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Google Sells Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion

Soulskill posted about 3 months ago | from the experiment-over dept.

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_0x783czar writes "Google today announced that they will be selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for the sum of $2.91 billion USD. Google says the move should allow the company to receive the attention and focus it deserves in order to thrive. From the announcement: '[T]he 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 — which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest (and fastest-growing) PC manufacturer in the world. This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere.' Google was quick to add that this does not signal a move away from their other hardware projects. Additionally Google will 'retain the vast majority of Motorola's patents,' which they hope to continue using to stabilize the Android ecosystem. The deal has yet to be approved by either the U.S. or China."

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ouch! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104673)

That's gonna leave a mark. A -$10 billion mark!

captcha: failure

Re:ouch! (4, Interesting)

mythosaz (572040) | about 3 months ago | (#46104687)

Yeah. I need to get in the middle of one of these transactions somehow.

Google seems willing to pay 10B to rent companies for a while...

Re:ouch! (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about 3 months ago | (#46104711)

also, they just paid $3b for nest, wonder when they'll sell that off. seems like they're grasping at straws here.

Re:ouch! (2)

tgd (2822) | about 3 months ago | (#46104849)

also, they just paid $3b for nest, wonder when they'll sell that off. seems like they're grasping at straws here.

If Nest owners could only be so lucky.

More likely they'll go a couple years, realize its not of any use, and shut it down.

Re:ouch! (0, Flamebait)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 3 months ago | (#46105233)

If Nest owners could only be so lucky.

More likely they'll go a couple years, realize its not of any use, and shut it down.

Well, at a minimum, I imagine interfacing with your Nest will require a Google account pretty soon... and whenever you change the temperatue it'll post to your Google+ page.

Could be worse, though - they could require Glass to access your Nest.

Re:ouch! (1)

icebike (68054) | about 3 months ago | (#46105543)

Chances are, they will just take the Nest patents, disassociate the Nest website and do all the work on an Android app on your phone.
There is really precious little need for there to be a mother ship for a thermostat to call home to.

Re:ouch! (1)

Zlotnick (74376) | about 3 months ago | (#46106035)

It seemed to me that Google bought Nest just to get a copy of the data. You're right, it's even more useful if they get everyone to associate that data with their G+ account.

Re:ouch! (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 3 months ago | (#46105635)

also, they just paid $3b for nest, wonder when they'll sell that off. seems like they're grasping at straws here.

If Nest owners could only be so lucky.

More likely they'll go a couple years, realize its not of any use, and shut it down.

I remember when that was what Microsoft did on a regular basis. Must be something which companies do once they hit a certain level of revenue.

we made fifteen billion last quarter, let's go buy the corner donut shop for three billion and then shut it in a couple of years

Re: ouch! (5, Insightful)

AvitarX (172628) | about 3 months ago | (#46105035)

Not at all, Motorola seems to be making better phones now, and Google has the parents. I assume the purchase was very hedging, in case android as an ecosystem didn't take off, they could try to make them alone. The need to hedge is over, Google gets some money, and a company that has proven it's ability to manage american brands is in the mix.

Google can now release moto based nexus items (if they dream moto to be good for it), without threatening the ecosystem.

The hedge on android probably was worth it to them.

Re: ouch! (5, Insightful)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | about 3 months ago | (#46105377)

Not at all, Motorola seems to be making better phones now

WAY better phones. In fact, except for problems like no SD card slots or removable batteries, I think they're making arguably the best phones in the market. Moto X is no Optimus G2 in terms of speed, but it's plenty fast, its battery lasts the whole day and it has brought something new to the table: voice commands. I think it's pretty useless, but at least it's something new. Notifications that take advantage of the AMOLED display were also cool. Moto G is simply the best value for money right now, it's putting every other phone maker to shame. Both can take a fall and are already running KitKat. If you remember Motorola had the Razr HD going against Samsung's Galaxy S3, you can recognize they improved Motorola's game immensely. Maybe Lenovo will carry the momentum, but I fear not. It's a shame, because I really liked where Motorola was going.

Re: ouch! (1)

DuckDodgers (541817) | about 3 months ago | (#46105993)

All good points, but I keep looking at the Nokia Lumia 1020 and getting jealous of that camera. It's tough these days because so many vendors have been caught paying shills for fake reviews. But I'm hoping some Android device will be as good as the Moto X in most respects and also match - or at least come close - to the camera in the 1020.

Re: ouch! (4, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | about 3 months ago | (#46105645)

Not at all, Motorola seems to be making better phones now, and Google has the parents. I assume the purchase was very hedging, in case android as an ecosystem didn't take off, they could try to make them alone. The need to hedge is over, Google gets some money, and a company that has proven it's ability to manage american brands is in the mix.

Google can now release moto based nexus items (if they dream moto to be good for it), without threatening the ecosystem.

The hedge on android probably was worth it to them.

Android had already captured about 75% of all hanset sales by the time the Moto Buy happened.
So I don't think they were hedging.

However, you might have hit the mark after all, in a slightly different way: Preventing Android from being eroded.

Its entirely possible there was a quietly brewing manufacturer revolt going on due to Google competing with its user base by manufacturing phones.
Samsung leaked a Tizen Phone [digitaltrends.com] , and Mozilla funding a phone OS (paid for by Google, as is 95% of everything Mozilla does), and the Chinese also brewing up a phone OS, it might have come to Google's attention that getting rid of Moto might have been the best choice.

They keep the patents, secure Android's future, and already pocketed the tax write off when acquiring Moto's debts. Win, Win, Win.

Re: ouch! (4, Insightful)

DuckDodgers (541817) | about 3 months ago | (#46105973)

I could have sworn I read somewhere that the CEO of Motorola had been threatening to use Motorola's patent portfolio to sue other manufacturers selling Android devices. So supposedly the top reason Google bought them was to prevent them from adding a Motorola Android Tax on top of the Microsoft Android Tax and Apple Android Tax.

Conversely, the biggest problem with the purchase for Google is that it could make the other Android device manufacturers nervous that Google would give Motorola preferential treatment. In turn, they might contemplate a jump to Windows Phone, Samsung's Tizen, or the Chinese fork of Android called Aliyun.

So to me, what Google did here may have been expensive, but I can see the logic behind it. They stop Motorola from extorting the other Android device makers. They move Motorola's devices from 'suck' to 'decent'. They strengthen their own patent portfolio in the Intellectual Property Legal Wars. Then they sell off Motorola so that it's clear they won't screw the other Android vendors to strengthen the brand they own.

Re:ouch! (1)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about 3 months ago | (#46105093)

Depends depends. People scoffed at buying Youtube but that seems to have worked out alright. There's a (slightly breathless) but interesting take on what Nest might be for here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2... [theregister.co.uk]

ie it's about the server tech for running appliances.

Re:ouch! (5, Insightful)

MrEricSir (398214) | about 3 months ago | (#46104725)

Google seems willing to pay 10B to rent companies for a while...

They didn't "rent" anything -- they paid $10 billion for Motorola's patents. The rest wasn't worth much to them.

Re:ouch! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105005)

The patents aren't worth anything either. Motorola patents are either SEPs or ancient pager patents no one needs or wants.

Never understood why Android cheered for Google when they bought Motorola and claimed they will now crush Apple in court trials

Re:ouch! (0)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 3 months ago | (#46105011)

They didn't "rent" anything -- they paid $10 billion for Motorola's patents.

No they didn't. Google paid $12.5 billion for Motorola Motability in the belief they could use it further their Android interests by manufacturing their own smartphones. They failed.

As a result the are selling Motorola Mobility minus some subset of the patent portfolio on for $2.91 billion.

So they have ended up with some of Motorola's patents at a cost to them of $10 billion. But that certainly wasn't the plan. And there's no indication that the patents they are left with are worth anything like $10 billion.

Re:ouch! (4, Interesting)

bob_super (3391281) | about 3 months ago | (#46105021)

Actually, owning Moto put them in an uncomfortable situation with the other Android phone makers.
If Google doesn't make hardware phones, there's less incentive to go fork your own android.

So they paid 10 billions for patents, give Moto to someone who can both invest in it and leverage the Chinese market, and avoid a war with their customers.

Decent deal.

Re:ouch! (2)

icebike (68054) | about 3 months ago | (#46105713)

and avoid a war with their customers.

Exactly. Nail hit squarely on the head.

Samsung leaked a Tizen phone [digitaltrends.com] just to get Google's attention.
Google extracted a patent deal in exchange [techcrunch.com] for getting out of the hardware deal, and now they complete their end of the bargain.

Re:ouch! (1)

fast turtle (1118037) | about 3 months ago | (#46106087)

Well at least some one else got 2+2=4 out of this and in this case, Google is getting the better deal due to the cross licensing of the patents. The big question I have, is how many of the patents does Lenevo get with Google having the right to use them?

Re:ouch! (4, Informative)

icebike (68054) | about 3 months ago | (#46106151)

Its actually the other way around. Google is keeping all but 2000 patents (some sources indicate over 10K) and licensing them to Lenovo, and no doubt cross licensing those 2000 back from them.

Re:ouch! (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 3 months ago | (#46105321)

They didn't "rent" anything -- they paid $10 billion for Motorola's patents.

Actually, other reporting [chinadaily.com.cn] on the issue suggests that over 10,000 out of the 17,000 or so patents are part of the deal too. Larry Page said in his post that they'll be "retaining" the "vast majority" of the patents, but I'm seeing it suggested elsewhere that that may be intended to mean "retaining a license to", rather than "retaining ownership of". Alternatively, maybe it's Google getting the lion's share of the patents, with Lenovo taking the smaller portion and the reporting being a bit off. Either way, it's looking like Google is selling off their ownership for a large number of the patents in question, so if they paid $10B for them, they did it for only a subset of the patents.

Re:ouch! (1)

edxwelch (600979) | about 3 months ago | (#46105345)

Fat lot of good those patents do. Microsoft is still making $2 billion anually from Android licensing agreements.

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft... [zdnet.com]

Re:ouch! (1)

DuckDodgers (541817) | about 3 months ago | (#46106013)

I posted this elsewhere, but I read that the CEO of Motorola had been threatening to sue the other Android device manufacturers with Motorola's patents. So Google didn't buy those patents to protect other Android device manufacturers from Microsoft, it bought them to protect those manufacturers from Motorola.

Re:ouch! (5, Informative)

swillden (191260) | about 3 months ago | (#46105369)

Google seems willing to pay 10B to rent companies for a while...

They didn't "rent" anything -- they paid $10 billion for Motorola's patents. The rest wasn't worth much to them.

According to this Google+ post [google.com] , it wasn't that bad. Motorola came to Google with $5.6B in cash and deferred tax assets, plus Google recovered some more of their money by selling the set-top box business ($2.35) and some factories ($75M), and finally the sale price to Lenovo ($2.91B).

So the net cost was about $1.56B. For that Google got most of the Motorola patents and Motorola's advanced products group. Good deal? Bad deal? You decide.

Re:ouch! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104783)

Yeah. I need to get in the middle of one of these transactions somehow.

Google seems willing to pay 10B to rent companies for a while...

errr... pay attention folks! or just read the bloody submission...

It's just the hardware junk that they're getting rid of... all those lovely patents will stay right where they are!

Re: ouch! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105351)

Actually that's not for sure.

Re:ouch! (5, Informative)

AuMatar (183847) | about 3 months ago | (#46105327)

Not really. They sold various other parts in the past for cash, and got tax writeoffs. Forbes estimates it only really cost them 1.5 billion in cash. With this deal they made money, and likely kept the patents.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ti... [forbes.com]

Re:ouch! (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 3 months ago | (#46105407)

This is what I was going to say. No doubt Google will keep the tax benefits somehow. Lenovo doesn't need them.

Re:ouch! (1)

icebike (68054) | about 3 months ago | (#46105515)

That's gonna leave a mark. A -$10 billion mark!

captcha: failure

Maybe not. According to Forbes [forbes.com] Google's net cost might have been as low as $1.5 billion, which means this might be a net gain.
TLDR: The sold off portions and the tax write-down may have made the out of pocket costs only 1.5B.

Poor Motogoogle (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104677)

That didn't take long...I wonder what Lenovo's plans are?

Ouch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104749)

Google paid almost $13 billion less than 2 years ago and are selling for nearly $3 billion today. I hope those patents were worth it...

Re:Ouch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104853)

Well they don't seem to have done much so far.

Re:Ouch (3, Insightful)

AuMatar (183847) | about 3 months ago | (#46105355)

As I pointed out elsewhere, this isn't the only sale from that purchase. Look here

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ti... [forbes.com]

They already sold off parts of that 13 bn for 2 bn in cash and 15% stake in another company. This makes another 2 bn. They also got to keep the patents, and got massive tax writeoffs for years. They may have come out ahead on cash (depending on the tax writeoffs) and definitely ended up buying those patents for a few billion max.

Google is keeping all the IP... (3, Informative)

Red Herring (47817) | about 3 months ago | (#46104759)

Considering the $4.5B that the Rockstar group paid for ~4000 mobile-related patents, and that Google is keeping the "Vast Majority" of the Motorola patents, the bulk of the price difference may well be in the IP.

A quick google didn't quickly give me a number for how many patents Google is keeping, but if Lenovo is getting about 2000 patents, and that is not the "Vast Majority", then there are a LOT of patents.

I gotta get me some more patents.

Re:Google is keeping all the IP... (-1, Troll)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 3 months ago | (#46104887)

$10 billion for a patent bundle. Wonder what Google is charging Android manufacturers for a license to use Android (and thus these patents) these days?

Re:Google is keeping all the IP... (4, Insightful)

jonwil (467024) | about 3 months ago | (#46104891)

Given that Motorola (through the StarTac, DynaTac and MicroTac litterally INVENTED the mobile phone as we know it today, it makes sense that they would have a big patent portfolio.

Re:Google is keeping all the IP... (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | about 3 months ago | (#46105619)

But Qualcomm has the key CDMA patents used for all digital phones (both IS-95 and GSM UMTS) and they're newer.

Re:Google is keeping all the IP... (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 3 months ago | (#46104901)

I gotta get me some more patents.

If Thomas Edison were alive today, he wouldn't actually "invent" or "make" anything. He'd just write up and file patents.

A pile of patents worth $10 billion?

Yo.

Re:Google is keeping all the IP... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105299)

So, exactly what he already did?

Re:Google is keeping all the IP... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104915)

Google didn't pay that much either. Motorolla had about 3 billion cash when bought and tax benefits valid until 2019. The cost is probably eveb less than Rockstar patents.

Re:Google is keeping all the IP... (1)

evilviper (135110) | about 3 months ago | (#46104981)

A quick google didn't quickly give me a number for how many patents Google is keeping,

My head asplode.

Re:Google is keeping all the IP... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105015)

A quick google didn't quickly give me a number for how many patents Google is keeping,

Google values the privacy of it's OWN data

Re:Google is keeping all the IP... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 3 months ago | (#46105387)

The original Motorola deal included 17,000 patents. Google says it's retaining the vast majority, but China Daily is reporting [chinadaily.com.cn] that Lenovo will be receiving 10,000 of them, suggesting that Google is merely retaining a license to those patents, rather than retaining ownership of them. If so, then that would limit their ability to use those 10,000 patents quite a bit.

Google shift in strategy, make others build better (4, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 3 months ago | (#46104761)

As much as they might say they are still building hardware - obviously not to the same degree.

Instead Google is focusing on making other hardware makers produce better Android devices, the evidence of which is the smack-down Google gave Samsung at CES [recode.net] .

Re:Google shift in strategy, make others build bet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104907)

they have been doing it for a long while. Ever since the G1.

Maybe that was the deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104931)

Maybe exiting the hardware market was Google's part of the deal at CES

Re:Google shift in strategy, make others build bet (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 3 months ago | (#46104943)

the smack-down Google gave Samsung at CES.

I'm not sure there's enough information yet to know it was a smack-down. If part of the agreement was that Google has to sell Motorola, that would be quite a concession. And of course it may be that the agreement is for Google to adopt some or all of Samsung's UX design into Android. That would result in them shipping a standard Android distribution in future, without them actually changing anything.

Re:Google shift in strategy, make others build bet (0)

segin (883667) | about 3 months ago | (#46105155)

If you're going to reply to something, can you make sure your reply isn't in a quote block?

Re:Google shift in strategy, make others build bet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105329)

If you're going to reply to something, can you make sure your reply isn't in a quote block?

No.

Re:Google shift in strategy, make others build bet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105445)

If you're going to reply to something, can you make sure your reply isn't in a quote block?

No.

You're not trying very hard, are you?

Re:Google shift in strategy, make others build bet (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | about 3 months ago | (#46105709)

If you're going to reply to something, can you make sure your reply isn't in a quote block?

No.

You're not trying very hard, are you?

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I would give him a pass (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 3 months ago | (#46105697)

I'm not going to complain about that because it happens to me more than I care to admit.

It takes a little more work but I think we can all parse what he was saying.

Re:Google shift in strategy, make others build bet (1)

PRMan (959735) | about 3 months ago | (#46105043)

I prefer most of the Samsung apps to the Google ones.

These kids with their money (1)

TheloniousToady (3343045) | about 3 months ago | (#46104795)

First they overpay for Motorola Mobility. Now they're overpaying for Nest. Is Eric Schmidt still available to provide "adult supervision"?

At least this will even out their recent cash flow: $3.2B out for Nest, $2.9B in for Motorola. Well, almost - they're still down by a mere $300M.

Re:These kids with their money (1)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 3 months ago | (#46105009)

First they overpay for Motorola Mobility. Now they're overpaying for Nest. Is Eric Schmidt still available to provide "adult supervision"?

At least this will even out their recent cash flow: $3.2B out for Nest, $2.9B in for Motorola. Well, almost - they're still down by a mere $300M.

Which is a bargain for all of the patents they will keep from the Motorola acquisition. Even if you factor in the additional $10 billion they paid for Motorola, minus the cash Motorola had on hand at the time.

Re:These kids with their money (1, Funny)

TheloniousToady (3343045) | about 3 months ago | (#46105283)

They paid $12.5B for Motorola and got $3.2B back, so that's $9.3B for patents. Is that the part that's a bargain?

Re: These kids with their money (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105771)

Except that the Motorola acquisition also included ~$5B in cash and tax incentives, plus the other parts that Google already sold, plus the other parts of Motorola they're still keeping.

I'm on the shitty mobile site, so sorry I can't be more specific. But check the other threads; some are estimating the patents cost as little as $1.5B.

Re: These kids with their money (2)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 3 months ago | (#46106213)

Except that the Motorola acquisition also included ~$5B in cash and tax incentives, plus the other parts that Google already sold, plus the other parts of Motorola they're still keeping.

I'm on the shitty mobile site, so sorry I can't be more specific. But check the other threads; some are estimating the patents cost as little as $1.5B.

Thank you. I couldn't remember how much cash Motorola had. I thought it was between $3-5 billion. Plus didn't Google sell the cable box group for a couple billion almost right away too? The entire deal was to pad their patent war-chest to defend Android anyhow

I have no idea what the actual value is, but they picked up 15,000+ patents in the deal. Which is pretty damn convenient. Especially since the Apple/Samsung patent shitfest started.

Re:These kids with their money (1)

patfla (967983) | about 3 months ago | (#46105209)

Of course, with all the cash it has Google may simply be paying to retire a competitor from the field.

WTF (1, Funny)

cfulton (543949) | about 3 months ago | (#46104801)

WTF that makes no sense. A 10 billion dollar loss on a company they really just purchased. And they are moving aggressively into the hardware space on all other fronts. Google seems to be a churn and burn company. If it isn't paying off right now they close it or sell it.

Re:WTF (5, Informative)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 3 months ago | (#46104973)

Maybe you missed the part about them keeping the patents. This is part of their strategic goals of supporting Android without having to bother with managing a phone company.

Re:WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46106145)

They get to keep what patents they wanted. And put the rest into the hands of a company they wanted to have a good deal with.

It's all about control.

Plus a 10 billion loss looks real nice come tax time this year.

When it's all said and done. Google will have come out ahead. And so will lenovo.

A great American company sold to China (4, Insightful)

jmcbain (1233044) | about 3 months ago | (#46104803)

Motorola has a distinguished history as a great American company. It was founded in 1928 and outlasted all its electronics contemporaries from that era, including RCA and Dumont. It had a great hit in the Razr (the iPhone before the iPhone). Now Google has sold Motorola to China.

Re:A great American company sold to China (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104921)

Bear in mind that Motorola split into two entities. Motorola Mobility is the cell phone part. Motorola Solutions is the rest, including their 2-way radio business.

Re:A great American company sold to China (5, Interesting)

adolf (21054) | about 3 months ago | (#46104935)

Motorola has a distinguished history as a great American company. It was founded in 1928 and outlasted all its electronics contemporaries from that era, including RCA and Dumont. It had a great hit in the Razr (the iPhone before the iPhone). Now Google has sold Motorola to China.

Nope.

Motorola Solutions is still based in the Illinois, making top-tier wireless communications gear for commercial and public safety sectors.

All that has been sold to China is what used to be the Crappy Consumer Products/Race to the Bottom division of Motorola:

Re:A great American company sold to China (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104985)

You have forgotten that the semiconductor part became Freescale and the computer systems group was sold to Emerson. I have no idea what other things they have sold off over the last two decades to survive in the handset and radio business.

And the chip manufacturing is now Freescale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104995)

i.e. the guys that brought you the 680x and 680x0 cpus and
a ton of other stuff.

Re:A great American company sold to China (1)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | about 3 months ago | (#46105285)

Motorola has a distinguished history as a great American company.

If Motorola Mobility had a distinguished history of consistent profits, they would have never sold out to Google in the first place.

WHAT?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104831)

what happened to Motorola becoming the ultimate google phone!?!

Re:WHAT?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105317)

The Moto X is pretty nice. $379 for an unlocked dev phone with 2GB RAM + 32 GB flash. And the thing isn't a damn phablet; It's reasonably sized unlike those giant freaks of the phone world, the Nexus 4 and 5.

Silicon Valley (1)

frinkster (149158) | about 3 months ago | (#46104835)

Silicon Valley sure knows how to rake in the cash hand over fist, but has absolutely no clue what to do with it once they have it.

Cost? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104837)

Are the patents worth 9 billions? The cost is probably less with motorolla cash and tax breaks but that is still a lot of money.

Re:Cost? (1)

JStyle (833234) | about 3 months ago | (#46104953)

They sold the set-top box division for 2 Billion pretty early on, so, the patents are worth ~7B.

That explains the Samsung deal (4, Interesting)

jonabbey (2498) | about 3 months ago | (#46104843)

Well, that nicely explains why Samsung announced that they were willing to work more closely with Google to make Samsung phones cohere to Google's direction with Android.

any chance lenovo will unlock the abandoned models (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104869)

Motorola abandoned their once-flagship Photon 4G, leaving it fully locked from their most recent OTA update--renegging on their promise to update it to ICS. It's plenty fast enough to run Kit-Kat, and do so well. But since it can't be updated, mine is worth a whopping $17 trade-in to Sprint, where if it were updated to Kit-Kat no doubt would be worth at least a $100 or so.

just give out the all channels unlock code (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46104899)

just give out the all channels unlock code

Wow. Major shopping spree (5, Interesting)

msobkow (48369) | about 3 months ago | (#46105025)

That's a pretty big shopping spree Lenovo has been on. I sure hope it pays off for them -- I like their hardware, despite all the naysayers out there, I've never had problems with their stuff yet.

Yuck (1, Funny)

kaatochacha (651922) | about 3 months ago | (#46105037)

Well, I guess that whole "built in USA" thing on the MotoX was a fluke.
and here I actually had a positive feeling about Google for a bit. Oh well.

This was always the point (5, Insightful)

javelinco (652113) | about 3 months ago | (#46105045)

This was always the point of the purchase. Google needed those patents to defend themselves. They bought the company to get the patents, and now that they've decided which ones matter, they are passing along the rest of the company to someone who cares. They got what they wanted, paid the price they felt was worth it, and are now happily sitting with patents that they can use to counter attacks by other patent holders in the smart phone market. I believe there was intense speculation about this being the motive when we first discussed this purchase on Slashdot.

Re:This was always the point (2)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 3 months ago | (#46105073)

Agree. I don't know why there's so many posts here saying this is stupid. I think it's well-thought out plan.

Good for Android... not sure about Motorola (3, Interesting)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about 3 months ago | (#46105071)

Gotta say this is probably a better state for Android to be in from a "standard platform" point of view, a company making hardware and licencing its software to other hardware manufacturers hasn't work out very well in computing in the past. Either own the lot (Apple) or provide yourself as a service but don't compete (Microsoft pre-Surface). If you compete and licence, you end up being Apple during the clone years, or Palm. Companies might take a free ride on a crocodile, but they'll get off when they can cause it's not very safe...

Lenovo has done a decent job with Thinkpad, so it's not entirely doom for Moto either.

Re:Good for Android... not sure about Motorola (2)

swillden (191260) | about 3 months ago | (#46105395)

I always suspected that Google would divest itself of Motorola, mostly for the reason you mention. In addition, I noticed that Google was operating Motorola as a completely separate business, not merging them with the rest of the company at all. That might have been to help maintain an arms' length distance to reassure other handset manufacturers, but I think it was mostly because they knew this day was coming. They just had to get Motorola back on track as a phone maker so they could sell it for a reasonable price while retaining nearly all of the patents.

Lenovo again? (3, Funny)

LostInTaiwan (837924) | about 3 months ago | (#46105105)

Lenovo again? First you took my Thinkpad now my Moto X.

I guess the "Don't be Evil" Google is long dead. The principled stand of exiting from the Chinese market, followed by assembling the Moto X in the US, then selling Motorola to Lenovo? ? ? WTF, Google.

Re:Lenovo again? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105197)

Troll much?

Lenovo has ALWAYS made the Thinkpad, even when it was called the IBM Thinkpad.

Foxconn making Iphones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105405)

That's like saying Foxconn has always been making Iphones not Apple. Making and designing are two different things.

Lose $10 billion here, $10 billion there... (1, Funny)

Trashcan Romeo (2675341) | about 3 months ago | (#46105291)

Soon you're talking real money.

Re:Lose $10 billion here, $10 billion there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105639)

If I accidently drop a $10B, if it isn't face up I won't even bend over for it. You might think I am unfathomably, disgustingly rich, but the truth is I'm just unlucky.

The big question (1)

kilodelta (843627) | about 3 months ago | (#46105393)

I thought the very purchase of Motorola Mobility was the patent trove. It would protect Android from attacks by Apple and the like.

So I wonder why they're selling to Lenovo now. It's kind of odd when you come right down to it.

Re:The big question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46105659)

If only they had kept most of the patents...

Lenovo expanding too quickly? (1)

Dorianny (1847922) | about 3 months ago | (#46105669)

The ink is barely dry on the acquisition of IBM's x86 server business for about $2.3 billion and now the purchase of Motorola for $2.91 billion. These could be genius longsighted moves but to me it seems that Lenovo is in danger of trying to expand too quickly.

Google Foolishness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46106223)

A wise man once said, "A fool and his/her money are soon parted."

Google seems to be playing the fool in this instance....

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