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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal 59

SmartAboutThings writes If somehow you missed the reports of Lenovo buying Motorola – which was also bought by Google for $12.5 billion back in 2011 – then you should know that the deal is now complete. Lenovo has announced today that Motorola is now a Lenovo company — which makes Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third-largest smartphone maker.
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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

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  • "I'm proud to see this purchase has been completed. I've always advocated for Motorola to be purchased by Google, and now that theyve been purchased by Lenovo im sure they'll make even better products and services. Who knows, maybe 6 or 7 other companies can purchase them and I can finally retire in hawaii."

    --Joes Electric Business Sign co.
    • by JMJimmy ( 2036122 ) on Thursday October 30, 2014 @10:27AM (#48269455)

      Nah, Lenovo will buy Blackberry next, merge the companies, release a bunch of "Motoberry", "Blackrola", "Lenberry", "Blackovo" phones, end up selling the merged company back to Google who randomly decides they want back into the handset market when their hairband fails. Google then strip out all identity left in the phones that made them stand out when they release the Google M1 and Google B1. They both under perform because Android is a hot mess at this point and Google is facing so much regulatory gridlock and competition from ISPs who've now become the social media barons and are degrading Google's services and giving priority to their own. Then some jackass decides he wants to set off a nuke using a drone which accidentally triggers NuclearResponse AI (Google beta) and the world ends up in a nuclear winter. Centuries later as mankind begins to spread again, the source code is discovered and found to have a bug in it caused by a backdoor that was added by the NSA so they would know who was operating the system. Mankind never could figure out why the NSA was trying to spy on an AI.

    • Just great.

      One of the crappiest product producing companies is now cornering the market in computers AND cellphones.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    For a moment I thougt this was important, but then I remembered that everything relevant with Motorola is called Freescale these days.

    • I think the only bit of Motorola that still exists as Motorola is the division that makes police radios and such.

      Motorola Semiconductor is now Freescale
      Motorola Solutions is now Zebra
      Motorola Mobility is now Google^H^H^H^H^H^H Lenovo

      Is there anything else left?

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by quetwo ( 1203948 )

        Nope. The Motorola that made RF equipment (CATV, Radios, etc) was spun off by Google to a company known as Arris (the Arris Group).

      • Even Williams Electronics, an arcade game maker that used an upside-down Motorola logo [], spun off its video game business to Midway, which is now part of Time Warner.
        • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

          Even Williams Electronics, an arcade game maker that used an upside-down Motorola logo, spun off its video game business to Midway, which is now part of Time Warner.

          Actually, when it was spun off, it was Williams-Bally-Midway. In the 80s, Williams experimented with arcade games, and then acquired Midway to be their arcade division. (WIlliams also acquired Bally for pinball). Depending on the mood, the game would either be released under Williams or Midway (likewise for pinballs under Williams or Bally). Eve

          • Williams experimented with arcade games

            If you can call Defender and Stargate, experiments. That's more like an NFL player retiring, starting up a golf career and winning the PGA tour his first year of playing golf.

            Midway eventually got the rights to Atari's arcade titles....Gauntlet Legends/Dark Legacy was one of those Blew my mind to hear Sumner say "Midway Games" instead of seeing the proper Atari logo.

            having decided to shut down their pinball division instead of either suspending or spinning it off.

            That's sad. Does Stern still make pinball? (Googles) YES, yes they do!

            You know.. Bally, Midway, Williams and Stern....were all based in Ch

  • The way Google made Motorola be born again was simply outstanding, I hope Lenovo learn enough from the previous owners in order to not only keep the rising status, but make the company what it really could be. Not a big fan of this deal, to be honest, but let's see!
  • Wrong company name (Score:2, Informative)

    by Imagix ( 695350 )
    Wow. Crap article and summary. Both claiming "Motorola", when it's "Motorola Mobility". Not the same thing. "Motorola" had multiple divisions. (The press release got it right....)
    • Surely Google is keeping the important IP rights?

      Otherwise Google's shareholders just took a $10 billion dollar bath...

      • RTFA and it actually answered my questions! What is this reading voodoo?

        • Sort of. Without knowing the unknowable "true" value of the patents (how many, which ones, how much they generate in royalties, how important they might be to google's future plans...), it could just as well be face-saving spin by google management to head off the wrath of shareholders. In other words, even assuming the management team is trying to do whatever is best for the company, they also have a strong incentive to give the impression they are doing a good job.
          • The importance of the patents it stave away patent trolls and Apple law suits. Thereby saving billions in damage fees (a la Apple v Samsung).
            • The question isn't whether the patents have any value, because they do. I am saying that from the outside, sitting here on slashdot and on the basis of the article, there's really no way we could argue whether those patents are actually worth $1M, $1B, or $10B.
  • Circa-2002 Motorola "Hello Moto" commercial [] for the new V60. Wanna trade your iPhone 6 Plus for one?

  • So now Motorola phones will have spyware and bugware like the Huawei ones?
    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      So now Motorola phones will have spyware and bugware like the Huawei ones?

      Don't forget Xiaomi as well. Their mi5 software is actually given away because Xiaomi wants to become a cloud company and not a hardware company (i.e., they don't want to follow Apple's footsteps in making nice phones, but Google's footsteps by making nice phones that collect data).

      The mi5 software is part of that and is why they give it away - to help collect data for the cloud.

    • I'm trying to imagine how Huawei could be worse than any of the others? All smartphones are saturated with spyware. I was setting up my wife's new Galaxy S3 last night, which is Android, and the number of times you have to click, "go ahead and do whatever you want with my data" to get it working in a useful manner is mind-numbing.
  • *****
    Sells it for 2.91 bil

    Profit ?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Profit? All but 2000 patents so that google could adequately protect other Android vendors from lawsuits. See

    • They kept the IP and some human capital. They just sold the brand to Lenovo.
  • On the left side I read " Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third-largest smartphone maker." On the right side under "The Register": "Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now ", On the right side under "Beta News": "Xiaomi is the third-largest smartphone maker"
  • ...starting with a big gain patents ?
    (costly but no way around them?)

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