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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.

  • 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

    :(

  • http://www.SkyCapture.net/ Ian Smith

    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.