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Mobile Phone Giants Eye 3D Displays

Nokia and Samsung look set to add 3D smartphones to their roster of devices, having both submitted patent applications for these types of display.

With HTC and LG currently being the only major smartphone makers to have launched 3D devices, the technology is widely regarded to be little more than a gimmick for phones and tablets at this stage.

Two more mobile titans are now appearing to add mileage to this concept, taking us beyond the second dimension where we could yet see 3D becoming a common feature in smartphones.

Nokia's patent application outlines a similar construction to Samsung's, which describes a "Dual-mode two-dimensional/three dimensional display".

This design indicates the use of a trigger on the device to switch from 2D to 3D mode, which follows suit with the screens on the HTC Evo 3D and LG Optimus 3D.

With these patents only recently being filed, there are no estimates for the products' release dates thus far. When they do hit the stores, consumers will be eager to see if the 3D technology could add genuine gravitas to a smartphone, this time around.