About a 12 months and a half in the past, I joined Google to pursue my dream job to create compelling hardware merchandise, constructed with Google’s smarts at their core. As a primary step, we introduced collectively numerous client hardware-related efforts and established a single hardware group inside the firm. Our workforce’s purpose is to supply the perfect Google expertise—throughout hardware, software program and providers—to individuals world wide. Last fall, we launched our first household of Made by Google merchandise, together with Pixel smartphones, Google Home, Google Wifi, Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra, and we’re making ready to unveil our second era of merchandise on October 4. We’re excited in regards to the 2017 lineup, however much more impressed by what’s in retailer over the following 5, 10, even 20 years. Creating lovely merchandise that folks depend on each single day is a journey, and we’re investing for the long term.

That’s why we’ve signed an settlement with HTC, a frontrunner in client electronics, that may gasoline much more product innovation within the years forward. With this settlement, a workforce of HTC expertise will be part of Google as a part of the hardware group. These future fellow Googlers are wonderful people we’ve already been working with carefully on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we are able to do collectively as one workforce. The deal additionally features a non-exclusive license for HTC mental property.

In some ways, this settlement is a testomony to the decade-long historical past of teamwork between HTC and  Google. Together, we’ve achieved a number of mobile-industry firsts, together with the primary ever Android smartphone, the HTC Dream, also referred to as the T-Mobile G1 (I beloved mine!); in addition to the Nexus One in 2010, the Nexus 9 pill in 2014, and the primary Pixel smartphone simply final 12 months.

It’s nonetheless early days for Google’s hardware enterprise. We’re centered on constructing our core capabilities, whereas making a portfolio of merchandise that provides individuals a novel but pleasant expertise solely made attainable by bringing collectively the perfect of Google software program—just like the Google Assistant—with thoughtfully designed hardware. HTC has been a longtime accomplice and has created among the most lovely, high-end gadgets available on the market. We cannot wait to welcome members of the HTC workforce to affix us on this journey.

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