Samsung has been one of the pioneers of the tablet PC industry ever since it launched its first product in 2010. Prior to that, it was Apple's iPad that had taken the market by storm. However, with the iOS platform being a proprietary tool, the market was looking for an open-source competitor. Samsung gladly filled up the position by introducing Android powered tablets, which was named as the Samsung Tab series. Since then, there have been several upgrades to the device, and new concept of “phablets” has also emerged from it.
The first product from the stable of Samsung was the Galaxy Tab, which was later renamed to Tab 7.0. It was a 7 inch android tablet running on the Froyo 2.2 version of the mobile operating system. There was a mass concern where the current breed of apps on the Android's app store would be able to scale up properly for a device with a large display. However, barring a few glitches, most apps performed without any issues, which is exactly what Samsung had claimed. In the beginning of 2012, Samsung provided an update to its Tab 7.0 series where the latest Android version 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) was made available on the device.
The success of the first tablet triggered a lot of actions in the Android ecosystem. It led to the development of the first tablet-only version of the operating system, which is known as the Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Several developers started optimizing their apps so that they could be run on tablets with equal or better precision. Similarly, Samsung launched quite a few variations of its first Tab model, such as the Tab 7.0 Plus, Tab 7.7, Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1. Apart from enhancing the CPU processing speed and the screen display, a major change was the gradual shift from a 7 inch screen to a 10 inch screen.
Ever since, it has been a norm for Samsung to come up with a new Tab series model every year. The Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Tab 3 were released in three different screen sizes: 7 inch, 8 inch and 10 inch to cater to different markets. The success of tablets also triggered the development of the Galaxy Note series, which sports a slightly smaller screen but provides all calling and texting features of a normal phone. Phblets are considered to be a perfect hybrid of a phone and a tablet – and surprisingly, it has its own market share in the middle of the booming sales for Android smartphones and tablets.