In 2011, 32.7% of the world used the internet, more than a 2% increase from 2010.
Approximately 2.1 billion humans were online this year, out of which 45% were under 25.
The key players in the internet game of 2011 were mobile and social inventions and breakthroughs. Of course, other events marked 2011 as well, like the introductions of brand new products, battles of the greats in tech, and mistakes that left corporations with deep wounds.
It is evident that the humans were busy keeping up with all the new happenings in technology for this year, and now we will try to list everything that deserves the most attention from 2011.
Advancements of the Technology in 2011
It is always difficult to rate the work and effort humans dedicated to a single product or the importance of an event that transpires on Earth. However, we have compiled a list that we believe will portray all the advancements made in 2011. Let’s dive in.
The Death of a Genius
The death of Steve Jobs marked the tech industry in more ways than one. He was a man that was considered a pioneer in his field and was the mastermind behind the creation of Apple, a corporation that sets the trends and poses standards that everyone else has to follow.
When he died, he created a massive void that not many could fill. It was a loss that not only Apple mourned but also the entire population on Earth. Apple was faced with many concerns about their future, seeing as their leader was no more. Also, every smartphone user wondered if Apple would fade into oblivion after this or if they would rise above it.
Launch of Google Plus
In 2011, Google got tired of the failed acquisition attempts to take on Facebook and introduced their social platform, Google Plus. Google wanted to incorporate this social platform into the everyday routines of humans as fast as possible, so the then CEO of Google, Larry Page, decided to include Google Plus into every device that Google had to offer at the time.
In 2011, over 65 million people who used Google devices were introduced to Google Plus or, more specifically, to apps like Circles and Hangouts.
Kindle Fire by Amazon
In 2011, Amazon introduced its tablet Kindle Fire and entered the tablet market. It operates on Android and offers all the products that Amazon was selling at the time at only a few clicks away. The Kindle Fire offers books, movies, music, apps and became the best-selling tablet in 2011 that operates on Android.
Over the holidays that humans celebrate, Amazon sold more than 4 million Kindle Fires.
The Creative Cloud of Adobe
Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of apps and services that Adobe Inc. offers all in one place. When it was first introduced in October 2011, it ended one software model and marked the beginning of a new and improved one.
Users who have subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud gained access to graphic design, web development, photography, and video editing software. Also, with a monthly or annual subscription, the Adobe Creative Cloud offered mobile apps and a few optional cloud services to its users.
Apple and Android Tied for First Place
The future of computing is mobile, and by 2011, Apple and Android were considered the two most prominent players that were winning the mobile computing race. In 2011, Apple and Android had a combined share of 76% of mobile OS used in the US alone.
The Windows Phone fell from grace as users were not too interested in using it. As far as tablets go, in 2011, the iPad was the one to get. However, the Kindle Fire was becoming major competition in that period.
The Release of Chromebooks
Chromebooks were introduced by Acer and Samsung first in 2011. They were marketed as cheaper alternatives to laptops, only offering the basics that people needed to use the internet.
The significant difference between Chromebooks and laptops is that the Chromebooks run on a web-based Chrome Operating System, while laptops run on Windows.
iMessage and Siri
Apple introduced a somewhat revolutionary option in 2011. The iMessage became available for iPhone users and allowed them to send messages, images, and gifs for free, as long as the iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi.
This new update swayed many users away from Android phones and right into Apple’s customer pool. The new blue chat bubbles that marked the iMessage became a new standard that all humans wanted to have.
Another option that Apple introduced to its devices in 2011 was Siri. It is a virtual assistant made available to users who owned Apple devices run on the iOS 5. Siri operates through voice queries, where a user can ask it a question, and it would respond as if it was human.
Siri can also make recommendations and perform activities by delegating requests to a myriad of internet services. Siri is available only if the device is connected to Wi-Fi, similar to the iMessage.
The App That Makes Photos Disappear
2011 was a year for social media successes, and Snapchat was one of them. Snapchat was intended as a social media app whose target market would be the younger generation of humans. What set this app apart from Instagram, Facebook and other similar to them is that it allows users to send messages, videos, and photos that would disappear after they were opened.
A New Era of Gaming
The esports revolution was on its way, and Twitch was the first app to capitalize on it before anyone knew what was coming. Twitch TV enabled its users to watch game streams in real-time and to chat simultaneously. Twitch TV forever changed the way humans experience game streams and quickly became very popular.
A New Way of Cab-Calling
Despite being founded in 2009, the Uber app was launched in San Francisco in 2011. Uber revolutionized how cabs were called and set the pace for the future of this industry.
Uber allowed its customers to book a cab online via its app, and it used the built-in GPS that every smartphone has so that users can track and see where exactly their cab is and where they are going at every moment.
Uber became the most prominent and most ground-breaking start-up that humans had in that decade.
The Year for New Languages
In 2011 alone, humans invented eight new programming languages, including Ceylon, Dart, JS++, Kotlin, Opa, Red, SQL:2011, and Xtend.
Kotlin was introduced as a cross-platform programming language with a type interference. Opa is an open-source programming language for creating scalable web applications. Red was designed to address the flaws of the Rebol language.
SQL:2011 is the seventh revision of the ISO (1987) and ANSI (1986) standards. For the Java Virtual Machine, Xtend was created as a general-purpose language.
In 2011, Facebook released a specialized app for iOS and Android devices called Facebook Messenger, which would serve as a chat tool for its users. It was designed to separate the chat option that Facebook had from its photo and video-sharing platform.
Here we will list the events that were not too memorable to merit their section but memorable enough to be mentioned.
- Litecoin, a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, was released in 2011 with open-source software.
- Microsoft acquired Skype for 8.5 billion dollars.
- eBay purchased the outstanding shares of GSI Commerce’s stock for 2.4 billion dollars.
- IBM experimented with a computer chip designed to emulate the human brain’s perception, action, and cognition abilities.
- Android introduces the screenshot option in 2011 for its devices.
- The stock of Netflix plummeted from 300 to 70 dollars because they tried to speed up the transition from a business that rents DVDs to streaming online video.
2011 was a big year for tech. Many developments were made and many new products introduced. Also, many apps launched in 2011 served as stepping stones for revolutionizing and digitalizing their respective industries, allowing humans to be ever-so connected to the internet.
Of course, many failures happened as well. However, the major success of individual projects and products overcome the failures and mistakes that were made.