Google has completed the acquisition of HTC’s smartphone design department.
Google Hardware Advisor Rick Osterloh announced in his blog to join an incredibly talented team that will work on even better and more innovative products in the coming years. It is an investment worth $ 1.1 billion.
Nearly 2,000 HTC engineers will now work for Google, but will remain in Taiwan. Osterloh points out that Taipei is becoming Google’s largest engineering center in the Asia-Pacific region. This purchase will have no effect on HTC’s production contracts, nor on the VR department, but most research and development team joins Google.
This move is a significant expansion of Google when it comes to hardware, and is expected to have a big impact on Pixel mobile phones. Google negotiated through HTC with HTC on Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones.
Google is still a small player when it comes to selling smartphones, but Pixel devices “pinch” leaders such as Apple and Samsung.