Google buys Pixel Phone division from HTC in $1.1 billion deal ...

MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:

The Google Pixel smartphone and its “best camera ever” will soon be even more “Made by Google.” The search giant just announced that it would purchase the Pixel hardware division from Taiwan’s HTC in a $1.1 billion deal.

Prior to this deal, Google designed, developed, and marketed the Pixel phone while HTC was the contracted hardware manufacturer. 

Reuters reports that this acquisition is an all-cash deal that will add another 2,000 employees to Google’s headcount, bringing a fifth of HTC’s total workforce in Taiwan into the Google fold.

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