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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 takes aim at iPad mini

The past week or so we've been hearing quite a lot regarding Samsung's upcoming tablet plan to kick off 2013. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is what we are talking about of course. Multiple tips, leaks, and rumors have surfaced showing a device in the works that is clearly aimed at taking on Apple's popular iPad mini. While many think the iPad mini was an answer to the Nexus 7, Samsung still plans to fight tooth and nail for the space.

Apple’s iPad Mini announcement sees Nexus 7 taking center stage

As many of you already know, today was the day the world finally received that long-awaited iPad Mini reveal. When Apple announced the new bite-sized iPad, it did so by comparing the iPad Mini to the immensely popular Google Nexus 7. Right off the bat, we can tell that Apple perceives the Nexus 7 as the biggest competitor to the iPad Mini, and anyone who owns a Nexus 7 knows that there's good reason for that.

Nexus 7 poised to take on the iPad Mini

It's no secret that the folks from Apple are likely set to announce their new iPad Mini next week, then release it in the following days. The battle is really going to heat up in the tablet wars once this happens, but Google doesn't need to worry. With the info leaked all week on the Nexus 7's imminent future, even with a 3G capable iPad Mini on Apple's side, Google will have all their bases covered for this holiday season.

Android could overtake Apple in tablets with Kindle Fire leading the charge

It was not long ago that Apple's lead in the tablet market was so dominate that it seemed insurmountable. In fact, only a year ago, they had a staggering 81% of the tablet market share. Move forward to today, and experts suggest that they only have 52% of the market. That leaves Android-based tablets with 48% of the market, at least according to Pew's report. The Kindle Fire is clearly leading the charge when it comes to insane growth for Android-based tablets. Of that claimed 48%, 21% of them are Kindle Fires. This only stands to reason as the Fire just lowered their base model to $159. Amazon also just rolled out their new HD models starting at $199. In terms of pricing, it is hard for consumers to resist. 52% plus 48% equals 100% of the market, which leaves no room for other tablet operating systems. One would assume that Blackberry might at least have a small percentage of the market, but perhaps I am overestimating their popularity. Either way, this is great news for Android and not so great for Apple. Android owners use their tablets less than iPad owners though. iPad owners tend to use their devices to follow news much more than Android owners, who tend to use their devices more for following the latest happenings on their social networks. Still, if this trend continues, it should not be long before Android is the leader in tablet operating systems. [via Forbes]

An iPad Mini could crash the Nexus 7 party

We've been hearing lots of reports that the folks from Cupertino are planning an iPad Mini. From Bloomberg and the New York Times, to our sister site SlashGear. Apparently Apple will be releasing a cheaper, smaller 7-inch iPad Mini later this year to better compete with Android. Could an iPad Mini crash the Nexus 7 party that's been going on all month? Doubtful -- but lets talk about it anyways.

Android Community Weekly: March 10, 2012

We've had another week of excellent tech news, now here's your wrap-up! There were a few rumors circulating this week that ASUS would be the manufacturer of the first Nexus tablet. We had even thought it could be called the "Google Play", but it turned out that Google Play was the rebranded name of the Android Market. After the Google Play Store was rolled out to devices everywhere, it was breaking the Market for many Motorola devices. Fortunately, they've already pushed an update to v3.4.7 and it managed to fix the problem. And if you all have recently wondered where your Android Market went, it was replaced entirely, so you'll need to find it in your app drawer under Google Play Store.
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