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Google Buys HTC Design Teams

In a deal worth $1.1bn, Google bought 2,000 engineers from smartphone-maker HTC.

Editor’s Remarks: The Alphabet subsidiary closed the deal with the intention of bringing on board talent necessary to taking on Apple’s consumer hardware operations. In recent years, Apple has moved away from outsourcing its hardware components and in late 2017 announced that it would begin building its own special-purpose chips. Now, it seems, Google is trying to do the same: the latest Pixel smartphones even came with an image processor that rivals the iPhone’s. This shift towards vertical integration is expected to allow Google to commercialise AI software by having close integrations between its hardware and software.

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