The 2010s made one thing clear: Tech is everywhere in life.
Tech is everywhere in our lives, we are surrounded by technologies in such a way that our life almost depends on how we use them from positive to negative effects on us technology covers each aspect of our lives. It’s on our television sets, where many of us are streaming shows and movies through apps. We even wear it on ourselves in the form of wristwatches that monitor our health.
In 2020 and the coming decade, these trends are likely to gather momentum. In addition, they will also be on display next week at CES an enormous consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas. That typically serves as a window into the year’s hottest tech developments.
The next-generation cellular technology is 5G. That delivers data at mind-boggling speeds. We are also likely to see the evolution of smart homes. This is achieved with internet-connected appliances such as refrigerators, televisions and vacuum cleaners. Those are working more seamlessly together with less human interaction required.
Here’s what to watch in tech this year.
The Smarter Home: True Automation
In the last few years, Amazon, Apple, and Google have battled to become the center of our homes.
Their virtual assistants — Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. They respond to voice commands to play music from speakers, control light bulbs and activate robot vacuums. Smart home products work well. They are complicated to set up. Therefore, most people use virtual assistants just for basic tasks like setting a kitchen timer and checking the weather.
The Slow, Steady Rise of 5G
In 2019, the wireless industry began shifting to 5G. It’s a technology that can deliver data at such incredibly fast speeds that people will be able to download entire movies in a few seconds.
Yet the rollout of 5G was anticlimactic and uneven. Across the United States, carriers deployed 5G in just a few dozen cities. And only a handful of new smartphones last year worked with the new cellular technology.
Samsung, for one, has begun including 5G support on some of its newer Galaxy devices. This year Apple expects to release its first 5G compatible iPhones.
And 5G will be going to work behind the scenes, in ways that will emerge over time. For instance, one important benefit of the technology is its ability to greatly reduce latency or the time it takes for devices to communicate with one another. That will be important for the compatibility of next-generation devices like robots, self-driving cars and drones.
The Wearables Market Heats Up
It’s a time of intense competition in wearable computers. That set to lead to more creativity and innovation.
For a long while, Apple has dominated wearables. In 2015, it released Apple Watch, a smartwatch with a focus on health monitoring. In 2016, the company introduced Air Pods. They are wireless earbuds that Siri can control.
After that, many others have jumped in, including Xiaomi, Samsung, and Huawei. After that Google recently acquired Fitbit, the fitness gadget maker, in the hope of playing catch-up with Apple.
The Streaming Revolution
We have rushed headlong into the streaming era, and that will only continue.
Netflix was the most-watched video service in the United States. In fact, that is with people spending an average of 23 minutes a day streaming its content. Above all, the digital video made up about a quarter of the daily time spent on digital devices last year. That included time spent on apps and web browsers.
According to eMarketer Netflix’s share of the overall time, we spend watching video on devices will probably decline in 2020. In other words that is because of the arrival of competing for streaming services like Disney Plus, HBO Max and Apple TV Plus.