HTC buys home screen customization company Abaxia

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Examples of Abaxia's Windows Mobile home screens

Press Release:  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 for US$13.14 million.

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 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.”

Comment: Abaxia apparently specializes in carrier branding home screens and placing their search and services front and centre on devices, both of which are large banned on Windows Phone 7, making the intent of the purchase likely largely irrelevant to Windows Phone users.

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