Motorola is now officially part of Lenovo

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Re/code reported this morning that Lenovo has completed the $2.9B purchase of Motorola from Google.

My dreams of a Google owned mobile phone manufacturer are over. I was attracted to the original Moto X because it was

  1. owned by Google
  2. assembled in the USA
  3. near stock Android

Two of those reasons are now off the table, and time will tell what Lenovo does with the Moto X. Although, based on Nexus 6 sales, they would be wise to keep the brand alive in the United States, and allow Motorola to continue to design hardware.

According to Re/code,

Google…retains ownership of the bulk of Motorola patent portfolio, with Lenovo getting a license to the patents. Some 2,000 patents and a large number of patent cross-licensing deals will go with Motorola to Lenovo.

On the bright side, Lenovo didn’t make many changes to the ThinkPad line of laptops they bought from IBM. That could be a sign that they won’t try to fix what isn’t broken.

Further evidence that things will remain statuesque comes from the Official Motorola Blog,

The iconic Motorola brand will continue, as will the Moto and DROID franchises that have propelled our growth over the past year. We will continue to focus on pure Android and fast upgrades, and remain committed to developing technology to solve real consumer problems. And we will continue to develop mobile devices that bring people unprecedented choice, value and quality.

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Fingers crossed.

via [Re/code]

Source [The Official Motorola Blog]