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What We Know About the Motorola-Lenovo Deal (Updated)

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With the Lenovo-Motorola deal now official from all parties, we thought a quick recap of everything was in store. Since this move has clearly brought out plenty of your emotions, especially when it comes to thinking about your next smartphone purchase, we are sure you want answers. While we won’t have them all, and should know more tomorrow after Google’s earnings call, we do have plenty to share. 

Quick bullets:

  • Lenovo will pay “about” $2.91 billion for Motorola, including $1.41 billion will be paid at close, comprised of $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares. The remaining $1.5 billion will be paid in the form of a 3-year promissory note.
  • Google is keeping a “vast majority” of Motorola’s patents to help “defend the entire Android ecosystem.”
  • Lenovo will receive a license to the patent portfolio that Google is keeping.
  • Lenovo will still receive over 2,000 patent assets, along with the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio.
  • Lenovo intends to keep Motorola’s “distinct brand identity.”
  • So what happens to the name “Motorola”? We don’t know just yet. With that said, after Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business, they certainly don’t call them “IBM Thinkpads” anymore. If you want a Thinkpad today, it’s a Lenovo Thinkpad.
  • Can a Lenovo “Moto X” or Lenovo “DROID ULTRA” carry weight with smartphone consumers in the U.S.? That’s what we are about to find out. They certainly know what they are doing on the PC side, having led the PC sales category for some time.
  • Lenovo is going to try to scale Motorola into a global player with their “experience in hardware” and “global reach.” As of right now, Motorola has its Moto X in North America, Brazil, and parts of Europe. It has the Moto G in a number of other countries, but the major global presence is not there.
  • As Page mentioned in his blog post, the deal has yet to be approved in the U.S. or China, and even if it does get approval, will take all sorts of time before that happens. Remember that Google announced plans to acquire Motorola in August of 2011, but that the deal wasn’t approved until the following May. For now, it is business as usual for Motorola and Google.
  • 2014 should still be exactly what you were hoping it would be with Motorola doing the next line-up of phones to follow the Moto X. Larry Page even said he is “very excited” about the smartphone lineup for this year.
  • MotoMaker – staying or going? After sitting down for an interview with Motorola execs at CES, I got the feeling that MotoMaker and customization is here to stay. Well, at least for now. Motorola more than likely already has their 2014 roadmap ironed out, which would include MotoMaker. Once this deal is finalized and they start thinking about 2015, anything goes.
  • Page said that this move will help Google to “drive innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere.” Is it just me, or does that come across as, “We got rid of Motorola so other OEMs could stop worrying about us owning them and focus on making great Android handsets.”?

Updates: A conference call with Lenovo is apparently going on, Re/code has the play-by-play, some of which we have included below.

  • Dennis Woodside (maybe other members of the executive team) will be a part of management, at least for the transition.
  • Chicago HQ of Motorola will stick around for now.
  • There are no current plans to lay anyone off – Lenovo likes the talent that Motorola possesses.
  • 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.
  • Lenovo thinks it is in prime position to soon sell 100 million smartphones.
  • Regina Dugan’s advanced research unit (electronic tattoo stuff) was not a part of the acquisition.
  • The Advanced Technology Group (including Project Ara) are staying with Google, as a part of the Android team.

At this point, I think I’m trying to remain calm and positive over the situation. Lenovo is a well recognized PC brand who is looking to acquire a well-recognized U.S. smartphone brand. Can those two mesh and create a smartphone arm that can compete with Samsung and Apple? I hope so. Is it better to have Lenovo behind you than Google? I’d argue that it’s probably not, though Lenovo is the real deal in terms of a tech company. It could have been worse. It could have been Huawei or ZTE or something.

I’d imagine that we’ll know a lot more tomorrow after Google’s Q4 earnings call.

After reading comments from all parties, are you feeling any better?

  • psuturtle

    I wouldn’t get in a panic just yet. From a business side, Lenovo’s purchase of the IBM PC division has been something they now study in business classes for how well it was executed (nobody really gave that a shot either when it happened). The Lenovo PC business was huge in China, but non-existent in the US. IBM’s worldwide share in the PC market was around 4% when it was sold. In less than 10 years, they’ve moved to #1 worldwide passing giants along the way. Fast forward to this deal, Lenovo is very big in AP with mobile, but again non-existent in the US market. They proved they could do it with PCs, so I think there’s at least a decent chance they can do something similar with mobile (though the competition is admittedly much tougher).

    If I had to guess, you’re not going to suddenly see existing Lenovo phones showing up in the US in the near future. They know how to do worldwide products already, so if that was the plan they’d already be here. I suspect you’ll see the Moto brand and designs hang around for a while. If it continues to grow, eventually they’ll likely merge the brands together under the Lenovo brand. This is siimilar to what happened to the IBM product line when the PC sale happened. The good thing (for Lenovo at least) is that their own brand is much stronger at the time of this acquisition than it was at the time of the IBM acquisition.

    And for full disclosure, I was an IBM engineer in the PC division for several years before the sale, and have been a Lenovo engineer ever since the PC sale. No I do not work in the mobile unit.

  • anezarati

    well someone can fun with this if they still want a moto x:

    VDayX-DOAD-TUD5-WKQS-VGI4

    expires 2/3

  • chris125

    Well now all the momentum moto had with the x is gone. Its a shame I was really liking what moto was doing and the direction they were headed

  • Dave

    Moto made a good phone that a small community (us) enjoy. This really doesn’t indicate mainstream success. They were definitely heading in a great direction, but as a business unit, just aren’t pulling in dollars like a certain Korean OEM that sells 75% of all Android devices, who swims in money. Hopefully Lenovo can bring them increased success. As for me I’ll have to wait and see their new products before I even consider buying one.

  • David Rhiley

    Motorola was a US company that was bought by Google, a US company, and started assembling phone in the USA. Now this is one way that a Chinese company can squash that tradition and direction for US manufacturing and jobs. Anyone that had hopes for the USA making strides in the tech industry should be as disappointed with Google as I am right now.

    • sergio garduno

      I know, I had hope that people would begin to in source, it’s gone now and I feel I’m losing my home to foreign countries even more every second.

  • Montrale Hammonds

    Yup you’ve all but ruined my day reading this…while I love my Moto X its now time to look elsewhere come later this year. I feel like crying right now ( .__.)

  • sergio garduno

    Lenovo’s going to outsource to China, those greedy bastards lots of people who had hope that in sourcing would start with the Moto X have been let down by corporate greed once again. I can’t BELIEVE Google let this happen.

  • Radgatt

    We may have this coming soon to a Verizon near you…

  • Jeremy Martin


    So what happens to the name “Motorola”? We don’t know just yet. With that said, after Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business, they certainly don’t call them “IBM Thinkpads” anymore. If you want a Thinkpad today, it’s a Lenovo Thinkpad.” — The difference here is that Lenovo didn’t buy IBM they just bought a product brand. Lenovo bought Motorola so I would assume that the Motorola name they will use since they own it.

  • The Gooch

    How does this affect the Droid branding with VZW? And the recent spate of FAST updates for both the X and the latest Droids?
    MotoMaker sounds like it’s on thin ice.
    “LenovoMoto ThinkPhone”
    “LenovoRola”
    “ThinkMoto”
    Guess that “firewall” between Google and Motorola wasn’t needed…
    Sounds like Google still had a vested interest in Motorola though (making money from the licensing).

    • sirmeili

      Droid branding is licensed from Lucasfilm by VZW not motorola. There were non-Motorola Droid devices such as the HTC Droid Incredible and Droid Eris. I don’t think this would affect it much. Perhaps Lenovo decides to not do it for Verizon (which could kill the “Droid” line since I think the only ones left are Motorola phones).

      That said, I honestly think Lenovo would be smart to keep the Motorola name around. Motorola is a huge name in the mobile space, and they should definitely leverage that if nothing else than for the heritage in the mobile industry that it brings with it. I know they aren’t on top, but that name should carry a lot of weight. I think most people can remember owning their RAZRs.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Can we make a custom Moto X that says “Look for a new job buddy”?

  • James Hill

    Blame Samsung.

  • Sillygooses

    Thank god I didn’t jump on the moto x bandwagon. My s4 is thhaaaaaatt much sweeter.

    • Nikuliai

      keep telling that to yourself son. Moto may be destined to fail in 2015, but it doesn’t suck now

      • Sillygooses

        I will, thanks! Lol

  • schlanz

    I suppose I’m the only one on this site that isn’t concerned about this news. It will doubtfully change very much in the next couple years, and even if it does, the whole of android does not rest on the success or failure of a single OEM (or phone.)

    • AbbyZFresh

      Umm Samsung would like to speak to you. Samsung is the primary reason for Android’s success.

      • Tim242

        I’m glad I’m not the only one that knows this.

      • Adrynalyne

        Android allowed for Samsung’s success.

        It was a mutually beneficial arrangement.

        • AbbyZFresh

          Umm no. Samsung was already on the come up before Android came around. But it was a bit slower for them at the time. They were already beginning to rival Sony’s status around 09-10. Android simply sped up the time needed for Samsung to become a even bigger to where they are now.

          • Adrynalyne

            On the come up with what OS?

            Apple decimated Winmo in short order.

            Bada never really took off either.

            RIMM never licensed BBOS to anyone else.

            So what OS were they on the come up with?

          • Tim242

            Proprietary. I owned the Samsung Instinct.

          • Adrynalyne

            Didn’t even make a dent in Apple’s sales.

          • Tim242

            The iPhone was only on at&t at the time. So, you can’t say that. The Instinct was marketed as the better than iPhone device, and sold quite well. It wasn’t as nice, but had more capabilities.

          • Adrynalyne

            Was the Instinct not Sprint only?

            Either way, ATT only or not, its sales paled in comparison to the iPhone. Samsung didn’t make real headway until Android came along.

          • Tim242

            I’m not arguing that fact. I was just answering your question about what OS they used before Android. They were fighting Apple before Android. The instinct VS iPhone commercials were quite the marketing campaign.

          • Adrynalyne

            I wasn’t asking what OSes they used, I was asking what mystical OS was giving Samsung headway against the giants of the time.

            I had an Omnia 910 in those days and it was more capable than the Instinct and still didn’t make headway against the big 3 back then or even gain number one slot in winmo.

        • Reeb

          Android was nothing before Motorola and the Droid. There’s a reason this site is named DROID LIFE and not Galaxy POS life.

          • Tim242

            You are living in the past. In the last 3 years, Samsung has ruled.

    • Tim242

      It rests on the success of Samsung.

  • Colby Edwards

    This is the first time I’ve ever been legitimately depressed about something tech related. This really sucks.

    • hkklife

      This is right up there with HP buying Palm or Acer buying Gateway IMO.

    • Joshua Hoffman

      I agree… I was so excited for the future… Its just business in the end…

    • sean carey

      SUCKS

  • Rich Nahra

    This news doesn’t bother me at all. The “killing off Nexus” news i find extremely disturbing.

    • Corey Hedberg

      I agree with Rich. Let’s talk about what really matters, what does this mean for the future of the Nexus line?

  • Kris Cortez

    “Okay, Google now.” -beep- ” Y u do dis to me? =( “

  • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

    NO MORE FAST UPDATES

  • cgalyon

    Not really feeling any better about the deal, just disappointed at this turn of events. Was looking at Motorola for my wife’s next phone (soon) and later on this year for myself. Now I’m much more hesitant. :-

  • hyperbeatser
  • Aaron

    I’m looking at it this way…I’m been a hardcore thinkpad user since before they were Lenovos and I still love them. Hopefully I can say the same for the motorola/lenovo phones I buy. They left thinkpads as thinkpads and hopefully they leave motorolas as motorolas. I will lose it if they tack on their skin to future motorola phones.

    • Menger40

      Moto’s brand just got powerful again, and I don’t think Lenovo will want to change a thing about it.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Yes it will. A lot of people considering buying a Moto X because of the backing of Google will now change their minds after hearing about this news today.

      • Tim242

        Regardless of the positive things they did that you liked…they had not gotten powerful again. Moto X sales have not been good.

        • Scott

          That’s why they keep having these promotions.

        • Menger40

          I hear what you’re saying, but you’re talking about sales and I’m talking about brand perception, which might not have been clear from my word choice. Think about your perception of Motorola before the Moto X came out, before they spent all those marketing dollars and got all that good press on their new device. Most people knew them as the maker of solid but bland RAZR devices. Their image is a lot better now than it used to be. Their brand has more personality and tech press loves them.

          Whether that translated into sales or not, I don’t know. But Lenovo just spent good money acquiring Motorola, and if they’re smart they’ll be careful not to weaken this new positive image that Motorola has been cultivating.

          • PoisonApple31

            Motorola definitely has a positive image going, techies like them, but they are close to being another Nokia. For as big as Motorola once was, it’s rather sad that it can’t stand on its own.

  • Orion

    When I first read this, I thought …..damn Kellen is going to have another baby.

  • Alex Dorovskikh

    It is a part of Samsung-Google deal. For me it is clear… But I hope that Lenovo will leave Motorola as an independent branch and will let them produce phones as before… Btw, I have Lenovo laptop, and I like it. I can’t say this about Lenovo smartphones though… Fingers crossed for Motorola…

  • sagisarius

    I think the only thing I want to hear out of Lenovo is that they’ll keep the fast android updates coming to the phones.

  • RoadsterHD1

    This BITES!!!!

  • Droidarmy

    Im more than a little concerned about this….

  • C-Law

    I’m feeling depressed and horrible. This really ruined my day. I was so happy that moto was back on track and making an awesome product but that’s most likely over without Google’s support

    • Tim242

      Depressed? Ruined your day? You should probably adjust your priorities in life and get outside more.

      • calculatorwatch

        It’s just a day. I’m sure you’ve spent well over 24 hours of your life reading/responding to this site. It’s not like he said “This ruined my life i’m gonna go kill myself”

      • Higher_Ground

        Why are you always on somebody’s case? And it’s a bit ironic that you’d tell someone to that given how you seem to troll these comments every day…

      • Qwerty

        I’m sure he isn’t depressed but a little bummed at the very least. I know I am. Just like C-Law, I was very happy to see Motorola making their way back up again. They released a stellar smartphone with stellar features and on Verizon out of all wireless companies. That alone made me feel like I could own a phone I really liked without choosing one I had to settle with on a wireless provider that had a great network.

        To me, it very much seems like Google had no interest in even using Motorola as some sort of vehicle to implement other projects without giving them the Google branding. That’s what appeared to be the case initially. Now, the impression Google’s left me with is that they were only patent hungry and dumped Motorola. I normally wouldn’t have cared about something like that, but there was something a little extra dick-ish about the way Google handled this. Google’s attitude has been really disappointing me lately with forcing Google+ on YouTube users and now this too. They don’t seem to be working in the old spirit they used to have.

  • Jordan

    “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.” so there goes the whole ‘made in the USA’ thing.

    • Ryan

      Yup Chinese kids will be making the new X and their cousin will be dying getting the stuff for iPhone screens.

      • Guest

        If you worked for Motorola you probably should have been looking a couple of years ago.

      • Maxim∑

        Yeah because Foxconn and apple are the only ones having issues. Someone’s biased

      • droidify

        Lenovo has a huge manufacturing plant in my town in NC. They just opened their second plant next door to it a few months ago. They have been great at manufacturing in the states while other companies moved to sweat shops. I’m not saying they will do this with moto but I am more optimistic than if Samsung or Sony would have bought them.

      • chjapa
    • John Legere

      Assembled*

    • AbbyZFresh

      who cares. I didn’t buy the Moto X because where it was assembled. I bought it because of the customization, nice design, backing of Google, and fast updates

      • MistaButters

        You know American jobs are nice. Especially consider it only adds a couple dollars to the phone manufacturing cost.

        Plus, you think you are going to get your MotoMaker phone in a couple days if it’s being shipped from Asia?

        • Albert

          My Macbook Pro Retina model was overnight shipped from Beijing, China. So I mean it can be done.

          • MistaButters

            Your Retina MacBook Pro also has a nice 30% margin, depending on size and assuming you didn’t make hardware changes. If you made hardware changes and that’s why it came from China, that margin goes up.

          • Adrynalyne

            I spent over a month waiting on a Thinkpad w530. So there is precedence too.

          • http://www.nclf.net/ Goldman60

            My W520 got to me in 2 days after it was shipped, there isn’t really a precedent.

          • Adrynalyne

            Except there is for customized products and we were talking about motomaker.

            I didn’t order a premade. I bet you did.

      • sean carey

        well you just lost out on fast updates, backing of google. keep your nice design (will be in Chinese next time) and customization (hello kitty prints for all). Im ready to sell my Moto X. 32GB if any takers…

    • Aooga

      Sad but true.

    • Higher_Ground

      I could be wrong, but I’m fairly sure they have a presence in North Carolina, and maybe elsewhere in th US.

      • anezarati

        yes, their headquarters are in RTP near raleigh, nc

    • WickedToby741

      Not necessarily. Lenovo manufactures ThinkPads in North Carolina, so if they deem manufacturing costs reasonable and domestic manufacturing necessary (and to the Moto Maker process it is), then they’ll keep it.

    • chjapa

      and that boys and girls, is the most disturbing news of all. Lenovo won’t commit to the Texas Moto X plant (meaning how many US jobs?) and we know what the most COST EFFECTIVE way to win????(win meaning make tons of profit at the expense of everything else) the market is.

      • Razma

        2500 jobs at that plant

    • michael

      it wont be just the plant.

  • Scott

    R. I. P MOTOROLA….

    • Dave

      Or Googarola.

    • 1MPR0BUS

      Incoming Chinese Bloat and Spyware.

      • DoctorJB

        You must have a Thinkpad Tablet.

      • Jeff C

        With the NSA’s spying… to paraphrase Hillary… what difference does it make at this point? I’d rather have the Chi-comms spying on me than our government.

    • michael

      I’m really upset. I really liked the google motorola. Now it is chinese…
      When will the politics wake up to help our economy? The plant is done and I have the feeling that other workplace are done too.

  • akhnaten

    If I worked for Motorola in America, I would be looking for another job tomorrow.

    • Mike

      I know people who worked there that started looking 3 years ago.

    • MistaButters

      I wouldn’t. Google paid out really nice severances to anybody who lost their job during the acquisition, and even when they sold Home.

      • onDroid

        Google sold Motorola. If Lenovo fires anyone they will be paying their severance, not Google.

        • MistaButters

          Within the year of the acquisition laid off employees got google severance.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Yes, this was because during the last acquisition, Google was the one doing the buying. In this case, Lenovo is.

          • MistaButters

            No, when Google sold Home to ARRIS, if any Home employees were laid off during the calendar year, they received Google severance (which was 3-6 months full salary depending on length of working there and, IIRC, 12 months of health care).

        • MistaButters

          During the year of the deal close, if you were laid off you got Google severance.

  • Scott

    I knew their sales were hurting them when they kept giving out promotions, but I didn’t know the company itself is gone Hill. Samsung FTW

  • possomcrast1

    Why. Just why, Google? I’m disappointed that they gave up on the company after, what, 2-3 years? I don’t get why Google would need to sell the company with the huge amount of cash that they have to invest and work with. Maybe it was just about the patents the entire time. I don’t even own a Moto X, but I was looking forward to investing in the GOOGLE OWNED company with my next phone purchase.

    • Scott

      What do you expect? Moto kept using old specs and they weren’t on top of their games. Suck it up!

      • Adrynalyne

        I’m sorry, do you need a quad core CPU pushing your bloated overlay to be considered a good spec?

        • Scott

          Listen up. It’s 2014, I don’t want a phone that has 2012 specs. Technology is moving fast. The only phone manufacturer that is keeping up with technology these days are LG and samsung.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            I think his question still stands. “Techology is moving fast” has nothing to do with anything, if you can’t show what the actual real world difference is.

          • Scott

            Sure it does. Come on now. Let’s be real here.

          • Adrynalyne

            Being real is something most people do not do. Our society is driven by marketing, and this is a perfect example.

            Which would you rather have? A vehicle that weighs more and has a bigger engine, or a vehicle that weighs less, and has a smaller engine? Let me also add that they both have the same performance numbers in the real world.

          • calculatorwatch

            You realize you could talk to 19 of 20 people on the street and none of them would care what kind of processor your LG or Samsung phone has in it, right? I think you’re the one who is separated from reality.

          • Nikuliai

            wow you seriously know nothing about phones rofl

          • adh328

            HTC*

    • Jkdem85

      Because they only bought the company for patents they could care less about everything else

      • possomcrast1

        That was a guess of mine after reading the stipulations in the deal.

        • Jkdem85

          It’s sad but true and understandable. The handset business looses money and isn’t a core Google business.

  • Edward Montano

    Everyone just tuck your Moto X and G in to its charger tonight and tell it “No you haven’t been abandoned, it’s just a nightmare.” Everything is still gonna be ok for now.

    • sc0rch3d

      “No baby, I’ll never leave you”

      *while stealthily hunting for N5 on eBay*

      • RoadsterHD1

        That’s wrong……

      • MistaButters

        I’ll never let go Jack. I’ll never let go.

        …….

        *Let’s go*

      • DoctorJB

        You better stockpile, Nexus is next.

    • RoadsterHD1

      LOL

  • Mike

    Motorola was the Titanic of phone makers before Google through them a lifeline. Wasn’t much over a year ago everyone was ready to kill Motorola with fire, now everyone loves them? Wonder what people would think if Google would have just let Moto die and never bought them in the first place.

    • michael

      It feels like santa claus had a car crash and he got picked up by someone who dove him to the kids in time. That’s super cool and everybody is rooting for this guy.
      But suddenly he realizes, that he got some cool patent assets, he decides to shot santa claus right in his face.

  • Mark

    Nicely reasoned and balanced response to the situation as we know it, Kellex. Only time will tell, but no, still not pleased. As you say, at least it isn’t Huawei,.. Add yet another American company to the Chinese acquisition list.

  • Derek

    Once it is officially official, I’ll be looking elsewhere as I don’t see the Motorola brand being “Motorola” as it is right now so to speak. I see it going downhill from there.

  • Ryan Laursen

    Why am I thinking HP/Palm! Received my Republic Wireless Moto X on Monday…

  • Tony Byatt
  • Marc Cortez

    As long as lenovo owns them I won’t buy you suck google

  • duke69111

    Lenovo’s phones are not too appealing.

  • Samvelavich

    This is bull-fucking-shit! It almost reminds me of how Google is trying to force Google+ onto its users.

    • ken147

      Can we please Stop with Google+? If you want to use it that’s great. If you don’t they aren’t pointing a gun at you and telling to. I bet you use it everyday without knowing, it’s that unobtrusive.

      • jrop

        If you use it everyday without knowing it, that’s obtrusive, not unobtrusive.

        BTW, I use G+ (on a daily basis, consciously), but the conclusion to this comment seems backwards.

      • Tim242

        Yeah, but not wanting to use it prevents you from leaving comments on YouTube and the Play Store.

        • ken147

          The argument “Google make you create a Google+ account to use Youtube” is invalid. Google moved all Google account profiles over to G+.

          I see what you mean though

        • http://www.nclf.net/ Goldman60

          That’s like getting upset that you have to have a Microsoft account to get into Hotmail.

          • Tim242

            No it’s not the same at all. It’s like saying you have to have Facebook to use Gmail. I have a Google account. A Google account and using a social network is not the same.

    • nickdrake

      …how so?

  • Dre Fay

    Kellex you are a true voice of reason, in unsure times such as these.

  • ken147

    Excuse me while I crawl into a corner with my moto x and cry…

  • randompsychology

    When Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business, part of the deal included Lenovo keeping the brand “IBM” attached to the machines for 5 years. They could add the Lenovo brand to it as well, but it still had to carry the IBM logo. So, your facts above are just slightly off ;-) Of course, now the IBM brand is gone and it’s just Lenovo.

    Not saying that’s happening with Motorola though.

    My prediction would be that Lenovo eventually retires the “Motorola” brand itself, but keeps the handset branding of “Moto.” So, you eventually end up with something like the “Lenovo Moto X.”

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Correct, let me clarify that we may not see major name changes initially.

      • Tim242

        You should feel guilty. All that Moto Money you demanded, did them in!

      • Sean Walton

        I agree. I think they will transition to the Lenovo name in time, but they will take their time. If they did it within a year, I think it would be too much of a shock to loyal and new customers.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Lenovo Droid MAXX?

  • cjohn4043

    I just hope Lenovo let’s Motorola run their company just as Google did.

    • Logan Jinks

      This is what I want the most I think will most likely happen. If Lenovo plays their cards right, may we will me looking at a Moto X tablet not too far down the line.

    • RoadsterHD1

      That would be great!!! motorola is really doing something good…

    • Justin W

      If they did this, I would be so happy. Just allowing Motorola to utilize Lenovo’s distribution platform would be all they would need to push their devices. And the name, the name must stay the same.

  • NeilOMalley

    I have used a lot of Lenovo laptops and tablets and have always come away with a positive review. Honestly, as a Moto X owner, if they can take the same handle on it that Google did by letting them remain to be their own company with a big company backing them up it could go well for them. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.

    • Adam Truelove

      But I bet Lenovo didn’t mess with the OS on those laptops did they? It’s one thing to have solid hardware (which I’m sure Lenovo will do just fine with), it’s another to not muck up Android as Samsung and HTC do. That’s my greatest fear. They remove everything good about the Moto X (near stock Android, really fast OS updates) and replace it with Lenovo’s crappy vision of what Android should be, which would lead us back to month long waits to get Android updates.

      • Justin Barrett

        Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but they’d have to be insane to try and tweak the existing OS on the Moto X. They’ll likely just let Moto do their thing, or at least provide resources for the direction they’re headed.

      • C-Law

        Yeah. I used a lenovo tablet. It was awful and the tweaks to the os were also awful. Lenovos vision of android is awful

        • Adrynalyne

          Lenovo’s low end stuff is utter crap.

          • Nikuliai

            eveyone’s low end stuff is utter crap, that’s why it’s low end :P

          • Adrynalyne

            Touche.

        • NeilOMalley

          From the couple I have seen and used they didn’t seem to do much to the OS. Looked mostly stock.

          • Adrynalyne

            I setup a w530 today and this is the first time I’ve seen “bloat” be useful.

          • http://www.nclf.net/ Goldman60

            Mine is mostly stock, the awfullness came from the sub-par hardware. Still got 3 years out of it before replacing it.

  • Robert Macri
    • John Legere

      At least nobody is getting layed off

      • Pedro

        Might not be getting laid, but someone’s getting screwed eventually.

        • John Legere

          Close, but no cigar.

      • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

        Read between the lines, the Texas plant is done for and so is all of its employees. Motorola is bound to be gutted.

        • Justin W

          Yeah. The second I read “the most cost effective way”, I knew the plant was done for. :(

          • MaddHatterr

            What a shame too. I like being able to say my phone was made in the U.S. and would likely have bought a successor phone made at home.

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      • Razma

        The 2500 employees at the Texas plant beg to differ

  • AbbyZFresh

    Why do i get the feeling this was all part of Samsung’s deal with Google?

    • John Galt

      Huh? Can you explain?

      • AbbyZFresh

        Think about it.

        It all makes sense now. Google definitely sold it as part of their deal with Samsung. Google gets rid of nexus line phones and sells Motorola to Lenovo. Samsung stops developing Tizen and moves touchwiz back to almost pure stock. Google and Samsung decide they can do more together. They both stopped the programs aimed at each other.

        I’m almost considering going back to the iPhone now after hearing this. At least Google has all of their apps there now.

        • Adam Truelove

          If Google drops Nexus phones or at least doesn’t give me a way to get simple, understated hardware running stock Android provided directly from Google at low off-contract prices, I’m done with Android.

          I don’t want an undersized and underpowered GPE Moto X, or an overpriced GPE Galaxy S4 with crappy hardware buttons.

          • JoeN

            Don’t let the door …

          • Menger40

            I don’t know why you think Nexus comes into this at all. I think this is all about improving the relationship between Google and handset manufacturers, especially Samsung. When one of your vendors is competing with you, it’s hard to be too chummy. I’m sure that Google owning Motorola was making Samsung uneasy about android. This and the patent agreement are designed to put Samsung’s concerns to rest so they don’t pull an Amazon.

          • BK

            Nexus also comes into this because of the recent rumor that Google may kill it off…

            http://bgr.com/2014/01/27/google-nexus-discontinued-rumor/

          • Menger40

            Oh man, I hadn’t seen that. :(

          • jeff manning

            Good god. I can’t anything but stock. The rest is like a trash bin

          • anezarati

            interesting part of that article. foreshadowing:

            “Murtazin also said that Google will not be competing against Samsung or any other brand in hardware, and that the company is considering reprofiling Motorola in the future.”

          • MicroNix

            You trust BGR? Or should I say iBGR?

          • coolsilver

            Agreed 100%

          • Philip J. Fry

            “No gpe device even comes close to the nexus 5″

            This x1000

          • MicroNix

            “It WAS a jab at Samsung. Their phones are awful.”

            Said the 3% of Android users that didn’t buy a Samsung.

          • Adrynalyne

            You meant 37%, right?

          • Jason B

            I don’t get why people use sales as a defensive tactic. The Toyota Camry was the best selling mid-sized passenger car in the U.S., so that must mean everything else sucks right? Wrong.

            The similarities between Toyota and Samsung are this: they built a brand identity that resonates well with the masses.

            Most “general” people don’t even know how to use the features of their Samsung phone, so they just bought into the advertising (“This is better than an iPhone, so buy it”). What I found was cheap hardware with half-baked software.

          • tomgillotti

            Difference… perception is that Toyota is great (and, really it’s garbage). Samsung perception is that it’s innovative (it is at least that).

          • Tim Aries

            I feel bad for you.

          • Khaf

            build wise I think they are crappy. If Motorola made a phone the size of the Note 2 or 3 It would be perfect. There are plenty of products whos high sales dont match there quality

          • http://www.nclf.net/ Goldman60

            But where would you go? Windows Phone?

          • bringbackubuntuedge

            Maybe, iOS and Android are new, what makes you think MS can’t catch up or that another company can’t enter (like the Ubuntu edge)?

          • aQuickBit

            i tried it out for 6 months…its not that bad.

          • sean carey

            i dont want a phone that’s “not that bad”. My Moto X was basically phone of the year, and it feels like Superman being disowned by his Earth parents :)

          • aQuickBit

            True. The only things that really would have changed my “not that bad” to a “great alternative” is 1) Lack of Glass support 2) Internet Explorer is your only option (I wished to have Firefox or Chrome…hell even Opera) 3) Capacitive buttons are way too sensitive (it’s an on-going joke/annoyance in the WP community that “Oops, I accidentally Binged”. Other than those 3 I loved WP. SkyDrive was fantastic, the “chaotic” LiveTiles are a diamond in the rough, and the UX just feels really nice…like a very personal phone. However, I can’t live without Google Now, Google Maps…basically any Google services except GMail.

          • AngryBadger

            Did they update the app to OneDrive yet? My desktop app hasn’t updated yet… (wasn’t there a lawsuit which ended; in turn making MS change the name).

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Yes there was but they just announced the new name. They haven’t started the roll out of the new OneDrive name yet.

          • Tim Aries

            BlackBerry lol
            trust me, I though it was real bad idea of having one, until i finally had it.

          • Justin Larmay

            I’m with you. No nexus or at least moto x type phone next year and a lot of people are gonna be super pissed.

          • zepfloyd

            “If Google …. I’m done with Android.”

            Oh yea? and where are you going to go? the overpriced tiny iPhone? Deadberry? Windows?! LOL.

            Please.

          • ButThatsJustMe

            I remember when smaller phones were applauded because phones are just phones. People put way too much into a device that only lasts about 2 years before you need a new one.

          • Adrynalyne

            You make it sound like Android is the only viable choice out there.

          • LiterofCola

            Really? How’s that camera doing?

          • Bootleg Zani

            I don’t know man I have a Nexus 5 and a Moto X and i still think I prefer the Moto X over the Nexus 5 and I originally wanted a Note 3 for that massive screen.

        • schlanz

          Because other OEMs can’t make a good phone (including GPE devices)?????

          Please, go back to iPhone.

          • MistaButters

            Nexus 5: $349
            GPE SGS4: $649

            ……

          • schlanz

            iPhone 5S – $650-850

          • MistaButters

            That’s the point. If he has to go back to paying $650 starting for a device, he might as well go buy an iPhone.

          • schlanz

            except that he doesn’t. there will always be better android options for less than 650. and even if, its ludicrous to say the only good thing about android devices is better pricing. skinned UI or not, android trounces ios in terma of usability.

          • Tim Aries

            well after years of using android I am looking for a more stable OS, which iOS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone seem to deliver

          • nsanowai

            The point is Google is showing that they care little for their products and only about what it brings them (that sweet, sweet data)

        • Tony Byatt

          Here’s to hoping for a Note 4 with near stock appearance, S-Pen features, and Touchwiz camera features…

        • crazed_z06

          Cant tell whether to up or downvote this

        • Rodeojones000

          There has been zero talk of TouchWiz moving back to near stock Android. The agreement with Samsung is to do away with the Magazine UX and to stop adding in apps that compete directly with stock Google apps. If you think Samsung is suddenly going to rid themselves of their interface you are sadly mistaken.

          • tv

            Wrong, read the verge (you won’t get real news here)

          • Rodeojones000

            No. You are wrong. From the Verge article (which I’d already read prior to commenting on here):
            “Samsung tells us that it “will continue to identify and provide differentiated and innovative service and content offerings on our mobile devices.””

            Translation: TouchWiz is going nowhere.

        • Rafy286

          I was just telling my brother the same. It all makes sense.

        • anezarati

          this is absolutely correct

        • WickedToby741

          Still don’t know that I’m buying the whole “death to Nexus” thing, but the sale of Motorola certainly fuels that fire. And I’m not sure Samsung will drop Tizen, although I could certainly see that as an important part of the deal to Google.

          Also keep in mind that by selling Motorola to Lenovo, Google may have laid the framework for a true Samsung competitor. Google was never going to truly turn Motorola into a Samsung competitor unless Samsung turned away from Android or they would risk alienating them and other Android OEM’s (think Microsoft with Nokia), but now that Motorola is no longer part of Google, they can go for the jugular. And Lenovo is the kind of company that can and will.

          • AbbyZFresh

            Even if Lenovo somehow managed to improve Motorola’s phone division. Samsung has the incredible power of marketing and brand recognition that always guarantees them a success. They spend more money on marketing alone than the entire value of assets Lenovo has right now.

            If Lenovo truly has the dedication to turn Motorola into a Samsung competitor, they better damn improve everything to Motorola upon what Samsung does.

            As of now, I still love my Moto X, but i’ve officially lost my enthusiasm for Motorola as a company.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            “…but i’ve (officially) lost my enthusiasm for Motorola as a company”

            Preach.

          • sean carey

            I have too. I really feel down about the phone im holding in my hands. NOTHING has changed (obviously) with my Moto X, but having Motorola not be around anymore, no longer a Google company, and Lenovo (maybe they are fine, but im not rushing out to buy a lenovo laptop ever) as my phone’s mfg now….i dont know…its like the curtains are being closed on my android love

        • Lavon Moore

          I hate to say this but am feeling the same way as a htc one and nexus 5 owner going back to Apple seem like my next plan. After rumors of killing the nexus line and selling moto am starting to lose confidence

          • Lavon Moore

            And the moto x was a damn good phone I actually wanted to get a wood version but that’s dead. Also don’t get me wrong I have a ton of respect for Lenovo but it just seem wrong for some reason.

        • sean carey

          I bought the Moto X (off contract no less) to have Google behind my PHONE, not just my operating system. Now they have sold the brand i’ve loved in the android game, and who knows what will be left of Motorola. I know have a Lenovo X? That isnt enticing, exciting, or heart-warming to me. I guess my timely updates will be out the window too. As of now, im on the jump ship side of things. Not happy.

    • Al-Burrit0

      This actually came to mine as well. I’m a little worried but at the same time optimistic. lenovo is good with tech so there is that

      • WTF-Google

        All those New Moto Employees in Texas are all going to lose their jobs now by the end of this year. EFFING GREAT. Too Bad Google didn’t secure the factory and Jobs to all those new employees, at least for a couple years.

        More Jobs Going Back To China. No way they will pay the overhead for american employees when Chinese Slaves will do it for $1 an hour.

        And now Motorola, A Historic American Company, that made the First Cellular call in 1972, goes the way of other Historical Companies that actually did good things and were not evil.

        • zurginator

          Lenovo just opened a US plant though, so the Moto plant might stay. Manufacturing in the US is a relatively cheap way to secure the market – people will buy your stuff just because it’s made in America.

        • Trey Mitchell

          “All those New Moto Employees in Texas are all going to lose their jobs now by the end of this year.”
          Oh look more wild speculation.
          I don’t see why everyone is freaking out about Lenovo being based out of China. they are a global company. they have call centers and other LARGE presences here in the states. I Seriously doubt they are just going to uproot a bunch of established manufacturing facilitates just in the name of moving the jobs. Not only would it upset their their customer base but unless Texas’s tax laws change it would probably be a loss for them in the long run.
          Everyone is jumping to conclusions about Lenovo. I think you need to take a closer look at them before you get all up in arms about them just because of where the company was started. Lenovo is a business just like Google. They are going to do what they can to make the most money they can with the Moto brand. Yes Moto is a historic brand, but their business arm FAILED that’s why google bought them in the first place. Because Sanjay was driving them in to the ground. Google set them on a course for profitability and spun them off. Lenovo would be foolish to not capitalize on what Google has set in motion, and being the largest and fastest growing computer company in the world I’m sure they have the insight to do just that.
          So how about you all stop bitching and just wait and see. Hell for all we know the FTC shuts down the deal. so cool your damn jets and enjoy the show.

    • Juice

      It was part of the Samsung deal. Samsung agrees to go closer to stock, if Google agrees to sell Motorola.

      • DoctorJB

        Don’t forget killing Nexus. :(

        • Milind Shah

          I don’t know what i’ll do when this day comes :'(

          • Fahris

            There Goes Any One Getting fast decent updates from and Android Manufacturer Too. Get ready to not see any updates to our Moto X’s.

      • LiterofCola

        Hell, if Samsung started having a UI like Moto’s then I could really get behind it.

    • WickedToby741

      Because it probably is. Samsung’s position: “We’ll stop competing with you in software if you stop competing with us in hardware.”

      • hero

        If that’s the case then I respect Google a whole lot less. Even Microsoft would have said F U, we’ll kill you in hardware and no one wants you’re s hitty software anyways.

        This is lame. I don’t want a smartphone from Lenovo or Motorola for that matter anymore. Time to start looking elsewhere. Thanks for NOT listening to us on this one Dennis Woodside

        • Cael

          Microsoft is paying OEM’s to make Windows Phone. *stares at Sony*

          • hero

            For marketshare of their OS. They paid I think around $7 billion for Nokia’s handset division, hopefully they don’t plan on selling it to the chinese

          • DoctorJB

            They don’t have a Samsung like figure that can force it. They also don’t have a forkable OS that can be easily repackaged.

          • Cael

            No, no, no. What I’m saying is Microsoft can buy out Nokia’s hardware and make Microsoft Windows phones, but others won’t be alienated because Microsoft is giving/will give the OEM’s money (or other deals) to make Windows Phones, when it’s supposed to be the reverse to license it.
            The chances of Google doing that? I’m thinking 0%. Android is already free, the only thing to keep the OEM’s from going elsewhere or developing their own OS’s is to keep/make them happy. Samsung could easily go Tizen and as long as it’s Galaxy people would buy it. LG could start making WebOS phones. HTC could make the Chinese OS phones. Sony could develop an OS based on the Vita/PS3/PS4 UI. Plus the possibility of ditching Google and forking?
            Dumping Motorola and (rumored) Nexus products and going GPE? That might make a few happy as been rumored and said already.

          • hero

            I get what you’re saying. It just seems misleading to make it seem like American manufacturing and American jobs are so important to your company and then sell your company to a Chinese one in order to strengthen relationships with a S Korean one. How about trying to be competitive with Samsung instead of playing nice all the time? Touchwiz is an abomination compared to devices with GPE/pure android, we all know that – let the markets figure it out too. You have the cash to be in it for the long haul no doubt

        • T B 718

          Why are you blaming Woodside? He’s the CEO of Motorola, not the CEO of Google. Blame Larry Page if you’re going to blame someone.

          • hero

            if I knew LP read droid-life maybe I’d put him on notice too!!!!

          • T B 718

            Okay I’ll give you that one lol.

        • athom07

          You realize that Woodside is likely dealing with the possibility of losing his own job, or being forced to layoff employees based on a decision that he likely had no part in?

          • hero

            I could be wrong but I think Dennis Woodside will be able to find work after Motorola…..

          • Al-Burrit0

            If Woodside goes then it really will be all over for moto. :(

      • angel maldonado

        I wouldn’t call the new tile crap competition.

    • Wolfpack93

      I’d be more inclined to believe Google bought Motorola purely for the patents. They never had any real intention of keeping the hardware business as evidenced by the Nexus line continuing to be produced by other manufacturers. Once the patents were transferred into Google’s name, the mobile portion was sold off. On paper it looks like they took a loss, but I imagine the acquired patents are worth more than the 10BN they are “losing”.

      • Cael

        Google could have bought the patents from Motorola and gave them a lifetime licensing deal but lbr, Sanjay would have burned through that cash with the Droid Razr HD+, Droid Razr HD+ Ultra, and Droid Razr HD+ Ultra Omega in a year. There’s articles detailing it’s not really a loss for Google. Basically now it just seems like they paid $4-5 billion on patents since they sold everything else.

      • Mark

        Google got to use the tax losses of Motorola which was a huge undisclosed sum. After taking into account of sale of both Motorola entities and tax assets, I believe the net cost to Google was $1.5 billion. So basically it was $1.5 billion the majority of Motorola’s patents. Not bad at all

    • Brandon Golway

      I had never thought about that until now. Interesting.

  • Johnny

    The Moto X2 will still have a Google influence but I dont know about after that or if these phones now will get Quick OS updates since its not a part of Google anymore….

    • sc0rch3d

      son of b!tch….one of the main reasons i got a moto x was b/c of google owning moto! shite!!!!

      • sean carey

        Ive had the Moto Droid, The Droid X2, The OG Razr Maxx, and now the Moto X. I love Motorola (clearly), but those first three phones got terrrrrribly slow updates. Then by the time the update came, the phone wasnt equipped to handle to software. So i am being realistic (or depressed) and thinking that Google just drop-Kicked Motorola to the side, along with all the customers they just got to buy a phone branded as a Google/Motorola phone. Its sickening

  • Ryan

    We know that many people might not like Lenovo adding its touch to the upcoming X phone.

    • PoisonApple31

      By the time Lenovo gets the current Google-Motorola projects out of the pipeline, they could do something different – too early to tell.