Google making some interesting moves over the last few years

Google has made a strategic investment in HTC, and is hiring its best phone engineers. After intense speculation and lots of pontificating by tech pundits, Google has made it official: it’s going into business with HTC. But instead of buying HTC’s phone business outright, Google has “signed an agreement with HTC, a leader in consumer electronics, [to hire] a team of HTC talent [to] join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.” The announcement, made by Rick Osterloh, who heads Google’s nascent hardware division, notes t

via Google isn’t buying HTC, but is hiring its best smartphone talent — AIVAnet

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