Computer history - 2019

Updated: 05/16/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2019

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Google shut down its Google+ service on April 2, 2019.

Apple announced iPadOS for their tablet devices in June 2019.

Computer and technology-related events in 2019

The first folding smartphones are introduced in February 2019 with Samsung introducing the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X from Huawei.

Huawei is banned from doing business with U.S. companies due to political tension with China. This lead to Google no longer supporting Android on Huawei smartphones.

Google begins drone based delivery via Google Wing in select areas.

In May 2019, United States senator Josh Hawley proposed legislation that would make loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions illegal in video games played by minors.

On May 31, 2019, BBM for Android and iOS officially shut down.

On July 1, 2019, NetComm was acquired by Casa Systems, Inc.

On July 31, 2019, the Microsoft Internet Games service ended for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Apple released the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max in September 2019. The iPhone 11 kept the same notch design found on the X and XR. The iPhone 11 starts at a lower price point than the flagship 11 Pro and Pro Max, the larger of which has three rear cameras.

Version 1.0 of the Nim programming language was released on September 23, 2019, after eleven years of public release, development, and community contributions.

On October 15, 2019, Sigma Designs announced its dissolution and liquidation of its assets.

As of October 2019, the Jaton website is unavailable, and the status of the company is unknown.

In November 2019, the government of China prohibited the sale of loot boxes to children under age 8, and restricted the amount of money adults can spend on loot boxes per month.

New computer products and services introduced in 2019

Respawn Entertainment released Apex Legends on February 4, 2019.

Google released the Pixel 4 and 4 XL on October 24, 2019.

A modernized Android version of the clamshell Motorola Razr flip phone was released in the form of a smartphone in 2019.

Pixelbook Go was introduced in 2019.

Disney+ was introduced in 2019.

Rockstar introduced the Rockstar Games Launcher in 2019.

Computer company events in 2019

Google introduced the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL on May 7, 2019.

Hewlett Packard announced the purchase of Cray for $1.3 billion on May 17, 2019.

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation announced the sale of the Verbatim brand to CMC in June 2019.

CORSAIR announced it had acquired ORIGIN PC on July 24, 2019.

UltraViolet service shut down on July 31, 2019.

Verizon agreed to sell Tumblr to Automattic on August 12, 2019.

Yahoo announced that Yahoo Groups would no longer accept new content on October 28, 2019, and that all user created content would no longer be hosted after December 14, 2019.

Compro went out of business in October 2019.

Google announced it would be acquiring Fitbit for $2.1 billion on November 1, 2019.

Amtrade Products went out of business in December 2019.

Apple discontinued the MagSafe connector on its MacBooks in favor of the USB Type-C connector in 2019.

Cable One was rebranded to Sparklight in 2019.

The Nest brand of devices was changed to Google Nest in 2019.

In 2019, Roccat became a subsidiary of Turtle Beach.

Samsung released the Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ smartphones in 2019.

As of 2019, Super Mario Bros. and its sequels have sold over 330 million copies worldwide.

Computer-related tv shows released in 2019

The first episode of Valley of the Boom was released on January 13, 2019.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2019

Fernando Corbato

Fernando Corbató passed away on July 12, 2019 (Age: 93).

Laurie Hendren passed away on May 27, 2019 (Age: 60).

Danny Cohen passed away on August 12, 2019 (Age: 81).

Thomas Nicely passed away on September 11, 2019 (Age: 76).

Gary Starkweather passed away on December 26, 2019 (Age: 81).

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