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SideSync, which merges the functionality of the Q or the Tab 3 with an Android-based Samsung smartphone, is available for both devices. Using SideSync, a user could, for instance, employ the PC keyboard to text back through the mobile phone, or could look at maps, photos or videos on either device's screen.
Pricing on the new tablets was not announced. They are the company's latest effort to increase its position against the dominator of the tablet category, Apple. Samsung, king among smartphone makers, has an 18 percent market share in tablets, according to industry research firm IDC. Although distant from Apple's 40 percent, Samsung's current position is triple its market share from the first quarter of last year, and gives the company the coveted second position.
Tablets are a hot category now, expected to grow in units sold by nearly 50 percent this year, and IDC, among others, has predicted sales of tablets will exceed sales of desktops or laptops by 2015. All of which is even more impressive when one realizes that the category essentially did not exist until the iPad was launched in 2010.