The year 2017 has been a roller-coaster ride in technological advancements. The year is about to end and 2018 is on its way which also welcomes new innovations. Here is a small glimpse of what next year may offer in terms of technology, new benchmarks and likely to be a trend in 2018.
Here is a glimpse of what the next year may offer or get users something new from the technology world. Some of which could be trending in 2018.
1. Next Generation iPhone
Apple celebrated ten years of iPhone by launching iPhone X. It’s a super-premium and certainly expensive device. Apple has confirmed that the new iPhone expected to launch in 2018 will take a lot many similarities from iPhone X.
We are not sure what the next generation iPhone will be called, but we believe that they will move back to aluminum from stainless steel to bring the price down while retaining the features of iPhone X.
2. Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+
The South Korean giant doesn’t stop and it hasn’t been long since the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that we have started discussing Samsung’s future plans. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is believed to come in two sizes and will stick to the same Infinity Display. With the debut of Samsung’s dual camera on the Note 8, you can expect zoom skills coming to the S9 too.
Rumours are a little calm right now, but there’s already gossips that it will be running Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and we’d expect it to launch around April 2018.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
It’s not over 6 months that Samsung started selling Note 8, and they are already planning on Note 9. The development team has confirmed that they have moved straight into planning the next Note model, including working on improving signature features, like the S Pen.
There is no such confirmation, but its expected that Samsung will announce the new device and improved versions of accessories in coming years.
4. Blockchain and distributed trust systems
The technology behind the disrupting currency Bitcoin has been buzzing around and going by the current trends, this chain based technology is going to be commercialized in 2018. Gartner mentions that if organizations need to excel in the technology and explore it further, they would need a trusted architecture and necessary capabilities and implementation skills. This technology is definitely going to transform industries like financial services.
The amount of data necessitated by the Internet of Things will push data to the edge, it will also force mobile providers to move faster than ever — toward 5G. The level of hyper-connectivity expected by users today leaves little to no room to remain stagnant on the technological advancement, but don’t get too excited. The use of 5G technology cannot be expected anywhere soon. This year we are seeing Gigabit LTE (the stepping stone between current LTE and 5G) making leaps with devices from Samsung and Sony leading the way. Today much of the Gigabit LTE movement is being powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon technology, but others will certainly seek to become involved in this rapid growth market for mobile.
6. Artificial Intelligence to go mainstream
“Yeah, yeah, I know — artificial intelligence”. That’s likely a response you’ll get when talking about AI in 2018. With the use of Alexa, Siri, and customer service chatbots, it’s no wonder AI may soon begin to feel like old news and consumers might be expecting something new and advance —at least to mainstream users. From a business point of view, be it customer service, data analysis, and marketing, AI is leading in a lot of fields. Companies are expected on utilizing AI to amaze, link, and interface with their clients in ways they may not even recognize. Convenient automation of everything from emails and content generation to industrial manufacturing is on the way. Every software companies have introduced AI in their systems. This is a sign of what is to come.
7. Tesla Model 3 and Increased Mileage per charge
The Model 3 with improved battery is supposed to be Tesla’s first mass centric car and will be priced at about $35,000 and will have a range of more than 200 miles per charge, The production will begin in 2017 and the deliveries will start from 2018.
8. Tesla Solar Roof
The solar roofs portray Elon Musk’s efforts to redefine solar panels by seamlessly infusing them with the ordinary roof tiles. You can place an order for the roofs, but production would sufficiently increase for customer installations to begin in earnest by 2018. At least, we hope for.
9. 8K TV
8K redefines TVs not only in terms picture clarity but it also expands the purview of big TVs. It’s got fourfold the picture clarity than 4K with 7680×4320 display resolution. For a better understating, pixels on a 65-inch 8K screen will be so small that you won’t be able to make out the pixel structure. However, this resolution is significant on large screens only, so you can expect 150 inch TVs in near future.
10. Virtual Reality
2018 will likely mark another important step towards Virtual reality. Facebook also recently announced standalone VR, Oculus Go, both gave a small sneak peak of what consumers are going to get.
Un-tethering VR headsets is a huge advancement for Facebook and when it’s launched sometime in 2018 as it will make VR much more attractive to consumers. But it’s just the first step to VR that’s advanced enough to wow consumers.
For gaming, we think untethered headsets need to be able to be multi-player, ideally with up to four players. Gaming by yourself is fine, but experiencing a virtual world with your friends would take the experience to the next level.
Facebook is also trying to make VR a social experience with users entering the same virtual world without being in the same room, which will take a platform to manage lakhs of users with high-speed bandwidth. If VR companies can make VR social it could open up a world of possibilities for the technology.