2015 brought us tons of exciting changes in the tech world.
Plenty of products, services, software, apps and more were brought to the market to make our lives a little easier. And sure, plenty of products went without much fanfare or enthusiasm, but many of them were successful in improving everyday life for Americans. With a simple double-tap of your home button, Samsung has made it so that you can almost instantly access your phone’s camera, so you’ll never has to miss that perfect Kodak moment. “Cutting the cord” from cable companies has never been easier, thanks to streaming technologies from Apple, Roku, and Amazon, and Hulu have added a commercial-free option to their service, to make streaming your favorite shows even easier. All in all, the advances in technology in 2015 have brought us a lot farther than we were in 2014… But 2015 has come and gone, and we’re well in to 2016, and it’s time to look to the future.
Here’s what some people are hoping to see in technology by this time next year.
No Internet, No Sense of Direction, No Problem
Ever found yourself stuck in a remote area, parking garage, or any other place where there’s bad reception and no Wi-Fi? What do you do when you need to pull up a map to find your way back to familiarity, only to find that you can’t access it offline? This is just one of the problems in the tech world that has yet to be solved.
Thankfully, Google Maps has taken a step in the right direction, allowing you to view your map data without an internet connection, as long as you download them beforehand. However, this feature doesn’t work with the walking or transit instructions, which makes it less viable if you’re walking or at a train station.
Many walkers, bikers, hikers, and folks that take public transportation would love to see this offline functionality expanded this year.
- An Even Better Apple Watch
If you’re an Apple fan, the release of the Apple Watch in 2015 was a big deal for you. With its high compatibility with other Apple devices, selection of fun and useful apps, and sleek, fashionable look, it’s no surprise that the device was an instant hit when it hit the market in April 2015. Not to mention that being able to take calls from your wrists is pretty darn cool.
However, some Apple Watch owners have stated that they’d like to get one more thing: a cellular enabled Apple Watch.
Many Apple fans love being able to use their mobile numbers from their iPads and Macs, even if their phones are completely off the network, and would like to see their Apple Watches do the same.
A Multitasking Instagram
Many people have multiple Instagram accounts. One for family and friends, One for personal, one for business, you get the idea. If you have more than one account, you’re stuck with constantly logging in and out of accounts and using multiple devices. What a pain. Even though there are many software out there that can help you manage multiple accounts, few of them functionality or smoothness that many people have been begging for.
This isn’t a new problem, many people have been asking for a solution since as early as 2014, but no major steps toward solving it have been taken just yet.
Why Can’t We Be Friends?
We all know that competition between companies is a normal, expected thing in the tech industry, but sometimes this competition can end up hurting the customer more than it helps.
No matter which company you look at, Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and everyone else continue to create software, products, and services that are exclusively for their devices, regardless of the fact that all consumers could benefit from wider availability. Amazon has even gone so far as to stop selling Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast on their website.
Some companies are getting better at acknowledging their rivals, such as Microsoft making their Office programs available on Apple devices, and Samsung making their smartwatches compatible with non-Samsung devices… It’s a start, but we’ve still got a long ways to go.
We may not have gotten everything we wanted from the tech world in 2015, but 2016 is still very young… There’s still plenty of time for the companies we know and love, plus some we’ve never heard of, to make the products and services we love better than they are today.