HTC will be making a major announcement in the coming days.Taiwanese media reported earlier this month that HTC was in the “final stage of negotiation with Google” for selling off its smartphone business, and it looks like things are coming to a head. A tweet from Bloomberg Gadfly’s Tim Culpan suggests HTC will halt trading its shares tomorrow “pending a major announcement:”
JUST IN:HTC just announced it’s shares will halt trading tomorrow (Thur) pending a major announcement.— Tim Culpan (@tculpan) September 20, 2017
From the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation (TWSE):
TWSE announced trading in the shares of HTC Corporation (Code：2498) and the securities underlying the company will be halted starting from Sep 21 2017 pending the release of material information. The company will apply for resumption of trading after the release of material information.
Google could end up buying HTC’s smartphone business altogether, with reports also hinting at a “strategic partnership” (which seems unlikely at this point). According to China Times, an announcement will be made in two days’ time. According to the publication, HTC CEO Cher Wang is in Taiwan for a Town Hall at the company’s headquarters, with the executive likely briefing staffers over the upcoming announcement.
Evan Blass managed to get a hold of the invitation for the Town Hall, noting that Google will likely acquire HTC’s hardware assets:
 According to this person, the companies have finalized a deal wherein GOOG will acquire certain HW eng assets, but HTC retains its brand— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 20, 2017
HTC is confirmed to be the manufacturer of the smaller Pixel 2, and should an outright acquisition occur, Google is better positioned to absorb HTC’s manufacturing facilities into its own hardware unit. As Alex noted in his piece a few weeks ago, the deal would be different from Google’s acquisition of Motorola back in 2012: