Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
Research | By Francis Brooks

Google completes its billion dollar purchase of HTC's mobile division

Google completes its billion dollar purchase of HTC's mobile division

The deal that had been rumored for years, and was officially announced several months ago, is officially official. Numerous employees joining Google worked on developing the Pixel and Pixel 2. This represents a major expansion of Google's initiatives into hardware, but also poses as an additional challenge for high-end Android smartphone manufacturers.

While noting that Google has launched its second-generation Made by Google products since announcing the HTC deal, including the Pixel 2 and Google Home Mini, Osterloh said that producing hardware is "hard".

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Let's not beat around the bush: Google has not acquired HTC as a sole entity. But modern phones offer features like augmented reality and artificial intelligence-based services that require close integration of software and hardware.

"This investment lets us partner with a great local champion in Indonesia's flourishing start-up ecosystem, while also deepening our commitment to Indonesia's internet economy", Sengupta added. The search giant had penned a deal with HTC to scoop up about half of its research and design division. HTC will continue to make smartphones of its own and compete against Google's Pixel handsets. Since then, the iPhone maker released system-on-a-chips for track motion, payment data, and even AI algorithms on its smartphones. Though we reported yesterday that making your own custom hardware requires a ton of cash even though it saves a bit on component costs, Google has a lot of liquid cash that it can use for this very goal. The company promised more similar pieces of "custom silicon" in the next years. However, it is likely that many of these devices were already in the pipeline. The latest device of the internet giant, Pixel, has a new graphics processor to improve the device's camera. By contrast, Samsung is estimated to have shipped more than 300 million smartphone units past year.

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