In the past few years, HTC hasn’t been doing good with its smartphones. Despite how great its products were, there was always a gap that could not be bridged. And now, while Google is already in partnership with HTC for making its Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, the company seems to be looking for more than just the partnership – Google is reportedly interested in HTC s ailing mobile division. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting cardAlso Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users
According to a report in a Taiwanese publication, comprehended by our sister website BGR, Google is only interested in the mobile arm of HTC, and that HTC as a company isn t for sale. But, the two companies are apparently in the final stage of negotiation, and a deal could be reached by the end of the year, the report notes. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
BGR India reached out to Google and HTC regarding the same, however, the spokespersons for the two companies were not immediately available for comment. ALSO READ: HTC eying potential sale; Google, Samsung likely to hop on: Report
Further, a Bloomberg report last month suggested that HTC has been exploring its options as its smartphone sales dwindle and its VR headset business struggles to take off. One option on the table was to spin out the VR division and sell the smartphone business.
As for Google, this isn t the first time they are cracking such a deal. In 2011, Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion in an effort to ramp up its hardware ambitions. Motorola released a few handsets while operating as a Google subsidiary, but none of them were blockbusters. At that time, everybody assumed that the takeover would probably help Google manufacture better Nexus devices, but Google never merged the Android and Motorola teams, choosing to treat Motorola just like any other Android device maker. Sadly, the whole thing turned out to be a financial disaster for Google, and the company ended up selling Motorola to Lenovo just two years later, for less than $3 billion. ALSO READ: HTC to shift its focus on high-end smartphone market in India
Here s hoping that if this deal does come through, it works in the favor of the two companies, especially for HTC. According to Digitimes, HTC s August revenues were the lowest in 13 years, which is troubling news. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 with Snapdragon 836 SoC tipped to arrive on October 5