[Breaking] Microsoft Requests FCC Approval to Purchase HTC; May Change the Game

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  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

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    We have some shocking news for you guys. Insider sources from the WSS have just leaked that negotiations have been finalized for the acquisition of HTC by Microsoft. Earlier rumors suggested that the meetings the two companies have been engaging in lately were simply plans to introduce a new HTC Windows 8 phone in the 4th Quarter of this year. Apparently, their planned partnership went even deeper than that. Court documents indicate that late Friday, both companies filed a request to have the acquisition verified by the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice. There don't appear to be any regulatory hurdles barring this merger, since there is no danger of monopolistic abuse.

    Still, if this merger does go through, you can bet that Android development at HTC will stop immediately, and all of their phones will become Windows phones. This could really change the Android landscape. Although HTC has struggled lately, they are still one of the top tier Android OEMs. At first glance, you would think this could potentially endanger Microsoft's partnership with Nokia, but that is not necessarily the case. By acquiring HTC, Microsoft would control all of their patents, and could then share this portfolio freely with Nokia. Furthermore, there would be nothing to stop them from simply shuttering HTC, leaving less competition for Nokia.

    One thing is for sure, the smartphone game may have just changed.

    Source: WSS News Network
     
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    metalspring Silver Member

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    WHAT??? Thats crazy and whats going to happen to their current android phones as far as updates? And what about the android phones they have coming out soon?
    HTC was, without a doubt one of the top 3 android phone manufacturers (samsung and motorola being the other 2)

    haha, i get it now :wink:
     
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  3. combatmedic870

    combatmedic870 Senior Member

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    Ouch....htc was the firster for.....almost everything for android. First 4.3 inch screen....first 1ghz processor...first dual core....first 4g....i really love htc. Id rather give up lg or moto vs htc...

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    April fools... has to be... :icon_ banana:
     
  5. monkespit

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    not only that

    They did the g1 I thought. Not to mention the Droid Eris which was first with more than 3 home screens , first android to come with multi touch, the og moto Droid got that way later, and before flash for android the Eris was rocking flash lite. They are the only ones who had trackballs on androids.
    However they were at the forefront of windows phones before android really was anything. The precursor to sense was created for windows phones. It will be sad to see such an avid manufacturer lost from android. Oh well
     
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    April fools +2.
     
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    HTC one x or s
    enough said
    they got me to
    lol
    happy new year!
     
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    April 1st guys

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    ....alright.....not funny....:(

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    Har har har!!! ;D Very good one! ;)

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    Even though I have been UNHAPPY with HTC for sometime I still like their Android products and don't want see them turn to strictly windows phone manufacturing.

    Although I can see this as a smart business move on Microsoft part because both Apple and Google control patents on their respective OS's.

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    Not cool guys haha

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    Looks like a reliable source if you ask me :wink-b:
     
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