Tech’s leaps, limps and likes: The 7 trends that defined 2017 | ZDNet

With 2017 almost in the record books, it’s worth a review of the main topics as well as what we learned from them. Here’s a look at the seven trends identified by ZDNet editors and a crib sheet to the broader video discussion.

1. THE YEAR OF ALEXA

At CES 2017, Amazon’s Alexa platform dominated the headlines as the voice assistant was embedded in more devices. Later in the year, Amazon rolled out a bevy of Echo devices for every price point and use case. And by time Amazon Web Services and its re:Invent developers conference rolled around in November, Alexa was a dominant platform that now is being used in business scenarios. Simply put, AWS and Alexa have left rivals in the dust with market share, mind share and developer support.

It was an eventful year for Alexa.

 

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