Google reportedly close to buying HTC assets to bolster hardware

epa05133325 A gamer wears a HTC Vive Virtual Reality (VR) game console during the 2016 Taipei game show in Taiwan, 29 January 2016. This year’s game show highlights Virtual Reality (VR) games to public consumers.  EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Taiwan’s HTC, which has its U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, once ranked among the world’s top smartphone makers. It partnered with Bellevue gaming giant Valve to build Vive, one of the major high-end virtual-reality headsets.

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