Google, Apple & Microsoft agree on Universal Privacy Policy for Smartphone Apps

Apparently the U.S. Government hasn’t heard that privacy is dead.

Instead the California’s attorney general held a gathering of the world’s major smartphone companies: Apple, Google, HP, Microsoft, Amazon.com and Research in Motion, to decide on the future of smartphone-driven internet privacy. The goal for the attorney general was to cajole the leading smartphone manufacturers into reaching a universal agreement on privacy protection for the app-using mobile public.

This new universal agreement would force all app developers to conspicuously post their privacy policies to their downloading public, including details on what personal information they retrieve from their users and exactly how they will use it.

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Review of RIM’s Blackberry Playbook

One of the latest entry into the Tablet market is the Blackberry Playbook from RIM.

We know of RIM’s primary market to be the Enterprise users and its Blackberry continues to enjoy a strong foothold. However, of late, the rapid adoption of Apple’s iPad by Enterprise users have set RIM in motion to come-up with a competitive product, the result being that of the Blackberry ‘Playbook’.

Well, the nomenclature ‘Playbook’ itself sends a signal that RIM is not solely targeting the Enterprise users but willing to spread out to the more ‘playful’ crowd vis-a-vis the youth and the younger generation-y.

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Nokia Sinks – Is there hope?

Nokia is no longer the king of the market, and its market share has declined to 25%, what it was in 1997. Even though it is the world’s leading handset maker, its popularity has hit a new low, according to the new global phone handset figures. “Its market share declined 5.5% points year-on-year, and its share has reached its lowest since 1997”, Gartner said in a study.

Android became the most popular smartphone operating system worldwide in the first quarter of 2011, while Apple’s market grew. The overall mobile phone sales were at a total of 427.8 million units in the first quarter of 2011, a 19% increase from 2010. Smartphone sales added 100.8 million, almost double of the 54.4 million in Q-I, last FY. They account for 23.6% of mobile phone sales, an 85% increase since the first quarter of 2010, reported Gartner.

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