The rate at which the technologies are advancing is beyond exponential.2016 saw plenty of products and services with the like of iPhone 7 and Google Pixel stealing the large share of praise.Though the year 2016 saw many breakthroughs in technologies, it also witnesses the departure of many technologies.Some products could not keep up with the pace of technological advancement and hence met an untimely demise.Thus, we have tried to assemble the 10 tech things that died in 2016 into one place.
Microsoft’s fitness tracker known as “Microsoft Band” was a genuinely stylish fitness device that got quashed this year.Microsoft gave it a two tries but the company’s fitness tracking device seems to be no more.The Band 2 has been removed completely from Microsoft’s online store, signaling that production has ceased.
9.Dell Venue Tablets
“Dell make Android tablets?” you might ask.The answer has been yes but not anymore.Dell’s venue series had offered a solid Android experience most notably Dell Venue 8 7000 and Dell Venue 10 7000.The Venue line of a tablet was discontinued in June and sadly current owners won’t receive any updates.
8.Firefox mobile OS
Say farewell to Firefox OS smartphones.Mozilla announced an end to its smartphone experiment and said that it would stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones.It didn’t come as a surprise that Firefox OS struggled to sustain because it was trying to take on the two Giants of Smartphone OS Android and iOS.It seems the domination is not going to change anytime soon.
Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and watch the creativity unfold.Vine is a download-only short-form video hosting service where users could share six- seconds-long looping video clips.Vine had been slowly but surely falling behind the likes of Instagram and Snapchat, especially when latter added the video which the vine developer might have been analyzing for quite a time.Thus they felt pressure on making the money from vine hence they called time on Vine.
After making the debut at SXSW IN 2015, 4,2016the live streaming app “Meerkat” was the subject of much hype but it was short lived.On Oct 4, 2016, Meerkat shut down as it was buckled under the pressure of competition from Twitter-owned Periscope and Facebook Live.
Remember when ‘Blackberry’ was synonymous with ‘Professional’?The brand ruled the business mobility before undergoing a dramatic collapse.The arrival of smartphones gave it a nudge towards its death knell.
After just 18 months, the Blackberry Classic was discontinued this summer.Maybe, people are truly done with buttons for good?
Yes, You heard it right, the VCR is officially dead in 2016.Japan’s Funai Electric, a company that claims to be the last manufacturer of videocassette recorders (VCRs) manufactured its last VHS player this year.Funai, which manufacturers the VCRs in China for Sanyo, says the decision comes after selling only 750,000 units last year, down from a peak of 15 million units per year which is still quite surprising.
750,000 people felt the need to buy a VCR last year? Funai’s decision to cease manufacturing won’t be noticed as most retail stores stopped selling VCRs over a year decade ago but it’s still the end of the era.RIP VHS player.
The Pebble smartwatch often known as Pebble classic was an American smartwatch which could connect to both Android and iOS and display notifications from the phone.
On December 7, 2016, Pebble officially announced that the company would be shut down and would no longer manufacture or continue support for any devices, nor honor any existing warranties. Fitbit, a wearable technology company specializing in fitness tracking, purchased Pebble’s intellectual property and also hired some of its staff.
2.The iPhone Headphone Jack
Long rumored, it actually happened with Apple having the, well, “courage” to remove the audio jack from its latest generation of iPhones.As much as Apple tried to oversold the notion of a courageous move towards the wire-free world, the dissatisfaction from the customers was evident.
Nevertheless, Airpods are here and people are shifting to say goodbye to the headphone jack for good.
1.Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Certainly, this is 2016 biggest product screw up.Galaxy Note 7 was supposed to be the wildcard for Samsung.Released just before the iPhone 7, it was meant to steal some of the spotlights.Instead, it literally blew up.
A serious malfunction in the battery led to several reported cases of the phone catching fire.Airlines were quick to ban the phone onboard and the Korean company was forced into a global recall.
Following initial reports of fires the phone was recalled officially in the U.S. once, and Samsung launched exchange programs in other countries.After months of twists and turns since September 2016, the Galaxy Note 7 saga finally came to an end.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7,2016-2016.R.I.P.We hardly got to know each other.