Top 10 Tech Stories Of 2016: Android, Kickass Torrents, The Running Man Challenge, And More
As the year is about to come to an end, it's now time to take a moment a look back at all that has happened in the fast-paced tech world.
That said, here are the top 10 tech stories of 2016, but take note that this compilation is mainly based on which stories that captured our readers' attention the most.
How To Go Back To Android 5.0 Lollipop From Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Earlier this year, some Samsung Galaxy, Nexus, LG, and Motorola phone users faced issues after upgrading to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and as a result, they started looking for a way to downgrade back to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
At the time, some of the problems that surfaced included battery drain, performance issues, force closing, and overheating, to name a few.
The Running Man Challenge
As one of the biggest internet trends to turn up, the Running Man Challenge had people across the globe prancing. Starting out from college basketball teams, it began to become even more widespread when NBA players picked it up too.
Kickass Torrents' Demise Boosted Traffic For Pirate Bay, Torrentz, And ExtraTorrent
When Kickass Torrents shut down back in July, the website's users had to turn to alternatives, and considering the massive community it had, the traffic for Pirate Bay, Torrentz, and ExtraTorrent surged.
For the record, the original staff of Kickass Torrents revived the file-sharing website recently.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow On The PC
Before Android Nougat came out, Android Marshmallow was the most anticipated mobile OS in town, and so much so that users just had to install it on their PCs.
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Creepy Snapchat Face Swapping
Users got a lot of fun out of Snapchat's face-swapping feature because it allowed them to get humorous — and sometimes creepy — results, including trading faces with inanimate objects, their pets, and many others.
When Verizon And AT&T Offered Free iPhone 7 Deals
However, the carriers had a lot of caveats in place for those "free" iPhones.
Nokia Reached Internet Speeds 1,000 Times Faster Than Google Fiber
Nokia rocked the internet world when it reached speeds 1,000 times faster than Google Fiber's offering, which is considered as one of the fastest services in the United States. To be exact, it achieved up to 1 terabit per second.
Of course, those aren't the all the top tech stories that emerged this year, as there's also the whole exploding Galaxy Note 7 fiasco that cost Samsung billions, the Gooligan malware that infected 1 million Android devices, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Morgan Freeman-voiced AI assistant Jarvis.