HTC, maker of smartphones, has bought out French custom phone software company Abaxia. Abaxia, while sounding like an unpleasant ailment, apparently actually makes pleasant portal pages and search apps that utilise a phone’s idle screen.
We expect HTC wants Abaxia about to stick a bit more functionality to its Sense overlay, perhaps integrating portal and search features to make use of the currently rather bone-idle idle screens. HTC and Abaxia have both worked together in the past and it seems HTC wants further input.
Peter Chou, CEO of HTC reckons some PR-y things: “The addition of Abaxia deepen and broaden our software development capabilities so that we can innovate at an even faster pace.”
Andreas Constantinou, research director at VisionMobile which looks at a lot of idle screens, told TechEye: “The main benefit HTC gets is not the technology (it has it’s own Sense UI that extends far beyond the idle screen in any case); it is the know-how in deploying operator-customised services across its platform portfolio (Android, Windows Phone, BREW) and in leveraging the idle screen as the premium real-estate for distribution of operator services.”