I-mate was one of the pioneers of the smartphone world, and for much of the last few years also one of the most troubled. The company always credited itself as the creator of the first Windows Mobile phone, something that was disputed by most that saw the company as simply a trumped up middle man trying to take credit for the work of others, principally HTC.
When HTC decided to strike out on its own and sever ties to I-mate the company floundered, promising many great handsets and delivering only very few. Most recently the company, after disputes with its ODMâ€™s and claimed internal fraud, shut doors completely, ad we thought we heard the last of them.
However a bit like the villain in a summer movie the company simply refuses to die, with Phonenews.com claiming the troubled company has been bought by a pretty vigorous HTC.
This role reversal apparently came about due to I-mate owning some useful patents and rugged designs which could give HTC a step-up in an area where they have never really done well.
The rumour is far from confirmed, but it is of note that HTC will now be honouring I-mate warranties.
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