Pretty Please?: A 2012 Technology Wish List

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(Reliable) 4G Everywhere

While we’re at it, lets lump in dead zones and outdated wireless service. This is 2012 (or at least it will be in a couple days). Users should not have to deal with dropped calls on a daily basis, or go out of their way to navigate around known dead zones.

4G wireless speeds are awesome...if you can find them.
Even without the dead zones, though, users who select a device or provider based on the promise of 4G (or even 3G for that matter), should be able to use that service virtually anywhere. 4G service is limited to specific metropolitan areas in most cases, and even 3G networks have holes like Swiss cheese. At any given time it is a crap shoot to figure out whether my wireless devices will be able to connect on 3G, or if they will fall back to some pathetically slow legacy network.

Wireless providers need to take all that money we’re pouring in, and invest it in a robust, reliable infrastructure capable of actually delivering the speed and quality of service that they advertise.

Fluent, Flexible Voice Interaction

Siri is great. But, Siri is limited to only the iPhone 4S, and even on the iPhone 4S Siri has limited capabilities. So, for the 2012 technology wish list, let’s add voice interaction, a’ la Siri, that is more platform diverse, and more comprehensive in its capabilities.

Siri is great, but it is not living up to its full potential yet.
For starters, I’d just like to see Siri offered across the Apple ecosystem. I can’t see any reason why the same Siri voice interaction shouldn’t work just fine on my iPad 2 and MacBook Air as well as my iPhone 4S. Beyond that, though, it would be nice to have Siri – or Siri-like capabilities – available on devices beyond just Apple.

Aside from that, I wish for 2012 that the functionality of Siri (or other voice interaction tools) is expanded. You should be able to open apps, or take pictures using voice commands.

Pooled Data

In 2012, can we please get pooled data plans? I have been preaching pooled data for some time, and it appears that Verizon has something along those lines planned. It doesn’t make sense that my mobile devices share a pool of minutes when it comes to talk time, but that each one has to have its own separate data plan, with its own separate expense and pool of megabytes.

I’ll take that one step farther, and say that the data pool should include all of my data -- not just mobile. Rather than having one bill for home broadband, and separate bills for every mobile device, I should be able to figure out how much total bandwidth I need, and purchase one pool that can be shared by all.

Platform Agnosticism

The world of technology is becoming increasingly diverse. It is not unusual for someone to have a Windows PC, an Android smartphone, and an iOS tablet. So, let’s wrap up with a wish that software become more platform agnostic in 2012.

Whether it’s a game like Angry Birds, productivity tools like Microsoft Office, or cloud storage like Box.com, people should be able to use the same tools across all of their devices. And, more importantly, those tools should be kept in sync, and offer as much consistency in both features and feel as possible.

There you have it. Do you have any 2012 technology wishes that didn’t make this list? Are there any on this list that strike a nerve for you as well, or that you think shouldn’t be on the list? I look forward to hearing what everyone else thinks should be on the 2012 technology wish list in the comments.

Happy New Year!

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