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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!

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Most important tech event in H1 2012
It’s still a duopoly in the smartphone world 3.47% (14 votes) (14 votes)
Apple once again upped the game for display quality with the third-gen iPad 3.47% (14 votes) (14 votes)
Android caught up in apps and got nearly all of iOS’s huge titles like Instagram and Flipboard 5.21% (21 votes) (21 votes)
Cheap tablets became more of a reality 9.93% (40 votes) (40 votes)
Big phones turned out to be a success 5.21% (21 votes) (21 votes)
Adobe Flash is gone 5.96% (24 votes) (24 votes)
Patent wars raged on and we had the first casualties 3.23% (13 votes) (13 votes)
Android devices are painfully slow to get updated to ICS 2.23% (9 votes) (9 votes)
The Samsung Galaxy S III is here 25.06% (101 votes) (101 votes)
Nokia slumped catastrophically 3.97% (16 votes) (16 votes)
RIM’s co-CEO duo stepped down 0% (0 votes) (0 votes)
Google Play is now just 50,000 apps short of beating the App Store selection 3.23% (13 votes) (13 votes)
Apple stepped up overseas employees oversight and regulation 0.25% (1 votes) (1 votes)
Nokia showed us the future of smartphone cameras 13.4% (54 votes) (54 votes)
Smaller platforms continued vanishing 0.74% (3 votes) (3 votes)
The first Intel-based smartphones are out 0.99% (4 votes) (4 votes)
Apple is even richer now 1.49% (6 votes) (6 votes)
Cloud storage becomes ubiquitous 0.25% (1 votes) (1 votes)
Android finally started making it outside smartphones and tablets 4.47% (18 votes) (18 votes)
Motorola showed us that modern smartphones could last long with the RAZR MAXX 5.21% (21 votes) (21 votes)
Shared data plans have finally arrived 2.23% (9 votes) (9 votes)

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