iPad News Roundup: New Apps From HBO & Verizon, Mini-iPad Launch & More
Folks at the Download Squad are reporting that Google could be preparing for the launch of the rumored Chrome-OS powered tablet computer on Black Friday this year (November 26). According to sources, the Google tablet shall feature a 1280×720 pixel multi-touch display and a 2GB RAM on a NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform.
The device is expected to be manufactured by HTC and the data services are noted to be offered by Verizon.
As the competition for Apple in the tablet segment heats up, there are several developments on the iPad front as well. Here is a roundup of the latest.
Increasing Adoption for HTML5 Among Web Services
Yahoo has announced the launch of a new HTML5-based email interface for iPad that brings several enhancements that are customized for the device. The new features on Yahoo Mail for iPad include local content caching for offline access, a dual pane interface similar to the iPad's email app and enhancements to the attachment handling, searching and organization functions.
Besides this, Vimeo – the popular video sharing service – has announced a new universal player that is compatible with Apple's iOS devices. The company has said that its new embed code will automatically detect the platform and render videos over a compatible media player.
HBO Content Streaming On iPad
HBO is reported to be bringing their HBO Go web streaming service to the iPad. According to reports on Bloomberg, this new service is expected to be available within six months and will give HBO's current subscribers access to over 800 hours of TV and movie content over their iPad and other mobile devices. The report further notes that Netflix subscribers are unlikely to get access to HBO's content in the near future.
Mini-iPad Launch Rumors
We have heard from several sources in the past about Apple's plans to launch a 7" iPad by early next year. Now in a fresh report, IDG News has backed these rumors and has reported that Taiwanese suppliers have bagged several contracts pertaining to the new iPad. The report also notes that the new iPad shall launch by Christmas of this year.
Verizon Live-Streaming On iPad
Verizon has announced its plans to launch a new video app for the iPad that will allow subscribers of FiOS television and internet service to stream live TV to their iPads. The service is expected to be restricted to the Wi-Fi network and shall release by early next year.
New iPad Commercial Released
Apple has launched a new iPad commercial this week that showcases the tablet as a tool for learning, reading and entertainment. Apple has also posted the new 'iPad is Delicious' ad clip on the company's iPad website. Check out the new ad in the clip embedded below.
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