Apple is set to unveil the next version of iOS soon, HP is willing to license webOS to competitors, and Microsoft gives us a sneak peek at new music and podcast features in Windows Phone 7 Mango. Plus new apps for editing photos, creating documents, and restoring your iPhone to an older version of iOS.
Here’s a roundup of recent stories from Mobiputing.
- Apple brings the iWork suite to the iPhone, iPod touch
Who says you need a laptop, or even a tablet, to do real work on the go? Apple launched smartphone versions of its spreadsheet, text, and presentation apps last week.
- Windows Phone Mango update to bring podcast, music enhancements
Later this year Microsoft will roll out a major update to Windows Phone 7. Last week the company gave us a look at some of the new features for the company’s Zune media hub,
- TouchRetouch removes unwanted items from your photos
If you’re a Photoshop whiz, you probably already know how to use cloning tools and other tricks to make objects disappear from a photo using the powerful desktop software. TouchRetouch is a mobile app that can do the same thing on your phone with just a few clicks.
- iFaith makes it easier to restore your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to earlier iOS builds
Apple makes it relatively easy to update your iOS device to the latest version of the operating system. But downgrading to a previous version? That’s tough. iFaith makes it easier — at least for users with jailbroken devices.
- HP is willing to let other companies license webOS
HP may have acquired Palm to get the webOS mobile operating system, but HP’s CEO says the company doesn’t need to keep webOS to itself. HP could license the OS for use on competitors’ phone, tablets, or other devices.
- What do you want to see in iOS 5.0?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is set to unveil the next generation of iOS tomorrow. We run down some of the features we’d most like to see. What about you?
We also saw some nifty new apps for Android tablets this week. One of the biggest problems with Android tablets at the moment is that for the most part they simply run Android phone apps on a larger display, but more and more developers are starting to write apps which take advantage of high resolution displays and which use features built into Android 3.x Honeycomb. TweetCaster HD is a tablet version of the popular Twitter client. And Zinio launched a platform for magazines, with 24 titles to start.
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