Apple Replaces Nokia As The Largest Smartphone Maker

Good news for all you Apple fans out there. Apple Inc. has knocked Nokia off from the position of largest smartphone maker of the world. From the last 15 years, Nokia was the king of mobile industry. But the American giant has beaten it and finally taken its place.

According to the sale report disclosed by Nokia, it sold 16.7 million smartphones globally in the second quarter while Apple Inc. sold 20.34 million iPhones all over the world in its second quarter.

This can be seen as the beginning of a new era in the smartphone industry as the king of mobile industry has lost its crown. It is worth noting that Apple Inc. is only 4 years old in smartphone market and in that short period, it has achieved huge success as compared to other smartphone manufacturers.

In February this year, Nokia announced that it will be dropping Symbian platform in its new handsets. This move is one of the major reasons for Nokia’s downfall. Though Nokia will be using Windows 7 platform, still its sales are not expected to be in competition with Apple in near future.

Nokia seriously needs to consider again its previous decisions, whether it is dropping Symbian or adopting Windows 7 platform. If Nokia doesn’t come up with a new strategy quickly, it will even lose its second position to Samsung, whose smartphones are doing incredibly good business.

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Leak : Microsoft’s Social Search Engine On The Way ?

Though not much of a surprise, but still the news that Microsoft is planning to launch a new social search engine is big. It seems that Microsoft is getting ready to enter the social networking market which is the most used service on the world wide web.

A Web Page was discovered by some users that linked to a service called “Tulalip” which had an introductory message reading,“With Tulalip, you can find what you need and share what you know easier than ever.”

This Web Page was found at Socl.com, which was acquired by Microsoft last year. Since social media is a hot topic these days, it was almost expected from Microsoft to launch a social media platform against its rivals Google and Facebook.

Microsoft is facing a tough time as its Windows mobile platform stands nowhere near the Android in the smartphone market. We think that in order to remain in competition with Google, Microsoft is trying to introduce a competitor for Google+, which already is a huge success despite of it being in field trial stage.

This leak was pulled off from the web within 24 hours and Microsoft responded to queries by saying, “Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the Web.”

What do you guys think? Was the leak staged by Microsoft to get attention or was it really a ‘mistake’.

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Facebook Bans Google+ Advert ?

Not satisfied with making it hard for Google+ users to import their friend contact information, Facebook now has reportedly banned an advertisement that asked Facebook users to follow a particular person on Google+.

Michael Lee Johnson, a web developer, has reportedly been banned from Facebook after his advertisement came into the limelight. He created an ad to publicize his profile on Google+ which asked other users to follow him.

Johnson posted on his Google + profile that he got a message from Facebook saying that his account had been disabled and all of his adverts had been stopped because it violated Facebook’s “Terms of Use or Advertising guidelines”. No specific violations were provided by Facebook.

It will be interesting to see the future of social networking as both of these giants won’t stop until one of them leaves the field. Furthermore, with rumors of Microsoft launching its own social networking platform, this war will intensify for sure.

Though Google+ is still in field trial stage, grabbing 10 million users just in two weeks has made Facebook uneasy. Facebook recently launched a video chat feature in collaboration with Skype as a response to Google+.

Whoever wins this race of social media, one thing is for sure that the common user will be benefited from the increasing competition as it will force the competitors to provide the best services to its end users.

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