Pato, Robinho and Thiago Silva

Photo Essay

2011 became the year of the iPad, swiftly followed by the army of droid slates vying to compete with Apple.

With the iPad2, Apple cemented its dominance of the tablet market. But the competition is catching up, with many Android-based models launched in 2011. Things are only going to get more intense in 2012, with attention on Apple as speculation grows about the launch of iPad3.

  1. AC Milan’s Brazilian players Pato, Robinho and Thiago Silva celebrate after winning the Italian Serie A title at the end of their match against AS Roma at the Olympic stadium in Rome on 7 May 2011. They take a group picture with the recently released iPad2.
  2. Abbey 3D - an app for Android, iPhone and iPad users - is displayed at Westminster Abbey in central London in April 2011. Mobile phone users across the globe were able to take a virtual walk up the aisle of Westminster Abbey ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. The Abbey 3D app gave tablet users access to the historic royal church using a technique commonly used in film production but rarely applied to mobile devices.
  3. Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tab became a formidable rival to the iPad but Apple scored a big victory in its patent infringement battle against Samsung Electronics after a German court barred the Korean firm from temporarily selling its flagship Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union except the Netherlands.
  4. Many companies struggled to bring tablet devices to market. A model displays a Toshiba Corp REGZA tablet computer at CEATEC JAPAN 2011 electronics show in Chiba, east of Tokyo, in October. This was the Japanese company’s second attempt after the Toshiba Folio was withdrawn earlier this year.
  5. American retailer Barnes & Noble launches the Nook Tablet devices to compete with the Kindle Fire tablet. It is set to launch in Europe and will be one of the first tablet devices to feature Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest Android operating system.
  6. The iPad 2 with a Smart Cover is shown in use in the demonstration area after the iPad 2 launch during an Apple event in San Francisco, California in March 2011. Apple unveiled its next-generation iPad at the event, where Apple CEO Steve Jobs led presentations. The tablet device contains a dual-core processor, front and rear cameras, and is 8.8mm thick. This was Steve Jobs’ last ever public launch.
  7. Attendees record their surroundings on competing tablet computers before the keynote address at the Google I/O Developers Conference in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on 11 May 2011.

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