2016 was a year full of farewells in the tech world, so here’s a recap of all things tech that will not see the light of day in 2017.
Every year the tech industry bombards us with a barrage of new products and fascinating technologies to pave the way for our digital future. At the same time, with each advancement in technology, with each new phone, with each new app or software, the old goes out the window making way for more sophisticated gadgets and groundbreaking innovation. 2016 was a year full of farewells in the tech world, so here’s a recap of all things tech that will not see the light of day in 2017
Disappointing many fans of its retro approach to designing smartwatches, Pebble is now officially dead. Well almost. The hugely successful Kick starter startup, Pebble recently sold all of its software assets to wearable maker Fitbit. Fitbit is only acquiring key personnel and software assets from Pebble. The acquisition excludes Pebble’s hardware products. So yes, it’s time to say adios to the Pebble Watch.
Microsoft Band 2
The Lumia smartphone range was not the only money drainer Microsoft had under its belt. The Redmond based software giant was also not doing too well in its fitness tracker business. The Band 2 was abruptly taken off the Microsoft store this year, even though its listing page still exists. Microsoft also removed the software developer kit for the Band 2, indicating that it does not want more apps to be developed for the same. However, the Band 2 is still available for purchase on Amazon global, as well as the Indian counterpart, but buying it right now would be a mistake considering the company itself is washing its hands off it
Google retired Picasa and moved on to a single photo service called Google Photos in February 2016. The new photos app was integrated seamlessly across mobile and the web. Although, you can access your Picasa Web Albums data, including your tags, captions, and comments, in the Album Archive.
MacBook Air 11-inch
Following the launch of the MacBook Pro with the OLED Touch Bar, Apple announced that it will be discontinuing the 11-inch MacBook Air. In fact, Apple made it very clear that it will focus on the MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups going forward. However, the MacBook Air 13 inch model, which saw a refresh in 2015, is still being sold by the company.