M7 highlighted by HTC’s Chou at company event

HTC CEO Peter Chou has done his bit to added to the HTC M7 fever that continues to ratchet up in advance of an HTC event scheduled for later this month. At a year end celebration held by HTC, Chou got on stage and whipped out the new phone to take a picture of the crowd while playfully mentioning it was “a great opportunity for testing.” Chou also congratulated the M7 team for putting in extra work to wrap things up so production could start. He also touched on some of the challenges of the past year for HTC, which has seen its financial performance nosedive. However, Chou thinks HTC can rebound, let by the M7. Hit the break for the video of Chou with the forthcoming HTC M7.


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HTC Buys UI Designers Abaxia

Abaxia

HTC has announced that they’ve acquired user interface design firm Abaxia for the sum of $13m. Obviously this bodes well for HTC, as their SenseUI is one of the features that sets their Android phones apart from the others. There’s no telling how long it will take for us to see the effects of Abaxia’s work in HTC’s products, but HTC CEO Peter Chou is pretty excited about it:

““HTC is committed to creating the best possible mobile experience for our customers today, tomorrow and into the future. The addition of Abaxia deepen and broaden our software development capabilities so that we can innovate at an even faster pace.”

HTC has been a pretty strong innovator already, so the fact that Mr. Chou says they’re going to innovate at an even faster pace is impressive. Only time will tell to see if it’s just talk however.

Keep reading for the full press release:

“TAOYUAN TAIWAN – June 7, 2010 – 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.

“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.”

About Abaxia
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.

About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.”