GSPDA to Bundle Popular Mobile PhoneTools Software with New S20 Smartphone
Avanquest Software, a leading developer and publisher of business and consumer software for the global PC market with operations in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, today announced that Group Sense PDA Limited (GSPDA), a leading Asian mobile handset manufacturer, has entered into a world-wide license agreement for Avanquest’s Mobile PhoneTools software.
Under the agreement, GSPDA will bundle Mobile PhoneTools initially with its recently announced S20 feature-rich handset which includes high-resolution colour screen, 1.3MPixel camera, video capture, MP3 audio and MP4 video players, Bluetooth, USB 1.0, and an SD memory card for storage of up to 2GB of applications, music, video and pictures. The S20, based on a Smartphone OS developed by SavaJe Technologies, will be offered under GSPDA’s brand to operators in Asia and as a private label solution to help European and U.S. operators fill gaps in their portfolios.
The new agreement provides further validation for Avanquest’s expansion strategy in Asia, which in 2005 included opening of an OEM sales division office in Shanghai to allow the company to work more closely with the region’s rapidly growing number of mobile device design and manufacturing companies.
“We are extremely happy to be working with GSPDA to enable them to add value to their diverse offering to mobile operators and their subscribers,” said David Wright, President, Avanquest Software’s OEM Division. “This OEM agreement is another milestone for Avanquest's new OEM operations in Asia, and is consistent with our focus to strengthen our presence in the region.”
Mr. Francis Li, Marketing Director of GSPDA said “The Avanquest’s Mobile Phone Tools software enables GSPDA’s first feature phone, S20, to communicate with PCs. By using the MobilePhone Tools, besides synchronizing the contact information and calendars between the S20 and PCs, users can create and edit own screen background theme and wallpaper in PC and synchronize to their S20. It brings additional value to the phone user.”
Avanquest’s Mobile PhoneTools lets mobile devices “talk” to PCs, greatly expanding the capabilities of both. By easily sharing data between the mobile phone and PC, the software makes it easy for mobile subscribers to synchronise data between their handsets and personal computers in addition to personalising their phones.
In addition to ensuring that contact information and calendars are synchronised and allowing use of the PC to create and edit content for downloading to the wireless device, Mobile PhoneTools also enables any mobile phone or Web-enabled mobile device to function as a modem for a user’s laptop. This wide-area connectivity option makes Internet access possible almost anytime and anywhere without the need of a PCMCIA card or having to search for WiFi hot spots.
Mobile PhoneTools is compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and XP and offers syncing capabilities with popular desktop programs such as Microsoft Outlook®, Outlook Express®, and MS Exchange®, as well as Lotus Notes. Avanquest has sold millions copies of its Mobile PhoneTools and provides support for the product in 26 languages, including Chinese, Korean, Thai, Czech and Russian.
About Avanquest Software
Avanquest Software is a global developer and leading publisher of best-selling personal and professional software designed for utilities, office productivity, communications and mobility worldwide. Headquartered in France, with operating units, subsidiaries and offices located in United States, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, China and Korea, Avanquest Software products are marketed in over 100 countries, through e-commerce, OEM partnerships and IT resellers. Founded in 1984 as BVRP Software and listed since December 1996 on Euronext (ISIN FR0004026714), Avanquest Software forms part of the Eurolist, NextEconomy segment and SBF 250 index. In 2005, Avanquest Software posted record financial results, with revenue of €70.6M ($90.6M) and net income of €6.9M ($8.8M).
Additional information on Avanquest Software is available at http://www.avanquest.com.
About Group Sense PDA Limited
Group Sense PDA Limited (GSPDA), the flagship of its parent company, Group Sense (International) Limited, was established in 2000 in Hong Kong. Besides conventional PDA devices, GSPDA also produces converged products such as PDA-phones and smartphones. In September 2001, GSPDA rolled out the world’s first Chinese-based PDA-phone model, e938, that featured an open OS architecture and full-range communication functions including voice, fax, e-mail, WAP and SMS. In the case of non-phone devices GSPDA adds Bluetooth to provide short-range connectivity with other Bluetooth-enabled devices. GSPDA is now selling devices to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Middle East, Europe and the USA.
More information is available at http://www.gspda.com
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