The most important events in tech in the first half of 2012: here's what happened

The most important events in tech in the first half of 2012: here's what happened
Time just flies - we still feel like the year has just started, but reality is that 2012, believe it or not, is halfway over and we’re now in the second half of the year. In the past six months, we’ve seen some great products we only dreamed of. First came the third-gen iPad with a screen packing 2048x1536 pixels of resolution, effectively beating our wildest dreams, and then the Samsung Galaxy S III finally arrived and it’s the exact beast of a smartphone we all waited for.

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? 

We’re looking forward to your answers in the poll below and we’ll publish the results by the end of the week!

Most important tech event in H1 2012

It’s still a duopoly in the smartphone world
Apple once again upped the game for display quality with the third-gen iPad
Android caught up in apps and got nearly all of iOS’s huge titles like Instagram and Flipboard
Cheap tablets became more of a reality
Big phones turned out to be a success
Adobe Flash is gone
Patent wars raged on and we had the first casualties
Android devices are painfully slow to get updated to ICS
The Samsung Galaxy S III is here
Nokia slumped catastrophically
RIM’s co-CEO duo stepped down
Google Play is now just 50,000 apps short of beating the App Store selection
Apple stepped up overseas employees oversight and regulation
Nokia showed us the future of smartphone cameras
Smaller platforms continued vanishing
The first Intel-based smartphones are out
Apple is even richer now
Cloud storage becomes ubiquitous
Android finally started making it outside smartphones and tablets
Motorola showed us that modern smartphones could last long with the RAZR MAXX
Shared data plans have finally arrived



1. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 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: 290; Member since: May 03, 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: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

The Asus transformer pad infinity already has it

11. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

True :) but the trolls didn't realise it back then...

14. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 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: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 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: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I like the way you think, too bad not everyone here thinks like you.

23. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 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: Feb 25, 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: Jul 15, 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: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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 :)

7. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

momentary victory.

3. tes101

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

definitely the 808 pureview tech

4. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

Definitely RAZR MAXX!!!

5. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Can I have an option that says "All of them''?

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I meant top 5 phones sold.

9. kunyuk

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Patent wars raged on and we had the first casualties

10. Shubham412302

Posts: 569; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

but the big question is, have they actually improved it? :)

13. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

there are WAY too may options to vote for. The voting should have allowed multiple choices.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: May 17, 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: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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.

24. alekso9

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 30, 2012


26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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: May 23, 2012

How come Surface was not included in the list??

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