Gadget Watch: iPhone Multi-Tasking Imminent?

Hard on the heels of the iPad, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is expected to unveil multi-tasking for its mobile operating systems and possibly even a new mobile ad network tomorrow, in this week's device news round-up.

  • It appears that Apple may finally deliver the ability to use multiple applications at the same time in its iPhone OS 4.0 release Thursday, according to multiple reports. PC World suggests that "true multi-tasking" may tax the iPhone's processor but is essential for the new iPad. (See The iPad Has Landed.)
  • The fruits of Apple's acquisition of Quattro Wireless in January might also be revealed tomorrow. The All Things Digital blog suggests that Apple will intro a mobile ad network tomorrow. (See Quattro Confirms Apple Acquisition.)

  • High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) is getting a major bump from its work with the Android mobile phone operating system. The Taiwanese company updates its financial results on its Website every month, and GigaOm notes that HTC's revenues for the quarter grew to $1.19 billion, up 19.3 percent over the first quarter of last year, with net income at $158 million, compared to $154 million 12 months ago. HTC is now said to be the fourth largest global cellphone manufacturer.

  • There's a bunch of other Android-related device and apps news this week: People Of Lava are introducing the first-ever HDTV using the operating system. Android users can now stream music for $10 a month. Meanwhile, Phone Report says that LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) is readying a new high-end smartphone using the code.

  • Pop City weekly out of Pittsburgh brings us news of a touch-screen that might really get under your skin. Chris Harrison, a third-year PhD student in Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Desney Tan and Dan Morris from Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s research arm have developed a way to project a working touch-screen for mobile devices onto your skin. The Skinput uses bio-acoustic sensors built into a wrist band combined with software that quickly learns fingertap positions on the skin. The team next want to shrink down the wristband to the size of a watch.

  • It seems that all of those rumors of a CDMA iPhone are fading into the distance, even as the possibility of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) iPhone hoves into view. The CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Ivan Seidenberg, says the operator is "open" to the iPhone but it will be Apple's decision to develop one, according to the AP.

    "I mean, our view, over time, is that as the devices come to a common architecture, we would be eligible for Apple to consider putting their devices on our network," Seidenberg said during a talk at the Council of Foreign Relations.

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