It’s a common tradition to look forward at the end of the year, make predictions about what the new year will bring, and build excitement for a new beginning. We’d like to take a look at how these predictions pan out. Here, we collected some key predictions made a year ago and see how close they were to the truth.
The #1 prediction many websites and media publications were focusing on is the growth of mobile. Here, they were definitely right. 2016 was the first year when mobile usage surpassed desktop usage. Users spend nearly 3 hours on their mobile devices, and this has had a profound influence on both the development and marketing worlds.
Cloud Apps, Security Concerns, and Dwindling Native Development
According to GoMedia three major trends for 2016 were to be a growth of Cloud-based mobile applications, a focus on security and accountability, as well as a shift from native mobile applications towards hybrid development. While the use of The Cloud and Native Apps is still up in the air, we can see that security was definitely a major concern for many users and app developers.
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Some loud announcements from Facebook, Oculus, and Sony at the end of 2015 made it seem like AR and VR are going to be a big deal in 2016. Obviously, with the release of Pokemon Go and an update to the PS4 tailored specifically to VR games, it seems like these predictions ran true. It’s safe to assume that 2017 will follow suit and that we’ll be seeing more and more news about VR and AR as the technology grows.
eCommerce and Omni-Channel
Needless to say, many predictions were focused on the ever growing retail industry. Predictions ranged from the growth of e-commerce to the development of entirely new shopping experiences. Indoor Navigation, augmented shopping, and the recent announcement of Amazon GO have proven that there’s far more room for development in the retail industry than many expected.
New Road for Automotive
2016 was to be a very big year for the automotive industries. As the connectivity of our vehicles grows, it makes sense that the entire industry is shifting focus towards the software that runs cars, makes roads safer, and makes driving more pleasurable. Tesla, Google, and Apple have all made great strides in machine learning and self-driving vehicles. Even our own company has invested in expanding our automotive division because there is a long, exciting road ahead.
Time Magazine nailed the prediction on the boom of AI growth in 2016. This year, we have seen many companies flex their AI muscle numerous times. From Google’s transition to an AI based translator to Honda’s new “emotional” concept car, we’re seeing our most surreal sci-fi dreams come true faster than we could have ever imagined.
Whatever predictions anyone might have for the future of tech, it’s safe to assume that sooner or later they will come true. It seems like our technical abilities are starting to catch up with our imaginations, and further developments are no longer a question of “if”—they’re a question of “when”. See you on Mars in 2030?