Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC said on Feb. 8 that it plans to acquire a British digital multimedia company and invest in a U.S. online gaming firm as part of a bid to expand its software business.
HTC will buy London-based Saffron Digital, which enables the delivery of multimedia content to handsets, for 30 million pounds ($48 million).
"Saffron Digital has developed an incredible expertise in mobile multimedia delivery," said Peter Chou, chief executive of HTC Corp.
"This ability to deliver optimzsed content in the future will be a key asset as content becomes more and more complex and localized."
HTC also plans to spend $40 million on 5.33 million preferred shares in the OnLive Inc, HTC said. HTC did not specify how big its share in the company would be after the acquisition.
HTC makes handsets for a number of leading U.S. companies and is the manufacturer of the Nexus One, unveiled by Apple rival Google last year.
Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011