even had its claims verified…

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