We are finally wrapping up this wonderful year of 2019 and entering the new horizon of 2020. So what do you remember about 2019? What were the Technology trends in 2019?
So here we go!
Technology Trends 2019
2019 was full of ups and downs. From ISRO’s spectacular success to the highest number of Internet bans, we had our spicy moments. We got the best smartphones while we also got some amazing games.
Some social media trends died in a few weeks while some memes are still making us laugh. A random egg became the most-liked image while another YouTube video became the most disliked video.
Here is a recap of Tech Industry 2019! Let’s rewind it.
The App That Won!
FaceApp – who doesn’t know about it?
FaceApp is a Russian application that uses Artificial Intelligence to recognize your face and apply some filters. However, one filter went viral all over social media – old age filter.
Almost every person tried to know the future face with the help of Artificial Intelligence. Wasn’t it fun?
It also faced a few controversies regarding data and privacy concerns. I even wrote a dedicated post regarding FaceApp.
[Check out: Is FaceApp Safe: Data and Privacy Concerns]
Moreover, Google Playstore revealed a list of Best Android Apps 2019. The Best Android App award went to Ablo and the Best Android Game Award went to Call of Duty Mobile.
[Check the complete list: Best Android Apps – Winners of Google Play Awards 2019]
The Big Achievements
- Mission Shakti – On 27 March 2019, India tested an anti-satellite weapon during an operation code-named Mission Shakti. The target of the test was a satellite present in a low Earth orbit.
- First Black Hole Image – The Black Hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time by an international network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).
- Chandryaan 2 – ISRO successfully completed 98% of the mission that consisted of a lunar orbiter, the Vikram lander, and the Pragyan lunar rover, all of which were developed in India.
[Don’t Miss: 6 Facts About Chandrayaan 2 That You Must Know]
[Read Here: What is Mission Shakti? Why is it important?]
2019 made the career of several serious and professional gamers. Although PUBG was still the number one game for the complete year, we got to see several other things as well.
For instance, here are a few honorable mentions:
- PUBG Lite came into the picture for low-end smartphones so that every smartphone user can enjoy playing PUBG.
- Call of Duty Mobile came and gave a tough competition to PUBG Mobile. Eventually, it became the number one game on Playstore.
- Apex Legends launched which is another challenging Battle Royale game similar to PUBG.
- Rockstar Games might not have launched GTA-6 but they launched a wonderful game called Red Dead Redemption.
- Also, we got another amazing game called Minecraft Earth that is trending globally.
- Most importantly, Google introduced Stadia that gave us the hope of gaming without strong computers!
The Online Wars
Finally, the long-lasting rivalry and the sub war between T-Series and PewDiePie ended.
Although I feel that it was far fetched for no reason that turned bitter with time.
Anyway, T-Series surpassed PewDiePie with 100 Million YouTube subscribers on 27th March 2019. Congratulations to T-Series!
[Good Read: How T-Series dethroned PewDiePie from #1 Spot?]
Some Weird Internet Trends
The famous World Record Egg is sitting on the throne of the most-liked image on Instagram.
In fact, it is the most liked content on the entire social media and the Internet as well.
[Must Read: 6 Reasons why an Egg made a World Record]
Another thing that was heavily trending in India – JCB Ki Khudai!
Meanwhile, YouTube’s own video became the most disliked video on YouTube. That was YouTube Rewind 2018!
And Some Funny Memes
Top Mobile and Telecomm Trends
While flagship phones were busy making themselves more and more expensive, mid-range smartphones worked on their specifications.
- 48 Megapixels camera was trending throughout the year.
- We started getting 5G smartphones. No wonder when we will be actually getting 5G or at least 4G speeds. But fine.
- We also got several Folding Smartphones – finally! Samsung Galaxy Fold, Motorola RAZR, and Huawei Mate X are few if we count.
- We got dark mode in the latest Android version supported by several apps but Whatsapp is still the white!
- Jio launched Jiofiber for the fast Internet but that was anyway not an exciting product.
- All Telecomm networks increased their recharge plans. Damn! That was a pretty bad year for the Telecomm industry.
[Also Read: 5G in India – Why is it impractical in India?]
[Also Read: Why is Jio charging for phone calls? What is IUC?]
Apple gave us 3 flagship phones under the umbrella of the iPhone 11 series – iPhone 11, and iPhone 11 Pro
Meanwhile, Samsung gave us the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy S10+, and Samsung Galaxy S10.
Not to forget the beast of all smartphones – Samsung Galaxy Fold. Although it was a failure with its shattering display, Samsung quickly fixed the issue in the same year.
Also, One Plus gave its 7 series that included One Plus 7, One Plus 7 Pro, One Plus 7T, and One Plus 7T Pro.
And how can we forget the most underrated gaming smartphone Asus ROG Phone 2?
Similarly, Google launched its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL lineup that never made its way to India. Alas!
But chuck it! 2019 was a year of Mid Range and Budget Smartphones 😀
Mid Range and Budget Smartphones
As I always say, smartphones costing around Rs 15000 give you the highest value for money. Hence, brands rushed to give you the best possible specifications in this price range.
From Redmi to Realme, we got a cut-throat competition. Meanwhile, Samsung and Asus did a great job as well.
Don’t miss my latest smartphone recommendation posts under Rs 20k and Rs 15k.
Although I did not make any dedicated post for the best Smart TV of 2019. But it was definitely a golden year for TV enthusiasts.
I thought TVs would die soon but this is going in the opposite direction.
Meanwhile, I’d like to mention some of the best Smart Televisions in their price segments.
In descending order > Sony A9G OLED, One Plus TV, Nokia TV, Motorola TV, Honor Vision TV and finally MI TV.
But how can we forget the massive 219 inch TV launched by Samsung called The Wall?
The Technology Trends 2019 with Blunders
- Amongst all the achievements of ISRO, we lost our connection with Pragyan Rover in the mission of Chandrayaan 2.
- Opportunity Mars Rover gave its last message, “My battery is low and it’s getting dark” after serving for more than 14 years.
- Huawei and the USA were under continuous cold war.
- Famous App Camscanner got banned because of security concerns.
- Tesla Cyber Truck’s Glass Broke right in the launch event!
- India became a country with the highest number of Internet shutdowns in the world!
- Deepfake technology that crept us out. It is a technology that generates fake videos and audios from past samples using AI. I have mentioned this in my eBook.
[Don’t Miss: Huawei ban and its impact. Detailed Explanation]
[Don’t Miss: Why Did Tesla Cyber Truck’s Glass Break?]
[Don’t Miss: Why is Camscanner banned? What are the alternatives?]
So, that’s all for the top Technology Trends 2019. I bet that was refreshing and nostalgic.
Apart from these important things, there were several things. Be it Xiaomi’s new gadget or Facebook’s data breach, some things never fail to remain in headlines.
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