Google buys HTC team for $1.1b

The US search giant is tightening control of the smartphone hardware that carries its Android software. Tension with distributers Samsung and Huawei may build.

Google buys HTC team for $1.1b

Google said it has bought the team of developers that helped build its Pixel smartphone from the struggling Taiwanese device maker, HTC, for $1.1 billion in cash.

The US search engine, a unit of Alphabet Inc., is paying up to inject the hardware expertise into its own smart phones. About 2,000 research and development engineers, or half of HTC's RD department, will transfer across to Google.

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