The Top Tech and Auto Trends of 2018 – ProClip Roundup Recap

December 28, 2018 •

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Hey everybody and welcome to the ProClip Roundup! It’s the weekly news show bringing you the mobile and car tech news that’s actually worth talking about. This week we’re giving you a special year-end extravaganza and recapping the biggest trends of 2018. Let’s get started!

More and More Cameras on Smartphones

In 2018, we saw smartphone manufacturers continue to add more and more cameras to their phones. From the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which has three rear-facing cameras to the Samsung Galaxy A9 with four rear-facing cameras, the trend kept growing. Yet our favorite camera of the year, the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL only had one rear-facing camera.

The Looming Threat of 5G

The introduction of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 processor is paving the way for 5G phones. Verizon is introducing a 5G-based home internet service and Motorola’s Z3 can enable 5G speeds with a clunky MotoMod. We’re looking forward to 5G fever taking off in 2019.

Automakers Killing Passenger Sedans

Both General Motors and Ford made drastic changes to their lineup of automobiles in 2018. GM announced the end of production for the Impala, Cruze, Volt and others while Ford shut down their entire line of passenger cars including the Taurus, Focus and Fusion. Will this trend continue with other automakers in 2019 as crossover SUVs gain popularity?

Elon Musk Headlines

It was a busy year for Elon Musk filled with highs and lows. Musk stepped down as chairman of Tesla after a lawsuit from the SEC. He smoked weed on the internet with Joe Rogan. He wants to send people to the moon. We have no doubt that 2019 will see plenty of Musk headlines.

Hypercars Pushing 1,000 HP

The need for speed continues to grow as different automakers continued to push envelope building more powerful cars. Aston Martin unveiled a 1,000 HP engine and Hennessey showed off a 1,600 HP engine! Even electric cars are getting in on the action with electric supercars.

Huawei More Phones

Huawei officially passed Apple in 2018 to become #2 in mobile sales worldwide. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer released lots of great devices in 2018, including the Mate 20 Pro and the P20 Pro.

The Looming Threat of AI

Artificial intelligence made more strides in 2018. The previously mentioned camera on the Google Pixel 3 is made possible by Google’s exceptional AI, which includes features like Top Shot and Google Lens. Apple’s new A12 Bionic ramped up the AI in the newest iPhones, and Huawei’s impressive phones showcase more AI improvements as well.

Self-Driving Cars are Coming

Even though you can’t head to the car dealership and buy a fully self-driving car today, you could head to Phoenix and hail a ride in a Waymo self-driving taxi. Oklahoma City also saw the rollout of an autonomous fleet that delivers groceries.

Electric Vehicles Gain in Popularity

A sea of EVs hit the streets in 2018, and even more are coming in 2019. If you’re looking to purchase an electric vehicle, the options and infrastructure are better than ever before.

The Year of the Notch

Most of the biggest phones of 2018 included the infamous notch. From the giant notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL to a pending lawsuit against Apple for their notch in the iPhone, the notch has been a hot topic. Will 2019 shape up to be the year of the holepunch? We can’t wait to find out!

 

Thanks for following along the ProClip Roundup in 2018. We’re excited to see what stories we will be covering in 2019. Be sure to subscribe on YouTube so you never miss a story, and we’ll see you next year.