HTC is to postpone trade of a batch on a TWSE tomorrow, forward of what it says will be the recover of “material information” regarding to a business. The news was reported progressing by a FT.
The pierce has peaked conjecture about a intensity sale of HTC’s mobile division, with a Taiwanese device builder struggling for years to try to spin around a fortunes in a fiercely rival smartphone market.
In new years loss-making buliding have become the normal for HTC, that posted a initial ever detriment creation entertain in Q3 2013. And notwithstanding government changes, portfolio pleat and even pulling into a new product difficulty (VR, around a partnership with games publisher Valve) it has been incompetent to lift a business out of a prolonged slide.
Media reports in Asia have recently related Google’s primogenitor association Alphabet with a probable merger of HTC’s mobile business. And a note on HTC’s financier website references conjecture in a China Times that “HTC competence announce a sale to Google” — going on to mention a “countermeasure” to this news is to state: “HTC does not criticism on marketplace gossip or speculation”.
If Google is indeed set to collect adult HTC’s smartphone multiplication it would not be a initial time it’s swooped in to try to deliver one of a Android OEMs. The association acquired Motorola Mobility in 2011, shelling out $12.5BN on a purchase. Then in 2014 it sole a multiplication to Lenovo for $2.91BN — holding on to “the immeasurable majority” of Motorola’s obvious portfolio.
Smartphone leaker Evan Blass has tweeted that he’s been sent a duplicate of an inner HTC entice for employees to a city gymnasium assembly tomorrow — that apparently includes “Google acquisition” as one of a topics.
 Someone sent me a duplicate of an inner invitation to an HTC worker Town Hall assembly tmrw (9/21). One purported topic: Google acquisition
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 20, 2017
Blass says a same source serve claims a understanding that a dual companies have finalized will see Google acquire “certain hardware engineering assets” from HTC, while a latter retains a code — and will concentration on VR and a Vive.
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