Yesterday HTC announced on their press website that their acquisition of Abaxia, a Paris-based software firm that creates "custom software for mobile operators and handset manufacturers around the world." As for the reason behind the acquisiton, Abaxia's CEO stated that "HTC and Abaxia have worked closely together in the past and our businesses complement each other well".
AndroidCentral writes that this purchase will strengthen "HTC's software side, no doubt, to go along with its purchase of design team One and Co., which first gained notoriety with the Windows Mobile Touch Diamond 2 and more recently with the new HTC Legend. We'll have to see if Abaxia's work makes it to Android in HTC's Sense user interface."
Below is the press release from HTC's website in full:
HTC STRENGTHENS SOFTWARE CAPABILITIES WITH
ACQUISITON OF ABAXIA
TAOYUAN TAIWAN – June 7, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced it has acquired Paris-based Abaxia, a leader in custom software for mobile operators and handset manufacturers around the world.
“HTC is committed to creating the best possible mobile experience for our customers today, tomorrow and into the future,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The addition of Abaxia deepen and broaden our software development capabilities so that we can innovate at an even faster pace.”
“HTC and Abaxia have worked closely together in the past and our businesses complement each other well,” said Cedric Mangaud, CEO of Abaxia. “We’re excited to be joining such a significant and emerging mobile brand.”
Founded in 2001, Abaxia is a leading software developer specializing in mobile solutions that quickly promote and monetize operator and handset manufacturer services on smartphones. For more information about Abaxia, please visit www.abaxia.com.
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.
Phandroid mentions that developments about HTC's Sense UI are notable due to its popularity "over the past few years (both in consumer adoption and legal disputes)."
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