Lenovo acquires Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion

By Scorpus
Jan 29, 2014
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  1. Motorola Mobility hasn't lasted long at Google, with the Android giant agreeing to sell Motorola to Lenovo in a deal worth $2.91 billion. Google with retain the majority of Motorola's patents in the sale, as well as the Advanced Technology...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    As long as motorola keeps working on the modular phone..its all good xD
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    This should drop the stock of Motorola lower and there goes other things also..
  4. Scorpus

    Scorpus TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,785   +186

    The modular phone is owned by Google still and I imagine they'll keep working on it
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Sucks for the team, to keep getting passed around.
  6. Google has a lot of money.
  7. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +90

    I thought the modular phone concept was a Motorola invention, is there any source to clarify this?
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I can't help but think of CB's and two way radios (pre-cellphone era), when I hear the name Motorola. The name has been around nearly as long as IBM.
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    Man, Lenovo has been on a buying spree as of late, wish I had that kind of money. =p
  10. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    Lenovo is a Chinese company so it has an almost unlimited $ supply.
    I applaud how Lenovo handled its IBM acquisition (desktop ?). perhaps, now is the time for blackberry management to sell its phone business before blackberry's value goes down the drain.
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    phoneblocks partnered with motorola. Im pretty sure it goes where they go. but I could be wrong.
  12. Scorpus

    Scorpus TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,785   +186

    It was a Motorola project but Google decided to keep the Advanced Technology and Projects group that was working on it
    Matthew and ikesmasher like this.
  13. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,293   +55

    I guess all the balance of motorola jobs (their shaumburg, illinois campus) will leave for china. Govt. doesn't have to approve it.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Nah, consider it a China Town in Illinois.
  15. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Maniac Posts: 475   +153

    Wow, so Motorola was like the unwanted child here. Google didn't promote it as what it was "a company owned by them", instead they used LG to manufacture their Nexus. There was no clear advantage or something that differed it from the competition to make it clear it had Google as close as it could possibly be.
  16. Dimitriid

    Dimitriid TS Booster Posts: 33   +34

    Well ****...I mean I get that this deals take months to get approved and all that so I'm not worried about Moto X support (and even if it wasn't supported at the most I might loose active notifications but can still run custom roms anyway).

    What's sad is that I was actually happy to see Motorola being revitalized and on the forefront again. I'm not specifically down on Lenovo, I just liked the direction they were taking.
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,352   +1,945

    And Kodak. Motorola were the first to bring the cellphone to the market, beating AT&T to the punch by a longshot.
  18. No! I just bought a Motorola smartphone just because it was owned by Google! I figured that this would mean it would get more OS updates than phones from other companies, but now this is disheartening.
  19. For me it's a reminder of a worlds first CPU with 32 bit registers Motorola MC68000 ... that was 35 years ago
  20. Google only wanted Motorola for its patents. So much for the "Motorola: a Google Company" splash screen on my Moto G.
  21. Ashutosh Bhatt

    Ashutosh Bhatt TS Rookie

    Why google did that? It basically treat motorola as its unwanted child. According to me google use Motorola only for its patents, that it. And after this google and samsung also sign global patent license agreement.

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