Google and HTC close $1.1 billion talent acquisition deal

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01 February, 2018

"With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organisation", Osterloh said at the time. Osterloh also mentions that with the deal being completed, it will see Google's operations expand in the Asia Pacific region, namely Taiwan which is where HTC is based in. This will leave HTC to produce its own handsets concurrently, while Google can leverage the technology in its Made By Google range.

Previously, Google allowed manufacturers like HTC and LG take the reigns and design the phone while the tech firm focused more on the software bit. Google worked with a subset of its new HTC hires on a contract basis for the Pixel and Pixel 2, according to a source familiar with the development, and now the company will have a larger R&D team in-house.

Google earlier on Tuesday also announced that it would be partnering with enterprise mobility management company MobileIron to create a white-label cloud services marketplace.

Google closed its $1.1 billion deal with HTC to bring about 2,000 engineers into the fold.

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The move is expected to have the most significant impact on Google's line of Pixel smartphones.

Moving forward, HTC will continue to release its own smartphones, as well as operate its standalone Vive VR division.

To better compete with the iPhone, Google will need to replicate the hardware and software integration of Apple. The new Googlers will help design more consumer hardware, and eventually lead to Google making its own chips like Apple. "Taiwan is a key innovation and engineering hub for Google, and Taipei will now become the largest Google engineering site in APAC", Osterloh said. These products will likely be unveiled on October 4, but Google could have even more planned. But now that Google has gained a new team of mobile device innovators, the company is facing an even greater pressure to up the ante in the smartphone race.


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