Google closes HTC deal; Taiwan now largest engineering site in Asia Pacific

The addition of the workers comes less than four months after the introduction of the company's new Pixel smartphone range.

The deal includes about 2000 engineers who were already working on the Google Pixel 2 smartphone and its upcoming successors. "You have to be vertical in some cases to really push the envelope for consumers", he added.

Osterloh unveiled that his employer plans to invest even more in innovation in the long term. Google's Pixel devices apparently won't come with an inexpensive price tag, unlike what we have seen with the Nexus series of smartphones. The search giant had penned a deal with HTC to scoop up about half of its research and design division.

Also included in the deal is a non-exclusive license of HTC intellectual property, meaning HTC can continue to make products, including phones, under its company brand.

A much bigger step would be to create its own chip system, the main processor within the smartphones that Apple is now integrating into its devices.

As some individuals may recall, the development of Google's two Pixel smartphones was reportedly outsourced to HTC.

KitGuru Says: Google seems to be moving towards a future where it builds all of its smartphones itself, rather than tapping third-parties to handle it for them. The company promised more similar pieces of "custom silicon" in the next years.

Google has officially closed its deal US$1.1 partial acquisition deal with HTC. The exec did not mention this year's new Pixel phones during the interview.

If Android partners aren't alienated by Google's entrance, they are at least uneasy. Google is known to rely on more than one OEM for its Pixel phones.

"We don't want it to be a niche thing and that Google hopes to sell the products in high volumes in five years", Osterloh told The Verge last year. However, with Pixel phones, the company is aiming to dent Apple's market share. The sales will remain limited to nine countries, including the US, Germany and Singapore.

In 2012 Google attempted to give its smartphone business a shot in the arm by paying $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, but this venture was a failure and Motorola Mobility was subsequently disposed of.

  • Arturo Norris