Mobile Content Bits: HP Tablet; Apple’s Next OS; Ireland Mobile TV; BBC WAP


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HP: Has EVP of HP’s mobile business Todd Bradley confirmed that HP (NYSE: HPQ) will be launching, at a press event in February, a tablet using Palm’s WebOS platform? Some speculated that the device would be debuted during CES last week — it wasn’t, although the company did show off a prototype of an Android notebook (pictured). During an interview yesterday with CNBC (NYSE: GE), when asked about differentiating from the iPad, Bradley said he would talk more about tablets, and other devices, on the 9th — the date of the press conference. (via Engadget)

Apple’s iOS: We’ve heard that the next version of the iOS from Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) will feature personal hotspot functionality. Now we’re hearing that Apple’s next generation of iPhone and iPad will be without buttons. Instead, you will need to use multi-touch gestures to navigate back to the home screen. PhotoBooth, Apple’s PC app for managing your pictures, looks like might also be making its way into the new devices. (via BGR)

BBC: The UK’s state broadcaster has closed down the version of its site that appeared via wireless markup language (WML). Now when a user tries to access the site through a WAP browser, he will get redirected to the XHTML moble site, if the device supports it. BBC says that less than one percent of its traffic came from the site, compared to 20 percent two years ago. (via BBC)

Irish Mobile TV: Another nail in the demand for mobile broadcast TV. The telecoms regulator in Ireland, ComReg, is ditching plans to offer mobile broadcast TV licenses covering five urban areas, citing a lack of interest in the service from potential operators — Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) Ireland, apparently, was the one exception. ComReg will continue to evaluate the case for mobile TV, and said that technology-neutral spectrum awards for UHF spectrum could be used potentially for the service instead. (via Telegeography)

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