2015 year in review – communication and technology

Posted by: Schepisi - Friday, December 04, 2015

Here we find ourselves (almost) at the end of another year – and hasn’t it just flown by.

We’ve kept up through our weekly blog posts, but it is really astonishing to watch the technology and communication in our world changing around us quite instantly.

This week, we want to take a look back at the year that was.

Here are some big technology news stories that entertained us this year.

Let’s start!

Mobile World Congress 2015

A telco’s delight, this annual event is a place where the best minds from around the globe gather to discuss mobile news, trends, and technologies, and to visit exhibitions.

Mobile World Congress was held in Barcelona in March.

This year, the event was held in early March.  A record-breaking 94,000 visitors (from more than 200 countries!) visited the exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.

Hosted by British comedian John Cleese, the event covered every aspect of mobile, from health and education to marketing, apps, entertainment, gaming, and more!

Apple Watch

Officially released on 24th April after months – wait, make that years – of speculation and rumours.

The Apple Watch seemed to be Apple’s way of telling other manufacturers that while they’re a little late to the smart watch party (both Samsung and Pebble, for example, released their first gen smartwatches in 2013), they’re here and ready to go.

What makes the Apple Watch so great? It combines a stunning appearance AND does its job. It, as Yahoo Tech’s article explains, “answer[s] the question, ‘Why’?”, adding that “a good deal of thought” has gone into this wearable device.

Users can work out, navigate, answer texts, and of course, tell the time, using their Apple Watch.

(And there’s rumours abound of the next model, the Apple Watch 2. Find out everything we know so far here.)

Rise of cloud-based video conferencing

Not taking lightly to the adage of “working wherever and whenever”, video conferencing tools have stepped out of the boardroom and into… well… everything. Lifesize’s cloud-based video conferencing enables high definition conversations to take place anywhere you have an internet connection.

According to a report from Global Industry Analytics (GIA), cloud video conferencing popularity has grown all over the world.

Fast-growing markets include:

  • Government

  • Health

  • Education

The fastest growing global region is the US, but, as the report states, “the Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the fastest-growing market with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.5% through 2020".

2015 saw the rise of cloud-based video conferencing.

We got excited about 5G

You read that right, FIVE!

To put that in a bit more perspective, 3G was first introduced in 1998, while 1G’s initial introduction was way back in 1979!

The Japanese government thinks it will be ready to show off 5G by the 2020 Olympics (Tokyo is the host), while South Korea tries to beat that, saying they’ll have trials by as early as 2018!

Further, can you even imagine the technology and devices that will show off 5G? That’s a whole other endeavour to get excited about!

This year, the world has examined challenges and drawbacks facing the development of 5G, including standardisation and infrastructure.

Samsung released Galaxy S6 (& S6 Edge)

The S5 successor, the Samsung Galaxy S6, was released on 10th April (incidentally, the same date that Apple started accepting pre-orders for its Watch – how’s that for friendly competition?) to positive reviews.

Consumers listed the performance, camera, and display as favourable features, as well as a more modern and high-quality body.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were also the second and third Samsung smartphones that could be used in conjunction with Gear VR, Samsung’s virtual reality device released just last month. (The first compatible device is the Galaxy Note 5).

Explore the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

P.S: We've also done a recap of 2015 in the incredible Internet of Things. Check it out!