• A look forward to 2015

    It has been a great year for the advancement of tech products, and 2015 has a lot of potential to be an even more interesting year. Here are a few aspects of tech that I am excited for in 2015.

    Cellular Data Plans

    Right now, data is something most of us have to keep in mind when we aren’t on wifi, unless you are paying bucko bucks for an unlimited plan. Well, I think data management will be on its way out in the next few years, if not sooner. There seem to be a lot of parallels between what carriers were doing in the mid 2000s with texting plans and what they are doing now with data plans. Overage charges, planning how much to text, planning how much data to use, and inflating the value of a simple service. It is all the same and I can’t wait for data to be a thing of the past.

    Companions

    While there are a lot of apps out there that help us find a human one, I am actually talking about companions for your phone. Low-power bluetooth is in full swing and devices are really starting to take advantage of it. 2014 saw the introduction of companions like smartwatches for our increasingly larger phones. I think 2015 will start to nail down some functionality to these devices, especially with the much awaited release of the Apple Watch.

    Predictive Accuracy

    Google Now is in my opinion the best predictive service out there right now, but it still has a lot of room to improve. I think that predictive features on both iOS and Android will improve vastly due to the improvements made in battery life in the past in year. This extra battery life encourages users to splurge on battery use by leaving location services on all day or keeping wifi on, which allows for predictive services to more accurately serve the user.

    Device Ecosystems

    Apple did a great job to create an ecosystem between their products. Being able to receive notifications on your computer is a great function. It allows you to focus on one screen instead of switching your attention between two. I am really excited to see more of our devices sync up and choose the best route for a notification.