Mobile Bits: HTC’s Goals; AdMob; New OS?; Sprint’s Tab Pricing; Lawsuits

HTC ramping production: Taiwan-based HTC, which makes both Android and Windows Phone 7 devices, is predicting it will ship 8.5 million handsets in Q4, up from 7 million in Q3. [GigaOm]

Another new OS?: SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM), the leading operator in South Korea, may be working on building its own mobile platform and is seeking the help of other operators. This is being viewed as controversial, but sounds a lot like its participation in WAC. [FT]

AdMob gives Android Video Ads: Google’s AdMob is extending its rich media interstitial ad units that have been live on iOS since Nov. 2009 to Android. The ad units are designed to be interactive and are likely designed to compete head on with Apple’s own iAd (well, expect that its Google (NSDQ: GOOG) running on Android). [Google Mobile Ads Blog]

Samsung’s Tab on Sprint: The Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch tablet running Android, will be available from Sprint (NYSE: S) beginning Nov. 14. It will cost $400 with a two-year service agreement, which will cost $30 for 2GB with unlimited messaging or $60 a month for 5GB with unlimited messaging. Verizon is charging $600 for the device, but only not demanding a contract for its $20 a month plan for 1 GB. [Release]

Gemalto files lawsuits: Gemalto, a digital security company, is suing Google, HTC, Samsung and Motorola (NYSE: MOT), alleging that they are violating three of its patents in its use of the Android OS. Gemalto is asking the court to ban the companies from manufacturing, selling and importing Android apps, devices and the platform’s software development kit. [WirelessWeek]