Gadget Watch: Apple vs. HTC

Chatter about Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) versus High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) is still dominating the mobile gadget scene this week, while Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is boasting about its new cheap touchscreen:

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is now commenting on the Apple suit against Android pioneer HTC, according to the latest reports. "We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it," Google told PC Mag.
  • Nokia, meanwhile, unveiled its 5230 Nuron for T-Mobile US Inc. this Wednesday. At first glance, the phone appears to be a fast smartphone with a recession-bustin' price-tag: $69 with a contract and rebates. The device will support T-Mobile's new 7.2-Mbit/s 3G network upgrade. It is also the first device to come pre-loaded with Nokia's Ovi maps software.

    Separately, the Finnish giant has become the latest wireless company to jump on the Skype Ltd. bandwagon: The VoIP software is now available through the Ovi store.

  • Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is building on its experience with TD-LTE to introduce what will likely be the first data dongle to support the technology in conjunction with its Shanghai Expo contract this year. Time Division Long-Term Evolution is being championed by China Mobile Communications Corp. and uses a single channel for both up and downlink.

  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s CEO Randall Stephenson is elaborating the carrier's earlier comments on the Apple iPad: The webpad will be a WiFi-driven device even if the operator will be offering a 3G version. (See Apple's iPad: Unlocking the 3G Myth.) For more gizmos, click on:

    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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