HTC Acquires Abaxia Software house

HTC is announcing today the acquisition of french based software company Abaxia who is builds custom UI for mobile operators. You’ve probably never heard of them but chances are that you have witnessed their work especially on Orange’s handsets (yes they are the ones who developed the much hated Orange home screen on WinMo and Android and Symbian…). This acquisition will probably only affect HTC’s Android and BrewMP handsets (Windows Phone 7′s UI can’t be changed by the OEM or Carrier) Check out the full press release after the break:

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HTC Smart Hands-on video

Engadget just posted their quick hands-on impressions of the newly announced HTC Smart BrewMP device. As you can see in the video the phone sport a toned-down version of the Sense UI making it look similar to HTC’s Android & Windows Mobile current devices:

Source: Engadget

HTC Smart BrewMP based phone announced

This came out of nowhere! HTC just announced the HTC Smart the company’s first “fearture phone” running Qualcomm‘s BrewMP Java based OS (also know as the Touch.b):

HTC smart defines a new category of

smartphones for the masses


HTC Smart’s friendly, compact design and integration of HTC Sense will

appeal to a broad range of people all over the world

LAS VEGAS, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – Jan. 7, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, today unveiled HTC Smartä, a new type of smartphone that creates a new category of easy-to-use, connected smartphones that are accessible by people all over the world. The HTC Smart will be available this spring across Europe and Asia.

“HTC has always focused on listening to customers and setting the stage for new mobile categories, and HTC Smart is the response to customer demand around the world for an easier-to-use, affordable smartphone,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “Just adding a touch interface doesn’t mean a phone is a smartphone. The integration of HTC Sense brings an unparalleled smartphone experience for people looking to do more on their phone.”

Bringing HTC Sense to the Masses

HTC Smart begins with a friendly, compact touch design and integrates an intuitive user experience that is centered around HTC Senseä, an HTC design philosophy that puts people at the center by focusing on three core areas: Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected. HTC Smart enables personal customization of each person’s own phone experience. It also provides a quick and easy way to see what friends are up to via various social networks as well as quickly communicating over the phone, through text messaging or e-mail.

“HTC Smart breaks new ground in delivering the powerful, in-demand smartphone features that consumers want on a more accessible device for global markets,” said Paul Jacobs, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are pleased to be supporting HTC as they utilize the capabilities of Qualcomm’s Brew Mobile Platform open operating system to offer high-end capabilities and a compelling mobile user experience at mass-market price points.”

Qualcomm Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP)

HTC Smart utilizes Qualcomm’s Brew MP, a popular mobile operating system that enables smartphone devices to be offered at more aggressive price points, providing HTC with the flexibility to deliver smartphone features on devices across multiple tiers.

Processor 300 MHz
Operating System Brew® Mobile Platform
Memory ROM: 256 MB
RAM: 256 MB
Dimensions (L x W x T) 104 x 55 x 12.8 mm ( 4.09 x 2.17 x 0.50 inches)
Weight 108 grams ( 3.81 ounces) with battery
Display 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution
Europe/Asia:2100 MHz
Up to 384 kbps up-link and 3.6 Mbps down-link speeds
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Camera 3.0 megapixel color camera with fixed focus and flashlight
Audio supported formats .aac, .amr, .qcp, .mid, .m4a, .mp3, .wma, .wav
Video supported formats .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery
Capacity: 1100 mAh

Talk time:

Up to 370 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 450 minutes for GSM
Standby time:
Up to 600 hours for WCDMA
Up to 450 hours for GSM
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Expansion Slot microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A

Source: HTC

Opera Mobile 10 on Android video

Opera Mobile 10 Android
Opera is announcing today that Opera Mobile 10 is now available on nearly all mobile platforms. The browser is now runnning on Windows Mobile, Android, Brew, Symbian S60. The downside is that OM 10 will not be availalbe to the conumer but will be licensed to OEMs only. In the video below you’ll be able to see for the first time Opera Mobile 10 running the Android platform:

Opera Mobile™ is the leading Web browser for the market’s most sophisticated mobile feature phones and smartphones. Opera Mobile is the proven solution for mobile Web browsing with shipped installations for leading OEMs and operators worldwide, such as T-Mobile, Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Opera Mobile is cross platform, enables the most compelling Web services and applications and offers a superlative mobile Internet experience

Opera Mobile offers

  • A true Web experience optimized for mobile phones
  • The ability to offer Web applications right on the idle screen
  • The full richness of Web 2.0 services using AJAX
  • Blazing speed with Opera Turbo
  • Ability to offer Opera Widgets
  • A proven product with focus on innovation, quality and user experience
  • A single reference UI to deploy to any phone

Source: Opera

Confirmed: The HTC Touch.B / Rome is HTC’s first feature-phone running BrewMP

MobiFrance just revealed that the HTC Touch.B (HTC Rome) is HTC’s long rumored feature-phone running Qualcomm‘s BrewMPplatform. As you can see in the video below the UI still needs a lot of work. According to the latest rumors the device has was supposed to hit the market before the end of the year but was delayed because BrewMP wasn’t ready for prime-time.

Source: MobiFrance