10 Techy Trends that will be huge in 2012
Ahh…welcome to 2012, it’s that time of year where we predict the biggest trends of the year…
- The Cloud – this is going to be huge…more and more companies will be convincing you that downloading or streaming your content over the internet is the way of the future.
- Wireless Payments & Ticketing – how do you feel about paying, but without your credit or debit card, and it’s not free either! Near Field Communication (NFC), which has been around in the background, will make this idea true. High Street favourites, such as Visa and Starbucks have started to promote this idea.
- Voice Control – technology favourites, such as Apple, Google and Microsoft will be pushing voice control in 2012, for example, the technology rumour mill is spinning that Apple is looking to put this technology into televisions, and the expectations are that the iPad3 will have this technology.
- Windows 8 – the successor of the ever popular Windows 7 operating system will be launched in 2012. I’m sure there will be plenty of chatter whether you should upgrade to this, or give it a complete miss.
- Facebook – the predictions are that it will get over 1 billion users by the end of the year….although it will still face challenges from other social networking sites, such as Google+
- Faster Phones – who’d have thought it, previously mobile phones were there simple to make calls and send a text or two…well, your mobile phone is now the hub of information. Your phone of only last year, will be considered as slow, and there’ll be a push for you to get a faster and better phone.
- Ultrabooks – in simple terms, laptops are only going to get thinner…
- Olympics – 2012 is all about the Olympics, and I’m positive that the talk will be all about how technology was used to power the games, how we watched the games and talked about them and even how we got to the games – and I’m sure we’ll be talking about this even when the games are over.
- Android, iOS and WP7 – the operating systems of phones, are becoming more and more important...there’s going to be the roll out of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich for Google, Apple will continue to promote the iPhone and iPad and Microsoft will continue its work on Windows Phone 7 (or perhaps Windows Phone 8!), the Xbox 360 and ultimately Windows 8.