Year-ender 2017: Technologies that died this year
The year 2017 has been great for technology, as we saw a lot of innovations and budding technologies piercing into mainstream. But sadly, it also witnessed the demise of many known technologies, be it on the hardware or the software front.Some of these gadgets and services shaped the tech world for good, encouraging the tech firms to bring new innovations to the table that will eventually replace them in the bigger circle of upgrades. Here’s a list of gadgets and services that won’t make it to 2018.
iPod: There was a time when the iPod for Apple was as important as the iPhone is today. However, the device continues to ship in the form of iPod Touch, which is toned down version of the iPhone without the ability to make calls. But year 2017 saw the discontinuation of the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano as the sales continued to drop, since most of the users prefer listening to music on their phones.
Windows Phone: In October, Microsoft finally pulled the plug from its Windows 10 Mobile platform. Although the company would still continue to support existing products with bug fixes and security updates. Despite offering some good phones such as the Lumia 650, the company just couldn’t gather the traction in a market dominated by giants like Apple and Google.
Snap Goggles: It wouldn’t be a surprise if Snap doesn’t bring the second generation of Snap Goggles in 2018. The device caught a lot of attention for being a sunglass with camera. In October, there were reports of hundreds of thousands of unsold units and poor quarterly financial results.
Jawbone: Having been valued at $3.2 billion in 2014, Jawbone was 2017’s biggest death. Although the company stopped producing fitness tracker back in 2016, but struggled in 2017 before liquidating the assets. The company now focuses on the software end of the smart wearables.
Xbox Kinect: Microsoft’s motion sensing Kinect camera for the Xbox series of gaming consoles won’t be seeing the daylight of 2018 as the company has ceased the production of the device. This was expected as the capabilities the device possessed have now moved to other Microsoft-platform-based devices, such as VR and mixed-reality headsets.
Vertu: A British brand that produced luxury phones, at such prices that would even the wealthiest people will think twice before buying one. Unfortunately, the company hit a major block in the form of a $178 million debt. The company lowered the shutters in July leaving around 2000 staff members unpaid.