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Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion

Google loses billions of dollars on the deal, but says it will help to improve Android and let Motorola become a major player in the wireless phone market.

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Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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1/30/2014 | 4:16:56 PM
Re: Who wins?
Google is also keeping Motorola's Project Ara (the modular phone), which could be very disruptive to the phone business.
User Rank: Ninja
1/30/2014 | 1:47:39 PM
Re: Interesting move
It makes a lot of sense. Smartphones are likely to be on their way to becoming commodity items like PC's. That's a job for Lenovo, not Google. Better that Google concentrate on leading-edge devices like Glass. And, I' sure that beefing up the patent arsenal will pay of big in the near future, when the next round of lawsuits begins.

User Rank: Ninja
1/30/2014 | 11:07:21 AM
Re: Interesting move
I have a Moto X, and I am a fan. It is clearly built to compete with the iPhone, yet it costs less and feels less fragile than that of Apple's smartphone. 

I can see why Motorola would go to a company who specializes in hardware. 

Interesting to note here that Lenovo just bought IBM's server business - they are becoming more powerful in hardware than ever before. PCs, servers and smartphones all in the manufacturing hub of China. 
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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1/30/2014 | 10:17:12 AM
Who wins?
Answer: smartphone consumers. Lenovo can make a go of the Moto brand better than Google. More competition is always better. Now, what's Google's next patent target?
Drew Conry-Murray
Drew Conry-Murray,
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1/30/2014 | 10:12:53 AM
Interesting move
It seems like Lenovo got Motorola at a fire-sale price (minus the patents, apparently), and a $7 billion loss has to sting Google--even if it is a money-making machine. But I'm curious how valuable the U.S. market will be for Lenovo, given the dominance of Samsung and Apple. Wouldn't there be more growth opportunity in Asia?
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