What can we expect from gadgets and tech trends in general in 2021? The business of making predictions can be tricky, because as 2020 has proven, anything can happen.
With people confined to their homes, video conferencing has taken off like never before. Economic constraints have thrown many peoples’ plans into disarray, but PC sales have boomed due to necessity. Lockdowns in all parts of the world derailed everyone’s plans, but lots of work has continued to happen.
At this time a year ago, no one could have imagined the way things would turn out. It has been a time of immense disruption, but for every setback we’ve seen a new opportunity in the world of tech. The world has largely shifted to a new normal.
Against this backdrop, we step into 2021 hoping to see things get back to normal, but it looks as though it could still take a while. We do feel that there is hope, and it will be interesting to see how much of our current adjustments become permanent alterations. Here are our predictions for tech trends in 2021, particularly in India.
1. We’ll continue to work at home for a while
Things are slowly getting back to normal and while we’d all like a bit of socialisation, offices and workers in many industries have clearly realised that there’s no need for everyone to be in the same place all the time.
2. Tech trade shows aren’t going to be the same
Large tech shows are not going to happen in the first half of 2021, but we might see smaller, more controlled events later in the year.
3. Gadgets and PCs are likely to remain expensive
Prices in India are significantly higher than in many other countries thanks to taxes, and recent currency fluctuations have driven costs up.
4. Gaming will continue to grow
India is an enormous market for gaming, particularly mobile gaming. We have a relatively large number of PC and console enthusiasts as well, but there’s huge potential for growth.
5. Chargers are going away, at least at the high end
After deriding Apple’s move to stop including chargers with its products, it seems clear that Samsung and Xiaomi have decided to do exactly the same.