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Google officially acquires HTC design team

Google officially acquires HTC design team

Google may also be considering building its own hardware for virtual/augmented reality headsets and artificial intelligence-based systems, although HTC enjoys its own market lead in the VR headset market. Google has now completed the deal, bringing the Pixel smartphone design team in-house.

Google has confirmed the completion of its deal to acquire HTC's struggling smartphone arm, and has big plans for the future - starting with upgrading its Taipei facility to become the company's largest Asia-Pacific (APAC) engineering site.

If Google's push into smartphones sounds familiar, that's because the latest deal echoes Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2012.

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.

As part of the agreement, Google will also receive a non-exclusive license of HTC's intellectual properties.

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

Other Android manufacturers "know why we're doing this", Osterloh said. These products will likely be unveiled on October 4, but Google could have even more planned. One really interesting quote has been given by the company, which states that the company will still be competing in the smartphone market, even which the huge staff cut.

The deal, first announced in September a year ago, isn't the full takeover that many had been expecting, and instead see HTC become Google's main provider of hardware, with some HTC personnel moving to join the tech giant.

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

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