It is worth noting that the agreement does not include the production capabilities of HTC. New employees had already worked with Google on Pixel.
Almost four years after selling Motorola to Lenovo, Google decided to buy another longtime Android partner. But instead of buying the whole HTC, Google is buying its “brain”.
“A team of HTC talents will join Google as part of the hardware organization,” said Rick Osterloh, the Google hardware SPV (and former president of Motorola). “These future Google mates are amazing people with whom we’ve been working closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as a team.”
As part of the deal, Google also receives non-exclusive rights to HTC’s intellectual property. However, it is worth noting that the agreement does not include the production skills of HTC.
The story behind the story
The deal means that Google is taking their new hardware division and the whole “Made by Google” story very seriously. It also shows that the giant has learned some lessons from the purchase of Motorola.
When Google bought Motorola in 2011, it took almost two years to really make its mark with the incredible Moto X, launched in 2013. By acquiring a good portion of HTC’s smartphone team, Google can skip all the luggage of HTC’s current pipeline and allow new employees to start working on Pixel 3 and other devices right away.