Top tech trends predicted for 2020
Just when you think you’ve seen everything, the technology industry throws up more exciting developments that you wouldn’t have imagined possible. Tech is evolving pretty quickly, so here’s a look at what’s in store for 2020.
While Samsung’s foldable didn’t go too successfully, further flexible displays are expected for 2020. China’s TLC has invested $5.5 billion in this arena, expecting to launch its first foldable mobile in 2020, followed by other products. Larger fridge door screens, wrap-around smart speaker displays and watch strap displays are all possible.
2020 could be the year for electric cars, with electric flagship models like the Fiat 500 and Mini hitting the market. Bloomberg New Energy Finance anticipates a rise from 80,000 to 131,000 EV car sales in 2020, reflecting the growing impetus on environmental concerns.
Environmental awareness has put pressure on the tech industry, especially manufacturers of mobile phones, TVs, vacuums and white goods. Greener production processes, easier product repairs and sustainable energy are on the agenda. The same pressure applies to business travel. With computing developments, from cloud-based computing to software advances like the ability to convert PDF to Excel (https://pdftables.com/convert-pdf-to-excel), increased remote working and virtual meetings are likely.
The high-speed 5G rollout by mobile networks is anticipated to continue throughout 2020. It’s thought that 125 mobile operators will offer 5G by the end of the year, and contract pricing is likely to change.
Progress is set to continue in 2020 for quantum computing. Google’s quantum computer was able to complete a task in merely 20 seconds, compared to the 10,000 years the quickest supercomputer would have required. This achievement could trigger advances in engineering, chemistry and pharmaceuticals in the year ahead.
Out of this world developments
The new year will be crucial for space travel. While the US has needed Russian spacecrafts since 2011, two US spacecraft may begin taking crews to space in 2020. There’s a CST-100 Starliner capable of carrying seven astronauts, and a Space X Dragon, due for final tests in 2020. Another exciting development comes from Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, with the suborbital New Shepard looking to take tourists in the near future, along with the better late than never Virgin Galactic craft, which already has 600 deposits by eager passengers at $250,000/£195,000 per ticket.