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Google to buy part of HTC smartphone business for $1.1 bn

Cher Wang, chairperson of HTC, second from right, speaks during a press conference in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. With Wang is, from left, Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management at Google, Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of hardware for Google, and Chia-Lin Chang, president of smartphones and connected devices for HTC.

Cher Wang, chairperson of HTC, second from right, speaks during a press conference in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. With Wang is, from left, Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management at Google, Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of hardware for Google, and Chia-Lin Chang, president of smartphones and connected devices for HTC.   | Photo Credit: AP

This agreement will help HTC to focus on enabling a more streamlined product portfolio.

Tech giant Google on Thursday said that it has signed an agreement with HTC to buy part of the Taiwanese company’s smartphone business for $ 1.1 billion.

The deal include HTC employees who worked on Google’s Pixel smartphone and intellectual property rights, the two companies have said in a statement.

“HTC will receive $ 1.1 billion in cash from Google as part of the transaction. Separately, Google will receive a non—exclusive licence for HTC intellectual property (IP),” the statement added.

HTC can focus on enabling a more streamlined product portfolio, greater operational efficiency and financial flexibility.

“In addition to the talented and experienced team of professionals, Google will continue to have access to HTC’s IP to support the Pixel smartphone family,” it said.

It also represents a significant investment by Google in Taiwan as a key innovation and technology hub.

Cher Wang, the Chairwoman and CEO of HTC, said the agreement will enable Google to supercharge their hardware business while ensuring continued innovation within HTC’s smartphone and VIVE virtual reality businesses.

“We believe HTC is well positioned to maintain our rich legacy of innovation and realize the potential of a new generation of connected products and services,” she added.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is expected to close by early 2018.

HTC has been a longtime partner of Google and has created some of the most beautiful, premium devices on the market, Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Hardware at Google said.

Both Google and HTC have significant presence in the country.

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