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Breaking News-Its Official: Motorola mobility being sold to Lenovo

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  1. Rxpert83

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    Apparently we could hear an official announcement very soon, but it looks like Google is getting rid of Motorola's mobile arm.

    Thoughts? It looked like Google was really turning motorola around, but now they may be cutting ties. I'm interested to see what this means for the direction they were going with devices like the motoX moving forward.

    Sources:
    Google Will Reportedly Sell Motorola Mobility To Lenovo, Say Multiple Sources
    Lenovo nears $3 billion deal to buy Google's Motorola unit | Reuters
    Lenovo to buy Motorola business for $2 billion|Top News|chinadaily.com.cn
    Google to sell Motorola to Lenovo, say reports | The Verge
     

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    Wow didnt see that coming man. IDK what to think about that. I love what Moto have been doing lately..
     
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    Thoughts? Confusion, mostly. I had been really impressed with Motorola as a company in the past few months after they had worked through the backlog of ho-hum and started cranking out the innovative and market-shaking (Moto G and Moto X, primarily). Google invested significant money, time, and personnel in Motorola, and we were just now starting to see the fruits of that. Why ditch it (for a loss) now? I don't get it.
     
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    It sounds like Google is keeping most of the Moto patents, which is what many believe they were ultimately after when they first purchased motorola.

    As much as this is the pits, it finally gets rid of all of those questions with how well google is maintaining their separation with Moto and not playing favourites with manufacturers.
     
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    Whats this gona mean for US jobs?
     
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    I guess it will come down to what happens to the parents that Google was interested in from the beginning. If that hold on to a large quantity of them, then it makes sense. If not, then all they're doing is cutting their loses.
     
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    Larry Page explains why on the Official Google Blog
     
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    Can i ask what a pokadex is?
     
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    Lol you asked:
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    Sorry about that...

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    This Chrome extension is a lot of fun, but it can make the copy-pasta a bit confusing.
     
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    Google got something like 17,000 patents when they bought Moto; sounds like they're selling about 2000 to Lenovo. So yeah, they've still got one or two ;)
     
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    And hopefully squashes the Nexus line is dead! rumors.
     
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    I would rather Google just spinout Motorola than sell it to Lenovo. Lenovo does not have a similar history to what Motorola has been doing lately (fewer devices, focus on usability and thinner margins to lower pricing).

    To that point, this doesn't even make financial sense for Google unless it is a cash deal and Google is loading up to buy someone big (see Snapchat recent acquisition discussions).
     
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    Moto has been losing Google hundreds of millions since they purchased them. If all they were after is the patents, why take the loss every quarter that comes with selling phones?
     
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    Maybe we'll find out more about that on the Google earnings call tomorrow?
     
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    That's exactly why Google should keep Motorola. Google makes hundreds of millions in profits every quarter with the write down of the losses from Motorola. If you are a highly profitable company (which Google has been for years before Motorola and appears to be for years forward), to own a separate entity to lower taxes on profits is a common and not terrible practice
     
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    The patent portfolio bought to fend off patent trolls is going away in the deal. Google has been pulling back Android features already.

    Lenovo doesn't have a good track record of maintaining quality after buying quality conscious companies.

    Manufacturing in the US will vaporize along with the jobs.

    Motorola had been promising the modular phone (think: Legos), that was a threat to other phone makers. Write that one off.

    Google maintained handset experience with the Nexus line and despite any organization charts, through Motorola. Google is rumored to be ready to stop making Nexus phones by 2015 and having only Google Play Experience phones made by others.

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    Lenovo owning Motorola? Oh, no. Another once-great American company, soon to be lost in a sea of mediocrity... if not worse.

    :(
     
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    Wait, what?! Lenovo!! This can't be happening! :eek: :(
     

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