The most important events in tech in the first half of 2012: here's what happened
In platforms, Apple and Android cemented their lead leaving no space for others and occupying virtually all of the market. So, let’s take it from here and recap what happened in the first half of the year. Also, we’d like to hear from you, our readers - which of all those events was the most important one for you? If you had to go back through these past six months in technology, can you pick a single event that will shape the future?
Here is what happened in the first half of 2012
1. It’s still a duopoly in the smartphone world
2. Apple once again upped the game for display quality with the third-gen iPad
3. Android caught up in apps and got nearly all of iOS’s huge titles like Instagram and Flipboard
4. Cheap tablets became more of a reality
5. Big phones turned out to be a success
6. Flash is gone
7. Patent wars raged on and we had the first casualties
8. Nope, no Ice Cream Sandwich for you yet!
9. The Samsung Galaxy S III is here
10. Nokia slumped catastrophically
11. RIM’s co-CEO duo stepped down
12. Google Play is now just 50,000 apps short of beating the App Store selection
13. Apple stepped up overseas employees oversight and regulation
14. Nokia showed us the future of smartphone cameras
15. Smaller platforms continued vanishing
16. The first Intel-based smartphones are out
17. Apple is even richer now
18. Cloud storage becomes ubiquitous
19. Android finally started making it outside smartphones and tablets
20. Motorola showed us that modern smartphones could last long with the RAZR MAXX
21. Shared data plans have finally arrived
- Most important tech event in H1 2012
14 votes (14 votes) It’s still a duopoly in the smartphone world
14 votes (14 votes) Apple once again upped the game for display quality with the third-gen iPad
21 votes (21 votes) Android caught up in apps and got nearly all of iOS’s huge titles like Instagram and Flipboard
40 votes (40 votes) Cheap tablets became more of a reality
21 votes (21 votes) Big phones turned out to be a success
24 votes (24 votes) Adobe Flash is gone
13 votes (13 votes) Patent wars raged on and we had the first casualties
9 votes (9 votes) Android devices are painfully slow to get updated to ICS
101 votes (101 votes) The Samsung Galaxy S III is here
16 votes (16 votes) Nokia slumped catastrophically
0 votes (0 votes) RIM’s co-CEO duo stepped down
13 votes (13 votes) Google Play is now just 50,000 apps short of beating the App Store selection
1 votes (1 votes) Apple stepped up overseas employees oversight and regulation
54 votes (54 votes) Nokia showed us the future of smartphone cameras
3 votes (3 votes) Smaller platforms continued vanishing
4 votes (4 votes) The first Intel-based smartphones are out
6 votes (6 votes) Apple is even richer now
1 votes (1 votes) Cloud storage becomes ubiquitous
18 votes (18 votes) Android finally started making it outside smartphones and tablets
21 votes (21 votes) Motorola showed us that modern smartphones could last long with the RAZR MAXX
9 votes (9 votes) Shared data plans have finally arrived
1. HTCFreak (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)
Haha, i remember hearing a lot of people saying: The new iPad sucks because Samsung will make a tablet with a 2560 x 1600 pixel screen.
And i never heard anything from them after that... :)
6. sid07desai (Posts: 255; Member since: 03 May 2012)
yeah but a resolution that high is unnecessary. The human eye can't spot the difference between 1920x1080 and 2560x1600. They would pretty much look the same. I bet we will see a 1080p HD display tablet in Q4 this year.
8. dickwyn (Posts: 592; Member since: 07 May 2012)
The Asus transformer pad infinity already has it
11. HTCFreak (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)
True :) but the trolls didn't realise it back then...
14. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
"Retina display" is a gimmick, just like Siri, the asymetric fan in the new macbooks, and quite frankly, apple products itself. Why are iProducts selling so well? Well, lets just say that the world is populated by a large number of not so bright people.
16. HTCFreak (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)
People buy what they want. If they want a Samsung phone, they get one. If they want an Apple phone, they buy one. No need to criticise peoples personal choise...
22. joaolx (Posts: 353; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I like the way you think, too bad not everyone here thinks like you.
23. joaolx (Posts: 353; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Siri can be a gimmick, just like S-voice(and a couple of other SGS3 features) but a lot of people use those features, because it works and does the job right. Now Retina Display is far from a gimmick, we have been seeing a revolution in mobile displays, not just Apple products, so i could say that other screens in other smartphones are also gimmicks due to their high pixel density.
All Apple did, was being the first to release on a phone. On tablets we had seen a cool high resolution screens but the iPad 3 screen was brutal. And they also released on the macbook.
It's not a gimmick. It as it's uses.
And by your point of view, the "large number of not so bright people" also includes people who buy Samsung and other companies products? Think about it, High resolution screens, Voice search apps. Aren't they gimmicks, if you say the retina and siri are?
28. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
I agree, but Apple was not the first with a "retina display" by its own definition. The LG enV Touch had a 311 ppi screen and was released before the iPhone 4 was announced.
17. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
i know. i was one of those... lol. we android fans get carried away with specs sometimes and I'm sorry for that.
if you ask why we argue with apple fans for having much faith in Apple, it's because they buy the product without looking for alternatives and buy without knowing the product itself.
19. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
couldn't agree more.. they blindly buy the products without knowing it and without looking for better alternatives.
long gone is the days where the only device that works is iPhone. Yes, the iPhone works, but Android/WP/Symbian/MeeGo works better..
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
Android devices are painfully slow to get updated to ICS, meanwhile Apple is even richer now!! I can smell the victory for Apple :)
5. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
Can I have an option that says "All of them''?
25. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I didnt vote...but I would pick the patent wars, big phones. Maybe its still a dualopy.
But..big phones were a success starting in 2010 with the EVO and Droid X1. Those 2 phones were in the top 3 phones sold in 2010.
9. kunyuk (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
Patent wars raged on and we had the first casualties
10. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
nokia didn't showed us future of camera's in smartphones but the future of camera by showing the great over sampling technology.....
12. Aeires (unregistered)
A lot of these are big stories that garner a lot of attention but if I had to choose the most important, I'd go with Apple stepping up employment oversight. Improving workers conditions is more important than getting updates on a new tech that will probably be outdated in a years time or less.
20. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
but the big question is, have they actually improved it? :)
13. Ohrules (Posts: 314; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
there are WAY too may options to vote for. The voting should have allowed multiple choices.
15. protozeloz (Posts: 5374; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
cheap tablets so they can beat notebooks and galaxy S3 both got reviewers crazy over them
my vote was cheap tablets. its good to see a good product become easy to acquire by your average consumer
18. blehrer (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2012)
What about the Microsoft Surface announcement? So far, I'd say that's the one event that will most change the future of the tech industry.
21. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
yes, it is more important than the sharing plan from Verizon, and it's more acceptable by people on the other side of Atlantic ocean.
26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6369; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
The Samsung Galaxy S III is here, and what kind of idiot would put "Apple is even richer now"
27. tegradragon (Posts: 68; Member since: 23 May 2012)
How come Surface was not included in the list??