This yr will need to have been a document for the quantity of main tech launches going down with the September-November interval particularly busy. Can we anticipate the identical in 2019? We certain can! In reality, we reckon there might be much more.
And that is due to the large quantity of recent applied sciences being splurged into our units (and houses) – 2019 will see the appearance of 5G, potential all-new Intel laptop computer processors on the finish of the yr, 802.11ax Wi-Fi units and a great deal of cellphone improvements comparable to digital camera holes being punched into screens to save lots of house and ultrasonic fingerprint readers.
However tech remains to be dominated by a handful of giants and we thought we’d take a fast have a look at what we’re anticipating from the massive names in 2019.
Apple in 2019
Apple hasn’t had one of the best 2018, with flexible iPad Execs, ringgate, rumours of poor promoting figures for the iPhone XS and XR and the bizarre absence of AirPower (simply say you messed it up. Please). Fortunately, 2019 appears to be like a complete lot brighter. We all know we’ll get new AirPods early within the yr and we additionally know that there might be a brand new Mac Professional on the very excessive finish (although, presumably, Apple is somewhat depending on Intel entering into gear there). There are additionally robust rumours of Apple-branded over-ear headphones, whereas it’s additionally time the Beats lineup acquired a refresh.
We additionally reckon that Apple will kill off the outdated Apple Pencil in 2019 (so inconsistent), make Siri even smarter (particularly for HomePod) and plonk some new iMacs on our desks. TV can also be going to be large for Apple in 2019. We all know it’s investing in stacks of content material and we should always to get some new, extra accessible Apple TV hardware, too, to compete with Google and Amazon. A observe of warning; whereas excessive prices-per-product are key to Apple’s monetary energy, the pattern is at odds with the best way the worldwide smartphone market goes – primarily providing extra for much less. Apple should reply – is its 2019 resolution to additional low cost iPhone XR or will we get a brand new mid-range iPhone in the end?
Amazon in 2019
It’s honest to say it’s been a bumper yr for Amazon. A plethora of recent Alexa units appeared together with the brand new Echo Dot which has clearly been promoting like hotcakes judging by what number of instances it has been out of inventory on the web site. It hasn’t been a terrific yr when it comes to company points – taxes and employee situations by no means appear removed from the headlines whereas the UK chancellor has proposed a tax for on-line retailers that has been dubbed the “Amazon tax”. It’s not been all plain crusing for all of the Alexa-enabled units we noticed introduced in September; the clock hasn’t launched, the microwave is US solely and Echo Auto remains to be invite-only and US-only.
Of these, we’re considering Echo Auto will go international in 2019 as Amazon goals Alexa at making our in-car leisure a complete lot smarter. Alexa will even widen its presence in 2019 and can absolutely come to extra family home equipment in addition to headphones. 2019 might additionally see Amazon launching different units to push residence its Hearth TV benefit – might we see a Hearth TV soundbar? Even an Amazon-branded 4K TV? Will the Hearth TV Dice get extra of a widespread launch? We’re additionally anticipating a brand new Ring doorbell to launch as quickly as CES 2019 subsequent week – sure, Amazon owns them, too. And sure, extra Amazon Go bricks and mortar shops are on the best way in 2019 as effectively.
Google in 2019
Essentially the most important factor Google talked about throughout 2018 wasn’t telephones and even its Google Dwelling Hub – it was Google Duplex, the tech that basically could make a cellphone name for you. Google could also be somewhat bit scary with the quantity it is aware of about you, your life and the AI intelligence it could actually wield, however not like Fb, you possibly can’t give Google up with out important inconvenience. The difficulty is that Google is simply so bloomin’ good at what it does. Google Assistant acquired critical in 2018 after a gradual 2016-17 – the “continued dialog” characteristic, for instance, works brilliantly. There might be some important third-party system bulletins at CES 2019 subsequent week.
Google’s Dwelling Hub is significantly better on the visible stuff than Echo Present is, just because Google has fairly a little bit of expertise at presenting info in a easy method. Count on a much bigger Dwelling Hub in 2019, alongside a brand new customary Google Dwelling which lags behind somewhat in sound high quality. Lite variations of the Pixel three and Pixel three XL appear nailed on and once more we are going to see these launch over the following couple of months as Google makes an attempt to compete in mainstream telephones due to its partnership with HTC. As per the final couple of years we’ll absolutely have a full Google Gadgets launch in early October with Pixel four, however don’t be shocked if Google outs new Google Dwelling hardware sooner than that. We’ll additionally stick our necks out and say that we reckon Google will do a brand new own-brand Chromebook in 2019.
Microsoft in 2019
Don’t consider what you hear; Microsoft is a reformed firm nowadays. Simply three years after shedding virtually eight,000 jobs and writing off $7.6 billion USD after the disastrous Nokia acquisition, Microsoft’s Q1 2019 outcomes recorded a document quarter with $eight billion in revenue. That’s due to a number of causes, not least as a result of Workplace 365 now has over 135 million customers who pay month-to-month charges. However Microsoft’s Floor unit has additionally change into a high 5 PC vendor within the US (it’s nowhere close to that worldwide), whereas Xbox software program and providers earnings can also be rising. 2019 must be an attention-grabbing yr for the enormous.
The dangerous stuff it wants to repair? Cortana nonetheless doesn’t even work correctly on Home windows. The Home windows Retailer for apps remains to be getting the chilly shoulder from devs. In higher information, Workplace 2019 is already out of the door and whereas we’re unlikely to get Home windows 11 in 2019, we are going to get an April 2019 Home windows 10 replace with Home windows Units, new login choices, and extra. Oh, and with extra ARM-based hardware set to debut in 2019, additionally anticipate extra deal with that when it comes to Home windows app assist. When it comes to different hardware, we’re not going to get Xbox Two for some time (dubbed Undertaking Scarlett), however we might get an E3 2019 teaser. In Floor, anticipate a brand new Floor Laptop computer three and Floor Professional 7 each with USB-C. Likewise, there can also be a Floor E book three. We wouldn’t anticipate the Floor Go to be refreshed but. And, might there lastly be a Floor Telephone? Most likely not, but it surely’s at all times good to dream.
Samsung in 2019
Samsung wants the Galaxy S10 to be a hit. We’ll be seeing it in February, most probably at Cell World Congress – hardly any bezel, dual-cameras punched into the highest nook of the display, triple/quad-cameras on the again, under-display ultrasonic fingerprint reader. We’re anticipating at the least one 5G variant (which we most likely gained’t get till later within the yr) and extra particulars on the costly foldable Samsung Galaxy Flex (which can most likely be 5G). Once more there’s no cause to consider this can debut very early in 2019 and it’ll most likely be within the US and the Far East to start with.
We’re additionally anticipating the Bixby-powered Galaxy Dwelling sensible speaker (or might there be a couple of?) to debut at CES 2019. What’s going to occur to Bixby in 2019? Nicely in line with a report from Selection, Google Assistant might be coming to Samsung’s TVs in 2019. Will that imply the tip for Samsung’s devotion to Bixby? Most likely not – Samsung is planning on opening up Bixby to third-parties in 2019. However absolutely Samsung can’t compete with Google right here. We’re anticipating Samsung to showcase its present 8K TV at CES subsequent week, however it is going to debut new 4K HDR QLED units – it has already mentioned there might be new variations of its high-end design-orientated The Body and The Serif TVs all that includes QLED screens and HDR10+ after all.
Sony in 2019
Final however not least, Sony gave us a somewhat good cellphone this yr. We beloved the Xperia XZ3 and we’re anticipating the follow-up XZ4 to be with us at Cell World Congress or quickly thereafter. By all accounts Sony nonetheless isn’t promoting that many telephones and its 30 p.c revenue enhance in 2017-18 got here from video games. Little surprise then that Sony will search to capitalise on its energy by at the least teasing the PlayStation 5 in 2019.
We’d be amazed if it really launched the console subsequent yr and we expect 2020 is a significantly better guess. In TV, we expect some new Sony TVs to debut at CES 2019 subsequent week, however they’re unlikely to be flagship fashions on condition that we solely acquired the AF9 within the mid-part of 2018. We would get an 8K set although after a prototype was proven off at CES final yr. We’ll get the XA3 and L3 mid-range telephones at CES although.