The long-term nature of the Covid-19 pandemic we are experiencing will largely define how development and our interface with technology plays out for most of 2022. Themes will revolve around working from home (WFH) and tools that simplify things on this front. As everything is online, security and privacy will remain a primary concern.
Artificial intelligence everywhere
The definition of a smart device has changed. Previously, a smart TV was because it could connect to the Internet, compared to one that couldn’t. Now, anything labeled as intelligent must have a mind of its own. This is where artificial intelligence (AI) comes in.
The cameras on your computing device can track your face and rotate to keep you in the frame. Netflix can predict what you want to watch next. Your phone has AI to determine which apps you’re using when and prepare them for better performance. Your car can tell you when you are inattentive and alert you. AI will continue to be everywhere, even more. Whether it’s your Android phone or iPhone, apps on your phone, a smart speaker, your TV, and the car you drive will benefit from a greater infusion of AI.
Need for data confidentiality
The wheels of change are moving. Facebook has decided to remove facial recognition from its platform. WhatsApp gives us strong encryption for backups. Android and iOS as smartphone platforms make it harder for advertisers to track you and prevent apps from sending your data without your permission.
“As businesses must comply with stricter and more diverse privacy regulations around the world, they are giving users more tools to control their privacy when using their services,” says Anna Larkina, expert in security at Kaspersky. But don’t expect for a second that big tech will make it easier for users – data collection continues to be essential for most tech companies as a source of revenue, and they would like this drip feed. does not dry out completely.
Your phone, almighty
Semiconductor shortages are expected to ease in the second half of 2022, but phone launches are not expected to decline. The telephone companies appear to be well supplied. Everyone will be there. OnePlus and Samsung typically launch flagship phones in the first few months of a new year – the OnePlus 10 series and Samsung Galaxy S22 are expected to debut then.
Digitimes Research expects smartphone shipments to increase by around 7% in 2022, compared to the previous year. Smartphone makers including Xiaomi and Realme will launch phones in different price ranges throughout the year. And that’s before arriving at Apple and Google’s annual updates for iPhone and Pixel phones later in the year. Could we see a more affordable iPhone launched before the summer? It just might be the next generation iPhone SE.
Internet that connects you
The very basis of the WFH is reliable internet connectivity. Home broadband as well as 4G mobile networks have withstood the rigors of work and video streaming well over the past two years. Domestic broadband prices have remained stable while the speeds offered are between 30 Mbps and 1 Gbps. In 2021, broadband will have its last peak iteration – satellite broadband. Beside, we will have the next evolution of mobile networks with 5G.
Satellite broadband makes it easy – by broadcasting the Internet through a satellite dish mounted on your balcony or roof, from a constellation of satellites in the sky. Kind of like a Direct Home Television (DTH) network. Elon Musk’s Starlink is expected to launch services. Expect OneWeb, which is owned by Bharti Airtel and the UK government, to be on the line. Make no mistake, satellite broadband will add another option to the connectivity spectrum, but it won’t. Inexpensive – Starlink’s monthly subscription is priced at $ 99.
Home work and education
Along with working from home, there is the very important dimension of online classes. In India, affordable computing is crucial i.e. PCs and laptops which cost around ??30,000 Microsoft’s primary focus for 2022 is education, and Windows 11 SE has been tweaked to bring educational applications to the fore while streamlining many other features to make it work on PCs around the world. ??20,000 prizes (and beyond).
There are also the new education-focused PCs that HP, Lenovo and Dell will roll out in 2022. Ketan Patel, Managing Director of HP India, points out while speaking with HT that a state of panic caused by the low penetration of the PCs at the start of the pandemic, we are now seeing 45% year-over-year growth for PCs, with WFH and online classrooms driving sales.