HTC promises more VR innovation following $1.1B Google deal

Cesar Mills
September 22, 2017

Google and HTC have announced that they have entered a US$1.1 billion cooperation deal wherein a number of HTC's employees will join Google.

The deal is expected to close by early 2018, but work on the Pixel 3 is presumably well underway already.

HTC will continue to operate its smartphone business separately, which according to the company has a team of engineers now working on their next flagship phone to follow the HTC U11, which we recently reviewed and praised.

HTC will also continue to have best-in-class engineering talent, which is now working on the next flagship phone, following the successful launch of the HTC U11 earlier this year. HTC has been in the smartphone game for a while now and the company has produced some attractive hardware, and now Google will have some of those people creating hardware for it.

HTC and Google have officially announced that the companies have reached a deal.

This is Google's second attempt at buying smartphone manufacturing expertise: in 2011 the company bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, but sold the company three years later. In that sense, the Google-HTC deal makes a lot of sense, because their partnership goes back to the very first Android smartphone - HTC Dream aka G1.

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Google and HTC have been working together for nearly a decade now.

This is seemingly part of the search giant's new hardware strategy, which is why it ended up acquiring part of another smartphone maker despite having previously acquired and then divested itself of Motorola's mobile business. The latest move is majorly aimed to enhance the existing Pixel line with new developments and help HTC bolster its presence in the smartphone market.

HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang said that she has started making transition plans more than two years ago when she met with Google CEO in talks of building the Pixel smartphone.

It has also signed an agreement for a non-exclusive licence of HTC's intellectual properties.

HTC also manufactured Nexus 9 tablet in 2014; and then created the first Pixel phone previous year.

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