As a Technology Editor in the tech industry, 2018 was a big year for innovation in tech. That trend is expected to continue in 2019 and give us an opportunity to explore innovation and new technologies. We’ve predicted the top tech trends which will make 2019 more exciting. From new and amazing technologies to must-have gadgets, this new year will definitely shake up the tech world.
5G And Mobile Connectivity
2019 will be the major year for 5G technology. It will move from trials to commercialization. With the commercial launches of 5G in the US, Europe and Asia, by 2025 there will be 1.2 billion 5G connections globally – 14 percent of all mobile connections. 5G is driving innovation across industries, from smart cities to self-driving vehicles, digital health, AR/VR applications and faster content downloads.
Dual Screen Phones
Mobile manufacturer’s finally found a way to remove notch and that’s by adding another display to the smartphone. Recently Vivo and Nubia added another display on the rear side to eliminate notch on the front. Eliminating notch means losing from camera and selfies are one of the most important aspects while buying a new smartphone. The main rear camera is always superior from the front camera, so companies found it easy to add another display to act as a viewfinder for selfies, or it can act as a second screen for users.
ARM is always preferred for portable devices due to its better power efficiency. Current laptop is based on x86 architecture making it a power-hungry device. Microsoft is working hard to offer Windows 10 on ARM-based devices making it powerful and power efficient. It is an attempt to marry mobile processors with full laptop experiences. It promises to provide better power efficiencies, reliable performance, and always-on connectivity compared to the x86 Intel-based computers that have existed so far.
Voice assistants aren’t new but expect their popularity to skyrocket in 2019 as the technology makes its way into an increasing number of portable accessories, headphones, home automation and consumer gadgets. The Voice Assistant is already capable to understand user’s voice and execute the task like playing music, send messages and even set up your reminder. This year, we will see advancements in the capabilities of these assistants like placing foods directly, finding photos which are required, answering calls whenever the users are unavailable, etc.
VR, AR And Mixed Reality
A few years ago, Oculus VR and HTC Vive entered into the market and instantly became one of the biggest hits of that year’s show. Since then, Oculus was bought by Facebook and Vive was developed by HTC. However, VR was always more focused on games. This year the momentum is changing towards the business sector. Mostly targeted towards apps that bring VR to fields like real estate, travel and many other visually-driven businesses.
True Wireless Earbuds
Last year we’ve seen major smartphone manufacturers took the bold steps by removing headphone jack from their smartphone. This surely gave headphone industry to move towards Bluetooth wireless technology. Last year, most of the wireless earphones still have cables connecting the two earbuds, but 2019 could be the year of transitioning to truly wireless earbuds. The new development in Bluetooth chip technology will make earbuds less power hungry and the rise to adopt true wireless earbuds.
Internet Of Things
The Internet of Things or IoT is already taking over the world and it is available in one form or another. IoT will be in everything from new wearables and health-related products to smart appliances and vehicles. IoT can be used across all verticals to enhance services and products around the world. This year we see an increase in IoT devices for our homes and improve itself by gathering our habits and the environment.
A foldable smartphone is another concept floating around for past few years until Samsung demonstrated the working foldable smartphone at Samsung developer conference. Samsung said that it would be ready to mass-produce foldable displays in “coming months”, which means we can expect it in 2019. Samsung isn’t the only smartphone maker working on foldable devices though. Huawei, Xiaomi and LG are also working on flexible OLED displays for their own foldable smartphone.
Robots And Drones
Robots and drones can get one step ahead this year. Every work can be simple with the help of robots like robotic vacuums to clean house and coffee-makers to make coffee whenever needed, but some are actually small robots that follow you around and become a type of personal assistant. Also, there will be personal transportation devices like hoverboards and different variations on the idea of giving people new forms of personal electronic transportation options. And we should see dozens of new drones introduced that target both business and consumers.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Chipsets
Recently Qualcomm has unveiled their next-gen flagship processor which will be powering most of the flagship smartphones of 2019. The new Snapdragon 855 has a 20% faster CPU, 40% more power efficient and better security feature. On the connectivity front, the 855 chipsets itself will feature Qualcomm’s new X24 modem. It even works with X50 5G modem, which is an option for manufacturers who want to add 5G into new devices.
Super Fast Charging
While the improvement in technology has increased the charging speed, but still it takes a lot of time to fully charge your smartphones. Recently brands like OPPO and OnePlus launched their smartphone with super fast charging capabilities without damaging battery life. This year we can continue to see the trend of improved charging speed than the existing technology.
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