Remember when Google bought Motorola? Is HTC next?



According to a Taiwanese news publisher, Google is interested in the acquisition or merger of the Smartphone Research and Development arm of HTC, based in Taiwan.

 HTC and Google play really? With the hardware on the Google strategy layout of the growing importance of Google’s existing hardware resources, a serious shortage, coupled with the HTC can not stop bleeding, financial pressure, it is understood that Google’s acquisition of HTC’s negotiations have entered the final stage, the slowest end of the final But only the subject of the smart phone R & D team, rather than the original rumors of the VR department, nor is the whole company to sell.

You will have to forgive the poor readability in the translation…as I used Google translator (in exchange for my soul)  to read the story.

If I am not mistaken, this isn’t the first time we have heard about The Goog having interest in HTC. We do know that Google has bought mobile technology companies in the past. Specifically Motorola.

This seems to be a little different strategy however, as Google was only interested in Motorola for its intellectual property portfolio. Google’s strategic acquisition of Motorola was done to protect Android in patent court. When that didn’t pan out, Google ditched Motorola in the same garbage dumpster that IBM threw their ThinkPad division.

Both were later found by Lenovo while digging through the trash looking for receipts containing the personal information of people who buy things from merchants that don’t care about privacy. Lenovo excels in stealing the private information of unwary humans.

If it is true that Mountain View is interested in providing a better Android User experience by integrating an organic hardware effort into their mobile operating system, something incredibly significant happens:

Android users transition from being the product to being the customer.

At least the ones who would come under the full responsibility of Google, once a monetary transaction has been made for a product they produced.

There is sound reasoning behind why Google hasn’t done this in the past. Their business model is almost completely based in advertising revenue. They create tier 1 software and services and give it away for free.  At least, free in the context of a monetary exchange from the User. In exchange, Google owns your digital soul while you are using their software and services, so they can sell it to another buyer of data who will in turn try to sell you things based on the private things you say, electronic conversations you had with others, places you go and other things you buy.

Google is a broker for personal data that is generated while using their code. And if  you aren’t buying the product…you are the product. This is the impetus as to why Android is, “free”.

The Android User is in fact, the product.

But that could change once Google takes responsibility for the physical material that their software resides on is B2C sold direct to its users, because now they are customers. When people buy things, the monetary transaction infers a responsibility that is incumbent upon the seller.

Before you get your hopes up, you should ready this:

https://ctee.com.tw/mobile/ViewCateNews.aspx?newsid=160674&cateid=kjmd

Could be rumor, but it is definitely written in Chinese. You can choose the translation services of your choice.


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