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Below we list the prognostics for those who are going to disappear from the technology industry and who are not expected to see 2020. And if you are sad to see something you like on this list, do not be sentimental. The world of technology is as cold as nature itself and acts the incapable through cold and non-sentimental natural selection.
Buying habits, user behavior, social trends and the march of technological innovation always leave a lot of products, companies and trends either unsuccessful or outdated in the dust. And here are the ones that promise not to reach 2020.
2018 has been a terrible year for MoviePass, that service where you pay a monthly subscription and can watch x movies in the movies every month without having to buy tickets. Its "parent company" - Helios and Matheson Analytics - is on the verge of bankruptcy thanks to the largely non-profitable business model of subsidizing ticket costs to attract more customers.
The MoviePass application itself has shown a sequence of changes in features and prices, and only in recent months have values gone up, access to box-office films has been limited, repetition of re-filming has been banned, then price increases have been reversed and the unlimited plan ended up coming back. Detail: The promised simplicity still does not work in most movie theaters and at screening times.
Amidst a flood of cancellations, users who still try to use the app sometimes see display times disappear instantly without warning.
After a meteoric release, Nintendo's latest dual-screen laptop managed to have a cool life. Its library of quality games even helped the system thrive once the 3D fashion has passed, but do not forget that it was almost eight years ago, and the great success of Nintendo's turn, the Switch, is the future of handheld gaming. brand.
It has already been confirmed that there will be no more major Pokémon games being launched for the platform, everyone knows that Pokémon are the flagship for Nintendo laptops since the original Game Boy in the late 90's. Meanwhile we are already seeing Pokémon games being announced for Switch.
And that's not all. while new games are planned for 2019 (and that do not include the 3DS), Nintendo already thinks of a successor to this console launched almost a decade ago and has sold more than 73 million units. That is, if a new 3DS comes out, you can start thinking about retirement from your laptop by 2019. People are betting that it will be their last year.
The biggest reason for the fall of Facebook Watch is one: no one has any idea what Facebook Watch is. This is Facebook's latest attempt to steal the YouTube audience and will probably follow the same path as Facebook Live: top influencers will leave the site as soon as Facebook fails to pay them for their presence there. Then the rest will drop when the Facebook algorithm is not favoring content as much as it used to. Thus, Facebook will realize that it has no way to compete and reach a critical mass of users, turning its attention to newer and attractive video products such as IGTV.
Leaving aside the Palm Phone (which the main feature is to be small and fit in the palm of the hand), the era of the compact and fine smartphones that fit in your hand is almost finished.
Want an updated version of iPhone SE? It will be difficult to find, as Apple has discontinued the line for the benefit of ever-expanding handsets such as the iPhone XS and XS Max. Google's Pixel line, Samsung's Galaxy smartphones, and new major handsets of devices such as OnePlus, LG and Motorola, are getting bigger with each passing year.
And with people playing more and more on smartphones, watching videos more and more on smartphones, photographing and using social networks increasingly on smartphones, the smartphone screen will not diminish anytime soon. Therefore, prepare your hands, as the small devices are with the days counted and the big ones are coming with everything.
VR glasses with cables
By all indications this will be the death year of the virtual reality glasses as well. But do not think that people want the evil of technology, no. For her to take the next step, it is inevitable that the industry will find a way to cut this umbilical cord as soon as possible (sorry for the pun).
Only without the need for a cable connected to the PC or console cluttering and hindering everything is that the thing can come to fruition (let's face it that virtual reality has not yet dawned as we predicted there around 2015 ~ 16).
Oculus Quest is coming up in 2019 to try to make that promise happen, and it can mark the first step toward VR experiences that will truly support graphics and rendering capable of rendering a truly immersive experience (and limited by the length of a thread).
A lot of subscription programs
Certainly you know the saturated market of the signature boxes. The formula is always the same: You pay an X value, not necessarily cheap, and in return the service sends a surprise box with several items. There are already signatures for books, beers, geek items, beauty products, food, wine, and whatever else you imagine. But it looks like it's enough now.
It is expected that in 2019 this system will begin to collapse and some failures of the model begin to condemn some services. If the fittest will survive and stand out in this market, only the future will tell.
After capturing billions of dollars of shareholders and going through perennials caused by its founder Elon Musk, Tesla went from being the sweetheart to just being "another stable company" of Silicon Valley, just like a lot.
Thus, opened a vacancy of xodó of electric cars that was soon filled by Faraday Future. But being the name of the moment does not guarantee anything there (that says it to Theranos ...) and the 2018 of Faraday was difficult. The startup lost all of its founding executives one after another, needed to lay off employees and had to reduce wages by 20% to try to keep operating. Meanwhile, it is now in the midst of a bitter battle of investors that puts the company in a position of not being able to accept new financing, financing that has never been so necessary.
The future of Faraday has already been more exciting.
Charging via cable
Will we finally witness the death of the cable chargers in 2019? I hope so.
True and complete wireless charging is coming, but they come at a slow pace as shown by the delays in Apple's highly-anticipated AirPower. The delays are due to some technological hurdles that need to be solved first so that it becomes a mass market product (and it looks like we're not even talking about prices).
But if there is one thing that can be seen looking back, especially in the mobile market, where Apple goes, it goes the entire smartphone industry behind. If AirPower finally makes its debut in 2019, it will signal the beginning of the end of the wired power cables.
Living under the aid of gadgets
Now a competitor who has been on the list of probable deceased for some time, and it is not well known how, year after year it continues to resist bravely: Snapchat.
It is not today that Snap wastes money on those glasses that no one wants, while known problems with the application remain unresolved, from the decline of new user growth (and old maintenance) to platform redesign and loss of importance of the Discover section.
The various problems caused the company's stock price to continue to shrink, and in a leaked memo, CEO Evan Spiegel admitted Snapchat has rushed a few things, "solving one problem but creating many more." The Snapchat still has a lot of fuel to burn before it has to decree the closing of the doors, so it is likely to withstand another crisis in 2019 and reappears on next year's list again, but it will not escape certain death, except find a way to increase engagement and achieve the much-anticipated profitability.
[Insert here your preferred Google service]
Every year, Google seems to kill a much loved service, but it had little attention. A few years ago, it was the Google Reader; this year, it was Inbox's email application and Allo's chat application. Meanwhile Google+ seems to be going the same way.
But what will be disabled next year? We would like the company to continue to reduce its redundant chat applications and to transfer the resources to other applications, such as the intelligent composition features and Inbox group functions now in Gmail, for example.
So, do you have any suggestions about those who will not reach 2020? Leave a comment just below.