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HIROLA’s 2016 Roundup

We’ve spent most of the year summarising our favourite tech and social media news stories each month.

And we’ve recently looked at the pick of the best iPhone and Android apps of the year.

So, we thought we’d bring the whole thing home with a brief roundup of HIROLA’s favourite (and least favourite) moments of 2016.


Without further ado, here they are:

Our Favourite Moment(s)

When we asked around the office, a few moments kept cropping up.

Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, Olympic Gold, and SPOTY was a popular one. There were some big TV highlights, including Game of Thrones and WestWorld, while Amit celebrated Arsene Wenger’s 20th year in charge of Arsenal (although that may have been a sarcastic suggestion).

We all had our favourite gigs, shows, and events, including seeing The Internet, Poliça and going to festivals in Croatia. Of course we got to work on some amazing projects (more on that below).


Our Least Favourite Moment(s)

Where to start?

We lost some giants of culture, music, art, industry and entertainment. Bowie was a sore one, and the Potterphiles in the office were sad to see the passing of Professor Snape.

The Purple One’s death was a shock to the system, while we also bid farewell to some favourite comedians, including Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, and Ronnie Corbett.

All in all, 2016 has earned its reputation as the worst year ever.

Oh, and don’t get us started on politics.


Our Favourite Project

How can we choose just one?

We have been exceptionally busy this year, working with some incredibly talented, creative, and passionate people.

From HiyaCar, type dating, and 1Rebel, to Fuzzy Banter, Supply Clouds, and UpBeat, each project has brought its own unique set of challenges, but they’ve all been enjoyable.

We look forward to doing even more next year.


The App We Wished We’d Made in 2016

We’re going to have to agree with both Apple and Google; Prisma was without a doubt the app of the year.

At first glance, you might wonder if we even needed another photo-editing app. Don’t we have enough opportunity to apply filters between Instagram and Snapchat?

But once you get into it, you realise just how clever Prisma is.

The nuances and attention to detail achieved thanks to its AI and neural network create some truly breathtaking mini-masterpieces, even if you start with the most mundane of pictures.

Give it a shot, you won’t regret it.


Our Big Prediction for 2017

Having brought the rather nifty Amazon Echo into the office, we comfortably predict an explosion in the Internet of Things in 2017. That is to say, smart devices that connect with your smartphone and/or tablet.

A report published last year suggested that by 2020 there would be close to 21 BILLION connected devices worldwide.

We’ve already worked with clients in developing smart solutions that allow an application to control a separate piece of hardware, and we fully expect that trend to continue well into 2017 and beyond.


Have we missed anything in our roundup of 2016? Do you agree with our big prediction? Tell us on Twitter.

All that’s left to say is a very big thank you for reading our blog this year. We’ll be back in January with more stories, advice, and resources.


Have a safe and Happy New Year from all at HIROLA!