What On Earth Is An AMOLED?

As you see every day on the web and in magazines, technology is a veritable thicket of terminology; obscure abbreviations abound, and it's impressive how many combinations of 26 letters tech companies can come up with. The LED, or Light Emitting Diode, has been around in various forms since the 1960's as a solid-state semiconductor light source. Different materials and manufacturing processes can create a range of colors for these usually tiny components. The OLED, or Organic Light Emitting Diode, uses a layer of organic semiconductor material. The AMOLED is an Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode, and the difference in construction means a faster response than the OLED - so displays using this low-power technology (with thousands or millions of tiny AMOLED pixels flashing on and off) can present fast motion in a more pleasing manner. The displays are used in smartphones, tablets, laptops and even some TV sets (not giant sets at this time). Thankfully, you don't need to know this to enjoy your mobile device...

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