3 Promising Technologies That Failed

Analysts from Strategy Analytics forecast a month ago that by 2017 115 million smartphone owners will have spent about $ 48 billion using technology contactless NFC technology, but the experts have significantly reduced their previous forecast as 2 years ago they believed that 158 million people would use this technology having spent about $53 billion by now. Surely, it is too early to think that NFC is a failure, but it hasn’t received the popularity and market share predicted. The number of such technological solutions which failed to become widely spread is enormous. And today we will talk about them.


We continue our talk about NFC. Neither telecom operators nor smartphones manufacturers are in hurry to use NFC. Today only very “advanced” gadgets support it. The number of NFC-terminals is growing slowly, and it happens only in highly developed countries, mainly in the USA and Western Europe.

Besides, NFC faces hard competition from alternative solutions, for example, Apple and PayPal took up the development of mobile payment solutions based on Bluetooth Low Energy.

HD DVD and Blu-ray

It was time when these two formats for recording information on optical disks seriously competed with each other. Sony with its Blueray won this battle, but this victory didn’t last long. Due to the rapid growth of Internet access, optical disks as the primary means of data storage simply lost their meaning. Now it is much easier for users to watch movies online or download them from the file-sharing networks. The resignation of Blueray was accelerated by the global financial crisis. Blu-ray drives were too expensive for most consumers.

Another disturbing signal for the optical disc drives is that pc manufacturers started to abandon them at all. Moreover, experts do not exclude that optical drives soon will not be installed even in game consoles. TVs on the market face the same trend: devices with SmartTV and permanent connection to the Internet is more and more on demand.

Forrester Research predicts that Blu-ray technology will become extinct soon.


This wireless Technology provided the internet access for those users who have not been able to connect it using conventional wired access technologies. WiMAX access technology was called “last mile”, and at first it seemed quite promising. But with the advent of new wireless standards such as 3G, and then the LTE (4G), people don’t need it anymore. But the main reason for the interest decline is that a WiMax module is not so easy to build in a mobile phone, and a general ” mobilization” after the iPhone has demanded the introduction of new, more compact technology.

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This post is contributed by Catherine Merzlova, a tech writer from Nasty Creatures, an IT company providing professional mobile and digital publishing services worldwide. To find out more about us and our competences, follow us on Twitter @nasty_creatures. And remember: we’re nasty only to competitors!