Google to buy HTC's smartphone business?

David Murphy
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Google could be about to buy HTC’s smartphone business, according to a report in Taiwanese newspaper, Commercial Times. The report claims that the two companies are in advanced stages of acquisition talks, but does not disclose the likely price.

If the deal goes ahead, it would be a somewhat surprising about-face from Google, which bought handset maker Motorola for $12.5bn ($9.5bn) in 2011, only to offload it to Lenovo just three years later for $2.9bn.

Owning a handset maker would, however, help Google in its attempts to challenge the iPhone with its own Pixel handsets.

We have asked Google to comment on the story, but have so far had no reply.