HTC buys Abaxia. Sense UI might become better with idle screen improvements
HTC has briefly announced the acquisition of Abaxia, a French software developer founded back in 2001.
The Taiwanese company doesn’t give too many details on what the purchase of Abaxia will bring to end users, but it did say that this would “deepen and broaden software development capabilities so that it can innovate at an even faster pace.”
Now, if we pay a visit to Abaxia’s official website, we’re finding out that the French company has three major products, which could obviously improve HTC’s own Sense UI (deployed on Android, Windows Mobile, and even Brew phones).
The three products are:
- Mobile Portal – a “white label Active Idle Screen application embedded on the handset”, providing “one-click access to value-added services and information, through the idle screen.”
- Mobile Finder – provides “smart search onto the idle screen, including on-device and on-line search with minimum key strokes.”
- Abaxia Open Platform (AOP) – “a server solution that allows activating the idle screen”. It offers “an end-to-end client server architecture to access content, advertising and search from a mobile handset.”
DigiTimes has it that HTC paid $13.14 million for Abaxia.
Abaxia has collaborated with HTC in the past, as well as with other phone makers and mobile operators, including Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Palm, Vodafone, Orange and Telefonica.
Via Press release