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


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