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Google buys part of HTC’s smartphone operations for $1.1b

Google buys part of HTC’s smartphone operations for $1.1b

HTC phones are dead. Long live Google phones, or something to that effect. As has been speculated, and perhaps even wished for, Google has acquired HTC, or rather only a part of it. It has purchased HTC’s smartphone operations only, but is still giving the Taiwanese company some wiggle room for its own smartphones. And the price Google paid the embattled former tech giant? $1.1 billion, which is a paltry sum compared to to the $12.5 billion paid for when it acquired Motorola and even less than half of the $2.9 billion it got from selling Moto to Lenovo.

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HTC suspends trading, setting the stage for a Google acquisition

HTC suspends trading, setting the stage for a Google acquisition

Earlier in the month, we told you that Google may be considering an HTC buyout. You'd be forgiven if you initially disregarded such claims, but today we're getting more evidence that such an acquisition could be imminent. HTC has decided to suspend the trade of its shares, a move that will go into effect tomorrow.

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Pixel 2 XL leak spills nearly all release info

Pixel 2 XL leak spills nearly all release info

This morning a set of images of the Google Pixel 2 were leaked, and many details were spilled therein. These devices were leaked in both black and white, one with all-black, the other with black, white, and a lovely little red. These devices are manufactured by LG and will be called Pixel 2 XL.

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Vive Focus tipped as name of HTC’s standalone VR headset

Vive Focus tipped as name of HTC’s standalone VR headset

We haven't heard much about HTC's upcoming standalone VR headset — a model of the Vive that doesn't need to be tethered to a PC — but that's likely to change in the near future. There's still a lot of questions about the hardware details, however there's a good chance the device's name has just been discovered. A pair of trademark filings from HTC were recently made, referring to a device called " Vive Focus."

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HTC U Life “Ocean Life” to be an Android One phone

HTC U Life “Ocean Life” to be an Android One phone

Android One has always been an odd program and, for a time, it seemed that Google would give up on it altogether. That seemed especially possible after it announced its Android Go program for “constrained devices”. But Google insisted that Android One is still a go and it has, in fact, launched the first new device in a long while, the Xiaomi Mi A1. Now it seems that there will indeed be new Android One phones, with the next one coming from HTC, based on the unreleased HTC U11 Life, a.k.a. the HTC Ocean Life.

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HTC U11 Edge Sense update shows Samsung how it’s done

HTC U11 Edge Sense update shows Samsung how it’s done

With screens effectively pushing out bezels and buttons from the faces of phones, OEMs are looking to the back and sides for additional controls. But instead of simply adding yet another button, HTC dared to do something new in the HTC U11: Edge Sense. As fancy as it may be, the squeezable interface didn’t exactly wow users when the phone launched. But HTC at least seems committed to making that gesture more functional and more customizable. Unlike a certain Korean manufacturer hellbent on locking its new single-purpose button to that single, still practically useless purpose.

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Google may acquire HTC (or part of it, anyhow)

Google may acquire HTC (or part of it, anyhow)

A report from China suggests that HTC is in final negotiations to sell at least part of their business to Google. In a way similar to the acquisition of Nokia's phone hardware business by Microsoft or even Google's acquisition of Motorola, Google's reported to be aiming for HTC. The report at hand suggests that this sale would be for the HTC smartphone research and development team only, and wouldn't include the entire company nor its Virtual Reality arm (with the HTC Vive).

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This set of Pixel 2 images nearly confirms every detail

This set of Pixel 2 images nearly confirms every detail

Details about the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel XL 2 were revealed thanks to a set of images that preclude a launch in early October. Both devices are quite likely set to be manufactured by their own individual sources, one from HTC, the other from LG. But their innards are extremely similar - much like the first wave of Pixel smartphones, both with the same processor, RAM, and Android build. Today we're nearly on the button.

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This Pixel 2’s details just out-designed Google

This Pixel 2’s details just out-designed Google

Designer R.Batinic submitted a concept design for the next Google Pixel this week with simple lines and tight borders. This design looks relatively similar to what we've seen in leaks, and some details appear to reflect what's been said by anonymous insiders. What we're going to do today is inspect this design and compare it to what we're pretty sure we know about the next Pixel and Pixel XL (2017).

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Why the iPhone 8 excites this Android user

Why the iPhone 8 excites this Android user

The expected $1000 iPhone 8 with tiny bezels, a new camera, and a new way to charge should excite every Android user in the world. Not because this iPhone 8 will be a device to switch to iOS for - not at all. This device should be exciting to Android users because it signifies an industry expansion. While Apple's last half-decade was a set of iPhones that looked largely like their predecessors, Apple's about to release an iPhone that looks quite different - and it'll do so with two more phones, all at the same time!

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HTC VIVE sell-off reportedly under consideration

HTC VIVE sell-off reportedly under consideration

HTC is considering selling off its VIVE virtual reality business, a new report claims, as the smartphone maker weighs possible routes to boosting its finances. An unexpected launch back in early 2015, HTC VIVE has proved surprisingly successful with its combination of immersive VR and its "room-scale" ability to allow users to physically move around virtual worlds. However, at the same time HTC's phone business has struggled in the face of bigger rivals with deeper pockets.

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HTC VIVE just got a big (and permanent) price drop

HTC VIVE just got a big (and permanent) price drop

Over the course of the summer, we've really seen the Oculus Rift try to stick it to the HTC VIVE. The Rift had already been on sale for much of the summer when Oculus revealed that it would permanently drop the price of its Rift + Touch bundle to $499. Now HTC has hit back with its own discount for the VIVE, so if you've been waiting on a VR headset, it looks like now is the time to buy.

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