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Update: Google has announced that the deal is official on its investor relations site, and Motorola had its say too. The deal is worth $2.91 billion, with $1.41 billion paid at closing ($660m in cash and $750m in stock). Lenovo gets 2000 patents in the deal, plus a licensing arrangement with Google. Original post follows.

Google is always doing surprising things, but this is probably not something anyone would have predicted yesterday. Google is reportedly preparing to sell off Motorola Mobility to China-based OEM Lenovo for somewhere in the neighborhood of $2-3 billion. The deal could be completed as early as today and would finally give Lenovo a foothold in the US smartphone market.

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This report comes by way of both Reuters and China Daily, which don't tend to report on such dealings lightly. Google bought Motorola Mobility back in 2012 for $12.5 billion, but that included Motorola's valuable cache of patents. If the deal outlined in the rumors is accurate, Google will be keeping most of the patents, which were valued at $5.5 billion at the time of purchase. Reuters is reporting that Lenovo is getting some useful patents in the deal, though.

It was a popular theory in late 2012 that Google was planning to flip Motorola and keep the patents. Maybe that's what was going on all along, but the launch of the Moto X and US infrastructure build-out made it seem like Google was in it for the long haul. Motorola Mobility has been losing hundreds of millions for Google since it was purchased, but Google is one of the few companies that can absorb such losses. If Google isn't able to make Moto profitable, what are the odds Lenovo is? Techcrunch reports that Google has wanted to sell the mobile company for some time, but was holding off for tax reasons.

We might know if this is really happening in a matter of hours, until then, feel free to speculate wildly and set stuff on fire.

[Reuters, China Daily, Techcrunch via The Verge]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Cesar

    NO GOOGLE, NO!!!!!

    • Jillxz

      Oh Google yes. This is the Google way. Buy , sell , or destroy. Google cannot be counted on. My next phone as bad as I hate Apple , will be an iPhone because I now hate Google more .

      • Gabernasher

        Why not go with Nokia if you hate Apple and Google? Just buy a Nexus and load Ubuntu on it.

        • Jillxz

          I would never buy a Nokia. I find them very unattractive and I don't like Window phones. No , even though I am not fond of Google or Apple it will always be one of them for me.

          • Ashley Waugh

            Wow. Someone that hates all phone manufacturers. You are a rare breed.

            Good luck with your next phone, whatever it is.

      • Eric Kominek

        I couldn't agree more. I am going to try bing now too. Maybe even give up gmail. What is wrong with the businessmen in this country? Why do they think it is okay to continue to sellout to China and the rest of the world. I was so geeked about my Moto X. Now I want to sell it. I wonder if I could find a way to sue Google for what it takes to get out of my contract?

  • TrueFarm

    NOOOO!!!!

    • Marcell Lévai

      OOOOOOOOO!!!

    • WestFiasco

      Yes, this doesn't bode well for my future smartphone plans.

  • Dude!

    This is a terrible news for anyone who wanted Google to more and more of a hardware company.

    It does explain this: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140127PD202.html) and Murtazin's "Google is killing the Nexus brand"

    Hey Google. Remember that time when Nokia was thinking about using Android and wanted to be a preferencial partner (much like what you're doing with Samsung now)?

    Yeah. Go Back in time. Accept that deal with Nokia. Don't waste 12.5 billion. Don't give us hope for amazing devices with low prices with Motorola.

    Damn.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    If this really is happening (and it seems like it is), I hope Motorola is ready for a truly precipitous drop in coverage among the "hip" media and mainstream news. Something tells me The Verge is going to lose its suddenly-developed Motorola love interest real fast once this transpires.

    90% of the reason the company gets so much coverage these days is because it's a Google property. It fits the existing narrative that what Google / Apple / Samsung do = important, annnnd everyone else can just have a seat in the waiting room.

    Lenovorola is not getting back to the front of that line easily

    • Christopher Robert
    • Cherokee4life

      I just read their Moto X "review" if you can call it that and was surprisingly please for once.

    • Derail Doax

      WOW. So that quickly Apple is the only American smartphone company left? Lame. I like my Moto G a little bit less now......

      • poopfist024

        Just like you wouldn't buy from China for fear of surveillance, I surely ain't buying American for the same reason at this point.

      • DaveNull

        Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile device's so you'll have that too. :P

  • Joris Griffioen

    What the fuck.

    • Dillon Shepherd

      I've been so impressed and hopeful with what Moto has achieved lately. Honestly... I'm truely dissappointed right now :/

      ...bye Googlerola

      • Jillxz

        I said this was going to happen and was shot down as not knowing what I was talking about. But I know Google and I know how Google operates. I can read between the lines . Saw it coming and I am not surprised.

        • Daniel Rode

          Where's your proof?

  • Ryan Callihan

    Shocked. Disheartened. Betrayed. I know my Moto X is the same but management is really important. It's part of the reason why I bought one in the first place.

    • Remy Motox

      shocked? ok. Disheartened? sure. ...Betrayed?...uh seriously? it's business as usual. why are people so caught up in brand loyalty?

      • Ryan Callihan

        Easy. I passed up the Nexus 5 for the Moto X because Motorola was under Google direction which basically meant I was guaranteed a great experience. For all we know, that could be in jeopardy. So yes, I do feel betrayed.

      • Ryan Callihan

        Easy. I passed up the Nexus 5 for the Moto X because Motorola was under Google direction which basically meant I was guaranteed a great experience. For all we know, that could be in jeopardy. So yes, I do feel betrayed.

  • Nathan

    If this is true I immediately stop considering buying or recommending Moto phones.

    • lensgrabber

      seriously considering selling my X dev now. Not happy about this.

    • Eduardo da Silva

      I bought a Moto X yesterday just because Motorola was a Google Company.
      Seriously Google, f*** u!

    • Roger

      You'd better. Lenovo is pretty horrendous; quality will drop. I'm considering dropping Android altogether at this point. Just continue on with Bing and Nokia. Cut Google out of the picture entirely.

      • Brendan Dillon

        You actually think Microsoft can offer anything better or different?

        • Roger

          If choices boil down to Samsung or Nokia, it's Nokia all the way. I lived through the 90s. Good product. Samsung, I currently have the Mega. Still awaiting KitKat......
          I won't even consider Apple as I like some PC-like functionality.

          • Brendan Dillon

            It's not Nokia v. Samsung though. It's Nokia/Windows v. Samsung/Google, HTC/Google, Sony/Google or LG/Google. Windows Phone is just a terribly disappointing product.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      why ?

      • Nathan

        Because who can guaranty Lenovo will supply Moto X/G buyers with the same swift (if at all, I doubt it) Android updates like was the case when Motorola was a Google company.

        Or to put it simply: support.

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          yeh, i know. but how about hardware? i think lenovo it's good at that. don't you? lenovo laptop are almost the best about materials quality

          • anezarati

            yeah that is true, but future hardware options dont do anything for people who already have a moto x

  • srikanth003

    damn it..

  • ivorycruncher

    GOOGLE, WTH ARE YOU DOING?!?!?! YOU JUST MADE MOTO COOL AGAIN!!!!!! Seriously, the Moto X is the best Android phone on the market, period, don't care what anybody else says. You also were the first to allow warranties for unlocked dev devices, not to mention the first to launch the first smartphone assembly plant in the US. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEASE do not sell Moto to China!!!

    • Branden James

      Best device on the market? Your kidding right....Nothing better than mid range specs on a "premium" device

      • shadowdude777

        You got it mixed up, they're premium specs on a mid-range device.

        • Branden James

          Snap S4 dual core....premium? Lololol

          • Brendan Dillon

            Says the tool who has obviously never used one. The Moto X is a snappy, fast device. Samsung's flagship phone (the GS4) was laggy and bloated on launch day. Samsung puts enough crap on their phones to fertilize the whole Midwest.

        • Branden James

          I laugh as my Snapdragon Quad 2.3 in my Note 3 rips the Moto X apart

          • Spasillium

            Good job comparing a phablet to a phone.

            BTW, bro: *you're.

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

            No he means the "kidding right" belongs to them ;-)

          • tocsin

            I would like to see anything other than benchmarks where the note 3 beats the moto x in performance

        • Nathan Fletcher

          God people are ignorant here. While on paper they are midranged specs, it is a truly genius phone. The optimization is there that makes everything fluid. While it may not be crunching benchmarks, I still say that you have to use the phone in order to determine whether or not you like the phone. I will still say that it is the best phone because it feels better than and in my experience performs the same as if not better than the nexus 5.

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

        I think people care about the experience more than specs these days

  • Tony Byatt

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

  • Nathan

    First there were rumours about Lenovo buying HTC. Now after selling Motorola, maybe Google can buy HTC, make it successful and then sell it again.

    What company would come after that?

    • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

      LG. Rebranded eL-Goog.

  • Phil

    Of course they will Motorola will lose money if they release only two devices in Europe (and elsewhere) over all of 2012 and 2013.

  • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

    Let's just sell the only North (American) OEM to a Chinese company. cool. If they intended to flip Motorola then wouldn't selling for $2-3B after paying $12.5B be a loss even with the $5B worth in patents remaining El Goog's?

    • Eric Mendes

      Don't forget, Google sold off the set-top devision for like 2B. So Google payed about 7B for the patents, not counting the patents that are heading with Lenovo.

  • JordanMcRae

    Also in the $12.5B was the set-top box business that has since been sold off.

  • TheSource

    This was also apart of the samsung/google agreement...More to surprising news to develop..

  • nofearofimaginarymen

    Only coming out with one generation of phones, that weren't already in the pipeline, and then getting out of the game seems a little premature. Don't do this Moto/Google!

  • Chris

    Idk, this still doesn't seem right to me. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. I was really thinking about buying a moto x in the next few days.... Guess I won't be, I don't have faith that Lenovo would be as good about updates as Google owned Moto...

    • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

      Not to mention, they'll likely force custom UI's that are far more intrusive than the minimal Moto X.

      • Chris

        Ahhh, the horror.... :(

    • Roger

      I own a Lenovo tablet. Trust me, updates are pretty non-existent.

      • Chris

        Oh I know, their customer service sucks too. I had a work laptop from them that had a ton of issues, they always claimed I was the issue... I have a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering.....

  • Sam Del Valle

    Google.....What are you doing.......Go-Goo-Google.....GOOGLE STAHP

  • Ash732

    buy the future (robots, AI, etc), sell the present (moto), shut off anything that's irrelevant to search (bump, schemer, etc)... Page's plan

    • Stiggy

      When you phrase it this way it doesn't sound all that bad really.

  • billykent1972

    Well bite my shiny metal Moto X ass

  • howitzerr

    Looks like my next phone will be an other Nexus

    • Roger

      I would of bought one already, but I don't like Google's no SD slot in our devices bullshit stance. I have over 25 gb of media outside.of.the phone's internal, measley 16gb.

      • darkdude1

        Get the 32 then?

        • Roger

          I'm debating a 64gb card at this point...

          • Mike Harris

            32GB in 1993 would have been mind-blowing. Let's try to be realistic.

            Even if it was available and "sufficient" storage space in 1993, you're telling us that 21 years later, you'd be content with just double that amount?

    • M. Andrews

      until they cancel that this summer

    • dudebuddypal

      yep my next phone was going to be a google phone, but I'm not going to line the pockets of a Chinese firm. I'll buy my phone from some company from a country who respects democracy and human rights

  • baconslayer09

    What? NOOOOOO! Now all the new Moto phones will come with a probably crappy Lenovo UI. Ugh.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      anyway lenovo for laptop is one of the best mark in my opinion.
      lenovo laptop are really resistent, good materials, and really affidable

      • Roger

        I have a Lenovo tablet. If I touch an icon 2-3 times I might garner a response. I'll be avoiding them from now on, thanks.

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          really?? i knew that lenovo is really good for PC,but i never tried lenovo on tablet.

          do you think it's really bad ??

          • Mike Reid

            Lenovo bought the business oriented Thinkpad line from IBM some years ago.

            Thinkpad was good under IBM, and not too bad under Lenovo, but some say the quality has been dropping off.

            Their consumer lines are not as good, but they are popular and in the running with HP, Toshiba, etc.

      • Gabernasher

        LOVE them affidable laptops.

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          a fenomeno, i'm italian, i made a mistake, i wanted to mean reliable, because in italy is "affidabile"..

  • Paul Roberts

    I suppose I'm on my last Moto, if true. If I wanted a Lenovo, I'd find a way to make it happen. Don't particularly want one, though. Guess I'm going to follow my wive over to Samsung.

  • zepfloyd

    Frankly I'm not that surprised in a sense. If you follow the money, Google is moving on to Robotics. Android isn't their prized baby anymore at this point and it will be interesting to see what kind of investments it gets going forward. It also says a lot of their view of Samsung, first the patent deals, then the potential scale backs to customizations and now this. Clearly they don't want to take them head on, they are just too big to fight.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    No Google. Please don't do that.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Oh hey, you're here too?

      • theunknown

        Does that mean you are there too?? ;-)

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          We know each other from XDA.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Yeah. I'm here too. ;)

    • Battle At End

      Google had the invention papers, Google wasn't stupid.
      China just bought the empty skeleton of brand of Motorola while Google owned all inventions and copyrights.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        We shall wait and see what will happen at the end.

  • EH101

    Though I really wanted to see a Moto XL get released, I'm ok with this. Google needs to make money. That is why they exist. Motorola is not making them money at this point. Business-wise, it makes sense to cut your losses and move on to whatever their next big thing(please let them debut a consumer ready self-driving vehicle next... :P ) is if you can get the right price. 3 billion is probably a very convincing figure.

  • A

    Hope this is true, Google had their fun, now that Motorola is used up and it's patents taken. Moto can go to obscurity like it deserves.

  • Zyre

    Google only wanted the god damn patents. Now that they have them they can ditch the sinking ship.

    Why :/

    • Remy Motox

      smart business??

      • Mike Reid

        Yep.

        Like any public company their loyalty is to increasing shareholder value, IE making money, and they've been incredibly successful at that.

  • StoneColdCarl

    NO. NO. NO.

  • Christopher Robert

    @rdr0b11:disqus could this have to do with the recent partnership with Samsung. There have been rumors it had hardware as part of the bargaining and it would make since the Samsung would not want to partner with a company that is in direct competition with them.

  • jbworldwide1

    After I saw the headline on Twitter, I immediately came here to see the tears.

  • Dude!

    And there you go, confirmation: http://investor.google.com/releases/2014/0129.html

    :/

    • nvillaco

      NOOOOOOO, why did u have to show me that....

  • nvillaco

    Damn... Really loved the direction Motorola was headed and was excited for the future Moto X's... If this really happens, hopefully we'll at least get another 2 years worth of Googarola phones before Lenovo's influence is seen. Just like we had to wait through 2 years of Motorola phones (RAZR's) that were already in the pipeline before Google's influence was finally seen with the Moto X.

  • flosserelli

    Dafuq? Just when Motorola was *finally* offering some interesting devices...

  • Rovex

    Shame, i was hoping Motorolas quality would rub off on the cheap and nasty Nexus line. Oh well. Maybe its best if it does die, like the other rumours of late..

  • Sergey Otro

    WUT?

  • Brad

    I'm bummed... the motox was a step in a direction i wanted to follow...

  • Tony

    Somehow Samsung screwed us over here, i can feel it!

  • http://about.me/jovanphilip Jovan Philip

    This is terrible terrible news. And here I was about to purchase a Moto X.. While the phone is excellent and likely the best on the market, I can't tell what the future will bring for it.

  • TimT

    Can't we do anything to stop this :( makes me a sad panda :(

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Only if we had those 3 billions to buy Moto back

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    There has to be something big coming from Google, because I don't understand this deal lol. From where we sit, it appears to be a 10 billion dollar hit. I'm sure it's not, but Google is a big time player. So they have got to know something everyone else has no clue about, lol.

    • Stiggy

      Right I dont care how much money you have, 10 billion is a lot of money.

  • Razer(x)

    They bought Motorola just for the patents, Google is a software company

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Except for Glass. And Nest. And Chromebook Pixel. And Nexus Q. And Chromecast.

      • Razer(x)

        Mainly a software company, they use the hardware to improve the market.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          I know, I'm just yanking your chain a bit.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Well, the devices serve the only purpose - they are a bridge between the company (Google) and its services (Android, Google Play) and the user

      • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

        Countered.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      ...?

    • senor_heisenberg

      Yeah, this sucks. It would've been nice to see Google put some real effort into turning Motorola around first.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    R.I.P. Motorola

  • nvillaco

    I've always liked the multiple oem choices we have with android and don't like that Samsung is making it such a one horse race. Just when Moto was starting to show signs of a potential comeback, they're crippled. While Lenovo might make something decent, they'll never touch what Google would've/could've done. And HTC isn't exactly doing so hot either. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself but with the weak falling, Samsung could just become the only real android oem. And that would suck.

  • mrjayviper

    probably a win for the rest of the world (i.e. not US) because quite frankly, Motorola phones availability sucks

  • Steve Secor

    Glass half full: Maybe this means Google is set to be an Android hardware OEM?

    • Michael Gillenwalters

      We can only hope.

      Glass half empty: I'm heart broken. The future just became a little bleak.

    • MeCampbell30

      LOL, nope.

  • Cherokee4life

    WTF... I honestly didn't believe till I saw it on multiple new sites... But WHY???

  • TransMaroBird

    Lenovo makes great products..........for me to poop on!

  • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

    I think they want their individuality, "Google is google" they don't want any company stealing the spotlight, like in nexus devices they keep switching companies . but that's just my humble opinion with all these Google play devices coming I wonder what Google has in store for us :)))

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      So much for keeping switcihing the companies that Samsung made 3 Nexi (Nexus S, GNex, N10), LG made 2 (N4 and N5, maybe someday even N8) and Asus made 2 (N7 2012 and N7 2013, maybe even N10 2014, though that would be a bummer)

      • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

        yep that's my point, going with Samsung now would be the logical decision, at least I think. Because Samsung is very popular worldwide, in my country which is KSA Samsung is probably the most popular android manufacturer, going with Samsung would definitely increase their chances to make the nexus more popular in areas such as the middle east .

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Well, why wouldn't Google try cooperating with other OEMs like, I don't know, try HTC again or Acer or some of the Chinese companies like Xiaomi, Meizu, Oppo?

          The idea of this cooperation is not only setting the new standars with each new Nexus device but it's also a chance of a OEM to promote themselves by delivering a really great device and maybe convincing the customers that this partilucar OEM can make such a device on its own, right?

          • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

            yeah I think so, it certainly has influenced me, before the nexus 4 I thought of LG as "just another company" but now I think of it with much greater respect .

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            I agree, I never expected LG to make such awesome devices as N4 and N5

          • Tim242

            Wash your hands very thoroughly after touching your charging cord. LG cheaps out on their cords...they are made from lead.

  • Jack Dunn

    This is surprising, especially with the work they put into the Moto X and G. Well there we go, well done Google, look forward to seeing your sales go down of these devices. Having a hardware company was a really good part of Google's future strategy for Android. This is the first bit of news that really made me disappointed with Google, wow.

    • Nathan Fletcher

      I would have liked to see google go crazy with their nexus lines because they seem to be doing well. Hopefully google does a nexus 7 thing and still gets moto to make the moto x and other devices like it, but labels it under the google brand so that hopefully they have a closer working relationship.

  • Eric Jones

    Was this the deal that was struck with Samsung? Sell Moto, and Samsung tows the line with Google apps?

    I'm not surprised that they sold this. I'm curious what's going to happen to all the Google employees that switched to Motorola.

    • Roger

      I doubt Samsung will be retiring Tizen or thoughts there of anytime soon. As flakey as Larry and Sergey act at times I don't blame them. Google have a lot of start-up, but not much see through. Things get abandoned often with very little notice. Google Voice will probably die next week out of the blue. I think the market is ripe for a real mobile competitor to step in and kick things up to the notch where we really consider these devices as day to day mobile computing tools.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    This coupled with the rumoured end of the nexus range makes me sad... I don't want bloatware and I don't want to root... Dammit google

  • joser116

    Well that was a stupid move by Google. very disappointed. I was literally like WTF! :O Google could have taken Motorola far. They had great momentum. P.S. I have a strange feeling that this was part of the deal that Samsung made with Google. If it was, I'd hate Samsung forever!

  • izzuanuddin fitri

    can +Android Police make a pole how Moto X & Moto G users feel now?
    Are they happy with the news? 😜

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Are you kidding!? Of course they aren't, they literally just saw their OEM die by the hands of Google and Lenovo and now they'll have to probably swtich to other OEM because now there will never be another Moto G or Moto X

      • izzuanuddin fitri

        meanwhile Lenovo users are enjoying the news

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Yeah, those 1% of Android users with Lenovo phones

          • izzuanuddin fitri

            i bet those who have just ordered their custom Moto X with promo codes must be really pissed off.

          • Nathan Fletcher

            Well hopefully the community can make updates that are up to the quality of the updates that moto put out when they were with google. I just like the phone and now I feel as izz somethingorother said that my phone company just died.

    • Bob G

      Americans will never be happy when they can fuel their racial hatred towards China.

      • MeCampbell30

        Herp derp.

        Hence why HTC was never once the android leader in the US.

      • Tim242

        It's not racial. It's protecting yourself against a country that is not looking out for our best interest.

  • acey_zero

    Maybe now we will see another Moto device with an SD slot!

    • Roger

      With Lenovo, who cares. I have a tablet of theirs and it SUCKS! What it could mean is a partnership with Samsung and no more SD slots on their phones. Getting tired of the shit, personally. May just start looking into Nokia/Win offerings or wait and see if an Ubuntu phone comes to pass. It seems Larry and Sergey can't fu*k up Android fast enough. Seems damn near intentional at this point.

      • acey_zero

        But it is still going to be Motorola, with mostly the same people designing and building the phones I would assume. Sure Lenovo will have some input into overarching company strategies, etc, but it doesn't seem like they would intentionally mess up a good thing. I guess time will tell.

  • bakakun028

    It's finished. Watch Lenovo ruin the brand just like what they did with the thinkpad brand.

  • fabitrader

    I think is a good choice.

  • GryphKid44

    So one of the major pitches for the Moto X was that it is was the first smartphone completely made in America and now the company has been sold to a Chinese company. How things change.

    • Bob G

      The Moto X was never pitched as the first smartphone completely made in America.

      It is assembled in the USA, and still will be.

      • Stiggy

        This is probably the number 2 reason why I still plan on buying a Moto X to fiddle around with. Nice device in the first place and Rick Perry has one. What more could you ask for?

        http://cdn0.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/8926411/motorolatexas-30_verge_super_wide.jpg

      • GryphKid44

        You're correct, I believe the phrase used was designed, engineered, and assembled in America, not all the parts were made here. Regardless, my point was merely that that was a talking point of the phone and now the company that produces the phone will be owned by a foreign company. Ie. future phones likely will not have a similar claim.

  • Stiggy

    User Makken on reddit actually broke this down quite well.
    Google buys Moto for 12.5 billion.
    Sells set top boxes for 2.35.
    Keeps 5.5 billion in patents.
    Keep 2.9 billion cash holdings that Moto had at time of purchase.
    Save 2.4 billion in tax benefits at about 700 mill a year.

    That leaves just enough left over to buy everyone a Kit Kat bar.

    Silly us for actually questioning Google.

  • Jephri

    I feel for the thousands of workers at the Motorola customization factories who no longer know if their jobs are secure. Most likely the assembled in America phone is headed to China.

  • usaff22

    A part of me just died. I was considering my next phone to be a Motorola, now, no.

  • ssr66902

    This was done pretty darn quietly. I hope the DOJ gets involved and finds a way to block the sale. Hell, if they wanted to give the company away they could have at least given it to a concern in the western hemisphere.

    • MeCampbell30

      Don't get your hopes up.

  • Marc Edwards

    i was expecting all those moto x phones would recieve nice prompt updates a-la nexus because of google's ownership... wonder how many bought in because of this?

    • Nathan Fletcher

      I feel like anyone who was technically inclined and had interest in the updates at least took consideration in this.

  • jani jokela

    it´s seem i dont get any more updates to my moto g nice one google! Maybe i will buy next phone from apple!

    • Roger

      Apple or Windows reaaly is starting to look like a viable alternative. At least you can eliminate the updates guesswork.

      • jani jokela

        i just need install custom rom to get android version on this phone

  • Tony Byatt
  • n_a_v

    Too bad. Seemed like Google had Motorola on the right track now that phones released by Moto-Google were being released. Didn't take much imagination to see Motorola as a profitable company.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Ah, Moto-Google, the ill-fated love came to it's logical conclusion, because you cannot lead Android development, and compete with your OEM partners at the same time, without alienating them.

  • Nathan

    Google, you broke my heart... :(

  • matt

    Bye bye Project Ara.

  • Stuart Anderson

    Welp. Back to only buying Nexus.

    • Tim242

      I guess you haven't heard the rumor of the Nexus program going away next year.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        I don't believe it

        • Tim242

          After this news, I believe it even more GPE devices are a more fair way of doing things. Hopefully, they drop this prices a bit though.

          • TotspursIndiaFan

            I partially support your comment... But they need to make GPe available for cheap phones as well and they need to be released worldwide. There is a world outside the US too

      • andy_o

        How the hell did this BS grow to a thing now, from one unknown idiot's completely evidence-free tweet?

        • Tim242

          That "idiot" you speak of has a high rate of accuracy with such things. I have been around since Oct 2009, and have witnessed this myself. He was the main leaker before EVleaks. This Moto thing is humbling the Moto fanboys, and I hope the killing of the Nexus humbles you blabbering fools.

          • andy_o

            ok buddy whatever you say. And stay away from sharp objects, please.

          • Tim242

            Don't be mad at me because you are ignorant of facts

          • Matthew Gardner

            His miss rate is as high as his hit rate

  • Gabriel

    Motorola is being passed around like a dirty whore. LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    Just when I got happy because KitKat arrived for Brazilian Moto G.... THIS happens. I think I'm gonna cry.

  • Abraham

    I am even more happy to be currently holding a Nexus 5 and not a Moto X... It was very tempting but at the end, the GSM/CDMA combo bought me for the Nexus 5. Updates back then didnt seem to be an issue as they were both doing very well.

    We shall see how Lenovo holds up. For now, I say we give them a shot, yet I am still weary of this whole thing.

    • Roger

      Already gave Lenovo a shot with a tablet, won't be making that mistake again with anymore products.

  • Hmmmmm

    This is pretty sad. You guys only liked Moto because it was owned by Google? Hate to say it, but it's not only Samsung that's turning more into Apple, you guys are turning into Google fanboys

    • Régis Knechtel

      You missed the point. We don't care about the Google' Logo on it, we care about the fast updates, AOSP like interface, high-end with low cost, etc. And let's not pretend this would be a reality if it wasn't for Google.

      • jani jokela

        yeah same here

    • Guest

      i like moto because, I trusted it would get new android version at least few times

      • Roger

        Looks like "Guest" just highlighted the sad part of Android as a whole. Years later and people still experience shorter waits at the DMV than they do getting an update. And I bet if they abandon the Nexus line and leave everyone stuck with OEMs who play musical updates with their wallets, Android as a whole may just be in trouble.

  • david coffey

    It's funny how everybody is pissed at Google and saying this is a bad, terrible, horrendous, dumb move. Sure, Google has made some questionable calls in the past, but generally, they know what they're doing. I think everything will be okay, folks.

    • King Lo

      Everyone knows Google will be okay. It's those of us with Motorola phones that are upset over this news,.

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    OH COME ONE, GOOGLE! Motorola was just starting to pick up steam. You guys had a slowly starting train what was just starting to gain momentum, and what do you do? YOU DERAIL THE DAMN THING. So much for hoping for a future with more Moto products in my life. With a spotty (at best) track record with their laptops, I'll have to be monitoring closely now to see if going Moto is still as good as a decision as it was before...

  • darkdude1

    "Lenovo is the perfect partner to help us achieve that goal" - Bullshit, there was nothing imperfect with Google, arguably one of the best designers of phones on the planet.

  • Nathan Fletcher

    I just bought a damn moto x and was thinking that it would be a really wise investment because it would have some similar support as the nexus series which I have been very happy with. Before everyone says oh just go and root it, this is with Republic Wireless which would mean that I would have to have access to their apk to get the whole wifi calling feature and from there on out it would just be a mess. Hopefully motorola still keeps their support for their devices going, but now it is kind of sad that google wants to sell them because they were just starting to get the good phones out like the moto x and the moto g. Please someone tell me that they are still going to be updating these phones.

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 The_Walrus_Was_Jon_Q

      The future of Motorola went dark for all of us... I was really thinking Moto would turn out one of the best Android OEMs... Have no clue now... I hope nothing changes, but I know I'm not comfortable with them now... They have to prove themselves all over again...

      • Nathan Fletcher

        Hate to say it but my outlook is quite low even though I love the moto x.

        • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 The_Walrus_Was_Jon_Q

          I've been really thinking about buying the Moto X... I don't know how this will effect my decision... I might just end up with a Nexus 5.

      • Nathan Fletcher

        Hate to say it but my outlook is quite low even though I love the moto x.

  • Shawn Cheever

    Been contemplating getting a Moto X... so glad I didn't now.

  • Jillxz

    I have been saying that it was just a matter of time before Google got rid of Motorola. Google only wanted those patents. I stated this on various tech sites and was shot down as not knowing what I was talking about. But it is not hard for me to read between the lines and I have been reading the signs . So there goes your made in America Moto.

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 The_Walrus_Was_Jon_Q

      What has Google ever destroyed?...

      • Jillxz

        You are a big time Google fan boy and I have no answer for you.

        • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 The_Walrus_Was_Jon_Q

          I'm just asking a question...

      • Jillxz

        You are a big time Google fan boy and I have no answer for you.

      • I_warned_ya

        YouTube

        • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

          Works find to me...

  • evertjr

    I'm afraid of the future of Nexus devices. It's clear that google is ditching the mobile hardware division. I can see Samsung influence all over this.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Considering 90% of Google's profits come from their search engine and software which are still king of the market today. Who's surprised?

  • Roger

    Nokia 1520 looking better all the time.

  • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 The_Walrus_Was_Jon_Q

    This is crazy... What the hell is Google thinking?... I just hope nothing changes, and Moto continues doing what they're doing now... I had high hopes for Motorola becoming one of the big dogs in the market... Now I'm not sure what's going to happen...

  • Stylus_XL

    This all makes sense the more you look at it.

    When they bought Motorola, it was widely reported to be purely for their patents. After a while, it turned out Google were also making a concerted effort to rejuvenate Motorola's handset business and everyone steadily forgot about their initial intentions.

    Now it looks like Google were only ever pushing to revamp Motorola in order to make them more of a respectable commodity when they eventually sold them on to someone else. I'm not convinced they intended to do it this quickly - maybe Lenovo came in with a good offer quicker than they anticipated.

    Seems a very ruthless strategy by Google and quite misleading to customers. I really don't know whether to be impressed or disgusted.

    • NOT RahmEmanuel

      Now it looks like Google were only ever pushing to revamp Motorola in order to make them more of a respectable commodity ...

      First, let's recall that Google had little choice but to acquire Motorola. Desperate to save his floundering company, then-Moto CEO Sanjay Jha was threatening a massive round of IP litigation targeting everyone in sight. He then used this in e̶x̶t̶o̶r̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ pushing for a sky-high (~$13B) sale-price. If not Google, who could/would have stepped up with that kind of scratch? What if they hadn't?

      Second, Google accomplished far more than merely flipping a dud hardware firm for peanuts (even counting their sale of the STB division, Mountain View still have a > $7B write-off, here). Their term as owner of Motorola served a very real purpose: they led the way toward affordable, vanilla devices, dragging an entire industry into their future, kicking & screaming the whole, long way.
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  • duse

    I actually think this is a good move. Motorola was a distraction for Google. It made other OEM partners nervous and it was unclear how Google would position Moto phones against Nexus in the future. They need to focus on Android as a whole and on their own hardware initiatives, and they may feel the same since they're keeping the Advanced Technology group. This way they can focus on making Android and Nexus the best they can be and not get bogged down with what special features or treatment to give to Moto vs. Nexus, etc.

  • Vinay N S

    In a way am happy this news broke out before I bought my Moto G...
    Google was the only reason I was so excited about this..
    Back to the Nexus baby....

  • Andrew Miller

    Well damn guess the RAZR M will be my last moto.

  • Mark

    There may be
    something even bigger happening here that. I am surprised that no one especially
    the GOV is not taking notice. Google bought Motorola and then fired everyone
    from China and brought the jobs back here, what do you think is going to happen
    to all those jobs. China has been attacking our economy and has done the same
    with manufacturing, They bought up all the tool & dies and became the
    manufacturing capital of the world and the US lost millions of jobs, now it
    seems there going after technology

  • MotoNOOOO

    Quick Google, now is the perfect time to buy HTC!

  • Eddy Edd

    there goes the dream of seeing ay NEXUS made by Moto :( Nooooo..... http://nooooooooooooooo.com/

  • Tovar

    is the droid hd getting the update or should i just buy lgg2?

  • I_warned_ya

    So is Google just a trojan horse for China to invade and take over U.S. businesses? Sure looks like it.
    In my book Google and China are equally dangerous to American interests. Next thing you know China will buy Boston Google-bot Dynamics and attack us.

  • asd(R)

    F**k U Google, go to hell!!!

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