2020: Technology Trends For The New Year

2019 brought big advances in smartphone lens tech
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The year 2020 has always sounded like the distant future, but now it’s right around the corner. With every year we see more technological advances, ranging from practical to environmentally friendly to futuristic. Some of these developments have made a splash in the world of gaming too. Just think about the roulette computer that was designed to predict where a roulette ball will fall, or the many mobile electronics advances that have changed the world of online gaming, making games like online roulette more realistic and fun. Check it out at Gaming Club Online Casino, and let’s see if we can predict where next year’s trends will fall.

2019 saw many new tech trends and advancements that impacted the environment, like smart fertilizers, renewable energy advancements, bioplastics, and safer nuclear reactors. There were also changes to technology like metalenses to make smaller lenses for mobile phones, advances in augmented reality, and moves toward smarter robots. These trends will likely continue, as well as some other leaps that will bring us into the future we’ve imagined. Here are the top 5 tech trends to look out for in the new year.

5G technology

Your assistant is never far away
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Almost all modern technology is based on the internet, from your mobile phone to your virtual assistants to our infrastructure itself. That’s why the European Union is working on a 5G action plan, moving toward complete 5G coverage by 2025 on all railways and major roads. This would increase the potential for connectivity with a larger coverage area, but the coverage would also be higher quality. Phone companies are also keeping up, with more device manufacturers including 5G capability in their newest devices. This could mean no more skipping music streams, dropped phone calls, and missed turns when you’re on the road, and faster video and more consistent coverage no matter where you are.

Voice Technology

Anyone who’s had an iPhone for more than a few years already knows that we’ve made big leaps in voice technology, meaning Siri is making fewer calls to the wrong people and can actually find the song or information you’re looking for. As this tech improves, our devices’ voices not only understand us better, but they sound better too. When you talk to Siri, Alexa, or your Google Assistant, it feels less and less like you’re talking to a robot and more like talking to a real person, thanks to advances in AI and computer learning.

Our homes are becoming more connected
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Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things has been booming lately, with existing homes becoming more connected with added devices like smart thermostats and lights and new homes being built with futuristic features to make them more friendly to both their inhabitants and the environment. This technology connects our devices to allow remote control and optimized operation. As the technology progresses, it could start to change life outside the home, too, with smarter traffic management and energy use in cities.

Cloud Computing and Storage

Forgetting your presentation on a flash drive home is definitely a work nightmare of the past now that everything lives in the cloud. Secure, fast, and accessible cloud technology has changed the way we store all the data associated with our many devices. With services like iCloud, OneDrive, and Google Drive, our information has become as mobile as we are, and this technology is sure to continue evolving in 2020.

Foldable Smartphone technology

Samsung Galaxy Fold
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Mobile phones are always changing. The tiny nine-button mobiles of the 00s were replaced by flip phones, then keyboard phones like the Blackberry, and finally our modern touch-screen phones, which keep getting bigger and thinner. Since many of them gotten too big to carry in your pocket, some phone manufacturers have been playing with foldable smartphone technology.

While there are still some kinks to work out, like how well the screen will maintain quality or how they will be made for a more accessible price point, this first glimpse at foldable technology gives us a hint about what could be the new normal in smartphones. Samsung has already unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and other smartphone giants are following with models like the Huawei Mate X. Foldable smartphone technology could increase the screen size you can carry around everywhere you go, which has great implications for mobile gaming fans.