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

By Ron Amadeo

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The Google and HTC deal is official, it’s just not quite what we were expecting. Google isn’t buying HTC outright, à la Motorola, but is 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 dollar cash infusion. The deal also includes a “non-exclusive license” for HTC’s intellectual property.

HTC is still an independent company, and will still manufacture smartphones. Google is just acquiring some of HTC’s employees for its hardware team, but it won’t be getting any factories.

On Google’s side, the deal was announced by SVP of Hardware and former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh. In a blog post, Osterloh says, “With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will 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.”

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Motorola redux? Google appears set to buy HTC

By Ron Amadeo

Enlarge / The all-glass back of the HTC U11. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

Evidence is mounting that Google is going to buy HTC. Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan is reporting HTC shares will halt trading tomorrow pending a “major announcement” from the company. The speculation is that the struggling smartphone and VR headset company is going to be sold, and further speculation suggests the buyer is Google.

The “Google to buy HTC” rumors have been churning for some time. The local Taiwan media has been reporting whispers of talks between the two companies since the beginning of September, and one site, Apple Daily, is reporting that the sale is already a done deal.

So what would Google want with HTC? Any tech watchers’ mind should immediately jump to the last time Google bought a failing Android OEM: its acquisition of Motorola. Along with a ton of patents, Google got a bunch of factories dedicated to producing smartphones and other products. It sold off the parts it didn’t want, like the cable modem business, and then it set about whipping Motorola into shape. After clearing the 18-month product pipeline the old Motorola execs left in place, Motorola turned into one of the better Android OEMs out there, offering stock Android, fast updates, and a simple lineup of about three main phones across the pricing spectrum. Google eventually got rid of Motorola, though, probably as a result of negotiations with other Android OEMs.

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The Pixel 2 XL price jumps $100, now starts at $849

By Ron Amadeo

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Google is hard at work getting the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL ready for its October 4 launch party. But, in the meantime, pricing and even more pictures of Google’s upcoming flagship smartphone have leaked.

Droid Life has the details on the Pixel 2 XL, which the report says is the phone’s official name. After Google’s shut down of the “value oriented” Nexus brand, the first Pixel phone was criticized for being a bit too expensive. For 2017, Google doesn’t seem too interested in addressing those complaints and is reportedly upping the price of the XL another $100—it will start at $849. There is, at least, a baseline of 64GB of storage, and you can jump up to a 128GB model for $949. There’s no SD card slot on the Pixels, so this is the only way to get more storage.

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Today’s Video Worth Sharing: The Essential Phone PH-1 Unboxing And Review

By Tim

Today’s video comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and covers the Essential Phone (PH-1). A 5.7 inch, bezel-less smartphone built of premium quality materials with a few nice features.

Unfortunately one of those nice features is not the price tag which is a staggering $699 for a not quite ready for prime time device. However this phone might appeal to a certain segment that wants very decent battery life, good gaming, plenty of storage and a good display.

On a personal note here, I know that a bezel-less display sounds great, but in reality it just means you will be accidentally touching the screen all the time. My BLU Energy 2 phone has some mighty tiny side bezels and I am still constantly hitting the screen with the edge of a finger or thumb.

Keep in mind of course that I use a phone primarily to check email, watch the radar and occasionally go to my work web site when I am on the landline with a customer.  Oh yes, I also use it primarily for…wait for it…yes, you guessed it, making phone calls. So obviously I am not the guy who is going to recommend that anyone purchase a phone that costs what a very good laptop costs.

All that being said, let us see what Andrew has to say about this particular device.

That is all I have at the moment,

Tim

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Essential Phone will get Android Oreo update “soon”

By Darrell Etherington

Essential is bringing the latest version of Android to its first smartphone, the aptly named ‘Phone.’ The Android 8.0 release is already available for Google’s own flagship Pixel hardware, but Essential has previously talked about how it will endeavor to follow Google quickly when it comes to major software updates. The Andy Rubin-founded startup said on Twitter that more… Read More

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