Now that the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show is winding down, it’s time to look at improvements for 2019 instead of innovation. Whether it’s apps, hardware, software, or services, everything could stand a little improvement. What are you wishing for in the next year? What technology do you hope to see improved in 2019?
Phil sees many things that could be improved. He believes the Facebook app could use some tweaks and would also like people to be able to load their own background to text, or at least have the same backgrounds across platforms, as that drives him crazy.
He’d like Alexa to become more clever as well, as she’s still not able to figure out what he wants if it’s something obscure, and her speech remains clunky. With speech-recognition interfaces appearing to be more advanced, he wonders why Alex isn’t more conversational.
Sayak would like to see Microsoft “get their act together” with much of their software. Year after year he fails to see improvement to keep up with the rest. He believes much potential is wasted with Cortana when it could have been used for anything from an intelligent search engine to remote client management. He started using Airdroid for phone notifications recently but would have preferred to do that with Cortana.
He just feels there is something wrong in the product engineering at Microsoft. Since the “Vista disaster,” they are only getting a few things correct. Symbian and Silverlight were so poorly designed, they had to abandon them. He also has problems with Edge, Bing, Skype, Windows Movie Maker, and Paint 3D. He can’t imagine the bugs that will be encountered now that they’re reaching into IoT.
Miguel is looking more toward hardware. He doesn’t feel Nvidia’s RTX line “delivered anything groundbreaking despite implementation of new technology,” though he did find DLSS pleasant to see. While SSDs have continued to release affordable QLC options, he believes there has been a compromise in quality. He wants to see better pushes in TLC and MLC types to “emphasize solid durability.”
He believes tech companies rushed manufacturing decisions last year and hopes they’ll make more moderate design choices this year. AMD’s future developments and Intel’s reforms leave him “cautiously optimistic that the customer will begin to be the focus of this year’s new lineups.”
Like Sayak, Fabio would like to see Windows improved as well as apps like WhatsApp. He thinks it would be great to see Cortana finally become what everyone has expected.
Alex would like to see Siri actually work this year. He found it mediocre when it launched and doesn’t feel it’s improved much. He’d also like a dark mode on iOS.
Ryan is hoping to see an improvement with Boeing’s “transonic” wing design. He takes twelve-hour flights at least twice a year and thinks for that timeframe to get faster, it would be “music to my ears.”
I’d like to have the HomePod improved as far as what Siri can answer with it. I don’t understand why she can’t do the same things on there that she can on iOS. And even that could stand improvement, as Alex stated.
Are you also thinking that Microsoft and Windows could withstand a lot of improvement? What about voice assistants like Alexa and Siri? Do you have something completely different in mind? What technology do you hope to see improved in 2019? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.