Back in September Google and HTC announced that Google would be buying part of HTC’s mobile business. The deal was worth $1.1 billion to HTC and the two companies have now completed the deal.
More than 2,000 engineers from HTC are moving to Google to work on the companies smartphones, like their Pixel range of devices. Google also gets non exclusive access to HTC’s patents as part of the deal between the two companies.
“As our hardware business enters its third year, we remain committed to building and investing for the long run. Today, we start digging in with our new teammates, guided by the mission to create radically helpful experiences for people around the world, by combining the best of Google’s AI, software and hardware.” said Rick Osterloh, SVP Hardware at Google.
Google is now expanding its footprint in Asia with a new team of 2,000 engineers which will be used to develop its new Pixel smartphones and other devices. It will be interesting to see how Google develops their smartphones over the next few years.
The company is no stranger to producing hardware themselves, they did this when they took over Motorola, which was then sold on to Lenovo.