In 2012, 35.7% of humans used the internet.
There were 2.2 billion email users worldwide, while the email traffic amounted to 144 billion emails per day. There were 634 million websites, out of which 51 million were created in 2012 alone.
Lengthy legal battles characterized the technology field in 2012. It was the year when the most significant powers in the tech industry were battling it out for the top spot.
Technology was growing, more and more people were investing and inventing. And like any other field, the spots at the top are limited, while the bottom spots are always welcoming.
For some companies, 2012 was a huge success that brought their inventions and products into the spotlight, while others did not.
Regardless, 2012 was when many breakthroughs were introduced, and many old gadgets and ideas were refined and made better.
Advancements of the Technology in 2012
So, considering the legal battles that humans waged among each other and the time they spent arguing about who is the best, many advancements were made in 2012. Let’s see what was considered good enough to be an advancement.
3D Printing Takes Off
To be clear, humans came up with the idea of 3D printing before 2012 came knocking on their doors. However, this was when 3D printing became more accessible as prices of 3D printing systems dropped. Also, 3D printers were further modified to offer more to regular customers, which enticed humans to want to try it out.
Moreover, 3D printing has room for even more improvements in the future, which developers began working on straight away.
In 2012, the company Makerbot began exploring 3D photo booths, enabling people to use the perks of 3D printing without owning a printer. Fujifilm was also following their footsteps closely in this area.
Some of the ways that 3D printing was begging to be used in 2012 were to help build houses, restore historical sights, manufacture bone scaffolding and jaw implants.
3D printing was begging to be a beneficial resource that could be used in many different fields and help ease complicated processes in unimaginable ways before 2012.
NFC – Near Field Communication Technology
Even though significant cellphone manufacturers like Nokia, Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, and Sony agreed to release NFC-packing devices and Google pushed its Google wallet, humans failed yet again to grow accustomed to the use of NFC technology.
Additionally, Samsung tried to broaden the usage of NFC and make it more practical by introducing its user-programmable TecTiles NFC stickers, however to no avail. Users still struggled to make sense of this particular advancement, and even those who had NFC devices in their pockets could not find places to use this technology.
Apple was under the impression that NFC was not relevant for users in that period, and although they hinted at it, they released their iPhone 5 without NFC technology available.
Microsoft’s Possible Return
Many older and well-established companies aimed to make their return and show the newcomers why they were the biggest, to begin with. One of these companies was Microsoft.
Microsoft introduced three great new products in 2012: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and the Surface tablet. The Windows 8 was the company’s new and improved operating system aimed to get customers’ attention and provide something new and fresh.
Also, Microsoft surprised many experts in the field with the launch of its Surface tablet, as it was a direct competitor to the already famous iPad.
Finally, the Windows Phone 8 gave significant new updates to cellphone users in regards to operating systems. This system was Microsoft’s way of entering the race for the best mobile software alongside Samsung and Apple.
New Ways of Waging War
With the introduction of social media platforms, and mobile phone and internet users growing each year, new ways to use technology were found non-stop.
Of course, humans were using Twitter to stay updated on events in war-ridden countries long before 2012. However, in November of 2012, the military forces of Israel took this to a whole new level. The Israeli Defence Force started tweeting updates on what was happening in their ongoing conflict with Palestine.
One of the significant updates that the Israeli Defence Force tweeted out was that they had eliminated Ahmed Jabari, a Hamas leader. Additionally, the Hamas military arm responded with provocations to this update which further encouraged the back and forth tweeting between two countries at war.
This type of live broadcasting of war efforts was never seen and added a new aspect to social media. It showed that social media could be used as a broadcast of war in real-time.
Honorable mentions for 2012
Of course, the list of events so far mentioned does not include every event that marked 2012 somehow. So, here we will list other events that merit mentioning:
- The trial between the most prominent phone and tablet manufacturers Apple and Samsung, ended in Apple’s favor. The company was awarded 1 billion dollars in damages by Samsung for infringing on the iPad and iPhone patents.
- The Facebook IPO had a lousy ending because the initial price of 38$ was too high, and the company’s stock plummeted.
- Megaupload, a file-sharing company, was shut down by the FBI for piracy, and its founder, Kim Dotcom, who changed his last name from Schmitz in 2005, was arrested at his property in New Zealand.
- Nintendo launched Wii U, a new version of its popular Wii game console released in 2006. The most prominent feature of the latest version of Wii was the touchscreen, and the Wii U got mixed reviews upon its release.
- Yahoo hired Marissa Mayer as their new CEO in the face of decreasing revenues and internal conflict.
- Technology, more specifically social media, played a significant role in the 2012 presidential election concerning getting people to vote and deliver daily messages to potential voters.
- A movie called “Robot and Frank” was released, depicting how robots can help humans in their daily activities and focusing on how robots come in handy when someone wants to commit a robbery.
- Apple, a company known for setting trends, finally decided that it was in their best interest to follow a trend for once and introduced a mid-sized tablet, the 7.9 inch iPad Mini. The iPad Mini was introduced as a direct competitor to the cheaper alternatives offered on the tablet market by Google and Amazon.
The year 2012 was a big one for both innovations and failures for technology and tech companies. It had its ups and downs, and depending on the company, some came out as winners while others were not so lucky. Many good things were invented, and many already-existing devices were improved.
On a more negative note, 2012 was when tech giants fought each other in legal battles and disputes. Also, many older companies like Yahoo came face to face with the possibility of being obsolete and overpowered by newer, more innovative companies.
However, no one in the tech industry is going down without a fight. Experts said that companies and tech-savvy individuals were as motivated as ever to bring about new technological advancements that would revolutionize the lives of humans even more than they already have.