The end of the year is fast approaching. What's in store for 2020?
The year 2019 is wrapping up, and as it does so, new rumors for unique tech coming out in 2020 intensify. If you are able to get ahead of the curve, you can sit back and enjoy the new technology coming your way next year without having to scramble to buy with the rest of the market.
From new cell phones, to gaming consoles, and wireless networks, we have compiled a list of potential blockbusters in the tech market for the 2020 year.
5G mobile coverage
While some countries, such as Korea, already have some 5G networks in place, it has not been released in the United States yet. This past year has been an arms race of sorts as cellphone companies and internet providers scrambled to be the first to offer the blazing fast speeds associated with the 5th generation of mobile networks.
Those who have heard of the capabilities that 5G has, are very excited to get their hands on it. China is expected to have over 150 million people on the network by the end of 2020.
The United States can expect to see the first few people on the network in 2020 as well, as there are 4 of the networks live in 2019, but with many bugs and kinks to work out. 2020 is expected to reveal a much more well-executed 5G network for US consumers. Currently, 5G is only available in select cities around the country.
By now, you may very well be aware of the trend of robots in the workforce. From manufacturing, to advertising, to customer service, automation has been the name of the game this past year. 2020 will bring even more automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence than ever before.
The term for this rapid move toward using machines more and more, is called "hyper-automation". It will be implemented in augmented reality, and virtual reality as well. This can lead to advances in not only the efficiency in production, but also in the health field, where augmented reality, as well as wearable tech could save lives.
As generally expected, the mobile phone carriers we know and love, such as Apple and Samsung, will be releasing new phones in 2020, just like every other year. In 2020 from Apple, you can expect at least two versions of the iPhone 12, and from Samsung, multiple versions of the Galaxy.
Of course, other carriers will release their latest and greatest phones, and consumers should (and are) be very excited for all of the upcoming advancements in cellphones. From new and more refined cameras, to 5G networks, 2020 is slated to be a historic year in respect to cellphones and their capabilities.
As you probably already know, cryptocurrency has been a thing for a few years now, with bitcoin exploding in value and being very volatile the past few years. In 2020, more merchants will get involved with digital currency, such as blockchain. Facebook even rolled out their digital currency project "Libra" for online transactions, and it should be all hashed out during the upcoming year.
Major banks are gathering blockchain patents to prepare for the explosion of online transactions. Other companies such as Apple and Google already have digital payment programs in Apple Pay and Google Pay.
A Lot to Look Forward to
No matter what you are looking forward to in regards to technology next year, you can be confident in a lot of new things. From capabilities in cellphones, to faster networks and online pay, big things are coming to market.
Medical technology is growing, and potentially, next year could be a breakout year for new developments such as nanotechnology and automation. 3-D printing will also be a major part of the new developments, to the point that in just a few years, we should be able to print human body parts, such as heart valves, or skin.
On the social side, we can expect to see the rise in social media use, with an increase of video content. As attention spans shrink, more and more people will be using video and viewing video content.