Biggest Tech Fails of 2017
This year had its share of tech successes, but the fail was exceptionally strong in 2017 too. Here’s our end-of-year look back at the biggest cock-ups from the last 12 months, each more facepalm-inducing than the last.
Some of these tech fails were unexpected, while some were destined to be doomed from the beginning.
Here is the list of Biggest Tech Fails of 2017
Honestly speaking, we had no idea that Essential Phone would make it to this list. I mean what could possibly go wrong with the device right. As it turned out later, a lot of things. Even with the backing of “Father of Android”, Andy Rubin, Essential Phone failed to live up to the mark.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
The sad part is, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus didn’t have any fault of their own. Apple’s own product iPhone X cannibalized the smartphones. We think, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would have tasted huge success if iPhone X was not launched.
iPhone X’s Face ID
Hardly anything goes wrong in Apple’s perfect world. Unfortunately, this year was an exception for the Cupertino-giant. The whole world anticipated for the launch of iPhone X, but the launch event didn’t go the way Apple may have wanted. And, what caused the trouble? The phone’s face scanning feature; the Face ID.
Google Tango is a failure because it was overly ambitious. While the rear-mounted tri-cam system was indeed a big step forward for phone-powered augmented reality, the technology launched on only two midtier phones: the Lenovo Phab Pro and the Asus Zenfone AR.
Before Google could push the technology any further, Apple announced its ARKit technology, which essentially turned most iPhones into AR machines without the fancy three-camera system.
Bitcoin may have hit nearly $20,000 in price, but this only makes it more attractive to hackers. A cryptocurrency marketplace, NiceHash, had nearly $64m worth of bitcoin stolen in a hack earlier this month.
WhatsApp Data Sharing fiasco
In August, WhatsApp announced that it had started sharing user data – like phone numbers – with Facebook, in an effort to deliver more relevant ads. Yes, that old chestnut.
In July this year, it emerged that the account names and passwords for around 200 million Yahoo accounts were being sold on the dark web. Whoops. This fail had actually taken place in late 2014, but only came to light this year – so it makes the list.