2019 was a crazy year for tech, and here are the highlights.
2020 is just around the corner, and with it closes a year that included some of the best and worst things to happen in tech. Some say 2019 was a slow year, but it actually showcased what we can expect in the years to come, especially with hardware and services.
The Rise of Foldable Screens
Samsung and Huawei may be the first companies to showcase foldable displays on smartphones, but the recent delays only proved that the technology isn’t ready. But just before the year ended we were treated with the return of the Motorola RAZR, which featured a foldable flip-type display that actually made sense in terms of design. We’re still in the early stages, but it does point to a whole new way smartphone displays are made in future releases.
VR is here to stay
While it looks like that AR was a current trend (and it technically still is), VR is still largely being utilized by companies like Oculus and Vive. Most of the big hardware and software releases this year are VR-related, and we got a peek at upcoming titles that will likely push the boundaries to this technology in 2020.
First, it was PlayStation Now, and then Nvidia, Microsoft, Google and even Etisalat here in the UAE all have gambled on the idea of streaming games. Since internet connections are getting faster than ever, the idea of subscribing and playing games online is slowly being adopted by users.
This year saw the rise of the popularity of various streaming platforms. With the launch of Disney+ and other competing services expected to arrive next year, you’ll be spoiled with the different choices available. The problem is, subscribing to all of these services would now cost more than your cable bill!
A peek at next-gen gaming
Microsoft and Sony have already teased the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, which packs more power similar to what PCs now offer. We’re also shown how next-gen games will run on these consoles, which admittedly made us even more excited for next year.
Privacy was a big buzzword in the tech world in 2019. From the leaks and the hacks that included major companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon, 2020 is the year where they need to prove that they value each of its user’s data. You can always try and minimize your dependence on services provided by these companies, but there’s a chance that you will still need it one way or another. This makes the case for increased privacy control a big concern for next year.
What crazy tech moments do you remember from 2019? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!