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Google confirms it will pay $1.1 billion to acquire HTC’s Pixel team and license technology

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The rumor mill was working overtime over the last few weeks as everyone speculated what a Google acquisition of HTC would look like. Would it be a Motorola situation? Maybe more like Microsoft acquiring Nokia? In the end, it's nothing so extreme as an acquisition. Google and HTC have come to an agreement wherein Google essentially carves out the Pixel business from HTC, leaving the rest to continue making smartphones.

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Google confirms it will pay $1.1 billion to acquire HTC's Pixel team and license technology was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google acquisition of HTC could be announced tomorrow as trading halted in Taiwan

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Rumors began to percolate early this month that Google and HTC were on the verge of agreeing to a deal that would let Google take over the struggling smartphone maker. Now that rumor is sounding all but inevitable as HTC has halted trading of its shares on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending a major announcement. However, the acquisition may not be as complete as the Moto deal in 2011.

It's late in the day on Wednesday in Taipei right now, and HTC shares won't begin trading on Thursday due to the upcoming announcement.

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Google acquisition of HTC could be announced tomorrow as trading halted in Taiwan was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile and Sprint are apparently still in merger talks

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

A merger between Sprint and T-Mobile has been rumored for years at this point, and a new report from CNBC claims there two are indeed still at it. An announcement may be a few weeks out, or it may not happen at all, but CNBC reports that the current framework would see T-Mobile and its parent company Deutsche Telekom emerge as the majority owner of the combined carrier.

T-Mobile was considered to be a target for takeover for years, and AT&T tried in 2011.

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T-Mobile and Sprint are apparently still in merger talks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Target stores are switching from iOS to Android sales floor devices

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

If you've spent any amount of time in one of Target's 1,800 US stores, it's likely you've seen an employee using a dressed-up iPod Touch to look up stock info. it's been that way since 2014, but the retailer is now switching to Android for all its essential sales floor activities. These aren't any devices you've ever seen, though. Target is using an enterprise-oriented Zebra TC51.

Target's old Apple handhelds (known as a MyDevice) were just iPod Touches inside a red plastic shell (see below).

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Target stores are switching from iOS to Android sales floor devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LeEco takes its US site offline for a week, which is a totally normal thing for a company to do

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Chinese tech firm LeEco exploded into the US market last year with a number of compelling deals on powerful smartphones. but things haven't gone as planned for the company. As its operation back in China faltered, the future of its US expansion has become unclear. It's more unclear than ever now that the LeEco US website is gone. According to the message left in place of the website, the company is busy "upgrading the system."

LeEco was essentially unknown to US consumers until last year, but it was a big player in China with ventures in mobile, film, streaming media, and even cars.

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LeEco takes its US site offline for a week, which is a totally normal thing for a company to do was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google reportedly close to acquiring HTC’s smartphone business

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

HTC produced the very first Android phone in 2008, and it went on to become one of the most prominent makers of Android devices as the platform grew. However, it's been years since the Taiwanese company had a hit. As financial losses continue to mount, there are new rumors that Google is nearing a deal to acquire HTC's smartphone division.

According to the Chinese-language Commercial Times, Google and HTC are in the "final stage" of negotiations that could result in Google rescuing the smartphone maker.

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Google reportedly close to acquiring HTC's smartphone business was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Business owners can now manage their listings via a dashboard right in Google Search

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

When I'm looking for information on a local store (and I'm sure many of you guys do the same), I head straight to Google Search. It usually has the correct address, phone number, operating hours, accurate reviews, etc. But Google isn't perfect, and sometimes there'll be some incorrect info listed. To alleviate this, our favorite Mountain View-based company has just introduced a dashboard for business owners right in Google Search.

Google touts a number of statistics about complete business listings on its site (twice as likely to gain customer trust, 38% more likely to attract in-store visits, and 29% more likely to see a purchase).

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Business owners can now manage their listings via a dashboard right in Google Search was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verified WhatsApp business accounts are now official

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

To US readers, WhatsApp may not seem like much of a big deal. Things are different elsewhere, however, and with more than 1 billion daily active users it's easy to understand why Facebook paid so much money to acquire the messaging service. After a number of rumors and clues, business accounts similar to what you can already find in the Facebook Messenger app are now coming to WhatsApp.

Businesses already extensively use WhatsApp to communicate with their customers, particularly in Asia, but by introducing verified accounts there can be full confidence that you're talking to someone authentic.

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Verified WhatsApp business accounts are now official was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Huawei’s half-year financial results point to 36% increase in sales revenue

Friday, July 28th, 2017

It's that time of year when financial statements start to circulate. After Q2 reports of record earnings for Samsung and big losses for LG, it's now Huawei's turn to take the floor. In a statement yesterday, the Chinese company announced its half-year figures, headlined by a 36.2% year-on-year increase in sales revenue, totaling CNY105.4 billion.

The revenue gain is likely a result of shipping more phones, a number that also rose to 73.01 million, an increase of 20.6% compared with the first six months of last year.

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Huawei's half-year financial results point to 36% increase in sales revenue was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung reports record operating profits in Q2 2017 of $12.67 billion

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Samsung's early estimates of its Q2 earnings pointed to record earnings, and the newly released final numbers confirm it. Samsung, which had to recall one of its most important phones less than a year ago, had an operating profit of $12.67 billion (14.4 trillion Korean won) in Q2. That's slightly higher than the estimate from early this month.

Even for Samsung, this is a lot of money. Operating profits in Q2 (April through June) were up 73% compared to last year.

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Samsung reports record operating profits in Q2 2017 of $12.67 billion was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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