HTC buys mobile backup service developer

HTC said it will incorporate Dashwire's technology into HTC Sense

HTC aims to boost its mobile backup and sync services with the acquisition of Seattle company Dashwire.

The companies did not disclose terms of the deal. Dashwire will become a subsidiary of HTC, which plans to use the new technology to extend its HTCSense.com cloud services.

Dashwire has developed a platform that lets phone users back up data created on their phones to the cloud. From a computer, users can then access their phone contacts, text messages, calendar entries, call log, photos, videos and voicemail messages. They can also send and receive text messages, manage contacts, make new calendar items and listen to voicemail from a browser on a computer.

Because the service backs up contacts and other information, it’s useful for people who lose their phones and for people who want to transfer their data when upgrading to a new phone.

Dashwire’s service works on BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile phones, although it’s unclear if HTC will continue to support all of those platforms.

Dashwire has offered the service to other companies that can rebrand it to offer it to customers. Retailer Best Buy offers it under the M:IQ brand.

HTC said it plans to integrate Dashwire into HTC Sense, a user interface for Android phones that also offers data backup and a service to help users find lost phones.

There are many companies that offer data backup services for phones, often for a fee. Apple offers the iCloud backup service for iPhone users. In addition, new offerings are popping up that let users interact in other ways with cloud services. For instance, Amazon lets users store music online and stream it to their phones.

Nancy Gohring covers mobile phones and cloud computing for The IDG News Service. Follow Nancy on Twitter at @idgnancy. Nancy's e-mail address is Nancy_Gohring@idg.com

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Topics: consumer electronics, smartphones, business management, HTC USA, Mergers and acquisitions
Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Compare & Save

Deals powered by WhistleOut
WhistleOut

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?