- 5G: Prepare yourself here comes the 5th generation of mobile networks and it’s set to be the fastest yet. So, what will the main difference be? 5G aims to throw out buffering/loading times with the ability to download a full-length HD movie in up to 10 seconds. Compare that to 4Gs 10-minute loading time and speed will increase by an astonishing 100%. Countries such as South Korea, China and Japan are already rolling out 5G capable models and the UKs close behind. It’s predicted that by mid-2019, 6 of the biggest cities in the UK will begin enforcing 5G, with another 10 cities following closely by the end of 2019.
- Progressive Web Apps (PWA): Back in 2016 Google began including webpage performance into its search results, favouring quicker pages over slower ones and the change didn’t stop there. Just this year Google also pushed its Page Speeds Insights application allowing businesses to test their website's speed on both mobile and desktop devices. Clearly in 2018, speed was at the forefront and here’s where PWAs come in (Find out what PWAs are here). PWAs are developed to be reliable, engaging and fast. And they will most likely dominate the mobile world as native apps lag behind.
- Chatbots: Already on Facebook, users have to opportunity to talk to chatbots from Niki.ai to Poncho. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to find one which suits your needs. Bringing this technology into ecommerce, chatbots can save businesses up to £2 million as the need for actual walking, talking humans decreases and 'robots' becomes more intelligent, learning from our online behaviours.
- Singles Day: In 2018 Singles day brought in a massive £23 billion in just 24 hours, that’s 17 billion more than Black Friday in 2017. And with Black Friday sales only expected to fall more global brands are choosing to get on the Singles Day wagon, with Chanel and Apple leading the way. (Find out more about Singles Day here)
- Security: If you’re from the UK or bought a plane ticket from British Airways during 2018, it’s likely that you would have heard about the infamous British Airways hacking scandal. But if you have no idea what I’m talking about, then here’s a quick summary. During August the 21st at 10:58pm till September the 5th at 9.45pm in 2018 hackers were able to steal 38,000 peoples personal and financial information through the British Airways site. What’s most shocking about this story is it wasn’t British airways themselves which discovered the hackers, but instead a third party that noticed some odd transactions. This example and many more are the reason as to why online security will become a key issue in 2019. Currently, it is estimated that a dreadful 75% of mobile apps cannot pass a basic security test and with apps having access to our contacts, photos and other applications it’s only a matter of time until all Hell breaks loose and users demand tighter online security. It’s safe to say in the years to come, I predict a riot.
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