2016 was an insane year, in both good and “surprising“ ways. From Tesla launching a car for the masses to Trump being elected the next president of USA, 2016 was full of hits, misses, terrors, deaths (yea, R.I.P.) and a LOT of tech. Let’s clear out the mess and talk about the biggest tech news from the year:
Virtual Reality (VR):
It was a huge year for VR, and I can finally conclude that VR is available for the public. Sony’s PlayStation VR is a great deal for anyone getting into the realm of VR, but headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are nowhere short of awesomeness. While it is still in its primitive stage, VR has taken massive leaps in terms of reach. Google’s Daydream headset, for example, only needs a Daydream compatible phone like the Pixel to create immersive experiences.
2016 established that VR will be a big deal in the future, and gaming in VR will be a standard sooner or later. The tracks have been laid - by almost all companies - and it’s time that we all hop onto the train for a ride.
Okay, I’m not a petrolhead, so I won’t talk about the crazy new supercars that happened this year. I would, however, mention the FFZERO1 - Faraday Future’s first concept car that brought the company out of its shadows.
Tesla had a great year, I think. The Model 3 was reserved hundreds of thousands of times even before it will hit the road next year. The Model S got the P100D upgrade, making it one of the fastest accelerating cars on earth. And the Model X got a sweet Christmas treat! Elon sure can be proud of his rocket landings, his roofs and the number of lives his cars saved. Tesla’s acquisition of Solar City happened this year too.
Also, Clarkson, Hammond and May are back thanks to Amazon! Lovin’ The Grand Tour.
Phones and gadgets:
2016 wasn’t the best year for phones: the Note 7 blew up, the iPhone 7 didn't have a headphone jack, Project ARA was trashed, the Pixel recently started having software and hardware issues and Sony almost killed its smartphone branch. Needless to say, dual-cameras became a big feature this year, and waterproofing was revived on the Galaxy lineup and added to the iPhone 7. The Pixel was a great release thanks to the amazing software experience and camera. Xiaomi got a lot of attention for its bezel-free MiMIX (now that deserves and applause). All in all, it was a mixed bag.
Home automation got a major push this year, and Google Home and Amazon Echo became popular Christmas gifts.
Still, Apple devices had maximum activations this holiday season. The MacBook Pro upgrade was a positive step in design and functionality, but the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in Jet Black were the real stunners this year. We also saw the AirPods become public, and reviews have generally been positive. Apple played it safe this year with no revolutionary new changes.
A billion Yahoo accounts got hacked, Snapchat became a super popular social network, we all went crazy over Harambe, so much fake news surrounding the US elections that Facebook took a bash, WhatsApp received end-to-end encryption, Casey Neistat stopped vlogging, the world prayed for Aleppo, Wikipedia asked for donations, and the internet prayed for the great losses this year.
So there it is: 2016. Have a great new year!
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