2017 was a year full of great new devices and some technological breakthroughs. A year of new trends. But also, it was a year of failed products and confusing decisions. With 2017, we also bid adieu to some of the products/tech we used to love once. We lost some once-iconic products that lost their utility long ago. Here’s a list of top 5 most notable technology that died in 2017.
#1: iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle
Remember those brick-like, not-so-portable cassette tapes which people used to carry around in the early 2000s? Well, Apple came out with iPods to tackle the portable-music players industry and captured it in no time. The idea of having upto a 1,000 songs right in the consumers’ pocket at that time, was insane.
Fast forward to 2017, three years after killing the iconic iPod Classic, Apple culled the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle from its device lineup in July. The only iPod now left in the lineup is iPod Touch, which is more of a multipurpose entertainment device than a standalone media player.
#2: Google Graveyard – Project Ara and Project Tango
Project Tango was a computer vision-powered smartphone project which eventually, became a real product. It allowed the mobile devices to detect their position relative to the world around them without using GPS or other external signals. But Google pulled the plug on project Tango after just two devices and just when AR applications were beginning to finally break into the mainstream.
Another project to end in Google labs was Project Ara – the ambitious modular smartphone concept project. Announced in 2013, Project Ara never seemed like a particularly viable product. The devices launch was delayed again and again till 2017, when the Ara team announced that Ara would pivot from fully modular to having a fixed CPU, GPU, antennas, sensors, battery, and display. After that announcement, Ara was watered down so much it barely had a reason to exist.
#3: Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft’s answer to Android – Windows 10 Mobile – was never able to achieve a virtuous cycle of app developers and users. The news came in October, when VP of operating systems Joe Belfiore told Twitter followers not to expect new features or hardware. Though there’s still talk of Microsoft taking another shot at mobile with the Surface Phone, but Windows 10 Mobile as we know is dead.
On number 4 in the list we have not a product, but a brand. A brand which was launched with great fanfare. Backed y Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, LeEco went to US in late 2016 and it seemed promising. It looked like LeEco might be the next mobile disruptor. But then the fall started.
In mid-2017 the Chinese brand started laying off most of its global staff, sold off its headquarters and abondoned its many ventures – smartpphones, VR and even electric cars. As of now, LeEco is dead.
#5: 3D TVs
Till a few years back, 3D TVs appeared to be one of the hottest technology. Come 2017, and most major companies like LG and Samsung have ceased support for their 3D TVs. Though Samsung had dropped the support in 2016 itself and we also didn’t get to see and 3D TVs at CES 2017.
Other Important Products –
Ubuntu On Phones – The later’s attempt at smartphone/PC convergence met its end in April, as the company behind Ubuntu scrapped the Unity interface that was meant to run on both phones and Linux PCs.
Vertu – Vertu was known for selling ridiculously expensive “luxury” Android phones. They used high-end materials like titanium, sapphire, and ostrich leather. But $9,000+ phones were not enough to sustain UK manufacturing operations, which shut down in July.
Windows Vista – One of Microsoft’s most maligned Windows versions reached the end of its 10-year lifespan on April 11.
Microsoft Kinect – The software giant killed Kinect, the motion sensing accessory for Xbox 360 and Xbox One gaming consoles.
Some Other Applications And Softwares – This list includes Google Talks, Google Spaces, Wunderlist, Google Chrome apps, Word flow, Microsoft Groove Music, Facebook Ticker, GTalk.
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