Pixel team is now in-house as Google closes $1.1 billion HTC deal [telecom]

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Just a few months ago, Google and HTC announced a deal that would see
HTC sell a big chunk of its phone division to Google for $1.1
billion. Today, Google announced that the deal has closed, and the HTC
employees are officially joining Google.

For HTC, the deal is a big cash infusion at a time when the company is
struggling financially. WIth HTC burning through about $75 million
each quarter, Google's money gives it over three years of money to
burn at the current rate. The move should also cut costs for HTC: the
2,000 employees leaving for Google represent half of HTC's R&D group
and 20 percent of its 10,000 employees. HTC claims it will continue to
compete in the smartphone market, even with this huge of a staff cut.


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