2016 also showed us the new face of Microsoft with impressively building hardware, as well as the cable-less future (or dongle filled present) Apple envisions. Here is what to expect in 2017 in the world of personal tech.
1. Samsung Galaxy S8
Nobody in the industry had such as contrasting halves in 2016 like Samsung. The year started with the Galaxy S7, a phone designed so elegant and packed with features winning the praise from all. However, it all turned upside down as the Galaxy Note7 literally started to burst in flames. Although Samsung attempted immediate replacements, even that didn’t get well forcing them to recall the whole device.
With iPhone 7 being a success and Google’s Pixel receiving all the praises, Samsung has to pull off something extraordinary. There have been rumours of a bezel-less Galaxy S8 as well as Galaxy S8 Plus that will come with a stylus taking the place of Note series. It will be interesting to see how radical and innovative the Galaxy S8 will be, since Pixel has stolen the thrown of the best android phone.
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2. Next iPhone and iPad
I know, I know, the iPhone 7 came out barely a few months ago and we writers already started posting about the next one. However, there is a reason why the next iPhone is looked with so much enthusiasm in the industry. Apple’s last few versions of the iPhone haven’t been ground-breaking or innovative compared to Samsung’s efforts. They are barely iterative updates of iPhone 6, with the design being unchanged.
The next iPhone will also mark tenth anniversary iPhone and rumours points to a new design. It is expected that it will be a glass on glass design, with no home button. Additionally, Apple’s iPad series hasn’t got any major upgrade as well. We can expect a new version of iPad, may be a budget friendly version of the Pro line-up coming soon as Apple positions it as the PC replacement.
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3. Google’s Smartwatch
In last year Smartwatches and wearable lost much of its momentum it carried over from previous years. The industry leader Apple has to finally give up portraying the Apple Watch as a fashion item and adopted a strategy of placing it as a fitness-oriented gadget.
Pebble who pioneered the smartwatch no longer exists, after it was acquired by Fitbit. Although Samsung and Huawei brought some really interesting wearables, there was no significant hike in the sales.
However, a much needed pick me up for the whole smartwatch industry might come from Google. There are strong rumours of Google making a smartwatch after it had made Laptop (Chromebook), tablet and smartphone under its pixel brand. It is expected that Google’ will release not one but two smartwatches in 2017 under the Pixel brand, which are reportedly codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish.
4. Fitbit Smartwatches
Fitbit acquired Pebble in late 2016. Pebble can be credited for single-handedly pioneering the smartwatch revolution through its successful Kickstarter campaigns. Powered by less power consuming e-paper display and affordable price, Pebble was a favourite amongst the techies despite the introduction of Apple Watch.
It is said that the main reason behind the Fitbit’s acquisition is for its Smartwatch OS, called Time Line. Fitbit, who is already a leader in fitness trackers is thus equipped to bring the best smartwatch for 2017. Let’s expect the combination of Fitbit’s hardware capabilities and the Software brought by the Pebble team will finally bring us the perfect smartwatch.
5. Surface Phones
2015 and 2016 showed us a new energized Microsoft making a leap into hardware with stunning designs and features. Windows 10 is now considered to be a futuristic platform upon which amazing things are expected to build on, Surface Pro has been hugely popular along with the Surface Book. And it was superseded by the marvelously engineered Surface Studio released in 2016.
However, the Windows hardware ecosystem Microsoft has been building is certainly incomplete without a leading smartphone. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL were the last two phones out of the Microsoft stable and they didn’t do well, marking the end of the Lumia brand.
Rumours are very strong about Microsoft bringing a Surface phone in 2017, especially after the success of Google’s Pixel. It will provide Microsoft finally the vertical integration that Windows has been missing.