Gadget Watch: Between CTIA & the iPad

We're awaiting for the launch of the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad this Saturday while working off the glut of CTIA-related news in this week's gadget news roundup:

  • The Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad may see its European launch on April 24, according to various reports. The WiFi-only version of the device is launching in the US on April 3. The 3G cellular version appears likely to be launched in the US and parts of Europe at the same time.

  • Even so, it seems unlikely that Apple devotees will sleep in this Saturday. As Information Week notes, Apple is reminding people that the iPad goes on sale at 9:00 a.m. in all time zones across the country that day! So, now you know. Try not to have too much fun on Friday night!

  • The big Android release this week is the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) Desire, which is hitting Vodafone UK first. The phone appears to share a lot of its DNA with the HTC-built Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Nexus.

    Here's a video from High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) showing off the phone:

  • Meanwhile, HTC boss Peter Chou is saying that the Nexus One is a success, despite fewer sales than the rival Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Droid, according to Fierce Mobile IT. "Google's goal with the Nexus One was to show what Android is capable of," Chou told Forbes. "In that regard I think it has been an achievement. We can quickly leverage that credit to show that we are the top Android brand."

  • Can a rumor really be delayed? The answer is "yes," if we're talking about the long-awaited CDMA iPhone. After a rash of rumors about a CDMA iPhone coming in the fall, Barron's is suggesting it could be delayed until the third quarter of 2010 or early 2011. Wait, wasn't the LTE iPhone supposed to be out by then, anyway? (See The Hilarity of LTE iPhone Rumors.)

    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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