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HTC nabs Dashwire for cloud-based mobile, Web apps

Company signals that it is looking to step up its cloud computing presence with the acquisition of Dashwire.

HTC just inked a deal with Dashwire, a Seattle-based company founded in 2006 that develops a cloud-based platform for mobile and web applications.

Fred Liu, president of engineering and operations for HTC, noted briefly in a statement about how Dashwire will fit into the HTC Corporation:

Cloud services are key to delivering the promise of connected services to our customers. People want access to all of their important content wherever they are on any device. The addition of Dashwire's cutting-edge sync services and deep mobile cloud experience strengthens our ability to deliver these services in a more powerful way.

As for actual plans, HTC will utilize Dashwire's cloud set-up and sync solutions for mobile devices along with beefing up the extent and services of the online HTC Sense portal. Currently, the platform is supported by Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile on smartphones, and then on Windows and Mac for the desktop.

Additionally, Boy Genius Report suggests that HTC is really more interested in Dashwire's patent portfolio. That would seem more logical given just how popular and vital patents are these days.

Financial terms have not been disclosed. But when the deal is final, Dashwire will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Taiwan-based HTC.

This story originally appeared at ZDNet's Between the Lines.