Gadget Watch: Palm Pre Plus to AT&T in April?

April and May are shaping up to be some of the hottest months yet for mobile device launches this year, with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), and Palm Inc. all readying new gear, as we find in this week's gadget news roundup.

  • Given all the talk about Palm being up for sale it may be surprising if AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) goes for an early launch of the Pre Plus at the end of April. Nonetheless, this is exactly what Edward Zabitsky, CEO and principal of ACI Research is expecting to happen.

    "This coincides with the end of the Verizon exclusive," Zabitsky tells Light Reading. "Stores are rumored to have received demonstrator models on April 1."

    ACI also expects Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) to get the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus in "the near term" as well.

  • Apple has delayed the international launch of the 3G iPad but that hasn't kept Telefónica UK Ltd. , Salt SA , and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) from announcing that they will all support the device. UK site Techradar claims to even have a picture of the Vodafone microSIM on hand.

    LR Mobile asked Vodafone about microSIM suppliers for the new device, but the mega-carrier isn't saying a lot. "We use various manufacturers for the supply of Micro SIMs around the world," a spokeswoman said via email.

  • Got eight minutes to waste? Well, check out this video from Ubergizmo running through the user interface of the new Microsoft Kin phones:

  • The New York Times reports that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is working in stealth mode on its own tablet using the Android operating system. We're going to file this one under "just plain makes sense." (See iPad Rivals Loom.)

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) wants in on the social-networking trend that appears to be sweeping the handset market. A day after Microsoft's Kin unveiling, the Finish giant has three new handsets aimed at those that love to Tweet. Techtree has a nice breakdown of how the C3, C6, and E5 appear to be polished-up and stripped versions of older smartphones.

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    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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