In a move that was quite surprising for most, disturbing for many, and pleasing for some, Google and Lenovo have shaken hands to make a deal, according to which Google will be selling the phone business of Motorola to Lenovo, the famous Chinese laptop maker. Though it’s not really Android saying goodbye to Motorola, a large part of Android fans maybe disappointed by Google selling out Motorola.
This deal involves Google selling the Motorola’s hardware business to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. Google had earlier acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2012, which was marked to be a strategy from the internet giant to acquire the large portfolio of patents that Motorola held.
The smartphone market is super competitive, and to thrive it helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices. It’s why we believe that Motorola will be better served by Lenovo.
This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere.
- Larry Page, CEO, Google