The New Year has finally arrived, bringing some new technologies along which are ready to make a big impact this year.
Here is a list of the top ten technologies that will definitely rock 2010, leaving their marks in history.
1. The Tablet
Probably the biggest anticipated product of the year, the tablet computer will definitely be dominating 2010. The launch of iSlate, which is a mix between the iPhone and a computer, tablets will enter a new dimension.
Geolocation is increasingly becoming an essential feature due to the combination of GPS chips in mobile phones, social networks, and increasingly innovative mobile apps. The arrival of Geo APIs from Twitter , SimpleGeo, and hopefully Facebook will change the overall functioning by adding layers of geo-related data to all sorts of apps.
3. Realtime Search
Realtime Search will also enter into a new era in 2010, as search engines understand the significance of showing Tweets and other realtime updates. The main idea will be to integrate realtime search with realtime filters so that people are delivered not only the most recent information but the most relevant one.
4. Chrome OS
Google gave the world a taste of its Chrome operating system in November, which is expected to be released later this year. Google Chrome is a direct attack on Windows, and it promises run Web apps fast and furious. It sounds like it would be perfect for Tablet computers also (see above). Chrome is a risky bet for Google, but it is also potentially disruptive.
HTML5 is the next improvement in the web development, with browsers such as Firefox and Google’s Chrome already supporting HTML5. As HTML5 becomes more common across the Web, it will eliminate the need for Flash or Silverlight plug-ins to view videos, animations, or other such applications.
6. Mobile Video
As more mobile phones come with video integrated cameras, live video streaming apps are becoming more common.
7. Augmented Reality
Augmented reality apps add new dimension to the use of camera lens on mobile phones. By adding a layer of data, you can place everything from photos to Tweets directly on top of the live image captured by the camera.
8. Mobile Transactions
The new smartphones are more of a computer than a phone, and can be used for mobile commerce too, making mobile payments and transactions easier. The main concept will be that any mobile phone will become a point of sale, and mobile transactions can tie into back-end accounting, CRM, and other enterprise systems.
Almost two dozen Android-powered phones were launched last year, including the Verizon Droid which was a great success. The launch of Google’s Nexus One is Google’s answer to the iPhone, and as it spreads across multiple carriers, it will becom increasingly attractive to developers. There are already more than 10,000 apps on Android, which will increase in the next year.
10. Social CRM
The increasing number of users on Twitter and Facebook has promoted social communication tools. This year, these modes of real time communication will progress greatly.