Google closes HTC deal, the next Pixel phones could be developed in Taiwan

Google closes HTC deal, the next Pixel phones could be developed in Taiwan
Google has just announced it has completed the $1.1 billion HTC acquisition and that it's welcoming the new teammates from the Taiwanese company to its hardware organization.

The acquisition of HTC's mobile business will make it easier for Google to build its smartphones since the search giant won't have to outsource the development of the next Pixel devices to another company. The experienced team of HTC engineers, which brought us the first touch-centric phone and the first metal-clad unibody smartphone, may prove to be exactly what Google needs to further improve its R&D abilities.

According to Google's Senior Vice President of Hardware, Rick Osterloh, the acquisition of HTC's mobile division will allow his company to expand its market share in the Asia Pacific region.


As mentioned earlier, the deal will greatly help with the development of the Pixel 3 flagships, which will most likely be developed in Taiwan, as well as any other hardware products Google plans to launch going forward.

Taiwan is a “key innovation and engineering hub for Google,” Osterloh said in a blog post, and Taipei (Taiwan's capital city) is expected to become “the largest Google engineering site” in the Asia Pacific region.

source: Google



1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

More expensive phones are coming....get ready.

2. ullokey

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

They will screw it up like they did with Motorola

4. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Never go full retard. How did they screw anything up with motorola? Google bought motorola because of their vast patent portfolio, they eventually sold off what they didn't need. Also, come to think of it, htc and apple have a few licensing agreements between each other so this could also be another strategic move on googles part as well.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

As far as I know Google only bought a select portion of HTC's work force. They don't have access to HTC's licensing agreements lol.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Trying hard to save HTC :-/

9. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

A company worth saving it truly is.

5. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

so no more HTC smartphones will be released and no updates for existing HTC smartphones also??

8. Fred3

Posts: 559; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

No they just bought out the part of HTC that makes the Pixel phones. Now they will have more control over designs and etc.

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Like Motorola, they'll swallow HTC also and put it in a black

10. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I am conflicted about this acquisition. On one hand, it helps HTC stay afloat, and helps Google have more of a presence in Asia, but on the other hand, I don't want Google to become another Apple. I don't want Google to monopolize every corner of the tech market. If Google gets seriously into becoming it's own phone manufacturer, it will close the loop and make them the "Apple" of the Android world. Too much control, and too much dominance. It's not a guarantee, but it's a slippery slope. No one company should have all the power, no matter how good they seem to be.

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