The future of the next Apple or Android smartphone is under constant speculation and rumor. However, last year Mozilla introduced a concept phone code named 'Seabird" that just might provide some insight into what the next generation of smartphone has in store for the consumer. Will this phone ever be produced? Probably not – but the ideas and technology that it showcased will certainly find their way into future versions of other phones possibly as early as this year.
Privacy is something that is becoming more and more of a gray area with today's technology. Privacy issues have always been a concern with Facebook's supposed selling of user data to companies. However, something like Facebook is easy to avoid. All you have to do is not make an account. But now there are rising problems in privacy with things that people use more often and are more dependent on: cell phones.
Debuting in July of 2008, Apple's app store turned the smartphone world on its head by opening up the iOS platform to thousands of third party developers. By maintaining thorough examination requirements, Apple has been able to assure high quality and reliability for the apps that run on their hardware. These apps run across many platforms including the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. To date, there have been over 15 billion applications downloaded on the app store. For the first few years of its existence, the Apple app store was the only serious player in the mobile application market.