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Official: Motorola is Joining Lenovo to “Create a Truly Global Smartphone Company”

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Well, folks, it is now official. Lenovo is acquiring Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion.

We are still thumbing through all of the statements now and will update this post shortly. In the mean time, feel free to read along with us.

Update:  We did a breakdown with bullet points and some thoughts here

Here is Larry Page’s statement:

We’ve just signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. As this is an important move for Android users everywhere, I wanted to explain why in detail.

We acquired Motorola in 2012 to help supercharge the Android ecosystem by creating a stronger patent portfolio for Google and great smartphones for users. Over the past 19 months, Dennis Woodside and the Motorola team have done a tremendous job reinventing the company. They’ve focused on building a smaller number of great (and great value) smartphones that consumers love. Both the Moto G and the Moto X are doing really well, and I’m very excited about the smartphone lineup for 2014. And on the intellectual property side, Motorola’s patents have helped create a level playing field, which is good news for all Android’s users and partners.

But the smartphone market is super competitive, and to thrive it helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices. It’s why we believe that Motorola will be better served by Lenovo—which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest (and fastest-growing) PC manufacturer in the world. This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere. As a side note, this does not signal a larger shift for our other hardware efforts. The dynamics and maturity of the wearable and home markets, for example, are very different from that of the mobile industry. We’re excited by the opportunities to build amazing new products for users within these emerging ecosystems.

Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola into a major player within the Android ecosystem. They have a lot of experience in hardware, and they have global reach. In addition, Lenovo intends to keep Motorola’s distinct brand identity—just as they did when they acquired ThinkPad from IBM in 2005. Google will retain the vast majority of Motorola’s patents, which we will continue to use to defend the entire Android ecosystem.

The deal has yet to be approved in the U.S. or China, and this usually takes time. So until then, it’s business as usual. I’m phenomenally impressed with everything the Motorola team has achieved and confident that with Lenovo as a partner, Motorola will build more and more great products for people everywhere.

Posted by Larry Page, CEO

Here is Dennis Woodside’s statement through Motorola:

Today Google CEO Larry Page announced that Lenovo will acquire the Motorola Mobility smartphone business for about $2.91BN.

Since being acquired by Google in 2012, Motorola has transformed itself, focusing on solving real consumer problems and providing amazing experiences built on a foundation of pure Android. The result has been Moto X, Moto G, and a reinvigorated Droid line. Together, these devices have won over consumers and critics alike and helped re-establish the Motorola brand around the world.

Now, as we set our sights bringing the mobile Internet to the next 100 million people, Lenovo is the perfect partner to help us achieve that goal. As Larry wrote in his post,

“Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola into a major player within the Android ecosystem. They have a lot of experience in hardware and they have global reach. In addition, Lenovo intends to keep Motorola’s distinct brand identity–just as they did when they acquired ThinkPad from IBM in 2005.”

Combined, our two challenger brands will become a true force in mobility. Per Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo,

“We are confident that we can bring together the best of both companies to deliver products customers will love and a strong, growing business. Lenovo has a proven track record of successfully embracing and strengthening great brands – as we did with IBM’s Think brand – and smoothly and efficiently integrating companies around-the-world. I am confident we will be successful with this process, and that our companies will not only maintain our current momentum in the market, but also build a strong foundation for the future.”

Google will maintain ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures. As part of its ongoing relationship with Google, Lenovo will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Additionally Lenovo will receive over 2,000 patent assets, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals in the U.S. and China. You can find more information in the press release.

We look forward to a new chapter and bright future with a new brand steward.

The official press release:

Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility from Google

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and Mountain View, California – January 29, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today have entered into a definitive agreement under which Lenovo plans to acquire the Motorola Mobility smartphone business. With a strong PC business and a fast-growing smartphone business, this agreement will significantly strengthen Lenovo’s position in the smartphone market. In addition, Lenovo will gain a strong market presence in North America and Latin America, as well as a foothold in Western Europe, to complement its strong, fast-growing smartphone business in emerging markets around the world.

The purchase price is approximately US$2.91 billion (subject to certain adjustments), including US$1.41 billion paid at close, comprised of US$660 million in cash and US$750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares (subject to a share cap/floor). The remaining US$1.5 billion will be paid in the form of a three-year promissory note.

Lenovo, which in 2005 acquired IBM’s PC business and its legendary PC brand, will now acquire world-renowned Motorola Mobility, including the MOTOROLA brand and Motorola Mobility’s portfolio of innovative smartphones like the Moto X and Moto G and the DROID™ Ultra series. In addition to current products, Lenovo will take ownership of the future Motorola Mobility product roadmap.

Google will maintain ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures. As part of its ongoing relationship with Google, Lenovo will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Additionally Lenovo will receive over 2,000 patent assets, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio.

Motorola Mobility enjoys outstanding brand awareness around the world, and is currently the #3 Android smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. and #3 manufacturer overall in Latin America.

“The acquisition of such an iconic brand, innovative product portfolio and incredibly talented global team will immediately make Lenovo a strong global competitor in smartphones. We will immediately have the opportunity to become a strong global player in the fast-growing mobile space,” said Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo. “We are confident that we can bring together the best of both companies to deliver products customers will love and a strong, growing business. Lenovo has a proven track record of successfully embracing and strengthening great brands – as we did with IBM’s Think brand – and smoothly and efficiently integrating companies around-the-world. I am confident we will be successful with this process, and that our companies will not only maintain our current momentum in the market, but also build a strong foundation for the future.”

“Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola Mobility into a major player within the Android ecosystem. This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere,” said Larry Page, CEO, Google.

“As part of Lenovo, Motorola Mobility will have a rapid path to achieving our goal of reaching the next 100 million people with the mobile Internet. With the recent launches of Moto X and Moto G, we have tremendous momentum right now and Lenovo’s hardware expertise and global reach will only help to accelerate this,” said Dennis Woodside, CEO, Motorola Mobility.

The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of regulatory requirements, customary closing conditions and any other needed approvals.

  • BOB Dudek

    For CS I thought I made bad investments…AND IBM once upon a time, used to have the best LapTops..Motorola joins the ChiCon club.

  • Thank God I didn’t fall for Eric Schmidt’s BS about being excited about the Motorola product pipleline and all of that. Talk about betrayal.

  • Hotpie

    WHAT? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • esplana28

    Google just throw away Motorola after it gets what it needs.. I feel sorry for Motorola, soon to be a manufacturer of cheap china made mobile phones

  • Jerry Huster

    WORST. NEWS. EVER. We were LIED to…Google didn’t bring honor back to an AMERICAN company…they sold one of the greatest American innovators of ALL TIME to CHINA. All that fluff about bringing manufacturing jobs to Texas? Smoke and mirrors. Don’t be evil, Google. Oops, you already are.

  • SmokeNMirrors

    Damn it Google!

  • Pakmann2k

    I think we should organize a one week boycott of Google over this. Don’t buy an android device, no apps, no music, no movies. Show them that Motorola is an American company that should stay American. This really turns me off Google. And for 2.5 billion?!? Cmon. That is less than what they are spending to build their private airport and fleet of jets in CA. It really pisses me off that they would just dump it off like a used prom queen at dawn.

  • Harry balls

    Well that just sucks. Might as well sell everything to the Chinese. They’ll be running this country soon…

  • sski66

    WTF?! Moto was on a roll, now what? Lenovo, what the hell do they know about smartphones? Anyone here own a Lenovo smartphone, Jez I guess they never heard of that old saying, if it’s not broke don’t fix it.

  • Guest 1 M

    What do you think about their current smartphone line-up

    http://shopap.lenovo.com/in/en/smartphones/

    • Bloo

      Being an American and just viewing Lenovo’s offerings via their website briefly (meaning I’ve never seen one in action), I have to say I think the “K-Series” is absolutely visually stunningly gorgeous. But the rest of the line up, for me, is straight up forgettable.

      • Guest 1M

        They may rename it the X series or M series and finally put a great screen and camera on a moto phone

    • M3D1T8R

      Judging by those offerings, Lenovo doesn’t seem very interested in offering anything with larger than average sized batteries, or more than 16GB storage. Two areas I was hoping to see improvement/options with a future Moto X. And of course they’re highly skinned.

  • Akashshr

    Sad day, this was a shocker! Instead of supercharging Motorola, google seems to have stripped Moto what it could have been!
    Maybe a wrong decision! Motorola as we all know/knew it is dead beyond recognition, the White M on a red circle is a brand only history now!

  • Brady KEITH

    any lingering uncertainty i had about switching OSes/devices last year (Android/motoX to iOS/5s), have just vanished. Google just burned a lot of people…i feel for motoX owners.

  • Jeff Miller

    Well I guess we know now why there were SOOOOoo many “fire” sales. Take the money and run comes to mind.

  • Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro – this is my next.

    Anything made by Moto – not one worthwhile device since the RAZR.

    Maybe now everyone who voted the MotoX as the “best phone of 2013” will wake up from their dream that just because Google owns them, it doesn’t make a midrange phone “the best”

  • Nathaniel Newman

    There goes the Motorola brand and the emphasis on the “Made In The USA”.

    • Ian

      *Assembled in the USA.

      • Chris

        once you assemble it its made.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I am hurt.

  • Al-Burrit0

    There goes “Motorola a Google Company”

  • Dave

    I’m kind of surprised Apple didnt just offer $10B and lock the doors and burn the place. Could have been there most effective competitive move in years.

    • Pedro

      Huh?
      How would Apple buying Moto help them at all?

      • George264

        What he meant was for Apple to buy the whole company and just it down as a whole. Never could or would have happened. Apple isn’t THAT evil. Google is though, for hurting all of us right in the heart. ;( *tears*

  • Andy Stetson

    I won’t ever buy a Lenovo device, which i guess means that I won’t ever buy Motorola again either.

    • Ian

      🙁

  • 313photography

    It seems Google its changing there politic of cellphones, so now they sold motorola , and rumors sayed that Google will stop nexus5 and 7, and it will go and install their pur android on samsung, HTC and Sony , I think its a good idea , but selling motorola is so sad so their politique is to publish more their stock pur android on other companies such as samsung, HTC or sony

  • crazed_z06

    lulz.. it’s as if thousands of fanboys suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced

    • dizel123

      I wish I could upvote you 66 times

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Well better buy those Moto X’s while they’re on the cheap!

  • Tony Byatt
  • Jkdem85

    At least Google is keeping the Motorola advanced technology group that makes the aria (the modular phone. )

  • Brandon Bunker

    android was just the stepping stone to buying all these robotic companies 😉 :

    • Ian

      SKYNET!!

  • droidrazredge

    I think Google did this deal so Motorola could sell phones in Asia to truly put a dent in Samsung Market-share Dominance. Now Motorola will be a Global Company and be able to obtain more revenue.

    • Chris

      Keep dreaming

  • possomcrast1

    I’m legitimately confused. Why wouldn’t Google give it at least another year before giving up on a company that was finally showing hope? This is so unlike Google. They have plenty of money to lose, why would they have to sell so quickly?

    • trixnkix637

      I believe they never truly cared about the hardware aspect of Moto. Only the patents.This deal sells off the hardware portion, while Google retains a majority of the patents.

    • Jeremy Martin

      I guess they made a deal with the devil (Samsumg) so they would drop their Android fork plans.

  • Guest

    guess I should probably cancel my moto x I ordered on Monday …. 🙁

  • trixnkix637

    “This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere. As a side note, this does not signal a larger shift for our other hardware efforts. The dynamics and maturity of the wearable and home markets, for example, are very different from that of the mobile industry. We’re excited by the opportunities to build amazing new products for users within these emerging ecosystems.”

    I read this as Android is going to make us money hand over fist in the mobile market regardless of what we do. It’s time to focus and branch out to the homes, body parts, & vehicles of our customers. Very SkyNet-like. Business wise, it’s smart. Go where the “real” money is. For us consumers, I’m feeling like a one night stand. Very much hoping the US shuts this down. I doubt China will.

  • C-Law

    My world is crumbling around me. The moto x was so awesome, I convinced several friends to get it but now I’m very concerned about what will happen to our almost stock version of android and our fast updates

  • optimus

    as a lenovo user via work this is horrible. all the ibm products that lenovo has bought the quality has tanked. i predict the same for moto products. RIP moto 🙁

  • Jeremy Martin
  • DanWazz

    Was struggling with a reason not to bite the bullet and buy a Moto X rather than a Nexus 5, because of the awesome deals they are having. This news ends that debate.

  • Blue Sun

    I had totally planned on purchasing a 2nd Gen Moto X until I read this article. It was nice knowing you Motorola.

  • CARPDM

    Just sold my Motorola stock…. 🙁

    • Nayners

      good idea.

  • Nayners

    Loving the purchase of my Nexus 5 a little more today.

    • oxy-moron

      Why…because its made by Koreans and not Chinese??

  • sc4fpse
  • Patrick Crumpler

    I was impressed looking at Lenovo phones that weren’t coming g to the US. As long as build quality and OS support remain as they are now, or get better, I am in. I will probably get the X as planned and see how that goes.

  • burpootus

    As a launch day Droid X owner and the ensuing locked bootloader fiasco, I have been fairly anti-Motorola. Now they are completely dead to me.

  • joejoe5709

    Ooooookay. At this point let’s hope there was still some Google inspired products in the pipeline for the next year or so. They said the Moto X was the first product that Google was involved with, not the *only* product so who knows what plans they had. I wasn’t the biggest Moto X fan, but it showed some massive real potential. I was pretty stoked at the potential for a Motorola Nexus. Now I’m not so sure about Motorola’s future or their future products.

  • orbos

    This better not go the way the ThinkPad did. ThinkPads were once highly regarded corporate notebooks. Now, it’s consumer brand.

  • Rob Mahlert

    who is going to start the WhiteHouse.gov petition to stop the sale?

  • Brandon Bunker

    This news sucks because I thought Google had them back on the right track.

    More importantly, I hold out hope that there’s some clause for manufacturing to stay down in Texas so those folks don’t lose their jobs. glass half full…

  • B!

    Makes sense. After waiting for the DROID MAXX sense August I finally got it a week ago & have been seriously underwhelmed. Guess this finalizes my decision to get the Note 3.

    • Jeff Miller

      So wait…this makes it make sense now! Ha jeesh

      • B!

        It was a figure of speech.

        • Jeff Miller

          riiiiight

          • B!

            I am riiiiight.

          • Jeff Miller

            So what if Samsung is bought by LG tomorrow…what will you do then??????? Let me guess, sell your Note 3 HA

          • B!

            #1, I doubt Sammy will be bought by anyone, let alone LG.
            #2, I get to take phones home from work everyday & after using nothing but Motorola since 2002 they’re not for me anymore. I tried to make myself like the phone.

          • Jeff Miller

            #1 it was a figure of speech jeeesh

            Done picking on you for today…bye now

    • fred

      Underwhelmed by the droid maxx bit going for the note 3. Haha

      • B!

        Even iPhone fan boys will give the Note 3 it’s props. It’s not a step backwards. Hahaha.

  • Razma

    is there sum ting wong?

  • coolsilver

    Thinking about it all.. I’m ready to drop android as there are no good options anymore.

    • Jeff Miller

      bye bye…why when something happens does it bring out all the morons

      • Adrynalyne

        Pondering other OSes doesn’t make you a moron…

        • Jeff Miller

          it does when you decide its not for you because Google sells Moto..the same phone that made him think Moto was great still exists. Didn’t go anywhere, but now its lesser of an OS

          • Adrynalyne

            Not at all.

            Motorola was one of the last bastions of near stock Android. Nexus devices won’t work on all carriers, so if Motorola turns aways from their new ways, it leaves little left for those who don’t want the hellaciously heavy customizations found on other brands.

    • Turb0wned

      You have a valid point. People are going to down thumb you but it’s a valid point in my eyes.

  • Turb0wned

    Who’s attending Motorola’s funeral tomorrow?

    • Justin W

      Bring lots of tissues :'(

  • Razma

    all i hear is blah blah bs bs bs blah blah everythin u know and love about the new motorola is now gone…..

    • Bob G

      Sadly, you are not alone in this clouded and most likely wrong view of the situation.

      • Razma

        i sure hope im wrong. i own a lenovo laptop and its great, but i love motorola more and i dont want to see all the progress they made this year go to waste

      • DoctorJB

        Not really clouded: Lenovo has sold android devices in the US before, they didn’t do well. Googlorola was able to be creative and try new things X8, active notifications and discounted pricing. Lenovo will likely continue to use the X8 and active notifications but will drop the discounts and will not be as creative about coming up with new ideas.

  • Turb0wned

    Now what options do I have in the future…???

    Samsung is bloated garbage. Slow updates

    LG is not as bloated but garbage. Slow updates.

    HTC beautiful phone but slow updates and stop supporting phones constantly.

    I guess its only Nexus or iPhone from now on…. RIP Motorola.

    • Nathan Borup

      Love how you don’t say that HTC is bloated… HTC is just as bad as samsung when it comes to bloat

      • Turb0wned

        Bloated yes but no where near Samsung and LG..

      • M3D1T8R

        Having owned both manufacturers (HTC Incredible, Galaxy S3, HTC DNA), and as a Nexus 7 user (2012 and 2013) I can say that while both are fairly heavily skinned, I find HTC’s much less intrusive. Also they have the buttons right, making it a lot easier going from N7 to DNA than to any Samsung device with their terrible obsolete buttons.

    • Guest

      Yesterday, if I had to buy a new phone it would have been a Moto X, hands down…

      Today, I don’t know… HTC One GPC, perhaps?

      I am disappoint 🙁

      • Turb0wned

        Unfortunately I’m honestly just thinking of going with the iPhone if it has a 4.7 inch screen.

        I don’t want to root, I did that for years. I also don’t think you should have to root just to be able to get updates.

        This is a big blow to Android. Google had something going with Motorola. I know most people don’t know and don’t care but we do on here.

        • Marikel

          This is exactly what I’m thinking. This news kinda ruined my whole plan to buy Moto devices and stay on Verizon. It’ll either be iPhone or HTC One successor for me.

        • Adrynalyne

          I would be more interested in an iPhone if the screen was at least 4.7 inches and I could sideload applications.

          • Turb0wned

            According to rumors, the iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 inch screen.

        • Droid4Life

          My beloved Moto X just lost its luster. Another loss to the Chinese, come on America! I agree with so many others on here, Google had something good going with the Moto. Sell Moto X???

    • Suman Gandham

      Yesterday, if I had to buy a new phone it would have been a Moto X, hands down…

      Today, I don’t know… HTC One GPE, perhaps?

      I am disappoint 🙁

    • Dave

      There may be hope for Samsung if the whole agreement works out for reducing TW.

    • DoctorJB

      Nexus is next, Samsung has Google’s nuts on the block with Tizen and they plan to swing hard.

    • M3D1T8R

      I dunno, I got excited about the New HTC one with the on screen buttons rumor. Now with this news… I’m even more hopeful about the new HTC phone. But may still buy a Verizon Dev Edition while I can for cheap…

      • Turb0wned

        I love HTC, to me they made the second best phone in 2013 behind the Moto X. Yes I owned it.

        But again… Updates, support, bloatware….. They are all a problem for me.

        Where do us that want updates turn to now? The Nexus line seems to be getting cut off. Moto was just sold. All we have left is Apple unfortunately. Android is becoming a mess. Samsung is not an option for me at all.

        • M3D1T8R

          HTC seems to have been getting better with updates of late, focusing on fewer better devices (One). My DNA, a bit over a year old, even has KitKat on the way according to HTC’s helpful update status page. (In my case I actually don’t want the KitKat update because it will break my most essential app, FoxFi free wifi hotspot, but at least they’re still supporting the phone, and it is running great after the last update.)

          I agree Samsung has become not a viable option for me either, at the moment. But Apple, are you kidding? They are so insanely restricted and limited with what they can do, they aren’t an option at all.

        • hkklife

          If anyone had any sense or any balls (my recommendation would be Asus) they would release a “non-Nexus but Nexus-like” line of affordable GPE devices. No more of this crap lile where the GPE G-Pad is seling for $100 more than the street price of the skinned version. And no more gimped storage GPE versions either. Say, 2 unlocked handsets and maybe 2-3 tablets. But not Archos style garbage but rather something within shouting distance of Nexus prices and with guaranteed updates and no bloatware.

          Sell them exclusively on Newegg, spend very little on advertising, and just let the online community and the products’ track record speak for themselves.

  • zmancbr

    Irony…I just bought the Moto x for the wife and I on Monday. I’m sure I will love the hell out of it for a year or two. But when it comes time for a new phone I SERIOUSLY doubt I’ll grab a Moto. Without moto, I will be looking at the Nexus line which of course means FU Verizon. Tmo looks better than ever with Moto being shipped off…

    • XvierX

      I had the same thoughts. This may be finally persuades me to leave Verizon. My first choice was the moto x but now it’ll probably be anything nexus.

      • zmancbr

        Yup…I’ve been on the fence to leave Verizon ever since Tmo offered the ETF fees paid. That would get my 3rd line out of a contract free. The other two have been free for awhile and I picked up the Moto x off contract to keep them that way and keep unlimited data. But after the moto x dies, I could honestly see going back to Tmo. Was there years ago and once they lost flagship phones and the service died I left for Big V.

    • Michael Johnson

      Except for the rumors that Google is killing the Nexus line after the upcoming Nexus… 🙁

      (Oh, and Gig ’em… :P)

  • Fresh360

    I guess Google has solved my Nexus 5/Moto X conundrum for me…I was looking forward to a custom phone too, oh well Viva La Nexus!

    • DoctorJB

      At least for 1 more year…

  • Bob G

    HOORAY!!!!!!!

  • MikeSaver

    the fudge?

  • Relentlesspace

    I assume we’ll at least get the 2014 X/Droid lineup under Google stewardship yes? It should be many months before this acquisition is approved.

    • M3D1T8R

      I hope so… but some how I’m not so sure.

  • XvierX

    Maybe there will finally be a nexus device made by Motorola now that Google will no longer own them.

  • Eddie R

    so Google pays $13B a couple years ago for Motorola… and now it’s worth only $3B? Google keeps most of the patents from Moto… but is all of that worth taking a $10B hit?

    • Godzilla

      A lot of the patents didnt work out, that is the main reason for the price drop.

    • Bob G
      • Eddie R

        i knew when i started typing the comment that surely Google was getting some tax benefit from the buy, esp considering Moto was on the verge of Ch 11. but that makes much more sense.

    • Fresh360

      Well they paid $13b for a handset division, a set-top box division, and for patents…They already sold the Set top box division for $5b, now $3b for the handset division, and they keep the patents so they paid around $5b for the patents when it was all said and done…

    • Ian

      The patent portfolio is the crown jewel. I don’t think it’s as bad as you are making it out to be.

  • BigMixxx

    There is a REASON for this happening: google now has a large manufacturing partner in China. Early this morning they split the manufacturing business into 4 places:

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2092440/lenovo-restructuring-to-focus-on-enterprise-products-software-after-ibm-deal.html
    Lenovo now has a LARGE and potentially access to a MASSIVE patent portfolio, including Linux (thank you IBM), Windows (Thank you MS) AND Android.

    Largest PC manufacturer in the world is Lenovo….Now Google has a cheaper manufacturing partner. We KNOW there is gonna be a lenovo/motorola Nexus now for sure.

    Bad thing is — byby motorola as a company today…

    • Godzilla

      Bit of a stretch at this point in time to be honest.

  • Ryan Powell

    Really disappointed by this news. Love my Moto X and how great Motorola has been operating since the launch of the X. What worries me the most is this will send a message to HTC and Samsung that their horrible skins and bloatware ARE what consumers want. Motorola nailed the Android experience but it looks like the only way we’ll get this experience again is through Nexus phones. Which isn’t an option for us Verizon customers.

    • charesa39

      This is the exact reason why I ditched Verizon last month. I’m fortunate enough to live on the West Coast in So Cal, where T-Mobile has excellent coverage. Everywhere I go, my speeds are AT LEAST double what they were on Verizon. Don’t regret it for a second.

    • Jpx

      It is disappointing news, but its quite the opposite. Yes google still has to worry about HTC using skins, but HTC barely is making an impact and their skins aren’t that bad (at least the design isn’t). IMO the main reason this happened is because Google and Samsung decided to join patent forces with Cross Licensing agreement. http://www.droid-life.com/2014/01/27/google-and-samsung-reach-patent-cross-licensing-agreement/

      Google also told Samsung to tone back on the tweeks. http://www.droid-life.com/2014/01/29/report-google-convinces-samsung-to-dial-back-tweaks-to-android-axe-own-app-suite/

      IMO this means that there will be more collaboration between Samsung and Google. Still sucks though, because Motorola was truely showing promise

    • DoctorJB

      Agreed, I think this means that Google is probably truly abandoning the Nexus program as well (since that release mentioned that Google would be “re-profiling” Motorola and none of it has been denied by Google).

  • coolsilver

    So HTC #NeverAgain, Samsung #TouchWizzed, Moto #Le-NO-vo …. LG? Nokia HAHA no. I’m not even going to consider Oppo yet. *sigh*

    • capecodcarl

      How about Huawei?

      • coolsilver

        Not sure about them either to be honest. I just wish Moto would spun off as it’s own company again

  • Jpx

    That sucks for Motorola… Moto X showed some true promise. Welp looks like Samsung + Google will come front and center for sure. Makes sense after the Samsung Google agreement

  • JohanV
  • Mario Lovato

    this just in Moto X now $99 dollars off contract 😉

  • aBabyPenguin

    Seriously, with all the great changes that Moto was bringing to the mobile front, they seemed like the perfect OEM. I love my new Moto X but now I’m worried it won’t be supported with Lenovo. As long as Lenovo doesn’t touch Moto’s plans, I’ll be fine. Lenovo, don’t **** up my awesome phone!

  • senor_heisenberg

    🙁

  • this isn’t necessarily terrible. it could be worse – samsung could have bought them.

    • Godzilla

      Honestly Id rather have that.

      • Ryan

        I would have preferred that as well :/

        • Godzilla

          Motorola battery tech and radio tech (which actually samsung has purchased a license to already) along with Samsung cameras and screens. Win win.

        • Tim242

          Awww, you’re so tiny! I am too haha

          • Godzilla

            dafuq?

          • Tim242

            His pic.

      • Ian

        Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • StankyChikin

    GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Godzilla

      Blackhawks

      • StankyChikin

        This also!!

  • Jeremy Martin

    The real reason is Google caved to Samsung so Samsung would dump its own plans to fork from Android. Samsung, and its Galaxy series of devices, are the only phones really the masses know as Android phones. Google took the safe road here and dumped Motorola pain and simple. Sad really…I loved the new Motorola for its redesign and it still remaining a U.S. company…this has now changed. Bad move Google.

  • Rob Mahlert

    not happy… I won’t even buy a pc from Lenovo..

  • zepfloyd

    Someone better check on Mctypething….

    • EC8CH

      You mad bro?

      • zepfloyd

        LOL, ahh memories.

        • EC8CH

          I wonder how AnGeLfAcE77 feels about Google selling off Moto?

          • zepfloyd

            Or Bionic and Godzilla.

      • moelsen8

        haha old school

  • moelsen8

    damn gina

  • BodomSlayer

    While I certainly understand people who think bemoaning this transaction is silly. Take into account that Motorola did a lot of things right this year and came out with something truly new and inventive. As a person who works in electronics I can tell you that from what I’ve seen Lenovo offer in the Android Eco System has been uneventful. I feel that their tablets under perform, their UI is awful, and they are able to sell them cheaply by offering MediaTek processors. Not to mention I don’t know of any time that a Lenovo tablet has received an OS upgrade.

    With that being said. If Motorola continues to operate as their own entity then things could be ok. If Lenovo has any influence, however, I don’t think that would be very good for Android. Motorola is the only company (that I know of) offering a near stock experience without all the crap. Ironically, I would go back to HTC if Moto phones start coming out looking like Lenovos current vision of Android.

    • hkklife

      I think Lenovo updated the S110 from ICS to JB. And their first 7″ tablet may have gotten a bump from GB to ICS. At any rate their tablets have been consistently buggy, under-spec’d and unsupported. They may leave Moto alone for a yesr but if Moto had a rough time gaining sales and traction with Google behind them, they might as well throw in the towel now. Lenovo only has held onto the #1 PC spot thanks to corporate Thinkpad sales and sellingselling mostly junk Ideapads by undercutting everyone else on price.

  • Mike Dillinger

    Crossing Motorola off my list for my next phone….guess i’ll keep my Galaxy S3 until it dies….

    • NBM

      You should get a Moto X while they’re available for somewhat cheap

      • hkklife

        GS3 has expandable storage, a removable battery and a .1″ larger screen and a better camera. Other than that,X destroys it in every other important category (build, formfactor, reception, updates, battery life). Might as well get a cheap X off-contract and sell the GS3 while it still retains some value.

        • NBM

          yeah, If I had a 1.5 gen old device and I could switch to a Moto X for as low as $130, I would. I’ve considered “stepping down” and switching my Nexus 5 for a Moto X more than a few times.

  • Jeff Miller

    Funniest part of all of this…all of these little cry babies!! Same ones that are now giving away there codes and selling there Moto X’s are the same babies that cried last August when they couldn’t believe that Moto would sell a phone with crappy specs and an outrageous price tag. Remember the comments section that day. Moto and Google have always said they were 2 separate companies and Google played 0 part in the X.

    On a side note I will still love Moto products….An plan to buy there flagship this year. Regardless who owns them…

    • Chris

      Yep.

      I smell hypocrites.

  • Carlos Poblano

    I wonder what Ron has to say about this, he always brings rather…interesting viewpoints

    • John Legere

      I don’t know what will happen, but the IPhone is my next phone.

      • flosserelli

        Have fun with that locked down piece of sh!t. I prefer a phone that I can make my own, not whatever a bunch of hipsters thinks is best for me.

        • John Legere

          The joke. …i saw it flying over your head.

          • flosserelli

            Ah, a joke. Well judging from the downvotes, I wasn’t the only one that missed it…but thanks for pointing it out.

          • John Legere

            There’s a downvote troll 😉

    • Godzilla

      He will say “I dont like china, but here is why you should”

      • Tim242

        Haha no doubt.

  • Tony Byatt

    I guess we now wait and see…

    Maybe they’ll be a Motomaker factory on every continent now…

    smh…

    • Chris

      or they will get rid of that and go back to the black thick phones.

  • Edward Montano

    I see Motorola employees crying over this.. Especially the employees in the USA..

    • Chris

      Their jobs will be outsourced.

      • Edward Montano

        All the workers in Texas at the Moto maker plant.

  • Dre Fay

    Is this somehow an April Fool’s joke in January?

  • Orion

    So what now? Are they going to F up the near stock experience?

    • Godzilla

      probably

    • dizel123

      They’ll probably keep everything going in the direction its been going.

  • TeoPolato

    Now i think about the fast upadtes and the moto skin, i think that will change a lot ( because google is not arround for moto ) and moto is going to be antoher samsung ( like LG try to be ) if that happen i will be evey sad

  • avs

    I regret buying motox now…

    • gsDroid

      I don’t regret buying a Moto X. I love the phone. Moto may change in the future, but we have a great phone now.

    • Nikuliai

      still the best phone of 2013, it’s the future I’m worried about

      • avs

        I agree, but just didn’t buy motox for the phone itself. In a way, I also bought it breccias it was Google, manufactured in the US. So, in a way, my excitement in owning the phone is not deflated.

  • Godzilla

    “American components, Chinese components……………ALL MADE IN TAIWAN!!!”

  • Tim242

    This site will change forever. Hopefully, it will be humbling for the obnoxious Moto fanboys

    • Godzilla

      May Bionic rest in peace

      • Tim242

        That’s OK. I like this Godzilla character much better : )

        • Godzilla

          LOL

      • Pedro

        Is Sarge out of a job?

  • sk102704

    Being happy about this because you thinks its funny that people who like Motorola are mad is the first sign of ultimate fanboyism.

    • Chris

      I prefer HTC but would never shed a tear or go all nuclear on them like many are doing here.

  • Cael

    Well, the only solution is to pull a Canada and get the US to block the sale! Everyone start writing!

    • Jason Kahn

      It’s an election year, I wouldn’t put this beyond the scope of Happening.

      • Cael

        Huwaei was accused of spying on the US. Why is this no different and potentially be worse (for paranoid people)?

        • Jason Kahn

          How will the US government install it’s tracking software if it’s owned by a chinese company

          • Cael

            Exactly, the only spying done on US citizens will be by the US Government! No outsourcing spying!

          • Pedro

            Seriously?
            The tracking software is in the binaries. You buy the chip, you buy the drivers. Look to the GPS binaries before you worry about the phone manufacturer.

          • Justin W

            I think we’ve found our platform for preventing this purchase.

    • Pakmann2k

      Wow, we call on the government to protest the sale of Moto by Google but we turn a blind eye to Google and ignore the fact that they just “flipped” a great american company right before our eyes. Yea, let’s yell at our lawmakers to stop this sale while we line the very pockets of the people who sold it. We will kiss Googles ass all day long and make excuses for this sale although we know they could easily keep the company within their portfolio forever without taking a loss. This is pure and unfiltered greed. F Google. But yea, let’s whine to the government. God forbid we held the actual culprit accountable.

  • Godzilla

    You guys can believe what ever you want but I am saying right now that Moto’s updates will not be as fast. You can call me all the names you want but I promise you that the Moto X fast updates have been because google made sure they had early access. Updates will not be as fast, my prediction.

    • Nathan Borup

      Lenovo isn’t really known for software… I just hope they come out with developer edition devices for cheap, as well as other manufacturers

    • grumpyfuzz

      Motorola will still have early access to the Android code. That’s what you get when you make a Google Play edition phone.

      • Godzilla

        Obviously i was talking about carrier models. Try to keep up ok?

        • Victor

          Dude, c’mon now, don’t turn into another Tim242, you’re better than that.

  • John Legere
  • Dale

    Bare with me…

    Lenovo makes great computers. They have managed to make high-end laptops at a cheaper price than any other manufacturer (e.g., y410p, y510p, etc). Lenovo has the wherewithal to do this the right way. Yes, there is reason for doubt, but I wouldn’t mark this up as a bad thing just yet.

    • Steve

      It is nowhere near as good as it if Google owned it. OS updates will be slower, less support, etc. The best we can hope for his a minor downgrade. Either way, it will not be as good as it once was. Google owning a phone company was the best thing an enthusiast could wish for. Proof was in what we got, and what we will definitely see in the loss once the deal is approved.

      • Dale

        While you may be right, it certainly wasn’t in Google’s best interest. Buying Motorola probably pissed off other manufacturers and Google was probably backed into a corner and forced to sell it to keep their relationship with Samsung, HTC, LG, etc. intact. Samsung certainly wouldn’t have shared patents with Google if it was going to hold onto Motorola. I may even go as far as to say this was the plan from the start, acquire the patents, get Motorola back on its feet, then sell it.

      • Ian

        Definitely? Are you going to go over there and make the experience worse single-handedly? Perhaps one of the provisions of the sale is that Lenovo agree to a support schedule….

        The bottom line. We don’t know anything about what will change, it could be nothing. Hard to imagine Google would work so hard to sell the experience they had envisioned just to see it flushed.

  • Edward Montano

    Time to RETAKE the poll for which Manufacturer line-up we’re looking forward to in 2014. I think SONY’s 1% has just gone up.

    • flosserelli

      Sony is part of the Rockstar consortium. I won’t buy any of their trash.

      • Edward Montano

        Never said I like SONY just said polls will change. Giving Sony benefit of a large doubt to get a higher percentage this time.

      • Nikuliai

        ^ this… Sony is dead to me… but again, Moto was the only company on the current maket I did like (near stock Android and innovation vs spec war and shotgun features)…

        Looks like I’m not gonna get a phone this year

    • Cael

      Yeah I’m looking forward to pretty much Sony now. Unless LG surprises me. I’ll probably get a Moto X just for giggles though. Moto X2? Umm idk…

    • Steve

      I am hoping another OS comes to us now. I am willing to look away from Android now.

      • Godzilla

        Tizen

        • Nathan Borup

          Tizen will not be out for another 10 years because of samsung’s deal with google

          • DoctorJB

            Which this was probably one of the requirements of.

          • anezarati

            i think it is pretty obvious that google and samsung came to an agreement to get out of each others space. google makes software, samsung makes hardware. google agreed to sell motorola and kill off the nexus program. samsung agreed to shelve tizen.

          • DoctorJB

            I understand what is happening but I’m not really happy about it. There’s not going to be any decent <$500 android phones or tablets in 2015. I guess we can go Kindle for the tablets but the prepaid phones are going to suck.

          • hkklife

            Since hearing of the announcement yesterday, my first thought was that the carriers might have had a lot to do with pressuring Google (and Samsung) for this move. Recent Moto moves have been the antithesis of everything the carriers stand for—–selling phones at reasonable retail prices direct to consumer with no subsidy, financing plans, 2yr contracts, or insurance enrollment, rapid-fire updates, no bloatware and nearly-stock Android.

            I would have much rather seen Moto get sold off to someone like HTC or Sony or even a private equity group ala the Palm + Elevation Partners deal from 2008. Heck, I always thought Moto and Microsoft would have made good bedfellows a half-decade ago (prior to the OG Droid). This is just a travesty in every aspect. Lenovo tablets and PCs cater to the lowest possible denominator and have nearly zero post-sale support, at least as far as things like driver and BIOS updates.

            A coworker recently bought a Lenovo Ultrabook. To his chagrin, he could not use any of his 3 new universal laptop AC adapters because of Lenovo’s proprietary new yellow rectangular power plug. On top of this, he wanted to replace the lame single band 802.11n Wi-Fi card with a dual-band AC model. Nope, Lenovo has a whitelist embedded in their UEFI BIOS and you can only use their approved cards. On top of that, the touchpad drifts and doesn’t respond 1/4 of the time, It’s the worst style of Apple lockdown without Apple quality or polish.

            No folks, Moto is doomed and destined to be another formerly glorious American CE brand slapped on cheap Chinese junk (Emerson, Kodak, Polaroid, Westinghouse, RCA).

          • Anon

            Almost everyone has whitelists on wireless. Toshiba, HP, Lenovo. Dell is one of the few that doesn’t. That may not be what you like (I don’t care for it either), but it’s the way of the world. If you didn’t buy the quality wireless card at purchase, you can find the Lenovo-branded ones on Ebay.

            Your coworker should have done his homework on the Ultrabook to make sure his universal adapters worked before he bought it. In any case, “universal” adapters are often junk, and the quality control isn’t guaranteed, even from big names; OEM adapters (even used) are a better choice. Also, Ultrabooks are often thinner, requiring new charging jack designs to fit within a smaller space. This isn’t a quality issue.

            The touchpad drift is either a driver issue, or something that should be covered under warranty.

            As much as I don’t like Moto being bought by Lenovo, I don’t see your arguments holding water here. Lenovo’s business (read: ThinkPad) division makes very decent stuff, and has excellent polish, and is still the same IBM ThinkPad design team as before.

          • DoctorJB

            Understood. Here’s to hoping that Samsung will start releasing <$400 GPE devices. I wouldn't hold my breath.

  • duke69111

    WTF?????

  • VBM

    The question is: Does Moto go downhill from here? Don’t forget they still have that PhoneBlok creation in the works.

    But on a more sober note, I’m def’ not gonna pick up the Moto X now. That $329 was looking slightly more attractive than the N5’s $350. Nexus it is.

  • Jason Kahn

    Is it possible this fails regulatory approval in the US? It is an election year, politicians might not want a company that was touting US made tech be sold to a foreign company.

    • Tim242

      The government has no place in this

      • Jason Kahn

        They have to approve all mergers in the US, when being sold to foreign companies.

      • TimIzATool

        Holy christ you’re dense. The deal will still be subject to approval. No different than when CNOOC tried to buy Unocal. Seriously, you’re a twat, the community here can’t effing stand you. Just go away.

        • Tim242

          Your insults don’t phase me. I am here, I am queer, get used to it. I know that it is subject to approval. I was saying that the government has no place in an emotional objection from Moto fanboys.

  • Ben Murphy

    I don’t understand! Why?!!!!!!!

  • tharealoc

    This is so deflating. I’m a moto fanboy…but I don’t know anymore….the only way this succeeds is if lenovo let’s moto do their own thing. If they try to skin and bloat android…well….ugh

  • NorCalGuy

    And the nexus line looks even better now

    • wade_county

      “As a side note, this does not signal a larger shift for our other hardware efforts. The dynamics and maturity of the wearable and home markets, for example, are very different from that of the mobile industry. We’re excited by the opportunities to build amazing new products for users within these emerging ecosystems.”

      You sure about that? Google is about glass and home automation now.

      • NorCalGuy

        I believe you missed my point the fact is now that leveno owns them they will not be the super fast to upgrade company that they have been with Google at the wheel. The next line now looks better because it will be one of the few phone lines to continue to receive the timely updates for a great price. Yes I know there are gpe phones but they are full retail with out a lot of the Dev support that the nexus line of phone receives. And while glasses are cool they are not practical in terms of price avaibility and most importantly not enough people have them to really base a company’s forward movements on it.

      • NorCalGuy

        http://www.droid-life.com/2014/01/29/motorolas-project-ara-and-advanced-technology-group-moving-to-googles-android-team/
        Looks like maybe more than just glass and home automation….Google literally works on thousands of projects a year most of which we never hear about but I can promise you Google will not be getting out of the mobile phone business not because they make money on android but because every phone that has android has ads which means Google is getting paid. Not a lot of ads for the few thousand ppl that have glass and pretty sure not a lot of ads on the Nest thermostats

  • Carlos Poblano

    Well…now that I’ve done some reading, it doesn’t seem all too bad. As long as they stick to”…bring[ing] together the best of both companies to deliver products customers will love.”
    Hope you made the right choice, Google :/

    • Jason Kahn

      It’s all corporate mumbo jumbo, they’re just words. What will actually happen is a huge unknown?

      • Carlos Poblano

        Probably lol, just hoping for the better.

  • Jeff C

    sad an american company like Moto is being sold to a Chinese one.

    • coolsilver

      Considering it was a subsiderary of a Japanese company before that.

      • Jeff C

        Pretty sure they were founded and headquartered in the US. I’m not a moto historian tho so don’t quote me

        • Anthony_Armando

          Yup. Founded by an American in Chicago, IL under a different name somewhere in the 1920’s then changed to Motorola somewhere in the early 1930’s. When my grandmother came to the United States she worked on one of their assembly lines. She said the owner was nice.

          • Pedro

            Paul Galvin started it. His son Bob made it even better.
            Unfortunately, I got hired when Chris got control and wanted to launch rockets.
            I heard stories from the old timers in ’98 that you got a stern look by calling Bob Mr. Galvin. He was Bob. Moto always had the first name on badges in a font about 6x larger than the last name.

            I enjoyed working there (automotive group) until Chris thought that Jack Welch’s philosophy was the way to go. Instead of hiring the best, let’s let everyone know that 15% of our workforce isn’t good enough.

          • Jimmy Debacher

            It was named Victrola. Victrola made car radios in the 1920’s and the inventors went on a cross-country and called out different names which later became, Motor-ola.

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          • michael arazan

            My Grandfather had Motorola Handie Talkies from ww2 and still work today.

    • scastro87

      Why?

    • usaff22

      And considering all those workers in the Motorola Factory in Texas will be losing their jobs ;(

      • JBartcaps

        Says who?

        • flosserelli

          Read the latest DL article. Lenovo is not committed to the Texas plant. Those people should be scouting for new jobs.

          • JBartcaps

            I did an that’s not what it said. It said they haven’t decided yet.

          • Radgatt

            But do you really think that a Chinese company would pay more to have assembly of their phones in the USA? Or would they rather have more money in their pockets by going with the cheaper alternative which would be to have the assembly take place in China? In my opinion, I think that assembly plant in Texas will be closed within 3 years.

          • Nikuliai

            on the other hand, they need the moto maker, so it’s not that clear yet

          • BOB Dudek

            MM ..?..thats now future past History.

          • Nikuliai

            I really doubt that (at least in the short term), but that’s your opinion

          • BOB Dudek

            I have a close relative who (still) works for IBM..and was with them when Lenny took the LAP business, One cannot know how blatantly ruthless and bottom lined they are…until its happening..to them.

          • Pakmann2k

            Or automated.

          • zurginator

            How is that hard to believe? Many foreign companies build products in the US – it’s a relatively cheap way to build brand support.

          • flosserelli

            “Lenovo wouldn’t commit to the Texas Moto X plant, saying that it will evaluate to see what the most cost effective way to win the market is.”

            Translation: Texas plant workers should be looking for plan B.

          • JBartcaps

            Yeah exactly, saying at this moment in time they aren’t saying they’re keeping it while also saying they aren’t getting rid of it, meaning they don’t know what they’re doing with it just yet.

          • BOB Dudek

            Or C or D. Really its F.

          • Pakmann2k

            Which means they are not committed. It is a publicity stunt to keep it. Otherwise, Foxxconn here we come.

    • 4g63mark

      Looks like we won’t be anticipating the 2014 Moto lineup…….. DAMN. This is terrible news. What’s the point of hyping this phone that’s made in Texas, selling tons of them because they are AMAZING, and then selling out to China? Who’s genius idea was this?

      • ……for $10B less than they paid for it under 3 years ago, not to mention! Well hey, at least Google got to use those patents they had their eyes on – for again less than three years!

        • 4g63mark

          Exactly! !!! Between selling out to China, and shoving Google+ down everyone’s throat, I gotta ask……… Who the hell is running things at Google?

          • DoctorJB

            Samsung, they bent Google over and gave them the what for…

            Samsung stays with android in exchange for selling of Moto and killing Nexus.

          • michael arazan

            Doesn’t Congress and a couple US Regulatory Agencies have to approve of this deal before it goes through? Usually for a foreign business to buy out an American one it has to be approved.

            This really sucks for one of the longest running American Business to get sold off to another country. Motorola created genius hardware for our troops from ww2 through vietnam. There aren’t many american business that I respect much but this is a sad day. Motorola made the first cellular call in 1972. It’s a Historic American Company.

            And I wonder this means Motorola is in line for the Nexus 6 or 7 now.

        • Pakmann2k

          Do agree with you on this.

    • Radgatt

      Yeah, there is no way that Lenovo is going to keep that plant in Fort Worth open. It wouldn’t make sense financially for them to do that. People will lose their jobs in this. It’s not a matter of if but a matter of when.

  • Godzilla

    Google you better use that cash to expand google fiber

  • traumadog

    I’m wondering if Verizon has in their contract with Motorola the ability to switch their Droid-series OEM supplier…

  • Tony Byatt
  • Abdi11

    I hope nothing change with Motorola. Really loving my Moto x

  • Chris

    Makes you wonder where peoples priorities are now a days. All this crying over a cell phone.

  • cjohn4043

    :'(

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla is adjusting his course and bypassing Japan, zeroing in on China. Fire breath ready.

  • anezarati

    How much did Google pay for them in 2012? Have think they made some money on this.

    • AbbyZFresh

      It’s the patents that constituted the majority of the money Google spent. Motorola’s hardware division was worth practically nothing to Google.

    • rfranken

      12 bil

      • Riz Virani

        billion*

    • Jeff C

      they got the patents they needed from Moto to avoid being sued by Apple.

      • rfranken

        the patents didn’t pan out for them. they are sued day in and day out by apple and everyone else. they just blew 9.6 bil or whatever

        • anezarati

          well it looks like they get to keep the rights to all the patents in this deal with lenovo, which was what they wanted all along i guess. makes sense for google.

    • trd105

      12.5 billion

    • Dan

      Moto had $3B cash and google sold another moto division for $2.5B…

  • Alex Boro

    FEELING LIKE HULK RIGHT NOW!

  • Damian

    First topic for the droid life show tonight!

  • Chris

    I got the popcorn. All of this crying is really making me laugh.

  • paul_cus

    Motoblur returns?

    • VBM

      Probably worse than before. It’s owned by a Chinese company and it’s seems that all the OEMs in Asia really prefer to use their own horrible, horrible UIs.

  • Godzilla

    Fuckkk China

    • hkklife

      I would love to know what Sarge has to say about this…hopefully some day the “real” inside scoop will come out.IMO, this was planned almost from day #1.

  • Philip J. Fry
    • Chris

      another male gif.

      Bet that aired way before you were born too.

      • John Legere

        Insecurity at its finest.

      • Philip J. Fry

        Another irrelevant post.

        • Chris

          Yours was no different.

          Learn to deal with it child

        • Chris

          Yours was no different child.

  • Ryan Callihan

    Goddammit.

  • Tim242

    This is too funny. This should silence the Moto fanboys a bit.

    • Godzilla

      I would much rather Korean tech than Chinese. This news pisses me off.

      • Tim242

        Yeah, it is bad. Moto was the only possible choice for a future phone choice I’m now down to Samsung, or…Apple gasp!

        • Godzilla

          As long as Android exists I will never consider Apple.

        • Chris

          at least it was american.

        • Silver Veloz

          Bad is right,Tim. I was looking forward to what Google/Motorola was going to bring us in the future. We’ll see what the next year or two has in store for us.

    • Chris

      All the crying and fit throwing is whats funny. So much going on in the world and people choose to cry over a cell phone?

      Makes you wonder where peoples priorities are now a days.

  • Steve

    I’m done with Moto. Luckily, I didn’t use these to waste more money on the dumb company!

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  • Carlos Lopez

    Well looks like HTC and the next Nexus will be the only thing to look forward to this year

    • Tim242

      S5 with dialed down TW and lack of Samsung bloat has me excited.

      • Carlos Lopez

        Yeah that would definitely be nice! but I hope they remove the menu button as well or give us a variant with on screen buttons

        • hkklife

          GS5 will be the last “OG” Touchjizz and Samsung device (physical home button+ microSD slot + removable battery). GS6 will be the transition device (lightened Touchwiz, maybe virtual buttons). By GS7 or Note 5 you will have the full Google influence being felt.

    • Suman Gandham

      I would add Sony to that list… if they sort out their hideous bezel issues.

  • Ray Gray

    Let the hate start pouring in….who will they love now

    • Godzilla

      Samsung. As boring as their phones are………they simply work right out of the box.

      • flosserelli

        “Work right” is a relative term. If you mean laggy and laden with underwhelming features that don’t get used after the first 2 weeks, then yeah…

        • Godzilla

          It depends on how you look at it. Not saying Samsung is perfect. By the way, my S4 does not lag.

          • Chris

            SHHHHHH @flosserelli:disqus is a nexus user

          • flosserelli

            Neither does my Note 2, but I’m not running TW either.

          • Diablo81588

            If you’re running stock firmware yes it does..

          • stancold

            I started out with a moto droid and was diehard droid 4 ever until purchasing the bionic which i traded for an HTC rezound and realized how boring droid and Motorola r . Then the note 2 came out and Ii got it and I’ve yet to be impressed again by Motorola or HTC after the note2 . What is God Zillah even talking about

        • Dave

          My old GN2 is more responsive and quicker transitioning than by brand new X.

      • Ray Gray

        I guess we now know why the moto X price continued to go down. I bet they knew about this for weeks now

        • hkklife

          Yup. That’s also why there was never a peep of a rumor about a Moto X successor, a Moto Nexus or a future tablet. Remember how there were supposedly 18months’ of Jha era products in the pipeline that Moto and Google had to work through? Instead we got the RAZR HD, HD Maxx and the RAZR M and that was it until the X. I have a sneaking suspicion that the 2014 Moto roadmap has a barely-updated X2 and maybe a Droid or two and that’s it.

      • stancold

        How are Samsung phones boring . I used to Bo a die hard moto droid person until I got an HTC rezound and realized how much betr HTCphones were . Then I got a note 2 and Ive never looked back at droid or HTC . The Samsung note 2 – S4 – note 3 and new note 10.1 2014 tablet kill everything else out there .

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I will continue to love the company as long as its products serve my needs.

      When that changes, I will move on.

  • Anthony_Armando

    Welp, I won’t be needing this. Maybe it can find a new home.

    VDayX-D23C-RSSX-7VOX-TVPS

  • cjohn4043

    please don’t ruin Motorola…

  • Daniel

    Lenovo, known for the amazing keyboards they bought from IBM on their Thinkpads, should totally reinvent and revive the qwerty phone…. ::fingers crossed::

    • WickedToby741

      ThinkDroid?

      • hfoster52

        Yoga X?

    • hfoster52

      But why??

  • Larry Wei

    Made in the US*

  • flosserelli

    Dafuq? Just when Motorola was *finally* offering some interesting stuff

    • Adam Truelove

      Stuff that, unfortunately, didn’t sell well. Most people don’t even know the Moto X exists.

      • John Legere

        F U Samsung!

      • Cael

        It didn’t sell well because they took forever with it and it’s just now being released globally. Then it took them forever for MotoMaker which was the whole spiel of advertising to reach elsewhere. Then it took them forever to get to the sweet spot on price. But they finally got there so I don’t see why Google is dumping them now. That’s like fixing up your house and then burning it down the next day. What the hell was the point for waiting so long. Then why the hell not sell it to LG or Sony( or HTC [i kid lmao])? They could have made a deal with Sony to get Rockstar to back the hell off. American’s LOVE japanese technology. lmao

    • Ej McCarty

      I just liked the idea of buying a phone that was made by a company that Google owned. Since android is made by Google, Motorola shared a closeness with Android that no other oem did. I feel like they are losing this with the sale of the company and it makes me sad because I felt that this way a more googley phone than any nexus could ever be.

      • Cry me a river – Moto never came out with anything worthwhile since the original RAZR, all of DL needs to wake up and see Moto for what they really are – a very distant 3rd place company

        • Anon

          Obvious troll is obvious.

  • Sam Del Valle

    -soft crying in the background-

    • AbbyZFresh

      Same here, i cried with tears at hearing the news of this. I just received my X today.

      • Chris

        @WhackyNinja:disqus @AbbyZFresh:disqus

        ROFL

        • Philip J. Fry
          • Chris

            No. I’m staying. Deal with it.

          • DL sheep – “yeah, you don’t like Moto, a sub par, ‘good enough’ brand? You GTFO!”

            Hah, they’ll get over it when they actually realize Moto is as pathetic as everyone else with money paying for other brands already does

          • Philip J. Fry

            Then I guess you’re pathetic for whatever phone you have, huh?

          • S4 – say something about how much better the MotoX or MotoG is than the S4, or compare sales figures to prove your point, I’m waiting

          • Philip J. Fry

            Yea, Samsung sales a lot of phones, there’s no denying that. But, for you to say “Hah, they’ll get over it when they actually realize Moto is as pathetic as everyone else with money paying for other brands already does” makes you sound like a arrogant prick.

          • Agreed – arrogant prick is the best defense for Moto fanboys who don’t understand how money works because they’re too blind to see it

          • Pakmann2k

            My droid ultra will hold a solid 4g signal for 13+ hours on a charge where I live. My GNex, SIii, and SIV never came close. Am I a fanboy because my Droid actually works or am I just an experienced consumer that bought a product that best meets my needs? Random, by the way, why would anyone compare a MotoG to an SIV. If that is a benchmark you are using, that is not saying a lot about the confidence you have in your device. How about we compare your SIV to a HTC thunderbolt? Feel better now? Lol

          • Ian

            Umm, if anybody knows what’s good…it’s definitely the DL majority….

          • John Legere

            I’m glad it’s written on the board. Chris might have not understood it without it.

    • Alisan_C

      I trust Dennis Woodside, he will lead Motorola like he did these past 3years.

      • Cael

        Unless they replace him. He’ll probably just go back to Google.

        • WickedToby741

          The Verge says he’s staying (from conference call).

          • Marikel

            God I hope he stays. He’s the only thing that can save Motorola now. This sale was a bad move on Googles part…

      • MistaButters

        He’s actually only been in charge since May 2012.

    • Logan Jinks

      I just want to know if Lenovo will incorporate Motorola or will keep the way Google did.

      I was just about to buy a Moto X. I still want to, I just want make sure the phone will still be supported.

    • Jeremy Martin

      Its worth a shot…who knows maybe it will make a difference. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/block-sale-motorola-lenovo-google/Gr170bGy