With so many changes and technological advancements, it can be extremely difficult to keep up with all of them. Some pieces of technology were released and didn’t quite cut it in the industry. They were not widely adopted and didn’t make it past a decade.
Not all tech is built to last. Sometimes things evolve beyond it very quickly. Creating an enduring product or service is difficult. Some industries are predisposed to longevity more so than others. For instance, the iGaming industry is one that has been quick to embrace certain technologies, incorporating them into their services. When customers claim the 32red sports welcome offer, they’ll see how 5G is enabling in-play betting to become more viable.
Other industries, though, have high turnover of tech products and services. Some you might recognise and some you might not. Here is our Top 10:
1. Google Nexus Q
Nexus Q was a media streamer shaped like a bowling ball. It streamed from sites such as YouTube, Play video and Play music. it had connection issues and also required an app to change its settings. Google postponed the launch of Nexus Q after feedback was given by users on how they wished the media streamer could do more than it did.
Secret was a social media platform that allowed people to connect with friends or friends of friends and family without identifying anyone by name. This meant people could discuss things such as drugs and sex: the kind of things that could typically get you kicked off Facebook. Its anonymity was broken because of the lack of permanent identity.
3. Google Fiber
Google gave up on fibre before users even got a chance to access it. It would have brought endless access to live streaming and gaming, especially for online casino lovers. Google fibre was a great idea and was an answer to the prayers of many but it never launched.
4. Point and Shoot Cameras
Remember once when you had to take your phone and mini camera on a trip? With the technology brought by smartphones, there is no longer a need to use point-and-shoot cameras because most phones have them.
5. Google Tango
This was an early attempt at augmented reality (AR). It was launched in 2014 and focused on locating the position of devices in space to provide visual outlays. The offer wasn’t taken up by many so it was deemed an absolute fail.
6. Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer is one we’re all familiar with. It came into existence in 1995. It was the default browser for all Microsoft Windows devices. It struggled to keep up with browsers such as Google and has been fully replaced by Microsoft Edge.
7. Yahoo Messenger
Yahoo messenger, originally known as Yahoo chat, was a public chat room. You had to have a Yahoo mail account to access it. It had customisable themes and its service ended in 2017 due to declining users.
8. ISIS (the mobile wallet)
ISIS Was a mobile wallet launched in 2012. The name was considered terrible and the formalities of using the app required a special SIM card if your credit card wasn’t supported by the system you had to purchase a special prepaid credit card to add money into your wallet. It was scrapped in 2015.
Vine was an app and video hosting service created in 2012 which was a video version of Twitter. Despite a few successes Vine struggled to compete with Media apps such as Facebook and Instagram and was shut down in 2016.
Some of us still have dozens of these in our basements and storage boxes. These were very popular once and were quickly replaced by live streaming and downloads. They may have not disappeared yet.