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Biggest tech failures of 2016

Biggest tech failures of 2016
Biggest tech failures of 2016
Only a few days are left with 2016 as we approach “Christmas.” In this series of post, we will bring some of the great things about 2016 from the tech world, along with technologies that have made a quite buzz but end up falling apart from the expectation.

So, today in this article we are going to talk about the five technologies that promised a lot but end up as a disaster.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

First in our list is Samsung Galaxy Note 7, with the report of blast and fire the most innovative smartphone became the biggest tech failure of 2016.

In August, Samsung debuted the Galaxy Note 7 “phablet,” aimed at one-upping Apple in the high-end smartphone segment. But the product literally blew up in its face: First, the Korean consumer-electronics giant recalled 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s because of a risk they could catch fire or even explode because of a battery flaw. After shipping replacement units that had the same issue, Samsung in October said it would entirely discontinue the device. The setback will depress Samsung’s profits more than $5 billion over the next three-quarters, and analysts say the damage to its brand could hurt future sales to the benefit of rivals like Apple and Google.

Must Read: Samsung stopped producing Galaxy Note 7, asked customer to switch off their devices

Vine Gets Strangled

Another sign of Twitter’s woes: The company in October said it was shutting down the six-second video service. Vine had attracted millions of users and launched the careers of several internet-famous creators but Twitter could never figure out to turn it into a money maker. Twitter reportedly had been exploring the possibility of selling Vine, acquired in 2012, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the company last week said Vine will live on as an app for recording six-second video loops (while the Vine service will be frozen).

$3 Smartphone (Freedom 251)

The next biggest tech failure came from India. Despite criticism, the Freedom 251 smartphone from Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd made global waves since its launch in February.

After announcing that it has delivered 5,000 Freedom 251 smartphones in July, Ringing Bells said it would deliver 65,000 more to those who had booked the device in cash on delivery (COD) mode. However, the initial hype fizzled out quickly, with experts calling it “one of the biggest cheats in the digital age”.

Must Read: World’s Cheapest Smartphone Freedom251

Driverless cars

The next big tech wave came with driverless or autonomous cars — an industry where bigwigs like Google, Tesla, Volvo, Uber, LeEco and now Apple are trying to make the nascent technology a big reality. The global autonomous cars market is expected to reach 138,089 units by 2024, according to a new study by US-based Grand View Research.

However, in May, the self-driving car community was left in shock when Joshua Brown, 40, of Ohio was killed when his Tesla Model S electric sedan crashed into a tractor-trailer while on auto-pilot mode.

Tesla said the car failed to notice the tractor-trailer “against a brightly lit sky” and the brakes failed to kick in.


A Facebook initiative which started with the lots of buzz for the free internet, but ending up with lots of questions (especially in India) for violating the naturality of the Internet.

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