All it took was $1.1 billion for a part of HTC to be a part of Google

All it took was $1.1 billion for a part of HTC to be a part of Google

All it took was $1.1 billion for a part of HTC to be a part of Google

The idea that Google would purchase at least part of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC was something that cropped up in the rumor mill from time to time, but it was also something that hit overdrive not too long ago. That notion is no longer a rumor as Google officially announced that it has purchased HTC’s “Powered by HTC” research and development division for $1.1 billion.

It wasn’t a particularly small division, either — Powered by HTC comprised half of HTC’s overall R&D team, which makes sense given that the division was in charge of Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL. The deal also gives Google a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property, which will surely come in handy with future devices.

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All it took was $1.1 billion for a part of HTC to be a part of Google

All it took was $1.1 billion for a part of HTC to be a part of Google

All it took was $1.1 billion for a part of HTC to be a part of Google

The idea that Google would purchase at least part of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC was something that cropped up in the rumor mill from time to time, but it was also something that hit overdrive not too long ago. That notion is no longer a rumor as Google officially announced that it has purchased HTC’s “Powered by HTC” research and development division for $1.1 billion.

It wasn’t a particularly small division, either — Powered by HTC comprised half of HTC’s overall R&D team, which makes sense given that the division was in charge of Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL. The deal also gives Google a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property, which will surely come in handy with future devices.

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Android Nougat rollout: which manufacturers have been fastest so far?

Android Nougat rollout: which manufacturers have been fastest so far?

Android Nougat rollout: which manufacturers have been fastest so far?

Android updates are one of the major parts of our experience with smartphones. We place a great deal of importance on them, they’re the subject of neverending criticism, and we’ve all experienced the pain of waiting for one that just never seems to arrive.

In the most recent headcount, Android Nougat can be found on 9.5 percent of Android devices, around 10 months after it first hit the scene (August 22, 2016). By next week, this is likely to be more than 10 percent.

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Android Nougat rollout: which manufacturers have been fastest so far?

Android Nougat rollout: which manufacturers have been fastest so far?

Android Nougat rollout: which manufacturers have been fastest so far?

Android updates are one of the major parts of our experience with smartphones. We place a great deal of importance on them, they’re the subject of neverending criticism, and we’ve all experienced the pain of waiting for one that just never seems to arrive.

In the most recent headcount, Android Nougat can be found on 9.5 percent of Android devices, around 10 months after it first hit the scene (August 22, 2016). By next week, this is likely to be more than 10 percent.

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Android Nougat rollout: which manufacturers have been fastest so far?

Android Nougat rollout: which manufacturers have been fastest so far?

Android Nougat rollout: which manufacturers have been fastest so far?

Android updates are one of the major parts of our experience with smartphones. We place a great deal of importance on them, they’re the subject of neverending criticism, and we’ve all experienced the pain of waiting for one that just never seems to arrive.

In the most recent headcount, Android Nougat can be found on 9.5 percent of Android devices, around 10 months after it first hit the scene (August 22, 2016). By next week, this is likely to be more than 10 percent.

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Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out for Sprint’s HTC 10

Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out for Sprint’s HTC 10

Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out for Sprint’s HTC 10

Back in December, HTC released the Nougat update for the unlocked versions of its flagship device in the US, while in January, T-Mobile started rolling out the Android Nougat update to the HTC 10. It looks like Sprint is now joining in on the fun. According to several Twitter users, the carrier has now started bumping up HTC 10 devices to the latest version of Android.

The update is quite big, as it weighs in at 1.3 GB and brings a bunch of new features to the high-end device. These include changes to the Settings menu, enhanced notifications, as well as multitasking improvements, among others.

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HTC U11 EYEs with dual front-facing cameras could launch on January 15

HTC U11 EYEs with dual front-facing cameras could launch on January 15

HTC U11 EYEs with dual front-facing cameras could launch on January 15

HTC is gearing up to announce a new smartphone. The company has published a press invite on its Weibo account for an event taking place on January 15 in China, where it’s expected to take the wraps off the U11 EYEs. This hasn’t officially been confirmed yet, but it’s a safe bet given the fact that HTC emphasized the word Eye in its Weibo post.

Although the company hasn’t shared any details about the device, we already know a lot about it. According to Evan Blass, it could sport a 6-inch Full HD+ display, which means it should have an aspect ratio of 18:9. The device is said to be powered by the Snapdragon 652 chipset, have 4 GB of RAM, and pack a 3,930 mAh battery.

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Here are the best HTC phones you can buy right now

Here are the best HTC phones you can buy right now

Here are the best HTC phones you can buy right now

Over the past several years, Taiwan-based HTC has been a highly prolific company when it comes to releasing Android smartphones. While HTC recently pledged to cut down on the number of new smartphones it will release in 2017 compared to previous years, it has already launched a number of new models so far this year, with perhaps more to come before 2017 ends.

Since HTC has so many current and older smartphones to purchase, we decided to take a look at the best ones you can buy right now. We are breaking them down in three catagories: Flagship, Mid-Range and Budget. As you can see, there are no shortages of HTC phones to choose from at any price point you can imagine.

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HTC will cut back on its new phones by half in 2017

HTC will cut back on its new phones by half in 2017

HTC will cut back on its new phones by half in 2017

HTC revealed its first two smartphones for 2017 earlier today, the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play. How long before the next batch? While we can’t say for sure, HTC has revealed they will certainly not be flooding the market with new smartphones in the next twelve months. In fact, it plans to cut its new phone introductions by about half this year compared to 2016.

In a chat with Engadget, Chialin Chang, the President for HTC’s Smartphone and Connected Devices business, stated the company will only launch six or seven new smartphones in 2017, compared to 11 or 12 in 2016. The reason for this decision was simply to put more focus on the features of each smartphone, so they can be more competitive with rivals from Samsung, LG and others.

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