MAYBE it’s the recession, but 2012 has been an underwhelming year when it comes to innovation in the world of tech.
There has been much more of the same, especially with iPads and iPhones, Kindles and Androids. The markets have seen some movement. Google Nexus has moved into the iPad space and Samsung has sold way more phones than Apple. Some Kindles have colour. However, there has been a dearth of new developments.
Windows 8 has caused little stir, 3DTV has failed to take off. Google, Facebook and Twitter have faced no serious new competition. The next big thing has either been too shy to appear in public or has yet to be conceived.
This biggest disappointment for me is online entertainment, which promised so much but went nowhere.
Demand 5, ITV Player, 4oD and iPlayer still all have different approaches to making content available for online catchup. The others failed to follow iPlayer by adding a download option.
Far too many good programmes are not available for post transmission catchup services but TV listings do not tell you which will and which won’t.
Online catalogues from Lovefilm and Netflix are still populated by the films Blockbuster pensioned off years ago.
Ah well, there’s always next year. But before that, it’s Christmas. Have a good one and may the big day bring you the gizmos you want wrapped up under your tree.