Rumored for some time, Google’s purchase of a significant chunk of handset-maker HTC was announced today. The WSJ:
Google said an HTC team that helped develop Google’s flagship Pixel smartphone will join the company. The Mountain View, Calif., company will also get a nonexclusive license to HTC intellectual property.
HTC was hired by Google to be the contract manufacturer for the Pixel, a high-end smartphone that was launched last year, in part to better compete with Apple Inc.
$1.1bn in cash is probably most of HTC. The company’s market share evaporated over the last half-decade but it remains a well-respected manufacturer.
Alternative Betteridge headline: “Will Google buying HTC go better than Google buying Motorola?”
CueCat, a barcode reader that they hoped we would excitedly use to scan barcodes on ads so we could watch more ads, is one of the classic crap gadgets. When I suggested a book called “Crap Gadgets” to someone in the trade, about the wonderful world of crap gadgets, she said, “It’ll have CueCat in […]
Dami Lee on the Qoobo: “Do you enjoy the sensation of petting a cat or dog, but hate the unconditional love and the fact that they have heads and limbs?” I’m looking forward to hacking one of these so that whenever it is petted, it emits a man’s muffled screams.
One of the holy grails of free and open computing is a really great free/open phone; it’s been tried many times before without much success, but a new crowdfunder from Purism (who make a pretty great free/open laptop) has just crossed the $1,000,000 mark and is on track to hit its target of $1.5M in […]