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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
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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:


    ““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


      • 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.




    • 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


          • 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.