Thursday in CE: Google to Buy Part of HTC’s Smartphone Team for $1.1 Billion
It took a couple of weeks, but it appears now that Google and HTC have reached an agreement that will see a portion of HTC’s smartphone arm become a Google/Alphabet property. According to multiple reports the search giant will pay $1.1 billion to acquire the smartphone brains at HTC. Specifically, according to CNN Money, the deal will bring roughly 2,000 HTC engineers and technical staff under the Google umbrella. Additionally, in a separate agreement Google will acquire licenses to some of HTC’s intellectual property.
In a blog post, Google said the deal proves the company’s commitment to smartphones and other hardware, and will fuel “even more product innovation in the years ahead.”
“In many ways, this agreement is a testament to the decade-long history of teamwork between HTC and Google,” Senior Vice President of Hardware Rick Osterloh wrote. “Together, we’ve achieved several mobile-industry firsts, including the first ever Android smartphone.”
Google has shown a unique ability over the years to battle through some embarrassing flops in the hardware department (see: Google Glass), only to wind up with a small suite of products that have actually excited consumers. Right now there’s Google’s Pixel smartphone, the Home speaker, and Daydream View VR headset. The HTC deal could help ramp up the innovation cycle on these and other new hardware concepts.
— TNW (@TheNextWeb) September 21, 2017
Tech media have been tearing into a number of snafus that have popped up in the days since Apple officially launched some of their newest products. Yesterday, it was the connectivity issues with the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE edition—and rightfully so. The company did say a fix was on the way.
Today, though, it’s some of the functions that are under attack in Apple’s redesigned Control Center on the iPhone and iPad. The WiFi and Bluetooth buttons in the Control Center, it turns out, don’t actually turn those services completely off. Rather, they disconnect the iPhone or iPad from connected accessories. Apple said this is to enable important features to continue operating and functioning properly.
Those functions can be toggled completely on and off through the Settings app, but some outlets have concerns over “unforeseen vulnerabilities” that consumers might not know about yet, or those who are worried about battery drain.
Really, it’s just another case of people (or grumpy tech writers) hating change.