2017 has been a great year for technology. Even though there weren’t any groundbreaking announcements or product launches, we saw some companies making huge strides with new products. So let’s take a look back at 2017 and recap the best things that happened in tech.
Google and Apple make bigger push into Augmented Reality
Pretty sure not a lot of people cared about this. But being an aspiring game developer, this was probably one of the biggest announcements for me. The new ARkit from Apple and ARCore from Google are huge improvements over the existing AR SDK’s like Vuforia, etc. And with the success of Pokemon Go, a lot of developers are adopting this new tech for development of AR apps. Some pretty useful applications have already made it into the market. The AR market will continue to grow in 2018 and the possibilities are endless. I’m excited to see how this all pans out.
New Nvidia Max-Q graphics cards announced
Gaming Laptops in 2017 got a huge boost in power with the launch of the Max-Q line up of GPUs. They gave laptops power comparable to workstation grade desktops without making the laptops super thick. And with the new Pascal GPUs budget gaming laptops have become really powerful. I personally picked up the Acer VX15 and am having a great time with it so far. And even though they are sold at a very high price in India (I had mine imported from the US), you can get some good deals during a flash sale on Flipkart, Amazon, etc.
120 Hz Display on a Smartphone (Finally)
Razer finally revealed the Razer phone. The world’s first smartphone to come with a screen that has a 120 Hz refresh rate. I am dying to get my hands on this device because I want to see that screen in action. I hope that one day we can get an AMOLED screen with a high refresh rate. And as far as the Razer phone goes, I think this must be one of the best debuts a company can make in the smartphone industry. Just hope they launch their products in India soon.
For a long time, I did not recommend AMD CPUs and GPUs to people. Intel had always been a step ahead until this year. With the new Ryzen CPUs offering such great value for money, I can’t help but recommend these CPUs. And since AMD has just announced the Ryzen Mobile series these processors will be making their way to laptops very soon. If you are looking for an inexpensive Ultrabook in which can run some light games get a laptop with this CPU.
Overall 2017 has given us a lot of improvements over the initial products that came to life because of the innovative ideas from 2016. We got 18:9 displays, better dual camera capabilities and a lot more. Let’s see what 2018 has in store for us.