In the second half of 2017, there are some rumors suggesting that Google to buy HTC in order to step up its hardware business. The search giant ended the rumors by singing a deal to acquire the HTC team which worked on the Pixel lineup. Today, Google has announced to have completed the $1.1 billion worth deal. However, we will still see new HTC-branded smartphone coming to the market.

With this $ 1.1 billion deal, Google will get 2000 HTC engineers onboard for making the upcoming Pixel devices. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for the intellectual property of the HTC. The whole team will be residing in Taiwan and Taipei will be the largest Google engineering site in APAC. While Google always looks after the software of its pixel devices, but from now even the hardware will also come from Google team.

Let’s see what changes will this deal brings to the upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. We all know that the Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel 2 smartphones are manufactured by HTC for Google. Before to this, Google worked with HTC for quite a few Nexus smartphones and tablets as well. Though HTC is struggling with its smartphone business, the company made great strides in the virtual reality field.

 

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