Android may never have gained this much popularity as a smartphone and tablet operating system had it not been for a few certain reasons, one of them being the open source nature of the platform and the availability of custom firmware for various devices. You would be aware that Android, at its core, is based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). There are now several ROMs out there for a variety of phones and tablets that are rooted directly into the AOSP itself. However, the trendsetter was, and will always be, CyanogenMod.
The Apple vs. Samsung saga doesn't appear to be dying down any time soon, with both companies prepared, it would seem, to play the long game in a case which won't be going on trial until 2014. Apple has said it would like to see both the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean added to the California lawsuit versus its bitter Korean rival, insisting both products infringe upon its own intellectual property.
If a new tablet is on your shopping list for the very near future and you have already ruled out joining the crowd in getting a 9.7-inch iPad or the highly rated Google Nexus 7, then Samsung may have exactly what you are looking for. Although legal representatives for the company are locked in a Californian court room attempting to settle various patent infringement disputes, it hasn't stopped the Korean electronic giants from handling their business and having another attempt at ending Apple's dominance with the insanely popular iPad.
Late last month, Samsung ensured the tech world's attention wouldn't be solely focused on the iPhone 5 or Nexus 7 by pinpointing August 15th as a date for a key announcement. The tactic worked, and fans of everything digital have been speculating what the Korean company may have up its sleeve.
With the expected announcement of the iPad 3 coming in the next few weeks, the bar looks likely to be raised once again by the Cupertino company, meaning we will look forward to seeing what competitors come up with in the coming months in an attempt to compete with the famous Apple tablet. In the meantime, Korean-based Samsung have taken the opportunity to announce a new tablet device to its Android line up.