Google Closes Deal To Acquire HTC Talent

Delia Watkins
February 1, 2018

HTC has been a valued partner to Google in the past, developing the first Android phone, as well as building the first Pixel smartphone with Google.

Google has finalized its deal with HTC, bringing the Taiwanese manufacturer's core design team across to the Mountain View company.

Google also now has a much larger presence in Taipei, Taiwan which is now its largest engineering site in the Asia Pacific region.

Google has completed its acquisition of a major part of HTC's hardware division.

The move represents a serious expansion of Google's hardware efforts, and the most obvious application of the new engineering talent is in its line of Pixel smartphones. However, the deal could also boost Google's efforts in competing with Apple by making its custom chips with relative ease.

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Google has just closed its HTC Corp. acquisition deal, which was worth $1.1 billion. "Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter at HTC as we continue to drive innovation in our branded smartphone and VIVE virtual reality businesses", Cher Wang, chairwoman at HTC said in the statement.

This sale will also help the company cut the operational costs, as around 2,000 employees will be moving to Google.

Google is in a race with Apple and to win that race, it needs to do things a little more differently.

HTC set the standard in mobile for many years and with the HTC U11 everything I've wanted in an HTC phone is provided. As Google's senior VP of hardware, Rick Osterloh puts it, this deal closing will result in more "radically helpful experiences for people around the world, by combining the best of Google's AI, software and hardware". Presumably, the IP is a new phone that is already in the works (Pixel 3 or whatever they decide to call it).

Google has officially closed a $1.1bn deal with HTC that will see some 2,000 engineers from HTC in Taiwan join the Alphabet company's ranks.

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