HTC is already the 800lb gorilla in the Windows Mobile hardware space - they're solidifying that position by snapping up Dopod. The main asset seem to be Dopod's ability to distribute phones across Asia. This also helps HTC with the longstanding plans to actually brand their devices with "htc" instead of letting every carrier under the sun rename their gear. I'm looking forward to the day when a given HTC device has just two names - the prototype and the final - instead of the mysterious constellation of names most HTC phones have now.

[HTC] announced today that it has signed an acquisition agreement with Dopod International, one of the leading PDA Phone and smartphone distributors in Asia, to purchase the assets of nine Dopod subsidiaries

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