I realize these “predictions at new years” posts are a little cheesy and that you see them everywhere. I enjoy writing them, so I’m going to do it anyway. This is my look back at my predictions of one year ago to see how I did.
- Correct. It is arguably fair to call STO the only significant MMO launch of 2010. APB sort of fizzled, after all. I haven’t heard much about STO since its launch though… not sure how it’s actually doing.
- Sort of Correct. I could only come up with two cancellations from my list:
- APB was actually cancelled after it came out. That’s the wrong way around.
- The Agency is rumored to be more or less shut down at this point. Nothings been announced here and probably never will be.
- Correct. Reports are that they’ve both sold millions of units. Natal (now named Kinect) has also incited thousands a cool Kinect Hack YouTube videos. Dance Central is pretty cool, so at least one great Kinect game is already out.
- Correct. According to this chart the unemployment rate in the US peaked at 10.6% in January 2010.
- Wrong. I’ve seen no evidence that Junaio, Layar, or Wikitude are ready to stray from their AR roots yet. In fact they seem to be doubling down by making the set of things they can position at a GPS location much more complete.
- Correct. There haven’t been any interesting new products in the area of wearable displays. Lots of talk at ARE2010 and elsewhere, but nothing concrete yet.
- Correct. Google Goggles came to the iPhone, but other than that neither company has done anything on the AR front.
- Wrong. There’s no indication that the marketing world (or consumers) are tired of simple AR campaigns. If anything the campaigns are continuing to grow in popularity and complexity.
- Correct. The iPad and iPhone 4 came out. Good thing I didn’t predict how well the iPad would do… I would have massively underestimated it.
- Correct. App store approval times are reported to be under a week these days. They also published the review guidelines, which is a big step up from 2009.
- Sort of wrong. Technically 200,000 is more than 50,000, but I completely underestimated the meteoric rise of Android during 2010. I thought that Android phones would only outsell iPhones until iPhone 4 came out, but they topped the iPhone in May (in the US) and never looked back.
- Correct. Nobody figured out what to do with it so Google mothballed the project.
- Wrong. Wave doesn’t inter-operate with anything. That’s a bit part of why it failed in my opinion.
My score was 9 correct and 4 wrong. Better numbers than last year, but I think I made more safe bets for 2010 too. 2010 went pretty much how I expected it would (with the notable exception of Android going gangbusters.)
How was your year? Did anything surprising happen?