Keeping on top of trends in technology is a full-time job. The last thing you want to do is invest in an app or device that won’t stand the test of time and becomes obsolete – inevitably just as you’ve come to master it! In this article we make it easier for you by predicting the technology, apps and devices that will disappear this year. It could be as a result of the forward march of innovation, changes in user behaviour or buying habits or simply a short-lived fad, what all the following have in common is that they are likely to bite the dust over the next 12 months.
1. Internet Explorer
The old faithful web browser has largely been superseded by its faster, more powerful cousin Microsoft Edge which is now the default Windows browser.
Yes, this might be a bold call given President Trump’s preference for this medium! But even with his support, Twitter is losing traction against other social media platforms, most notably Instagram.
3. Google Cardboard
It may still be possible to purchase this DIY augmented reality handset but even Google itself has moved on to the Daydream View model as its flagship Windows partner headset.
We predict that the once all mighty and much admired smartphone provider will continue on its downward spiral in 2018.
Once seen as the ultimate cool appendage, the GoPro has now gone the same way as the selfie stick – only brought out with a sense of embarrassment! We predict that GoPro will continue to struggle in 2018 as the coolness factor peaked in the early 2000s.
6. Google +
Always the poor second cousin when it comes to social media, Google + has never gained the traction of its great rival Facebook. Google + may well survive over the next 12 months, but we suggest that it’s already so ineffectual as to be as good as dead.
7. Windows Phones
They never really took off as Microsoft had envisaged and we predict that Windows Phones are likely to be extinct by the end of the year.
8. Android Wear
Google’s smartwatch, faced with the fierce competition from its much cooler rival Apple Watch, has a very murky future in 2018 and we predict will be a candidate for failure by the end of the year.
It’s no secret that Yahoo has been in trouble for some time now. With falling profits, wholesale staff lay-offs and changes in senior management, no one seems capable of halting Yahoo’s downward trajectory which seems likely to continue unabated in 2018.
10. Wired chargers
We’ve put this one on the list more in hope than expectation. How good would it be to do away with all those wired chargers that end up in a tangled mess? Well, it’s very much on the cards with both Samsung and Apple developing prototype smartphones that incorporate wireless induction and charging capabilities – watch this space!