As a tech enthusiast, i have watched the tech industry keenly in 2010 and i found some impressive innovations, inventions which range from innovative web experiences from facebook, twitter, youtube, hulu e.t.c to a slew of gadgets released by companies all around the world (worthy of note though is Apple’s iPad, Google’s Android devices, Cloud services), and also to the several law suits filed by top-shot companies against each other over who owns what patent or not (Google Vs Oracle over Java, Apple Vs Android, Microsoft Vs Motorola, Paul Allen Vs Facebook, Google).
Amidst all that though 2010 was a great year that brought to mankind what it thought to be the far-fetched future, example is the giant leap towards the creation of a flying car, the power pack that will enable a human being to soar into the skies (any kids fantasy) .
Ok enough said about 2010, this post is actually about my tech predictions for 2011, which i have divided into different sections for easier readability.
N.B. This is not an exhaustive list, just some of the major shots I think is worthy of note.
Web Experience (including social networking, email services)
Facebook the social networking giant brought about ground breaking advancement in the way we communicate with family and friends through social media in 2010 by adding a slew of applications/add-ons, also improving the usage experience both for PC and mobile phone user’s. Facebook’s user base increased incredibly from about 350 million in January 2010 to over 500 million at the end of the year.
My Prediction: Facebook’s user base growth might increase in 2011, but its usage which is already on the decline will most likely continue. However, if facebook creates a totally new experience then it might just see it through the year, and save it from an inevitable death (eventually!!).
My Prediction: Twitter will definately experience a spike in its user base from all around the world, which will be due in part to its usage by businesses in resolving customer issues, which is now becoming common place. And of course its popularity nugget machine in news, sports, tech, music, movies and so on, will also be worthy of note.
Youtube has created a niche for itself that makes it hard for any competitor to rear its head, with it’s impressive database of over 50 million videos and counting. Its integration with social networking elements also adds to the rich experience you get from this great website, plus the new HD has also joined the fray of what makes this tool so sleek.
My prediction: It is a known fact that pictures speak louder than words, based on this singular fact that Youtube will remain relevant and will still be with us for some time. However this year we expect that we should be able to stream videos live from the camera on our mobile phones through youtube and share with the world LIVE!!
Latest Technology (What’s not so New, but New)
Cloud computing is a relatively new concept which is already becoming common-place (at least for the techy guys), but it is still an evolving technology which is still very abstract to the non-techy guys. The concecpt of cloud computing has various uses, i’ll mention 2 here:
1. File storage: It allows for ubiquity, in the sense that once you put your files in the cloud you can retrieve them anywhere, anytime without the barrier of carrying around a storage device (which can get missen, or forgotten), all you need is an internet connection, so next time you have a presentation consider putting your files in the cloud.
2. Website Hosting: The cloud is great for website hosting, because unlike the convetional way of buying a large monstrous server that is usually under-utilized, in cloud you pay for only what you use (Storage space and Computing cycle), also has your traffic grows you can increase your storage space and bandwidth accordingly, which makes it good for business right?
My Prediction: Cloud computing is becoming useful to more human beings (i.e. reduced learning curve), therefore there will be a massive migration (which had already begun) from the classic file storage/website hosting into the cloud. Also this year will mark the beginning of direct file printing from the cloud, which will allow you to print from any printer that is connected to the internet (N.B Google is getting close to getting this done).
Mobile Hologram Devices: I think there will be a major step towards the development of the much awaited gadget (a geeks fantasy). which is a mobile device that will project text, images and videos into the air without a screen: watch this presentation by IBM for a demonstration
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 will deliver a tenfold improvement in data transfer rates while retaining backward compatibility with previous versions and adding new features that will make this communication standard all the more essential to the average consumer. Some of the features are 5Gbit/s transfer rate as opposed to 12Mbit/s in USB 2.0, 9 connector wires as opposed to 4 in USB 2.0, cool isn’t it, you don’t have to sleep off anymore when transferring your videos, music and so on!!
My Prediction: Definately wide spread use of USB 3.0 …………. What do you expect, this is awesome stuff!!
Okay there you have it my predictions for 2011, like i said this is not an exhaustive list, so there are some things that I didn’t talk about. So what are your tech predictions for 2011? Leave a comment in the box below and share it with the world 🙂