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The top 10 consumer tech trends that will dominate in 2022

Consumer technology is constantly evolving and 2022 seems to be no different. Indeed, this year will see many new big names in the consumer technology business sphere gain popularity, while other products or trends will fall by the wayside.

Although we don’t have a crystal ball, we can look at current market trajectories and make educated guesses. Today, let’s break down the top 10 consumer tech trends we think will dominate in 2022 and potentially beyond.

Multipurpose or “mixed” devices

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Thanks to innovations such as Microsoft Surface Pro 8, we are seeing a resurgence in laptops and tablets mixed. Tablets pretending to be laptops aren’t new, but they haven’t reached their full potential yet.

The Surface Pro 8 could change that, ushering in a new era of devices that distinguish between full-featured laptops suitable for work and enjoyable tablets for entertainment and video conferencing. More devices like this that extend their usefulness and purpose to consumer needs will cement the technology-filled future that is rapidly approaching.

Technological sustainability

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We also expect to see a massive push for tech sustainability. Due to the growing awareness of climate change and the potential dangers of global warming, technological sustainability is likely to be at the forefront of consumer technology development in the future.

We can already see this in certain legislative thrusts. For example, California recently passed a bill stating that all plastic containers sold in California that are subject to the California Reimbursement Value (CRV) must be made with post-consumer recycled or reprocessed plastic at a rate of at least 50% by 2030.

Therefore, we can expect that many more consumer technologies will probably be made with greater amounts of reusable and recycled materials in the future. For example, HP’s Elite Dragonfly laptop is the first computer to be made with plastic speakers and frames. The plastic, in this case, originally went to landfill or the ocean.

This trend will also be popular among buyers. Modern consumers are very concerned about the environment, and we have seen an increase in their prioritization of brands or manufacturers that take steps to offer eco-friendly and green products.

Adoption of fintech is increasing

The financial technology industry, also known as “fintech”, is booming and changing rapidly. Consumer technology products such as fintech apps that allow consumers to text to pay their bills or connect with their banks on the go are expected to become more popular over the next year.

Additionally, fintech apps focused on stock investing and cryptocurrency trading are likely to become more popular. Consumer technology devices such as smartphones and tablets can use these apps and let consumers interact with their banks and exchange more easily.

These apps are also a great option for the many underbanked people around the world. Fintech apps and software can make it easier for these people to open new bank accounts and save money. Banks will have to compete for their business by offering bonuses. According to recent statistics, 81% say bank bonuses for opening a new account are worth it.

5G deployment

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Conspiracy theories aside, deployment of 5G should finally start strong in 2022. 5G spectrum technologies should enable more consistent connectivity for smartphones, laptops and other devices. It’s unclear what this will change in the way we interact with and consume media, but we anticipate it could also lead to more streaming and location-based technologies.

Of course, 5G technology will almost certainly improve download speeds across the board. This comes at an ideal time for those most affected by working from home. The incoming accessibility and acceleration of 5G technology and connectivity could help working from home become the new normal for a variety of industries, like app development or finance.

Foldable Smartphones

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Although they were well received when they were introduced, foldable cell phones have gradually become less popular in favor of touchscreen phones. But now, affordable foldable smartphones are making a comeback. We’ve seen this before with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, which sold out massively throughout 2021.

Foldable flip phones are fun, great for privacy, and are often more durable than their single-touchscreen counterparts. It remains to be seen which smartphone makers will rise to the foldable smartphone challenge and emerge victorious, but we’re excited to see what happens this year.

Adoption of multi-purpose screens

Many workers use multiple monitors or screens in the office or at home. As efficient as it is to have one monitor for video conferencing, along with another for displaying a spreadsheet or other vital work data, multiple monitors take up a lot of desk space and power.

But more versatile screens that allow simultaneous viewing, like the Samsung M7 Smart market monitor, change that. This versatile device allows workers to multitask and do multiple things on the same screen and is a great option for people who work from home as it frees up desk space for a full workstation.

These versatile displays can also find life in entertainment, allowing TVs to use this technology for increased viewing comfort and accessibility.

Metaverse Development

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Facebook’s Metaverse is likely to become a more important part of everyday life throughout 2022. We predict that its AR and VR developments and innovations could lead people to spend more time in virtual worlds for entertainment, commerce digital, etc.

AR and VR

Speaking of AR in VR, these technologies will impact consumer technology in a big way. Augmented reality and virtual reality technology can allow consumers to:

  • Shop brands or view products without having to leave home
  • See what the houses look like before visiting them in person
  • Connect with distant people using 3D avatars

It remains to be seen how much impact AR and VR technology will have on society at large, but whatever consumer tech products they influence, the impact is certain to be massive and far-reaching.

Immersive games and entertainment

For example, consumer gaming and entertainment devices could leverage VR and AR technologies more frequently. Game developers are already jumping at the chance to develop new immersive gaming opportunities for mainstream audiences. Once considered a gimmick, we see VR headsets, like Sony’s Oculus, becoming staple gaming tools for gaming fans over the next year and beyond.

Increased smart home integration

In 2022 and later, smart home integration is becoming more and more standard. Nothing demonstrates this need better than Matter, a smart home operating system in development by Google, Amazon and Apple that aims to unify the use of smart devices from all manufacturers and help consumers create a smart ecosystem with all their devices. Thanks to Matter, smart home devices should be unified and more integrated than ever. Smart home technology will overtake security, music playback and even lighting controls in more homes in 2022 than in previous years.

Summary

Ultimately, we’ll have to see if these technology trends really dominate through the rest of 2022 and into the year after as new inventions and discoveries are introduced. Either way, consumer technology is sure to surprise and delight us in the future!


About the Author
Nahla Davies is a software developer and technical writer. Before dedicating her full-time job to technical writing, she managed, among other intriguing things, to serve as a lead programmer at an experiential brand organization Inc. 5,000 whose clients include Samsung, Time Warner, Netflix, and Sony.


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