As 2020 rolls to a close, it’s time again to reflect on the year that’s been. A transformative time, 2020 has been one where, in a technological sense, we’re really reaching into the new generation. Marked by new gaming consoles and the arrival of the 12th gen iPhone, we thought it would be interesting to look at a few standouts in the land of tech. With that in mind, here are our picks for the biggest winners in online tech for 2020.
Video Conferencing Software
One of the most famous developments in 2020 was the continued expansion of work from home opportunities. This was illustrated by the popularity of video conferencing software. Though these systems have existed for years, they really became more popular on a mass scale as we moved to the new work from home reality.
With the ability to talk face-to-face, share screens, add notes, and even take remote control of computers, this technology illuminated just how useful and easy conferencing software can be. Perhaps more importantly, the arrival of this technology has been so strong that has illustrated the viability of distance working beyond the pandemic.
Online Entertainment Apps
Existing on a more popular scale than video conferencing software before 2020, this year still saw enormous gains in the online entertainment world. While faster internet connection speeds have played a key part, just as crucial has been the widening of entertainment libraries. Shows like “The Mandalorian” keep raising the bar for live-action TV series, and the arrival of theatre-bound experiences to home services has also been positive. The popularity of entertainment that you can not only access, but interact with, remotely, has meant that many sectors in the entertainment industry are increasing their offerings.
One such sector in the interactive entertainment sphere is online casinos. They have stood as one of the biggest beneficiaries of 2020. As part of the rising online gaming landscape, jackpot games have benefitted from mobile integration especially. The appeal here is still the rising nature of progressive jackpots, but simple, increased popularity also has a feedback effect. The more people play, the higher and faster the jackpots can grow, which drives more customers, and so on.
“living room video chat” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by MattHurst
5G officially launched in 2019, though it wasn’t until 2020 that major worldwide rollouts began. The UK has been one of the biggest recipients in this regard, with some big services offering 5G in more than 112 towns and cities. Giving users access to faster downloads and lower latencies, this next-gen connection technology is likely to carry us to at least 2030.
The growing availability of 5G capable mobile phones also plays a part, with much-loved devices now adopting 5G as standard. Cheaper than ever, and with a constant expansion of connection points, there’s no telling how far modern online systems could go with the still mostly untapped 5G tech.
“5G City auf Smartphone – zoom” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Christoph Scholz
2020 has been a big year in tech, and with the current trajectory we’re on, 2021 is likely to get even better. It can be difficult to appreciate sometimes, so be sure to take a step back and smell the digital roses every now and then. Whether looking at work opportunities, enjoying entertainment, or taking advantage of new connection technologies, we’ve never been so firmly convinced that we’re living in the future.
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