HTC’s standalone Vive Focus will soon get 6DoF VR controllers

While Facebook’s Oculus Quest won’t arrive until the spring of 2019, its seemingly beefier inside-out tracking plus 6DoF controllers may already pose a threat to HTC’s Vive Focus, as well as to other Vive Wave-based standalone VR headsets — including Pico’s Neo (whose ultrasound-based 6DoF controllers are still missing) and the more recent G2. As […]

HTC’s June sales highlight the need for its recent layoffs

HTC can’t catch a break. The company has announced that in June its sales fell “nearly 68 percent,” according to Reuters. Earlier this week, the company revealed it would cull some 1,500 employees from its Taiwan manufacturing division in its chase for profitability. The last several years haven’t been kind to the company, rife with […]

HTC’s new flagship smartphone has a translucent back, dual front cameras

Believe it or not, HTC is still around! With four months of 2018 under its belt, HTC has turned in four monthly earnings reports that rank among the worst in the company’s history. After the sale of its ODM division to Google, HTC has a $ 1.1 billion cash infusion to play with, so it still […]

HTC’s Vive Pro headset is available to pre-order for $799

Once staunch rivals in high-end VR, it now seems Facebook-owned Oculus and HTC are treading different paths. While Oculus is gearing up to launch a more affordable standalone headset, HTC has gone in the opposite direction with the Vive Pro, a new top-of-the range facehugger announced at this year’s CES. Today, HTC has revealed the […]

Google has completed its acquisition of HTC’s smartphone business, which cost more than $1 billion (GOOG, HTCXF)

Tyrone Siu/Reuters Google has announced it completed the acquisition process of Taiwanese device maker HTC; or at least its smartphone division. The deal, valued at $ 1.1 billion (£785 million), will see some 2,000 HTC engineers join the ranks of the search giant. Google will also receive a non-exclusive license of the Taiwanese firm’s intellectual […]

HTC’s Vive Focus standalone VR headset launches in China on December 12

While there’s still no word on a western release, HTC’s first standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus, finally has launch details for China. The company confirmed today that pre-orders for the headset, which runs on its new Vive Wave platform, will start on December 12th, with first shipments expected in January 2018. You can pre-order […]

HTC’s standalone Vive Focus launches in China for $600

While we’ve already taken a good look at the Vive Focus standalone VR headset with 6DoF “world-scale” tracking, HTC had yet to reveal its detailed specs nor price, but almost a month later, we finally have some answers. First of all, as of November 12th, the device will be available for pre-ordering in China starting […]

Google acquires HTC’s Pixel team for $1.1 billion

Rumors have been circulating in recent days that Google has been lining up a bid for HTC — either the entire company, or just its mobile devices unit. Today, Google officially showed its hand: certain HTC employees, including many who are working on Pixel smartphones, will join the Alphabet company. In return, HTC will receive […]

Google/HTC deal is official, Google to acquire part of HTC’s smartphone team

Enlarge The Google and HTC deal is official, it’s just not quite what we were expecting. Google isn’t buying HTC outright, à la Motorola; instead, Google and HTC have signed an agreement to send some of HTC’s employees over to Google, while HTC gets a $ 1.1 billion cash infusion. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC’s […]