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At that time of the year, we will make predictions about the technological outlook for 2021.
We already know that we are good for new iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones, new smart speakers from Amazon, and beautiful new smart TVs with higher resolution-lower cost than ever before.
So let us provide some technical predictions about what we will see or may see.
You will pay for email in 2021
Google has the world’s most popular email program Gmail, which has decided to follow in Apple’s footsteps and attract more users to subscribe to monthly subscriptions. (Apple’s services-including Apple Music, News and iCloud-are now its second largest source of revenue, after Mac, iPad and Apple Watch.)
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Starting on June 1, Google will no longer allow users to upload their photos and videos to Google Photos for free. Google provides 15 GB of free photo storage, but it also includes Gmail and Google Drive backups. The problem is that you have to pay for storage, which starts at $1.99 per month-but only requires 100 GB of storage.
I don’t know you, but my Gmail is now worth 41 GB, I have 15 GB of photos in Google Photos, and 1.7 TB of photos in Google Drive.
Of course, I can clear Google Drive, but the truth is that no matter how hard I try to clean up, my email is a growing thing and will not get smaller and smaller. It grows every day. Therefore, if you like your Gmail and are used to it, you may have to pay.
Microsoft and Yahoo still offer free emails, but they are full of advertisements. We encourage you to use the “premium” version, which starts at $5 and $3.49 per month, respectively, to achieve no ads. Starting next week, unless you spend $34.99 a year, Yahoo will cancel the automatic forwarding of emails from Yahoo Mail.
Large tech companies will not find a new government more friendly
We believe that the new Biden administration will not change the DC plight of Facebook and Google. These companies will continue to be dragged into Washington to defend their efforts to be dissolved. President-elect Biden complained to the social network many times that all rumors about him came out on Facebook, and the company refused to take action. In the Biden era, this is certainly unlikely to work.
Streaming battle will lose big players
Many new streaming media networks were launched in 2020, the most famous of which are HBO Max and Peacock, and more streaming media networks will appear in 2021, including Paramount Plus and Discovery +, but at least one of the new networks will be closed . My “USA Today” colleague Brett Molina put it this way. He sees Paramount Plus as the most likely victim.
Paramount Plus (Paramount Plus) will soon become the new name of CBS All-Access. In addition, movies and Viacom (MTV, Comedy Central, Nick) TV shows from the Paramount image library are added. “They are too many.” Molina said. “I don’t see it lasting.” (As Warner Media announces its full nomination for HBO Max and Disney+ also plans several premiere ticket prices, you will see it on streaming channels in 2021 More first-round movies.)
5G will not get better until the second half of 2021
The launch of new mobile phones can use the so-called 5G faster wireless speeds, and wireless operators are out of breath for faster speeds, which makes many consumers scratch their heads. The promised speed does not exceed 4G. Gene Munster, an analyst and investor at Loup Ventures, believes that 5G will be hyped one day, but it will have to wait until “the end of 2021.” In order to make real progress, we must wait for 2022.
Local retailers will find ways to compete with Amazon
This is an ideal desire, but “someone will solve the need and find a solution,” said Kieran Hannon, the chief marketing officer of OpenPath, which provides next-generation office entry technology. He believes that by allowing customers to order goods from direct websites that directly serve locals and deliver products to them at home, a service will be developed to help local retailers compete with Amazon around the world to maintain sales nearby.
Scaling and video conferencing will only get bigger
In the second half of 2021, business travel may be resurrected from the dead, but when meetings can be conducted cheaper and more efficiently, all companies that save money from travel will not be eager to send employees to travel across the country through video conferencing.
Students will return to the classroom one day, but company meetings, seminars, webinars, etc. may continue. There is no need to return those ring lights to improve the appearance.
Speaking of Zoom, is it possible to acquire?
The video network is a hot place. After the pandemic, its users rose from 10 million to 300 million, making it a major acquisition target. Who can buy Zoom better than Amazon?
The two companies have already collaborated, and Amazon Web Services provides the server backbone for all these Zoom meetings. Unlike Google, Apple and Facebook, the latter has its own comprehensive video network (Google Meet, FaceTime, and Messenger), but Amazon does not.
Therefore, after owning the Zoom company, all these meeting minutes (reached $2 trillion in April alone), for Amazon, an attractive goal is to remind us to use Alexa and buy more things, right?
Finally, Munster from Loup Ventures believes that Apple will follow its huge success in the service sector by introducing a new way for podcasters to profit from shows by charging admission fees. He saw a “Podcast +” in which everyone’s favorite audio program (such as Talking Tech) was added to the Apple One bundle along with Apple Music. “For podcasters, this is good news. They may see Apple as another way to monetize their audience.”
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I wish you all a Happy New Year!
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