2010-2020 has been a pretty incredible decade for the tech industry. Just 10 years ago, Facebook was the most popular social media platform and Instagram hadn’t even come into existence, ride-hailing giant Uber was just taking off and the cell phones were a lot smaller and chunkier.
But the past decade has seen some incredible tech inventions that have changed our lifes completely. Here are 4 of the coolest things we’ve been introduced to in the 2010’s.
The iPad has to be one of the most convenient inventions of the 2010’s that have made it easier to watch videos, answer emails and browse the internet on the go.
The device is a hybrid of a laptop and a cellphone, although not quite as chunky as the former and not as small as the latter.
When it first came out in 2010, the iPad cost a minimum of $499 but the prices could go as high as $829. Since then, Apple has only improved on the technology, releasing new iterations every year that progressively cost more.
Snapchat may be on a downward trend over the past few years, but when the photo-sharing app first came out in 2011, it was Instagram’s toughest competitor.
The app was originally called Pictaboo, but as it slowly gained traction among the teens, its name and logo were changed to add to its appeal. Today, the app is worth $22 billion and is popular for its quirky filters and disappearing photos.
Prior to Snapchat’s invention there was only one photo-sharing app on the rise which we all know today as Instagram.
Launched in 2010, the app gained 25,000 new signups on the first day, and within a year, it was named the fastest growing app on iOS and by 2012, it was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. Today, the app has over a billion users and is valued at $102 billion.
Just like Snapchat, Lyft also rose as a competitor for the biggest player in its industry, Uber.
The company started as a carpooling app for lengthy trips and campus students who wanted to share rides but it quickly grew into a $13 billion ride-hailing business that is now expanding to electric bikes and self-driving cars. The company is only 7-years-old and it already went public in 2018.