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Tech Trends of 2020: First looks

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With a date like 2020, surely this is the year for bold innovation? Let’s have a look at a few top tech trends set to be making headlines this year.

Bendy screens

Think sophisticated flip phone…

We had a not-so-successful but hopeful glimpse of it last year. Samsung’s launch of their impressive Samsung Galaxy Fold ended in broken screens. But the company made swift improvements and the flexible phone was available to buy in September. Labelled by some as ‘chunky’ (not a fashionable word for a phone), we can marvel at the idea and watch this space for sleeker designs to come.

The TV maker in China, TCL, will also be launching a foldable device this year. They have invested $5.5billion in developing flexible displays, so they must be one to watch.

With rules being broken in this side of technology, perhaps no surface will be safe from becoming a screen: smart speakers with wraparound displays, watch straps, fridge doors…

Battle of the consoles

You may have noticed that the video gaming market has been a little quiet in the past couple of years. The giants, Xbox and PlayStation, released their latest models, Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 in 2017 and 2013 respectively.

Nintendo shook things up with the Switch in 2017, giving a different take on the home console altogether. And, again in 2017, we had the release of Fortnite, which quickly became the most played game in the world. As it works on every console (PCs and mobile phones too), not one console could use it to their advantage.

But it looks like things are about to get competitive again in 2020…

The, unsurprisingly named, PlayStation 5 might be released as early as February, while others say the end of the year.

The more intriguingly named, Project Scarlett, from Microsoft Xbox, promises big things as always, and is set to come out at Christmas. Alongside this will be the release of Halo Infinite, which will be another big draw for consumers.

Eco technology

Technology companies will be under increasing pressure to address their contribution to combating climate change.

Most notably, mobile phone makers. According to the BBC, it is believed that 18 billion phones are lying unused around the world. And with 1.3 billion phones sold last year, this number is only growing. Mobile phones, along with other discarded electronic goods, contain substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks.

So perhaps this year we’ll see efforts to make the production and distribution process more environmentally friendly. One way of course would be making phones more repairable.

Also, we might see providers of mobile phone networks step up too. Vodafone is one company that has promised it will run on sustainable energy sources by 2023.