HTC acquires homescreen UI designer Abaxia

June 7, 2010, By Thomas Antony

HTC has bought out a french firm, Abaxia, specializing in creating customized software for operators and cellphone manufacturers. The acquisition is said to be worth $13.1 million, and gives HTC access to the developer’s cutting-edge software in UI design.

Abaxia currently offers many customized homescreen packages, with integrated carrier logos and social networking integration.

Abaxia has worked on all the platforms used by HTC including Android, Windows Mobile and Java. While the two firms haven’t yet made an official statement about what kind of new expertice they wil be doing on future HTC devices, HTC CEO Peter Chou said it would allow them to “innovate at an even faster pace.”

Earlier, in 2008, HTC had acquired design firm One & Co. which later resulted in shaping the brand identity of devices such as the HTC Hero. HTC has also designed the Sense UI enhancement which is available on top of the stock OS on most of their devices. Abaxia’s contribution would help enhance the experience even more in HTC’s UI designs.

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