GRAIN OF SALT: Rumors Suggest Nexus Program is Dying in 2015, Lenovo Gets to Make One of the Last

If you read tech sites outside of this one, there is a chance you read the rumor from earlier in the week from industry player Eldar Murtazin, which suggested that Google is going to kill off its Nexus program some time in 2015 and replace it with its Google Play Edition line, though that name may change by the time this all unfolds. Clearly, we ignored the hell out of this rumor. Because well, it’s just a giant one-line rumor on Twitter with nothing to back it. To add to the plot, though, Murtazin returned shortly after the Lenovo-Motorola deal was announced to suggest that Lenovo will make one of the last Nexus devices ever.

So what do we think? Seeing as 2014 just started, Google just released the Nexus 5 (a device that helped carry LG’s last quarter), and all sorts of new Google Play Edition devices are available, I couldn’t tell you. My initial reaction is to not worry about it at this point.  (more…)

Motorola’s Project Ara and Advanced Technology Group Moving to Google’s Android Team

As noted thanks to a brief conference call held by Lenovo following the announcement that it would acquire Motorola from Google, the acquisition will not include Moto’s Advanced Technology and Projects group. The team, lead by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, will reportedly move over to Google’s Android team, led by Sir Sundar Pichai.  (more…)

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

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.  (more…)

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

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.  (more…)

AT&T Adds Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 to Tablet Lineup for $200 Off Contract


This morning, AT&T has announced the addition of Lenovo’s new IdeaTab A2107 to their tablet lineup. Off contract, AT&T will be offering the device for just $200, but even that price still can’t match up to the Nexus 7 in terms of specs. With a lower resolution, weaker processor, and only Android 4.0, you will be picking this tablet up only if you’re in serious need of a data connection.  (more…)

Week of Holiday Tegra: Win 1 of 4 Lenovo IdeaTabs Plus $25 Gift Cards [Day 5] (Update: Winners Picked!)


Day 5 of the Week of Holiday Tegra is upon us! That means this is the last day as we head into a long holiday weekend. We have already given away seven tablets, courtesy of our friends at NVIDIA., all of which can take advantage of the gaming power provided by Tegra 3 processors. But today, we’re giving away another four (4) along with $25 gift cards. If you were looking to win a last minute present, this is your last chance. Ready?


Quick First Look: Lenovo and Intel’s Medfield Android Phone

The Intel booth marked one of our last stops here at CES 2012, and what better way to start wrapping things up than by looking at one of the future chipsets you will see in Android phones this year. It’s called Intel’s “Medfield” processor and is a single-core chip clocked at 1.6GHz. Don’t let the single-core part throw you though, so far from some of the benchmarks we have seen around the interwebs, this thing looks powerful enough.

For demo and display purposes, they slapped it into a Lenovo casing that may or may not ever see the light of day here in the States. The device itself ran Android 2.3 and had an 8MP camera that Intel’s chip was able to use to shoot up to 15 pictures within a single second. It also ran some of the more processor intensive games on the market without a hiccup.

We listened and watched a live demo of the device for a few minutes, but then quickly grabbed it to see how it performed. What did we think? Tough to have any strong opinions on it since this was really just a dev device, but the design that Lenovo went with was decent. The fact that the camera can take burst shots in a single second is a bonus, along with the fact that this processor is supposed to use far less energy than some of its competitors.

Pics after the break, including details on Medfield.   (more…)