Year 2011 has been a year of both Boom and Gloom. On one side, we saw magnificent growth in the industry with new technologies embracing us and making our life simpler and better. On the other hand, there were few irrecoverable losses.
Lets check out what changed our lives in 2011 and also what 2012 is holding in its kitty.
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What Moved the Design and Tech World in 2011
Apple vs. Samsung
Patent system was originally introduced to encourage innovation but today’s patent wars can get dirtier and muddier. Technology world’s biggest battle is being fought between Apple and Samsung, where Apple is trying its best to stop Samsung from selling Galaxy phones and tab 10.1. Counter-suits have been filed. Other biggies like Google, Motorola and HTC are also on Apple’s hit-list.
i Remember Steve Jobs
i became the latest buzz word soon after Apple Inc’s co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, passed away on 5th October. People from all walks of life came together to pay their tribute to this visionary leader and charismatic person. One of the most influential man in technology, he changed his company’s management in such a way that Apple could outlive him and carry on in his name.
Nokia decided to join hands with Microsoft on its new Windows Phone 7 mobile phone operating system. This was seen as an effort of Nokia’s top brass to take a control over company’s belittling sales figures.
Chinese court rejects Apple lawsuit over iPad name
Apple can’t call iPad an iPad in China. That would be hurting this Technology giant a lot who is famous for making patent lawsuits all over the world.
This seven-inch tablet, available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models is still fighting to mark its presence in the Tech world amid patent suits and acute shortage of apps. Even a big discount of 50% on MRP at the year end could not raise its sales figures. One major reason behind being not so successful can be blamed on the fact that it has to attached to a BlackBerry Cell.
Weighing at just 680 grams does not make iPad 2 lighter in performance. with thousands of apps adding each day, iPad 2 is slimmer and smart option.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. During the first day of release, Steam showed over 230,000 people playing Skyrim concurrently. By December 16, 2011, 10 million copies were shipped to retail and around US$620 million. Source Wikipedia.
Facebook Security Glitch and Timeline
How can a complete year pass without Facebook making any news. Amid the rumors of Facebook subscriptions being paid, Facebook faced a minor setback when a Security Glitch revealed private photos of users including Mark Zuckerberg’s. Although it ended the year with revamping its look entirely with its Timeline Feature.
With the launch of iPhone 4S, Siri, the intelligent assistant made its debut in the Tech industry. iOS 5 and iColud were also a featured thing. People went gaga over the features and over the fact that it was the first Apple product to be launched after Job’s demise.
Aakash Tablet: $35 Tablet
Sales bookings for Aakash, have zoomed to 14 lakh units just two weeks after it was put up for sale online for R$35 a piece. Although its functioning may face preliminary glitches but it will not discourage people from ordering the world’s cheapest tablet.
Google+ is a social networking service by Google Inc. The service launched on June 28, 2011, has some unique features like Circles, Stream, Games, Hangouts among others.Though Google Buzz died a slow death, Google+ shows the signs of staying here with over 62 million users in its kitty.
Whats up for 2012
Apple can be called as the most preferred brand when it comes to tablets with more and more people preferring the iPad range of tablets over other brands. Thus launch of iPad’s Third Gen tablet is highly anticipated.
TVs are making a big comeback with Smart TVs and HDTVs that have multiple features like Internet browsing, App stores, wi-fi ready and many downloadable widgets.
The Android ICS (Ice-Cream Sandwich) is anticipated to work on all the computers having processors ranging from AMD to Intel. This will add to the exciting feature list of Phones as well.
Mobile Payments Accelerate
Making payments through your Phone will not just be a trend but the part of life.
Video Eye-wear System
Unleash the power of your pocket video player and have a better, private, theater-like entertainment experience anywhere.
Windows 8 is the codename for the next version of the Microsoft Windows computer operating system which is expected to come in 2012, approximately three years after the launch of Windows 7. Its Developer Preview is already available on the official site.
3D version of Titanic
If this re-release of Titanic make the Cash registering ringing again for the same movie, others will definitely follow the suit opening new avenues for design industry.
This year may bring a new revolution in field of Technology with many companies coming up with their slimmer and smarter versions of Ultra books. It will no longer will be bullied as a less privileged part between Tablets and Laptops.