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Android tablets to gain on iPad by 2012

by Kristen Nicole

The tablet market is still ruled by Apple, but Android is hacking away at this kingdom, estimated to take a cool 39 percent of the tablet market by 2012. That’s on the heels of Apple’s 44 percent market share, according to a recent analysis from research firm Piper Jaffray [via eWeek].

The surprising success of Samsung’s (005930.KS) Galaxy Tab has challenged Apple’s (AAPL) domain with the bar-raising iPad, bringing an early alternative for Android fans. With tablets, the industry response to the iPad’s launch was much swifter than iPhone’s entry, as mobile devices have already reached certain standards. Android’s OS is the true determining factor in Google’s (GOOG) ability to fully catch up with Apple, and their hopes are riding on its upcoming Honeycomb 3.0 update.

Even with 1 million tablets sold, the Galaxy Tab still falls short on features, running an Android version not optimized for tablet use. The Honeycomb release will really enable Samsung and other tablet manufacturers to make tablets that better compete with the iPad, offering a true alternative for Android fans.

Foursquare comments and photos headed to Android

In other Android news, we have word of a major check-in update from Foursquare. Comments and photos have been incorporated into Foursquare’s check-in experience, with the Android app updates set to occur this week. Add photos to shared tips, leave comments for friends, and better communicate with the people and places around you. It seems Foursquare is adding some great practical features to the service.