Google Selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 Billion

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google is selling its Motorola Mobility division to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, according to a report from China Daily. Google acquired the company and its then 17,000-strong patent portfolio, along with 7,500 filed patents, in August of 2011 for roughly $12.5 billion.

    At the time, Google said Motorola was a "natural fit" for the two companies and that it would "supercharge the entire Android ecosystem". The deal is said to include 10,000 of Motorola Mobility's patents, although it is likely that Google will retain licenses for those patents.

    Google's Motorola Mobility subsidiary has been a money loser for the company in recent quarters, costing the firm $248 million in the most recent quarter. Earlier this month, Google purchased the Tony Fadell-founded Nest for $3.2 billion in cash.

    Update: Google has confirmed the acquisition in a blog post, saying "Motorola will be better served by Lenovo". The deal will need to be approved by both the U.S. and Chinese governments.
    Article Link: Google Selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 Billion
  2. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    can they sell Nest to someone else?
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2012
    Buy high, sell low. Way to take care of the shareholder's money, Google!

    This also goes to show that Google's only interest in Moto was that they thought they could weaponize standards essential patents. Once the various judges told them to buzz off, they finally gave up.

    Total wasted shareholder money: $15 billion+ when you count the two years of covering Moto's losses, the failed lawsuits, and the discount they gave Lenovo.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    Wow, didn't see that sale coming. I wonder why? All the reviews I've heard about the Moto X have been quite positive.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Sep 25, 2012
    Oops. It's not a natural fit any more. It was a money-losing acquisition for Google.

    And all the slow-thinkers still wonder why Apple does not rush to acquire smaller companies. :rolleyes:
  6. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
    Massive acquisitions rarely work out for the buyer and yet this is what tons of uninformed people on this site want Apple to do with its spare money it isn't using rather than give it back to the stockholders via an enlarged dividend or buyback.
  7. macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2013
    This is a shame. The Moto X and Moto G look like some really nice phones, both by the top of their respective Android markets.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    If you don't create anything after buying a company, how can you expect to make money on it? I might be wrong, but I don't think that under Google's watch that they actually produced a phone worth selling.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2008
    "I'm open, Lenovo, pass the Motorola to me next!" :D
  10. macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2013
    Google got bored with them.
  11. macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    So Google will lose about 9 billion dollars just to keep a few of Motorola's best patents and sell the rest? The Google shareholders would not be happy about Google pissing away their money like this.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    Well that was a waste.
  13. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA

    Motorola how far you have fallen. I hope you do better with Lenovo -- they seem to have done okay with the IBM PC unit, so maybe they can help you get un-scroogled.
  14. macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2003
    I live in Chicago and I wonder what the sale means to the Moto employees here. Google was in the process of closing the suburban office park Motorola Mobility had called home and moving everyone downtown. Will they continue the move to Chicago, or will Lenovo close moto and move all development to their own offices? It does seem a shame since Motorola was really starting to develop quality products again.
  15. macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    This is extremely perplexing......

    I really like the Moto G and have heard wonderful things about the Moto X. It would've been on my Android radar in 2014.

    Now Lenovo's getting into the smartphone market?

    And I wonder what this does to those rumors about Google axing the Nexus line. Would've made more sense with GPE and Moto devices - now?

    Lots of questions....
  16. macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2011
    Lenovo bought the PC business of IBM many years ago, which turned out successful

    Now, IBM server, and Motorola

    I hope one day they buy Microsoft and Google, :D
  17. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Oh dear...


    So Lenovo is now in the Enterprise, Consumer and Mobile space.
  18. macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    FYI - When Google first bought them, they gave me the value of the shares.
  19. macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    Surprised it took this long.

    This is why advertising costs so much. Because Google has to lose $10B on short sighted strategies.
  20. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2003
    down on the upside
    Strictly strategic move to obtain rights to the patents. Just because they didn't release a ton of new products doesn't mean it wasn't worth it. Everyone in the industry has to lawyer up.
  21. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    Planet Earth
    well damn, so much for guaranteed Moto android updates :-/
  22. macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2010
    New York
    Are you kidding me?
  23. sinsin07, Jan 29, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2014

    macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2009
    They should of "googled"' Motorola before purchasing them.
  24. macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2003

    If this is true Google just dumped some overpriced IP at a huge loss. I would be really pissed if I owned stock in the worlds greatest ad selling company.
  25. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada

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