step further by signing an agreement to pay HTC about $1.1bn for the transfer
of about 2000 HTC staff to Google. Though Google and HTC relationship dates
back to 2008, this move is seen by many industry expert as fuelled by the need
to compete favourably with industry giants like Apple and Samsung.
longstanding partnership, enabling Google to supercharge their hardware
business while ensuring continued innovation within our HTC smartphone and VIVE
virtual reality businesses,” said Cher Wang, HTC co-founder and chair.
are responsible for the design of the Google Pixel. Google said many of
the HTC employees who will be involved are “already working with Google to
develop Pixel smartphones”.
less reliant on Samsung which has become the leading supplier of Android
wouldn’t go on much longer on its own,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at
knew they had to come up with a brand that can match, if not surpass, the
demands of Samsung smartphones. If not, in the event that Samsung decides to
develop its own operating system, that would ultimately mark the beginning of
the end of Android as there currently is no smartphone capable of competing
with the iPhone except the Samsung Galaxy brand.
may be worth it but at the long run, this will remind us all of the deal
Blackberry entered into with Google to have BBM available on Android devices.
That deal would ultimately mark the end of Blackberry as everyone felt there
was no need to buy a Blackberry phone since they could have BBM on Android
devices. Let me know what your
take is on this.