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HTC Will Still Release A Flagship In 2018 Following Google Deal

Tyler Lee September 21, 2017

As you might have heard, Google and HTC have recently struck up an agreement in which in exchange for $1.1 billion, Google will be getting their hands on some of HTC’s IP in an non-exclusive licensing agreement, as well as the team behind HTC’s smartphones. This isn’t an outright purchase of HTC, but rather a part of the company’s mobile team.

So what does this mean for HTC? The good news for fans of the company is that things are expected to proceed as per usual. In fact come 2018, fans can look forward to HTC launching a new flagship that will be the successor to this year’s HTC U11 smartphone. This is according to HTC’s announcement in which the company basically said that they will be releasing a new phone next year, while at the same time streamlining their existing portfolio.

HTC’s press release reads, “This agreement also supports HTC’s continued branded smartphone strategy, enabling a more streamlined product portfolio, greater operational efficiency and financial flexibility. HTC will continue to have best-in-class engineering talent, which is currently working on the next flagship phone, following the successful launch of the HTC U11 earlier this year.”

We’re not sure what the future holds for HTC after that so we guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime we are also very curious as to what Google’s investment will yield in terms of new products.

HTC Will Still Release A Flagship In 2018 Following Google Deal , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google To HTC’s Smartphone Team For $1.1 Billion

Tyler Lee September 21, 2017

It is no secret that HTC is definitely not the company it once was, and over the years they have been slowly ceding market share to bigger smartphone makers, and more recently OEMs from China who are quickly rising to the top of the ranks. This is why when there were rumors that Google could be considering acquiring HTC, it did not really come as a surprise.

It turns out that the rumors were true, or at least part of it because HTC and Google have recently announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement with each other. This will see Google more or less acquire the team behind HTC’s smartphones, or to be more specific those who have been working on the Pixel handsets, as well as a non-exclusive licensing agreement of HTC’s IP, and in exchange Google will be paying the company a whopping $1.1 billion in the process.

In a post on Google’s blog, Rick Osterloh, the SVP of Hardware wrote, “With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.”

It will be interesting to see what Google plans on doing with this recent investment, and if the rumors are true, HTC could also be one of the companies behind this year’s Pixel handsets.

Google To HTC’s Smartphone Team For $1.1 Billion , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Could Have A Trade-In Program For Project Fi

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Carriers have long offered their customers trade-in programs where users after a certain amount of time, customers have the option of swapping out their older phone for a newer device, which is one of the ways to encourage customers to keep using the carrier’s network and services. Now it looks like Google’s Project Fi could start accepting trade-ins as well.

In a new support page on Google’s website, Google has highlighted how there will be a trade-in program at both the Google Store and Project Fi. Not all phones will be accepted, but it seems that for the most part the major brands will be covered, which includes handsets from Apple, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, as well as select Nexus-branded smartphones.

The amount of money you can get for your phone will vary from brand to brand. According to 9to5Google, a 128GB Nexus 6P will get users about $165, while a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus will net users as much as $332. It is interesting that Google has chosen now to launch its trade-in program, especially when you consider how close it is to the launch of Google’s new Pixel phones.

Also if you recall, a recent leak has revealed that Google’s Pixel 2 handsets will be more expensive than their predecessors, which means that now is as good a time as any to launch a trade-in program to encourage customers to purchase the new phones. We expect more details will be shared soon, so check back with us at a later date for more information.

Google Could Have A Trade-In Program For Project Fi , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New Photos ‘Confirm’ Pixel 2 Will Ditch The 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Yesterday thanks to photos shared by Droid-Life, we managed to get a pretty good look at the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets. However the photos only showed the back of the phone and not the front or its sides, but a recent photo obtained by 9to5Google has shown off the bottom of the phone and confirmed a feature (or lack of a feature).

As you can see in the photo above, whose background and surroundings have been blurred to protect 9to5Google’s source, the base of the phone shows a small hole which is presumably for the microphone, and a charging cable, and what appears to be missing is the 3.5mm headphone jack.

We’ve actually heard rumors in the past that the new Pixel phones could be ditching the headphone jack, and this new photo seems to prove it, or at least lends more credibility to the rumors. However it should be noted that because the rumors are claiming that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be made by HTC and LG respectively, it is unclear if the ditching of the headphone jack is for just the Pixel 2 or for both devices.

We know that this move is definitely not looked upon favorably by many users who feel that cutting the cord might be a bit premature, but either way we should have the official details come 4th of October which is when the phones will be announced.

New Photos ‘Confirm’ Pixel 2 Will Ditch The 3.5mm Headphone Jack , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google’s FCC Filing Hints At Upcoming Google Home Mini

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Just the other day we reported that thanks to a huge leak shared by Droid-Life, it seemed that Google has quite a few product announcements they will be making in the coming weeks. One of those leaks revealed that Google has a new Google Home speaker in the works in the form of the Google Home Mini, which might have been confirmed by an FCC filing.

According to the FCC filing, it mentions a “media streaming device” that based on a circular base diagram with a regulatory label, it looks like it could fit the Google Home Mini perfectly, that is unless this is for something else entirely. 9to5Google notes that the filing also mentions that this label will be adhered to the device using strong pressure-sensitive glue, which they speculate is one of the cost-cutting measures that the company is employing.

This is because unlike the more expensive Google Home, the Mini version is said to only cost $49 which is pretty affordable. The filing also reveals that the device will sport Bluetooth and WiFi radios which isn’t surprising for a set of smart speakers. In any case this is actually not the first time that we’re hearing that a smaller Google Home could be in the works.

Google is expected to host an event on the 4th of October where their new Pixel 2 phones will be announced, but like we said the recent Droid-Life leak has revealed that there will be more than phones shown off at the event.

Google’s FCC Filing Hints At Upcoming Google Home Mini , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Close To Buying HTC Assets

Adnan Farooqui September 20, 2017


HTC announced earlier today that it will halt stock trading tomorrow as a major announcement will be made. There have been rumors about an acquisition of the company by Google though nothing has been officially confirmed as yet. A new report published today claims that Google is “close” to acquiring HTC assets.

Citing people familiar with the situation, Bloomberg reports that Google is close to acquiring HTC’s assets as it wants to bolster its hardware business.

Google’s critics may not like this given that this isn’t the first time the company has tried to buy its way into the hardware market. It spent $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility in 2012. In less than three years, Motorola lost ground as an Android handset manufacturer and Google unloaded it to Lenovo for $3 billion.

Reports suggest that Google is going to buy HTC’s handset original design operations for around $330 million. It’s reportedly going to retain the HTC brand and about 100 HTC engineers will be retained.

There’s no clarity about the future of HTC’s Vive virtual reality division so far. The company’s handset division might be struggling but its VR division shows the most promise for future growth. There have been rumors that HTC is open to selling off the VR division as well.

With its Pixel handsets last year, Google made it clear that it has every intention of competing with the big players in the hardware space. Having its own hardware production unit will give Google more control over the distribution of its hardware products and associated software services.

It seems like a good idea, at least in theory, but has Google learned valuable lessons from the Motorola episode? Time will tell.

Google declined to comment on Bloomberg’s story.

Google Close To Buying HTC Assets , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android One Moto X4 Officially Launched

Adnan Farooqui September 20, 2017


It was reported recently that an Android One version of the Moto X4 could be launched soon. The reports have turned out to be true. The Android One Moto X4 has been launched on Project Fi, Google’s prepaid carrier. Project Fi customers now have access to a cheaper device as the only phones available until recently that were compatible on Fi were the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were compatible with Project Fi but they’re no longer being sold. This meant that anyone switching to Project Fi had to buy a Pixel which was more expensive. You can bring your own device to Project Fi since it relies on special software that handles network switching.

All of the specifications of this handset are similar to the Moto X4 that’s already available. The only major difference is that this is an Android One device, meaning that it runs on stock Android with no bloatware.

Google confirms that this handset will receive Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of this year. It adds that the Android One Moto X4 will be “among the first to receive an upgrade to Android P.”

Project Fi customers can purchase the Moto X4 for $399. They can trade-in an old Nexus device and get up to $165 as trade-in value. Customers who trade-in a device before October 5th will also receive $50 in Fi credit.

Offered in Super Black and Sterling Blue, the Android One Moto X4 is now available for pre-order on the Project Fi website.

Android One Moto X4 Officially Launched , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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HTC Will Halt Stock Trading Tomorrow As Google Acquisition Rumors Persist

Adnan Farooqui September 20, 2017


There have been rumors recently that Google and HTC have been in talks for a potential acquisition. HTC hasn’t confirmed anything as yet but it has given a big indication that a “major announcement’ will be made tomorrow. HTC today announced that it will halt the trading of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a major announcement.

It’s uncommon for a notice of halting trading to be sent out in advance. Trading is normally halted immediately after unfavorable news breaks and is used in situations where it’s considered prudent to prevent shareholders from being scared by the unfavorable news and tripping over themselves to dump the stock.

It was reported earlier this month that HTC was in advanced stages of negotiations with Google. The internet search giant is reportedly interested in an acquisition. Google hasn’t confirmed anything at this point in time and HTC official response about the negotiations with Google is that it “does not comment on market rumor or speculation.”

It wouldn’t be surprising if HTC does decide to sell itself. Its fortunes in the smartphone market have not turned and recent devices haven’t done much to steady the ship. There’s already a close relationship between Google and HTC. The two companies collaborated on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as well.

Google has made no secret of the fact that it wants to build up its hardware division again. It tried this once before when it owned Motorola but that didn’t work. Motorola was sold to Lenovo a couple of years back and now it seems like Google might be willing to try its luck with hardware by acquiring HTC.

It’s unclear if Google will just be acquiring HTC’s smartphone business or if it will buy the Vive VR division as well. The VR division has the most potential for growth and if HTC decides to sell it, its shareholders will predictably react negatively.

It’s all speculation at this point in time as far as the outcome of all of this is concerned. We shall know for sure come tomorrow.

JUST IN:
HTC just announced it’s shares will halt trading tomorrow (Thur) pending a major announcement.

— Tim Culpan (@tculpan) September 20, 2017

HTC Will Halt Stock Trading Tomorrow As Google Acquisition Rumors Persist , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google No Longer Replacing Nexus 6Ps With Pixel XLs

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

With quite a few Nexus 6P owners reporting that their phones are being stuck in bootloops or experiencing sudden shutdowns due to battery issues, it did not really come as a surprise that there were reports that Google was offering customers a replacement for the Nexus 6P with a Pixel XL, or at least in some cases.

This was never officially confirmed or announced by Google, but rather it seemed to stem from user reports in which there were some who were lucky enough to replace Pixel XL handsets as replacements. Unfortunately it seems that Google has decided to put an end to this replacement program.

In a post on Reddit, a user by the name of Poryhack claims that when they tried to get a replacement for the Nexus 6P, they were told that Google has since changed their policies and will no longer be offering a replacement. The rep that Poryhack got in touch with was quoted as saying, “Since the device is out of warranty and hence we would not be able to replace the device for you. We had replaced some of the device earlier but the policies have changed now. We’ve re-evaluated our servicing policies and cannot provide a replacement for your issue.”

This is rather disappointing for Nexus 6P owners who are stuck with a faulty device. In fact earlier this year there was a class-action lawsuit filed against Google and Huawei over the Nexus 6P bootloop issues, and this change in policy is certainly not going to win them any fans.

Google No Longer Replacing Nexus 6Ps With Pixel XLs , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Some Devices Experiencing Random Reboots After Android 8.0 Oreo Update

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

The Android 8.0 Oreo update is one that many Android users have been looking forward to, and is one of the main reasons of owning a Nexus or Pixel device in which users can ensure timely release of the updates for their phones. Unfortunately it seems that the update has been causing a bit of problems for its users.

According to Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii‏, it seems that following the update to Android 8.0 Oreo, his Pixel XL has been randomly rebooting on him with alarming frequency. Android Police then conducted a quick poll on Twitter and discovered that there were quite a few users who were experiencing similar problems. The issue was then reported to the Google IssueTracker but for some reason, Google has since marked it as “Won’t Fix (Not Reproducible)”.

It is unclear as to what the problem might be, but some have found success after rolling back their phones to Nougat, indicating that this seems to be a problem with Oreo and not their phones. It is also unclear as to whether or not it could be device specific since the poll found that the majority of users affected owned Pixel XL handsets, but like we said it could simply be an Oreo software problem.

According to Google, “We believe the issue was due to a known issue related to a file descriptor leak but it is hard to confirm without further context. We are working on improving error reporting around these cases to try to ensure they are easier to root cause in the future.” Either way if you own the Pixel XL, then perhaps this is a problem you might want to keep an eye out for.

Some Devices Experiencing Random Reboots After Android 8.0 Oreo Update , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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