Google has finalised a $1.1 billion takeover of part of mobile maker HTC. The deal, which was first announced last year, sees the HTC team who built the Pixel and Pixel 2 on behalf of Google transfer to the search giant.
However, this is not the end of the line for HTC. The Taiwanese mobile maker, which pioneered some of the first Android phones at the end of the last decade, will continue to make smartphones under its own name.
That means follow ups to the critically lauded HTC U11 and U11 Plus should be unveiled later this year.
For Google, it means it finally has a top–rate team of smartphone designers working in–house. The Big G has long teamed up with the likes of HTC, LG and even Samsung to make its flagship Android handsets. Now though, it will be able to create new Pixel devices without having to use outside help.
Reports towards the end of 2017 suggested Google was working on three new Pixel phones, including one premium edition aimed at taking on Apple’s iPhone X. An all–screen look, wireless charging and new Android software are all set to feature.