2014 has been a great year for technology. We’ve seen the first range of (true) Android smart watches appear as well as the first truly usable curved-screen phone.
That said, there are some things about 2014 that never truly lived up to our expectations. Smart watches like the Moto 360 were beautiful to look at but due to the primitive nature of Android Wear, they felt expensive and empty. Curved screen phones like the Galaxy Note Edge may have won us over but they’re still in the niche. The iPad is still an iPad despite the arrival of the laptop-replacing Surface Pro 3.
This is why 2015 will be the year that the world of technology truly takes a step forward. Smart watches will be spurred into innovation thanks to the Apple Watch, meanwhile games like The Division will finally provide us with the ‘next-gen’ experience we’re waiting for.
This is our definitive list of the technology that will define 2015, the themes that will shape the products we end up buying and the keywords that you’ll end up typing into Amazon come Christmas 2015.
The Consumer Electronics Show, followed by Mobile World Congress will bring back an old familiar friend: the curved phone. LG experimented with the G Flex and while it had its flaws, people enjoyed it. Fast forward to the Galaxy Note Edge and opinion of the experimental technology has further increased. It’s ready to be the next major ‘gimmick’ for smartphones and this time it might actually turn out to be quite useful as well.
The Apple Watch might appear to be just like any other smart watch but when it arrives the functionality it’ll bring to Apple’s ecosystem of products will almost certainly drive innovation elsewhere. If there’s one thing that pushes a technology firm forward it’s making sure that they’re better than the other guy. Android Wear for iOS? Probably not, but what it will do is drive Google to persuade more people over to Android, resulting in better Android Wear updates, better smart watches. The smart watch may have arrived in 2014 but it’ll be something you actually buy in 2015.
Ubisoft’s The Division is looking to be, quite frankly, an incredible game. Not only is it one of the best-looking games around but it also happens to be potentially, one of the most futuristic. Where Destiny failed to live up to its promise of being a ‘new genre’, The Division has innovation built into its very coding. Players drop in and out of a living world, teaming up, playing solo or just joining the action from their tablet as a ‘drone’. If you were disappointed with the phrase ‘next-gen’ then hold on, it’s coming and it’s coming soon.
4K is the future, if you don’t believe us then read this. If you do, then prepare yourself as while 2015 won’t bring more pixels it’s going to make them look better than you’ve ever seen before. LG’s Quantum Dot technology uses tiny nano crystals which — dependent on their size — will show through a different colour. This is then placed on top of a conventional display with the result being that colours look astonishingly defined.
If you still think the ultra-portable laptop still has a place then we’d politely direct you to the Surface Pro 3. Similarly if you think that Apple won’t conform to changing trends then just look at the iPhone 6. This is the time of year that Apple releases its new product range and this could well be the year that Apple gives its iPad the overhaul it desperately needs. Hugely powerful in many ways the iPad suffers from a number of barriers that stop it from being a true laptop replacement. To combat this you can expect a larger screen, stylus support and possibly a kickstand. OK maybe not that last one, but still, the times they are a changin’.