HTC Acquires UI Designer Abaxia

Yesterday, HTC announced on its press website that it has acquired Abaxia, a Paris-based software company that creates “custom software for mobile operators and mobile phone manufacturers around the world.” Regarding the reason behind the acquisition, the CEO of Abaxia 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 accompany the 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 comes to Android in HTC’s Sense UI. “

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Below is the press release from HTC’s website in its entirety:

HTC STRENGTHENS SOFTWARE CAPABILITIES WITH

ACQUISITION OF ABAXIA

TAOYUAN TAIWAN June 7, 2010 HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, announced today that it has acquired Paris-based Abaxia, a leader in custom software for mobile operators and mobile phone manufacturers around the world.

HTC is committed to creating the best possible mobile experience for our customers today, tomorrow and in the future, said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. The addition of Abaxia deepens and expands our software development capabilities so that we can innovate at an even faster rate.

HTC and Abaxia have worked closely together in the past and our businesses complement each other well, said Cedric Mangaud, CEO of Abaxia. We are excited to join such an important and emerging mobile device brand.

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About abaxia

Founded in 2001, Abaxia is a leading software developer specializing in mobile solutions that rapidly promote and monetize the services of handset manufacturers and smartphone operators. For more information on Abaxia, visit www.abaxia.com.

About HTC

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 smartphones that better serve people’s lives and needs. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under the symbol 2498. For more information on HTC, visit www.htc.com.

Phandroid mentions that the developments on HTC’s Sense user interface are notable due to its popularity “over the past few years (both in consumer adoption and legal disputes).”

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Other sources: AndroidCentral, Phandroid

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