Google closes HTC deal, the next Pixel phones could be developed in Taiwan

Google has just announced it has completed the $1.1 billion HTC acquisition and that it’s welcoming the new teammates from the Taiwanese company to its hardware organization.

The acquisition of HTC’s mobile business will make it easier for Google to build its smartphones since the search giant won’t have to outsource the development of the next Pixel devices to another company. The experienced team of HTC engineers, which brought us the first touch-centric phone and the first metal-clad unibody smartphone, may prove to be exactly what Google needs to further improve its R&D abilities.

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All the news that fits won't print as the New York Times closes its BlackBerry 10 app next month

BlackBerry and its faithful had high hopes for BlackBerry 10. After all, the company that developed the operating system, QNX, received high marks for its work on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. BlackBerry was so impressed that it bought the company and had it get right to work on its next-gen operating system for smartphones, later dubbed BlackBerry 10. While the gesture based OS shared some of its capabilities with webOS, and there were some who loved the software, the hardware was a let down for many.

Instead of offering top-shelf handsets to compete with Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry …

Microsoft closes down Word Flow for iOS, encourages users to get SwiftKey instead

Word Flow keyboard app for iOS was a product of Microsoft’s Garage project. I say “was” because Microsoft decided to pull the plug on the development and remove Word Flow from the App Store.

According to a message posted on the app’s page on Microsoft Garage, the development of Word Flow was an experiment that it’s now complete (whatever that’s supposed to mean). Moreover, the developers recommend those who used Word Flow on their iOS devices to go ahead and download SwiftKey instead.

The Word Flow experiment is now complete! We encourage you to download …

Crack open those Oreos; Android Nougat beta program closes

We are getting closer to the introduction of Android O. Google has shut down the Android Nougat beta program that allowed subscribers to get early access to new versions of Android Nougat. Android O, which the consensus expects to be named Android Oreo, will probably be unveiled between May 17th and May 19th during Google I/O. Anyone still using the Android Nougat beta program should have automatically received the last publicly released version of the OS.

As far as developers are concerned, the Android O Developer Preview started officially on March 21st; it will end some time in this year’s …

Samsung closes on its $8 billion purchase of Harman International

Samsung announced early today that it has closed on the purchase of technology company Harman for a total of $8 billion. The deal was originally announced back in November and under the final terms, Harman stockholders will receive $112 a share. Harman produces plenty of products for the auto industry, but also owns several well known consumer audio brands such as Harman Kardon and JBL.

Both Harman Kardon and JBL have had their name on certain smartphones and accessories. A JBL speaker is available as a Moto Mod modular accessory for the Moto Z series. Meanwhile, HTC had offered a special …