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Google secures part of HTC's smartphone division in $1.1bn deal

In addition to the deal, Google has secured a non-exclusive license for HTC's intellectual property (IP), which means the company's other areas of development, including virtual reality, will be available to Google Pixel devices in future.

"HTC has been a longtime partner of Google and has created some of the most beautiful, premium devices on the market," said Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Hardware at Google. "We can't wait to welcome members of the HTC team who will be joining Google to fuel further innovation and future product development in consumer hardware."

Google has announced a press event for Wednesday 4th October, where the company will reveal its second-generation hardware, including possible updates for its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. It's also likely that the event will see the arrival of the recently leaked Google Home Mini, which looks set to rival the Amazon Echo Dot for a place in your smart-home set-up.

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.