Google/HTC deal is official, Google to acquire part of HTC’s smartphone team

From Ars Technica

The Google and HTC deal is official, it’s just not quite what we expected. Google isn’t buying HTC outright, à la Motorola. Instead, Google and HTC have signed an agreement to send some of HTC’s employees over to Google, while HTC gets a $1.1 billion cash infusion. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property.

While earlier rumors pointed to an outright acquisition of HTC by Google, HTC remains an independent company, and will still manufacture smartphones. Google is acquiring some 2,000 HTC employees, but not any of its factories. Manufacturing facilities are more of a liability today in the smartphone business than anything, with even Apple, the king of vertical integration, outsourcing that work to companies like Foxconn.

The deal was announced by Google’s SVP of Hardware and former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh. In a blog post, Osterloh said, “With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the…

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