2016 brought death to many tech products. The most notable five are given below.
Galaxy Note 7 was expected to conquer the market, as it introduced some amazing features like S Pen, USB Type-C port, an IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating etc. However, the shift to modular concept Project Ara and Al chatbot Tay was not welcomed by consumers, and both them and the manufacturers had to see a really tough year. Various versions had to be replaced to kill the software issues but the problem some how stayed stubborn.
Eventually, the smartphone had to be banned from U.S. flights through some antidotes.
Microsoft launched an online chatbot application called AI chatbot Tay on Twitter, back in March 2016. It was designed as an entertainer for an age group of 18-24. However, within 24 hours of its launch, it started giving racist and misogynist response, which was extensively condemned. According to Microsoft, the bot became victim of a coordinated attack at the hands of people who manipulated its weak point.
It was thus brought down.
Fitbit purchased Pebble’s software assets, which was looking for a high bidder, for less than $40 million. Limiting the deal to software only has threatened Pebble’s performance, as its hardware has still to make progress. Users thus might see for better options.
Google’s Project Ara, like Samsung Note 7, was a modular concept that too suffered from numerous issues. Efforts were made to satisfy the users, but the delay eventually resulted in the folding of the project. News are in air that it might come back with a support of any partnership.
Twitter launched a short video app called Vine to let users enjoy uploading a video of only six seconds. It was soon extensively used, giving place to creativity and entertainment.
However, Twitter decided to shut down Vine without any sound explanation. The users can now only watch and download the videos. Although the Vine Camera can be used to make short videos, but they can only be saved or posted on the Twitter’s page.
Nevertheless, every dying technology gives way to more fun and entertainment.