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Report: Lenovo is Buying Motorola From Google for $3 Billion (Updated)

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According to a report out of Reuters, Lenovo is about to buy Motorola from Google for $3 billion. Yes, that Motorola, the one that just made a phone we considered to be our phone of the year. The report claims that an announcement could come as early as today, as the companies are in the final stages of talks. Reuters also mentioned that this is a sell-off of the handset business, along with certain patents. 

It hasn’t even been three years since Google bought them for $12.5 billion.

We have no idea what this means for the Motorola as we know it today. I think we can all agree that they have done some pretty incredibly things over the last year, especially with the Moto X. We’ll be watching this closely as it unfolds.

Update:  China Daily is reporting the news as well. Their sources claim that the price is “at least $2 billion” and that it includes 10,000 patents. Lenovo apparently has a press conference to announce a “major acquisition” Thursday morning.

Update 2:  TechCrunch is also reporting that sources of theirs have confirmed the plans. They tossed out the idea that Google has been holding off on selling Motorola “for tax reasons.”

Update 3:  It’s now official. All details here.

More as we have it! 

Via:  Reuters | China Daily | TechCrunch
  • Michael Bell

    Google paid 12 billion for Moto and sold it for under 3 billion. What a truly stupid company. Not only is that a 9 BILLION loss, they just really pissed off their shareholders. Glad I switched back to Apple last year. Google is headed for hard time with stupid and costly decisions like this.

  • Tim Aries

    RIP Motorola.

  • Ubi2447
  • Ubi2447
  • Snowbo13

    I hope they still update software as quick as googles Motorola did. On second thought
    ..don’t well it. I really like what Motorola is doing and am looking forward to see a tablet and next year’s flag ship phone.

  • M3D1T8R

    Well shoot. I’m not one to normally use such phrases, but this is a game changer. And I’m afraid it won’t be for the better. I really liked the direction Moto has been taking under Google over the last year or so. Now who knows what will come of future US made Moto X’s, etc. Hopefully Lenovo allows them some autonomy so they can keep building on the good things they started in the last year.

    • DoctorJB

      This is probably nothing compared to Nexus dying. The price of phones will go up, people will return to post paid and Samsung/ATT/Verizon will rake it all in.

  • z32589

    What a real shame – especially for Android enthusiasts. Just another example of how the mainstream tech consumer in this country has STILL not assimilated or integrated with tech. Also indicative of the extreme backwardness of the mobile phone industry in the US – unless there is total control (i.e. Verizon – let the hell go for heaven’s sake…) people will buy what the carrier marketing TELLS them to buy (i.e: Samsung) and not what is the best overall product or experience. This then forces good endeavors to die because of poor sales.

  • mgamerz

    And just like that, Motorola is once again going to be run into the ground.

  • Tony Byatt

    Google may not have lost that much, if anything at all…

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/12/22/did-motorola-mobility-only-cost-google-1-5-billion/

    ……….

  • Steve B

    But, but, but…. where’s my Moto Nexus? Haha suckers, Moto is done.

    • middlehead

      This dramatically INCREASES the chance of Motorola getting a Nexus assignment. Google was never going to do it so long as they owned Motorola.

      • DoctorJB

        Nexus is next on the chopping block, to be killed by next year.

  • droidrazredge

    At least I can say when all the dust settles from this acquisition by lenovo that will have the first and last phone from Google + Motorola with the branding of “A Google Company” on it.

  • Ryan Laursen

    I have had the Moto X on Republic Wireless for less that 3 days… Frankly, I’ve been testing it as a replacement for my Verizon service. I’ve had a few quirks that I have not liked. I still have a couple weeks to decide about Republic Wireless.

  • Sean Bello

    and just when you thought it passed, the Nexus hunger has returned with a vengeance…

  • adudeapart
  • adudeapart

    I guess its Nexus from here on out.

  • Sean Bello

    I’m not sure if this is horrible news, but it’s damn sure not good news. the most alluring thing about Moto was Google’s influence.

  • Daniel Boka

    I just ordered my moto x monday with the 100 bucks off deal. Should I try to cancel? Not wild about chinese ownership!

    • Dustin

      I just ordered mine yesterday! Thinking the same thing!!! I am currently running the S4…

    • middlehead

      This means nothing for an X. If you’re paranoid about it, just don’t buy anything from them after the deal closes.

    • M3D1T8R

      Heck no! This is making me want to order one even more now, while such a good product still exists!

  • Jarrett Hickman

    This kinda explains the firesale of phones moto/google have been having over the last couple of months….. Google trying to recoup their losses before dumping the company. Glad I returned my Moto X…..

  • Tyler

    This is terrible news. As someone experienced with multiple ThinkPads from several years, including old IBM and current Lenovo models, they have consistently gone downhill since Lenovo’s ownership.

  • Col_Angus

    There goes the neighborhood. 🙁

  • JDub

    All I can think of is Rob Snyder yelling “oh no, we suck again.”

  • Suman Gandham

    Today is a sad day 🙁

  • Sankyou

    I’m going to go eat some Lucky Charms and think happy thoughts.

  • MikeSaver

    THE FUCKZORS?

  • Turb0wned

    Well, thats for a great end of 2013 Motorola… I hope Levono makes Motorola mobility go down into the ground and bankrupt.

  • After all the friends I’ve converted?? Really Google? WTFFFFFF. I’m rather saddened by this news and confused as well. Something else is happening in the background that we don’t know about. The math isn’t adding up.

  • EliteX

    REALLY!!! Dennis Woodside????

    “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.

  • Nayners
  • paul_cus

    Motorola ThinkPhone…coming Q3

  • mrjayviper

    outside of the US, Motorola phones are really non-existent so this could be good news for the rest. 🙂

  • hfoster52

    Did we break the record for the most Meme’s in one post yet? 🙂

  • CharlesJorgenson

    Dammit

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    Well Motorola it was nice knowing you. Being a huge fan of my current phone now (Moto X) I hate to see Motorola go this rout. Just when busy were picking up steam. I would’ve love to see what else they come up with…. Oh well it was fun while it lasted.

  • knobularlife

    dang…

  • FragDroid

    Keep in mind that this deal will have to beg approved by the government and that’s not going to happen. The US will not want a Chinese company owning a company with so much product in our communications infrastructure. NOT going to happen.

    • Marcus

      That is a valid point.

    • John Legere

      What the? This is so stupid.

      • Jason Kahn

        It is an election year in the US don’t forget.

    • Sankyou

      Tell that to Sprint. It is a valid point though. Same conversation happened before the Japanese billionaire purchased them.

      • FragDroid

        There is a HUGE difference between a Japanese company buying an American company and a Chinese company buying one. Lets not forget that Canada just shot down Lenovo’s attempt to purchase BlackBerry. Lets also not forget about ZTE and Huawei getting shut out of US purchases. Just saying that its going to take some serious work on Google’s part to get this deal passed.

        • Sankyou

          I hope you’re right. This could be the best blockage our government has done since the TMobile/ATT tirade.

        • Sean Bello

          if anybody has that influence now, Google does.

    • John Darin Holloway

      This is just the cellphone business, motorola’s public safety, space and military business weren’t owned by google and aren’t part of the sale.

  • EliteX

    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.

  • John Galt

    Well…. If this sale goes through, this will be the last Motorola phone I’ll own. Call me patriotic, but I really enjoyed the fact that I was supporting an American manufacturer and American jobs. I haven’t been interested in a ZTE or Hwuawi given the allegations of spying, so I have no interest in Lenovo. I’ll probably sell this phone once the deal is confirmed, which sucks, because I like it.

    • Cory

      Lenova already manufacturers in the US you twat. You are seriously daft

      • John Galt

        They’ve not committed to keeping the Texas plant open. Way to have appropriate decorum and discourse too, by the way. I’ll make certain not to stoop to your level, but you seriously should consider your tone. Quite frankly, it sucks and is inappropriate. But, hide behind the anonymity that the internet grants you, because I can guarantee that you would not speak that way in person.

  • Chris

    Its official:

    http://investor.google.com/releases/2014/0129.html

    ““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.”

    • DoctorJB

      Larry Page has obviously never used a Lenovo android device.

  • Godzilla

    This pisses me off.

  • 陈 永超

    i refuse to say ” OK Lenovo Now …. “

  • mcdonsco

    This makes zero ssense…google buys them for 12.5 billion then they finally start to kick ass and google sells them for a loss of over 9 billion? Wtf?

    Worst business decision ever?

  • Mark

    As a Moto X owner I don’t know that I like this. I’m afraid those speedy OS updates are probably about to go out the window.

    • DoctorJB

      My Lenovo android tablet only got one update, ever, and it took the user community shaming the Lenovo forums to get even that much.

  • Josh

    That sucks. Lenovo brought down the ThinkPad ever since they bought it from IBM. My company has completely stopped offering ThinkPads when upgrading your system. They only offer Dell Latitudes/Precisions and HP ElitePads.

    • Josh

      *EliteBooks

      • Adrynalyne

        Dell Latitude over a Thinkpad?

        Mind = blown.

        • Mark B.

          Over a Lenovo ThinkPad, yes, always.

          • Adrynalyne

            Craziness. To each their own I guess.

    • Sankyou

      That’s kind of weird because Lenovo was manufacturing ThinkPads for 3 years before they officially purchased the brand.

      • Joe Anderson

        Then they gradually messed up the designs once they bought the brand.

        • Sankyou

          Carbon X1?

          • Mark B.

            That’s a fine prosumer notebook but a bad business notebook. ThinkPad = consumer brand now.

          • Sankyou

            My coworkers and I disagree. Check out the new one – has a dedicated port for proprietary replicator and Haswell chips, of course.

          • Mark B.

            My IT department disagrees with you and your friend.

          • Adrynalyne

            Latitude is looking pretty pro consumer now too. SSDs in a business laptop?

            More so than Lenovo, in fact.

          • Mark B.

            Yes, there are enterpise SSDs.

          • Adrynalyne

            They won’t stand up to the reliability of Raid1 though.

          • Mark B.

            What’s wrong with enterprise SSDs and RAID 1?

          • Adrynalyne

            Show me where you can configure the Latitudes to have RAID SSDs?

            I’m at the Dell site and it doesn’t let me configure the hardware, unless I am missing something.

          • Mark B.

            Some Latitudes and Precisions can swap the optical drive for another SSD. Then you can configure them to use RAID. I don’t buy notebooks directly from OEMs (I’m assigned notebooks) so I can’t tell you how to buy it this way from Dell.

          • Adrynalyne

            Thinkpads are the same way. I only ask because Lenovo lets you configure it that way yourself. That was part of the reason I didn’t order from Dell.

  • Greg
  • EliteX

    I dislike Samsung…. I have been with Motorola for so many years. Time to say Good-bye

  • Cael

    What the hell. If they were gonna sell it why not sell it to LG or Sony for God’s sake? I just can’t with you right now Google. SMH

  • Travillion

    Wow, did not see that one coming! Looking on the bright side, in a year we’ll say this was all part of Google’s elaborate plan to finally give us a Moto Nexus….or would it be a Lenoto Nexus?

  • trixnkix637

    Feels like I got gut punched and kicked in the balls simultaneously. #HorribleBusinessMove

  • tharealoc

    Well, this sucks.

  • Steve

    I was going to use these for gifts, but I will not support Moto anymore. I would buy into a Google company, but not Lenovo. I guess I will start considering other phone options once my current phone dies. But as for now, I am disappointed after things were looking great. Here are some codes for anyone wanting to use them. Good luck as I doubt support will be strong for these phones if this is all true.

    VDayX-129E-PQSU-SWTY-2RGE

    VDayX-ISNX-CO2M-VIXR-QHXM

    VDayX-A5PF-EVBW-9ZIV-CHYS

    • Jeff Miller

      Seriously dude…ha. Stupid comment of the day.

  • Edward Montano

    I may just end up crying if this goes through this is horrible news like Google you will be singing this after selling Motorola http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXXOO3Wd_5Q

  • Tony Byatt

    Tonight’s DL Show should be interesting…

  • chris_johns

    this is truly sad and upsetting news…what a joke…there goes american made quality

  • chris_johns

    Everyone better buy a moto x stat…itll be the last of a true google partnership phone(dont give me nexus or playstore edition blah blah)…i might buy another one before lenovo destroys motorola

  • Sankyou

    Well not to be a racist jerk but they have small hands in China so maybe Lenovorola will be the anti-phablet!!!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      So, “not to be a racist jerk ……. but *insert racism here*”…?

      • Sankyou

        Yes that’s how the “not to be a” statements always go. Really though it’s more science than racism.

  • Jeremy Martin

    Lenovo is where things go to die 🙁 This is sad news indeed…..If this turns out to be true then I will not be supporting Lenovo. I honestly do not know what OEM to go to if this turns out to be true….Google you are making a huge mistake.

    • Cory

      It is true and you are daft.

  • EC8CH
  • Ravi Rao

    Here’s what I understand from all of your comments: Nobody understands running multi-billion dollar corporations, M&A, or patent litigation, but everyone loves memes.

    • Chris

      Most of the people who post here are either foreigners or children

      very few are actual hard working adults.

      • grumpyfuzz

        I didn’t downvote you, but it seems like you care a lot about downvotes…

        • Chris

          Nope

          • grumpyfuzz

            Well, you just edited your first comment that said “The Down votes just prove my point”

          • Adrynalyne

            He does that a lot and then denies editing.

          • JDub

            He seems to think everyone likes him and his comments.

  • Steven Webb

    This has me in a really bad mood. I FINALLY found a phone manufacturer who I liked. I have a hard time believing that the Lenovo owned Moto will be anything like the Google owned Moto. I don’t want a Chinese POS! I really hope Dennis Woodside is reading these comments and can do something about this.

    • Sankyou

      If being made in China exclusively meant something was junk – well let’s just say we wouldn’t have many electronics to talk about.

    • Cory

      Dennis Woodside has no control over this. And the deal is done. You are being a twat

  • Rand Paul 2016

    The way they are dropping the prices of the moto x makes sense now. Like the hp tablet a couple of years ago. Fire sale!

  • Mark

    Been buying Moto since the StarTac (remember that one?). Thus ends the love affair, and main reason to support them. All things come to an end. Stinkin’ Googlopoly.

  • Jason Kahn

    WSJ just sent an alert email with the same news attached, log in required, sorry. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303743604579351163997405806?mod=WSJ_TechWSJD_NeedToKnow

  • Rand Paul 2016

    Bet this has to do with the patent agreement with Samsung

  • Mykich

    This is terrible news.

  • aBabyPenguin

    well it was fun while it lasted 🙁

  • Sankyou

    VDayX-AK9G-PODG-XO7T-UTTA

  • Zack Kolev

    Noooooooooooo!!!!!

  • Liderc

    Wahhhh… Google is taking a $9 billion dollar loss on Moto? Wow, it must be a train wreck.

  • Not_A_Dev

    No worries. If the Chinese bought Moto, it will eventually get back into
    US American possession. History repeats itself. Think Japan in the
    1980s…

  • Tony Byatt

    This must have something to do with the sudden Google and Samsung cooperation…..

  • Scott

    This is terrible news for Moto and even worse news for the Android world.

  • Ryan

    Moto Ex, Goodbye Moto

  • BManInVA
  • Nathan Borup

    just bought 2 moto x’s last week… i guess i won’t be getting anymore updates 🙁

  • Chris
    • guest

      Stay in the house.

  • Jeff C

    I sincerely hope this is just a media fail.

    • Cory

      Nope.

  • Hothfox

    DO NOT WANT.

  • Chris

    ..

  • BManInVA

    Well, now i don’t feel so bad after missing the $100 sale the other day.

    • Jason Kahn

      Wait until thursday morning if this goes down I guarantee you they’ll be plenty of codes at the bottom of the announcement page, mine included.

  • Trysta

    Wow…I was just getting ready to cancel my Nexus 5 order (taking too long) and thinking of getting the moto x for cheaper.

    Why on earth do so much good with the moto x and then just throw it away?!

    I was REALLY looking forward to the moto X2…

    Question. I was recommending the moto x to my boyfriend as his first android phone. He still hasn’t bought it yet but do you think for a smartphone noob this would still be a good purchase?

    • Philip J. Fry

      Answer.
      Get it and don’t look back IMO.

      • Trysta

        yeah that’s what I was thinking. He probably would never notice if it didn’t get updated anyway. And who knows. Lenovo is actually a decent company. Hopefully they will build on what google started (if we are lucky).

  • Carlos Poblano

    Google…please, no.

  • Josh Carroll

    Leaked image of new Leno X! http://i.imgur.com/xrI2TXV.jpg

  • Bharath Kannan

    NONONONONONONNONONONONONO. NOOOOOOOOOOO. WHYYYYY

  • Razma

    and i was actually applying for jobs at motorola……guess i should start looking elsewhere, dont feel like moving to china

  • Tony Byatt

    So I guess the Moto X I just ordered won’t see Liquorice or Marshmallow Pie in a timely manner…

    smh…

  • Chris

    Doesn’t Dennis Woodside visit this site?

    Though I’m pretty sure this was in talks for weeks now so what ever happens is gonna happen.

    Better hold off judgement. We do not know what this will bring.

    Would be funny if this was just made up to see how the reaction would be.

    • guest

      I thought so too. I guess 4 people think he doesn’t visit this site.

  • Ray

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Once I started to like Moto and looking forward to Moto in 2014. I guess back to looking for the next best phone in 2014.

    • Philip J. Fry

      I don’t see Dennis letting this hurt moto. They have been doing to good here lately.

      • Ray

        I hope so, but Lenovo can let him go or replace him.

        • Philip J. Fry

          They could, even though that would be an ignorant move on lenovos part.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        When another company buys you, you generally don’t get much say in things.

        • guest

          You don’t. Philip needs to understand and be educated in that

          • Chris

            He’s just a baby. He has a long way to go.

          • John Legere

            Stop talking to your self.

      • Chris

        Money talks

        • guest

          Yes it does.

  • John Legere

    I wonder where Kutcher stands in all of this. lol

    • Chris

      who cares? He’s another dumb actor.

      • John Legere

        He’s with Lenovo, you buffoon.

        • Chris

          so? I dobut he gives a s h i t

    • MichaelFranz

      taking pictures with his Nikon Coolpix…

  • Damian

    Can’t wait to hear you guys discuss that tonight!

  • Damnit.

  • Jason Kahn

    Well if this announcement proves true, I will be posting my Moto X Code Sometime thursday, and will buying a Nexus 5 Instead.

    • Nikuliai

      why? the Moto X will still be an awesome phone, but sadly it may be the last on from Moto, I’m a 100% sure selling mine cuz of rage would be a stupid desition cuz to me the Moto X is the best phone in the market right now…

      PS: “don’t be evil”… right…

      • Jason Kahn

        I’ve been thinking about this the moto x is a great phone and will keep being a great phone, but do I support a company decision that I don’t like by buying one of their products. What about the american factory workers are their jobs at risk?

        I’m going to sleep on this decision and be back tomorrow morning.

  • Fresh360

    Could this be the one of the assurances that was made in order for Samsung to scale back their skin O_O

  • MichaelFranz

    Ok Kellen, i need your opinion. From a tech enthusiast perspective, do you like this move or not. From googles POV, they were always supposed to be treated as an “individual” company anyway. This just goes to show that. But Moto has to think that by this happening their stock in all the new found tech faithful will probably fall, wouldnt they?

    • John Legere

      Absolutely not.

    • My initial reaction is that it sucks. I think if you are any sort of tech company, you would kill to have Google behind you. They gave Motorola freedom to do some pretty amazing things this year without worrying about money or restraints. They basically told them to go do awesome things, which they did.

      We don’t know what Lenovo will do with them, but I’d imagine it won’t be the free and open Motorola that we have now.

      • MichaelFranz

        I agree, having the name Google associated closely might have more people of Android favor you over some others. I am afraid of the same thing everyone else is of…..change. Like you said they did amazing things this year and paved the way for a bright future for themselves. Something like this just makes you question if all that greatness is going to be lost not being “A Google Company”

      • Ravi Rao

        There’s no way Motorola managed the past few years without worrying about money. Just because it was Google owned Motorola doesn’t mean they had a blank check. Google went out of their way to deny involvement in the Moto process. The Moto patents didn’t hold up recently in court vs. Microsoft, devaluing them.

  • Razma

    i really hope this is just some website that posted this and is trolling everyone, the way the media works today it’s not like they fact check

  • Orion

    Wow!!! That was short lived. And I was warming up to moto. Well, I guess it’s back to the old drawing board as far as what I’m looking forward to as my next phone. But I’ll wait to see what comes from this.

  • Ryan Callihan

    I just got my X two weeks ago. I know my phone will still be the same great Moto X, but will it be managed the same is my question? Google is giving Motorola directions right now. What is Lenovo gonna do? I’m worried. Very, very worried. And to think I was looking forward to the X2. Come to think of it… what will happen to Dennis Woodside (the CEO)? He was appointed by Google. I don’t like this.

    • WickedToby741

      Hopefully the leadership team instilled by Google will stay in place and continue to deliver the same formula. Looking at how Lenovo has managed the ThinkPad division, I’m optimistic they won’t screw up what good Motorola has been doing. If you look at all of the positive publicity Motorola has received from their recent decisions, I don’t think Lenovo will be inclined to change much.

      • Ryan Callihan

        I really, really, hope so. I was looking so forward to the next gen Moto X.

  • Bryan Burch

    Now I feel bad for the peeps who work in Texas at the plant. Bet those jobs go straight back to China. Hey on your way out, unlock my friggin’ bootloader.

    • WickedToby741

      Not necessarily. Lenovo is manufacturing certain ThinkPads in the US (North Carolina I believe) and local manufacturing is a key aspect to Moto Maker. That’s why wherever they deploy Moto Maker, they have to do manufacturing nearby. Lenovo has done a great job not screwing up the ThinkPad, so I believe there’s hope for a Lenovo owned Motorola.

      • Adrynalyne

        Which ones? I just waited 33 days for a Thinkpad to be shipped from China.

    • Christopher Moore

      Start with the Droid X first and work their way up.

  • itznfb

    God damnit!

  • grumpyfuzz

    I just cried a bit at the update to this post. I get my moto x thursday…

  • Stnkycheezman

    maybe google is just selling the name for 3bil and keeping the manufacturing…rebrand the phones coming out of texas as, google or nexus? wishful

  • Inquizitor

    This is terrible. I love Lenovo, and absolutely adore my Thinkpad, but Lenovo’s phones and tablets are hot trash. Google (and Dennis Woodside) is the reason Moto has completely turned around. It’s such a pity to see this momentum thrown away. I kind of see why Google wanted to get rid of them, but it really seems like a bad move for consumers in the long run.

  • Bryan Burch

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101359307

    FU, don’t let this happen. I bought a moto-x and now it’s support is going to be held prisoner to Sum Yung Guy in China.

  • Seanfranchise6

    I don’t like this, I don’t like this at all……

  • Ravi Rao

    Smart move for Google, especially if Motorola Mobility is losing money. Cut your losses, license patents but you don’t have to worry about patent litigation and defense related to those patents, make a Moto Nexus and show Lenovo how it’s done.

  • Steve B

    I wonder if Google and Samsung have big plans?

    • Scott

      After owning a GNex, I’m running far away from that.

  • geedee82

    I just heard it on CNBC. Lenovo?!?

  • Sankyou

    I’d rather have Google owning Moto but I will say Lenovo is damn good at hardware. Unfortunately this was also the strength of Motorola prior to Google so this is bad news, if true.

  • Nayners

    If true, I take back all the nice things I said about you, Dennis Woodside. Sellout.

    • T B 718

      What does Woodside have to do with this? He’s the CEO of Motorola, not Google. Google is the one selling.

      • Nayners

        He’s a Google employee, make no mistake. He started at
        Google in 2003, and was Vice President of Google’s America Operations
        until the Motorola acquisition. He knew about this…and that makes me mad. Moto was finally going in the right direction..

      • Nayners

        He’s a Google employee, make no mistake. He started at
        Google in 2003, and was Vice President of Google’s America Operations
        until the Motorola acquisition. He knew about this…and that makes me mad. Moto was finally going in the right direction..

  • pd240

    I wonder if this helped the negotiating with Samsung. Google would no longer be in direct competition.

    • I guess no one can say they are in competition with other Android OEMs anymore.

      • WickedToby741

        I can’t help but think this was all part of the negotiations. Either Samsung insisted that Google offload Motorola if they are to deliver a more pure version of Android or Google felt it simply wasn’t necessary to own Motorola anymore considering what they’re rumored to have accomplished with Samsung. I think we’ll know more soon. Right now it’s just a lot of static, but if you start to put the pieces together, it starts making more sense.

  • Rúben Santos

    Wasn’t the head of Moto or someone at Google that sed to visit DroidLife? They should read the comments, this is a dumb move if played.

    • Come back, Dennis Woodside, read these comments!

      • itznfb

        I can’t remember the last time tech news made me feel depressed… if ever. This news makes me feel depressed.

        • Ej McCarty

          Yeah same. I just don’t understand it… i read this hoping one of the updates would confirm that this is a hoax…

        • Gr8Ray

          I can, because it wasn’t too long ago. When they announced the new Nexus 5 wouldn’t be coming to Verizon.

          • itznfb

            As much as that sucks it was predictable and not really that big of a deal. This is a major turd shot to the US mobile industry right when Moto had everything going in the right direction and they drop a couple great phones that are essentially the best value available. It’s like getting drunk and running down a hill knowing you’re about to become famous for video bombing a live national weather broadcast and at the last second you get Jim Cantore’s knee right your nuts.

        • DoctorJB

          The extra sucky thing is that Nexus is likely dying as well. I’d be more okay losing one of those if the other was still going to be around to deliver affordable quality smartphones but losing both at the same time really sucks.

      • EC8CH

        Why Dennis…. Why!?

        We thought you loved us?

        • Cory

          This was Google’s decision.

          • DoctorJB

            It was Samsung’s decision, Google just bent over and took it.

      • zepfloyd

        Wonder if will go back to Google.

      • Ray Gray

        Please block this racist troll

        • Ej McCarty

          Filthy nagger. And they stink

      • Nexus5Forum.com

        I don’t think the decision is Woodside’s to make. It’s Page who calls the shots.

  • Shimamasu

    This is a *huge* disappointment for me… I have been committed to Motorola since I owned my first cell phone back in 2002. I have been very happy with Moto X and Droid Maxx. I was very excited about the direction that the new Motorola was heading… This may be the end of buying a product from Motorola….

  • Guest

    Too bad for Moto lovers today, but Google did not buy them for handset business in the first place anyways. It’s still losing a crap load of money every quarter and that fact will not change much with Moto X and Moto G. Sure, it’s awesome for consumers to have such good phones at bargain prices, but you can’t ask private companies to keep losing money for the sake of consumer’s well being. Look at what’s happening with Samsung and Apple – profits have been deteriorating since 2H last year and those are top 2 premium mobile handset manufacturers. There’s no way Moto’s handset business remains sustainable with such aggressive pricing. It wasn’t Google’s priority interest anyways.

    • Ej McCarty

      Shut your goddamn jew mouth guest

  • Justin Larmay

    This is depressing news.

  • John Legere
  • -1

  • Jim Plunkett

    Crap!!!! I don’t hate Lenovo, but I am thoroughly loving my Moto X Dev edition……Smug in the knowledge that I had a Google device on Verizon. Oh well

  • Ryan

    Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! This better not be true!

  • Brittany N

    I hope this isn’t true 🙁

  • John Legere

    What the FUUCK

  • EC8CH

    THIS IS WHY WE CAN”T HAVE NICE THINGS!

    • Cory

      You make zero sense.

  • Donald

    Noooooooooooooooooooo, what a disaster.

  • Razma

    this is why we can’t have nice things

    • EC8CH

      HA! Great minds

      • Razma

        lol

    • Cory

      A daft comment

  • litobirdy

    Wait Google is going to sell it for 9 billion less than what they bought it for? Um WHAT!!!

  • LocBox

    The Great American Pimp Game baby, Motorola belongs to the Game now

  • akhnaten

    I call BS!

  • Guest

    No pls

  • Sankyou

    Sweet now the Moto X2 will have a rubber nub!

    • Andrew

      hahaha i’m in

    • itznfb

      lol

    • jnt

      that was awesome

    • zepfloyd

      Lenovorola

    • Riz Virani

      It’s called a nipple, sir.

    • Allen

      They’ll bring back the optical thumbpad to Android!

  • TechWings

    Wow. Just…Wow.

  • Maиav

    Wowwwww, Motorola was the best company of 2013 and now they’re no longer a part of Google. GUess I’m no longer getting the Moto X… sigh*

    • Jordi

      Nothing is sure about this. It’s only a rumor.

      • Maиav

        I sure hope not, we’ll see what Motorola has to say on twitter…

      • Cory

        Jordi this is not a rumour. It is confirmed fact.

  • Brandon Kesler

    Booooooooooooooooo

  • Daniel

    Would be nice if this meant the return of the keyboard phone…Lenovo does like themselves some fine keyboards on all Thinkpads 😉

  • Eric

    No me gusta 🙁

  • Tony Byatt
    • George264

      I’m doing that too but the main thing that’s bothering me is that Google gave Woodside and many Google employees over to Motorola and now they’re selling him off? He was one of their top execs and to move him over to Moto was to make Moto profitable, now they’re getting rid of Moto. Mind boggling.

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    • XboxOne

      LMAO!

      • John Legere

        That’s Bill Gates after seeing 720p on the One.

        • XboxOne

          That’s John Legere getting kicked out of the AT&T event.

    • rfranken

      should be a big wake up call to a lot of people on this site. they’ve made one phone in the last 3 years that didn’t suck. and everyone jumped on the band wagon. and now the wheels just fell completely off.

      • Tim242

        Exactly. I’m hoping this humbles the people of this site a bit.

        • TimIzATool

          Even more people wish you would just go away. Forever.

      • Intellectua1

        EXACTLY

      • MAXX

        How did you type that when your phone was hooked up to the charger?

    • Philip J. Fry

      That’s the first thing came to mind when I read this article.

      • michael arazan

        This Sucks Worse Than A Loose Hooker After A Busy Weekend

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Ugh .. Google, sometimes you are beyond stupid.

  • Josh P.

    So from 12.5 Mil to 3 Mil in less than 3 years… Something says this is lenovo possibly just buying into patents to possibly get in on the mid range phone market.

    • Cory_S

      It’s Billion. With a B.

    • Keith

      I’m guessing Google will be keeping the patents.

  • hyperbeatser

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31g0YE61PLQ

    pretty much exactly how I feel

    • Razma

      lol i use this one all the time

  • Cesar
  • doctortits

    Well this sucks

  • JDHokie

    I’m no math major, but $3 billion is a lot less than $12.5 billion.

    • Josh Carroll

      The question is whether the patent portfolio was worth 9.5 billion to google. I’d say over the long term, yes.

      • Seth Merritt

        They also sold some other divisions off and I think Moto had some cash on hand as well. So not as bad as it looks, but yea.

    • MistaButters

      Google also sold Motorola Home for $2.35 billion.

      So, they paid roughly $7.15 billion for those patents. (And about a half billion or so more in losses from Mobility.)

      edit: that was supposed to be a reply to josh

      • Supposedly they are selling the patents with Motorola. Also Moto had 3 Billion cash on hand when bought.

        • MistaButters

          I’m sure it will be just like the Motorola Home deal where Google will retain the patents and (in this case) lenovo will have free rights to use any and all of them.

          Edit: the one source does say 10k patents included.

        • Cory

          Google is keeping 90% of the patents and selling 10% of them.

      • WickedToby741

        Don’t forget the cash Motorola had at the time, which, don’t quote me, I believe was around $3 billion. And while the patents certainly haven’t been as lucrative as they were rumored to be before the deal went through, they no doubt helped Google land the patent cross-licensing deal with Samsung.

        Also don’t forget that before the purchase, Sanjay was throwing around ideas such as trying Windows Phone on for size and using their patent portfolio to sue other Android OEM’s, two things Google was able to prevent with their purchase. And most importantly they have instilled Motorola with direction and purpose. I know selling Motorola to Lenovo is a thing few of us are pleased about, but even under Lenovo ownership we have a better, stronger Motorola. If you look at how Lenovo has shepherded the ThinkPad brand (they even have US manufacturing), I think there is still hope for Motorola.

        And at the end of the day, if Motorola was a reason that Google was able to convince Samsung to deliver a more pure version of Android, we should all be thankful.

        • John Legere

          That Money stays with Motorola.

          • WickedToby741

            I’m doubtful. Maybe part of it does, but you don’t pay $3 billion for a company with $3 billion in the bank.

          • John Legere

            They didn’t buy money.

        • Cory

          Samsung isn’t going to deliver a more pure version of Android. It is still going to be heavily customized the alleged deal was for Samsung to stop building replacement apps for Google Apps like S Translate so on and so forth. Besides 100% pure Android is boring.

          • DoctorJB

            and to suspend the Tizen fork.

        • WTF

          BUY YOUR MOTO X’s NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Because the next line of moto phones are going to have spyware built right into them, and will suck balls.

  • sunday39

    I wonder is this why Motorola was giving out those deals?

  • Nathan Borup

    NOOOOO!!!!!

  • addicuss

    Sad day.

  • Joshua Fowler

    Perhaps Google is aiming for a Samsung-opoly. :/ Pretty bad! This feels like selling out to me. Google sold out to Samsung and Motorola was collateral damage.

    • Steve B

      Maybe Google is aiming to buy Sammy to wipe iOS off the face of the earth.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Samsung has almost 5 times the money and empire Google has, there’s now way that would happen.

        Now Samsung has the power to buy Google vice versa.

        • Steve B

          I was playing dog.

  • Philip J. Fry

    What a nightmare

  • Neil Ostrander

    Is today April 1st?

  • Anthony Tyson

    Uhhhh what!?!

  • cgalyon

    This does not excite me. I don’t dislike Lenovo, but they don’t exactly excite me with their products either. I felt (and observed) their quality decrease after the computer division was bought from IBM. I would worry the same may happen with Motorola. 🙁

    • DoctorJB

      My Lenovo android tablet only got one update, ever, and it took the user community shaming the Lenovo forums to get even that much. Add in the 30+ bloatware apps (including a Lenovo App Store) and it’s all bad news.

  • Shane Thomas

    -1. Dislike.

  • Deegan1212

    Please no.

  • Nicolas Finn

    This is probably a sale of the hardware while Google maintains and licenses the patents (which is what they really bought Motorola for anyways)

  • Shane Redman
  • Jordi

    Uh oh. Let’s hope that, if it happens, this doesn’t affect Moto’s new direction.

    • Cory

      It’s already happened.

  • shecalledmejay

    This is what happens when you get something great, it’s never last.

  • This is really disappointing, and just shows that Google had no plan when it came to Motorola. They were just finding their stride with the Moto X, Moto G, and future tablet and smartwatch plans, and now who knows what’s going on. It was also nice to see an American company, Google, purchase another American company, Motorola.

    It’s clear that with all this Google-Samsung news that Samsung is now the favorite. Which is a shame for everyone who doesn’t like Samsung.

    • Josh Carroll

      They had a plan and executed it flawlessly. It was all about the patents.

      • You’re kidding, right? The Motorola patents have lost in court almost every time they have been used. And now with the new Google/Samsung patent deal, Moto’s patents have become even more worthless. I highly doubt Google’s plan was to lose ten billion dollars on Motorola.

    • Nicolas Finn

      No way, the Samsung-Google deals are just a move to keep Android’s biggest manufacturer safe and friendly with Google. This way, there’s more coverage from both parties on the patents. I really think this sale will be of the hardware, considering the main factor for Google’s Moto purchase was for the patents.

  • Wilsonian

    Wow. Just wow. I wonder what kind of implications that has on future Moto endeavors?

    • Stone Cold

      Until we know if this is true it means nothing but could be huge.

      • Wilsonian

        True. But still doesn’t make me happy. I was loving the direction that Moto was headed. And I can’t see how this in any way continues on with that direction.

  • Michael G

    As Dr. Sam Beckett always said… “Oh boy…”

  • Steveo

    Wow. My new X hasn’t even shipped yet. Great.

  • Dre Fay

    NNNNOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  • hyperbeatser

    in what universe does that make any sense to Google?

  • Stone Cold

    This could be huge.

  • Chris Bobrowitz

    AAAAnd it’s gone

    • EC8CH

      flawless victory

  • chris kilps

    No, they are doing great. Google you better keep them.

    • Cory

      Moto has already been sold.

  • “Designed and assembled in the US, owned by China.”

    • Justin Foster

      Phones should be much cheaper that way at least. Lol

      • Eric R.

        Lenovo might own Moto, but they aren’t going to control them

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Yeah .. sure .. that makes a lot of sense. Buy something but not be able to do with it as you please.

          • master94

            Apple iPhone users do it

        • Steve B

          Ha

    • So is this how they are going to hit that $50 price point that Woodside was talking about?

    • John
      • John Legere

        That’s my dog, Michael Scott.

    • John Legere

      Lenovo used to be a respectable company. But now….they are going to ruin Motorola

      • Cowboydroid

        Curious what you don’t like about them…they make great hardware.

        • John Legere

          It’s hit or miss. WiFi problems, the Yoga Pro 2 ugly yellow screen, etc.

          • Riz Virani

            I love my Lenovo Y510P. I loved my Lenovo W500. I’ve been around the T models.. Let’s just hope they do it right..

          • read a review first on what you buy then

        • DoctorJB

          Their android tablets were a hot mess. Support was crap, they had no idea what they were doing.

          • Cowboydroid

            Agree. But their A series desktops are absolute beauties, as is most of their laptop lineup.

        • zurginator

          “Great” hardware? Lenovo makes phenomenal hardware, especially when you look at their professional products (Think pad). I’m interested to see where they go.

    • icedrop

      This really sucks. Finally looked like there would be an American phone hardware company competing in the android market. Now google sold out to the Chinese. The sadness and corporate greed….Good bye Moto, hello Samsung, LG & HTC again.

  • sunday39

    Whoa…this was need I say unexpected?