Motorola

Yesterday Google surprised us all with its announced plans to sell what’s left of Motorola to Lenovo for $2.9 billion. Since others have already done a great job of explaining how Google didn’t actually lose that much on the entire deal, I won’t rehash the math. Instead I’d like to focus on what I think of this whole situation.

When Google first bought Motorola, it seemed pretty clear that patents were a big part of the motivation. Given the threats posed by competing players (which are not gone), that rationale made sense. Because Google is holding onto most of the patent portfolio, we could easily argue that the primary reason for the transaction is still perfectly intact.

When it comes to hardware, I never quite understood what Google was thinking. It seems too much like they were trying to walk down the center of the road without having to pick sides. Google has many great manufacturing partners who are building quality Android hardware, and buying Motorola was viewed as a competitive threat.

Microsoft got started down a similar path with the Surface, but it at least fully committed to the path of being a hardware builder with the acquisition of Nokia, which was (and still is) by far the largest supporter of Windows Phone. If Google had bought Samsung Mobile, that would be comparable to what Microsoft did in terms of picking a side of the street to walk down. I don’t think it makes sense to be a weak competitor to your own partner base. And that’s exactly what Motorola seemed like under Google’s ownership.

Google as a handset manufacturer — competing against its own partners — never made sense.

I realize Google has a successful history with the Nexus brand. But I think that’s very different from owning a handset division. Google has traditionally relied on partners to design and build each Nexus product, and they were never really marketed too heavily compared to flagship phones from Samsung, for example. In my mind, Nexus represented a showpiece for what’s possible with stock Android and beautiful hardware design. The production volumes were never meant to be blockbuster, and I don’t think other Android manufacturers saw what Google was doing as overly competitive. 

So in short, I think Google is making the right call to sell to Lenovo. I don’t think it was their plan to do this from day one, but I admit I don’t really know what their plan was.  I’m guessing that they expected to make Motorola more of a success and failed to make it happen. Maybe Google decided to focus only on hardware where it can really differentiate itself, such as with Nest.

As a shareholder, I’m happy with Google’s decision. It was a relatively small mistake in the grand scheme of things.  Google’s market capitalization is $380 billion. This Motorola deal is a drop in the bucket. 

 
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Don't expect the Moto X to be getting fast timely updates anymore. That's what Seems to be the issue for most worries.

I wonder what role Samsung's agreement with Google has to do with all of this. I n Samsung cooperating with google and stopping Tizen and their own ecosystem, Google in return had to get rid of all hardware to not directly compete with Samsung. And Now it seems Google is quitting the Nexus program by 2015.

The Motorola X and Motorola G devices was the BIGGEST optical illusion devices on the market.

Definitely a total waste of time on Google's part. I am glad they sent Motorola to pasture.

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1 year from now:
"Plain and simple nothing beats MOTOROLA. Samsung is the biggest joke in the android industry. Plain and simple Samsung sucks monkey balls. Period. Plain and simple."
-Future richardyarell quotes.

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Haha you're probably not that far off. After all, 2.5 years ago he was claiming how HTC was "bitch slapping" all other manufacturers, and how he'd never ever own any of "Samsuck's crappy ass plastic devices".

First it was HTC/Sprint. During this time, he pronounced emphatically how he'd never go to Verizon "the devil", and that stock Android was "boring and useless". It was during this time that he told me rooting was for "2plus year old devices" (because I had a Samsung Moment at the time, which hadn't even been available for 2 years). He would later make claims how I had the Moment (a phone that was released only on Sprint) on Metro PCS, Simple Mobile (a GSM/HSPA+ T-Mobile MVNO), Cricket, and a few other smaller, regional carriers. He also claimed the Evo 3D would be "Sprint's flagship device well into 2012", despite it having extremely poor sales at the time, and it being canned less the 2 months into the new year. He also claimed the processor in his "legendary" Evo 3D was better than the *exact same processor* found in the HTC Sensation (with exception to mobile wireless communication tech (GSM vs CDMA)), even after many people (myself included) provided countless links proving otherwise.

Then it was Verizon/Gnex/stock Android. During this time, he couldn't/wouldn't shut up about how he was "rolling with the big dogs" because he could afford Verizon's "bitch slapping" LTE, and claimed emphatically how "stock is KING". It was sometime during this period he claimed for *2 whole months* to be "looking into" rooting his Galaxy Nexus, which as a Nexus device, is the easiest device to root. Keep in mind his earlier statement to me about root being for "2plus year old devices" and his phone not even being 6 months old. Sometime that summer, he was claiming how he "kicked Verizon to the curb" and was on the cheaper, less expensive (but still totally "BOSS") T-Mobile.

Now it's Galaxy S3/Note 2/Note 3/T-Mobile. He can't come up with a good reason why Samsung is, in his opinion, "pimp slapping" other manufacturers other than "they have the most market share". He's back to claiming stock Android is "boring and useless". He claims he's "rolling with the big dogs" on T-Mobile because "that's where the party's at" (okay I kinda made that last one up, but I'm probably not too far off). A few months ago he claimed the LG G Flex wouldn't "make it to the States with those screen specs" (the 720p display), and here it is about to be released on 3 of the big four carriers (I think Verizon is the one not getting it?).

Now we got the whole story! :D

My bet is on Sony/T-Mobile for this year. "Nothing beats Sony. Period. Samsung sucks monkey balls" - 2014/2015 R.Yarrell

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Nah I don't think Sony this year. I think he makes it through the year on Samsung.

I almost wish he would go back to Nexus

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Jerry Hildenbrand already banned him from the forums over a year ago for stuff like this. When I asked about why he didn't ban Richard from AC entirely, he said something to the effect of "out here [in the article comments], shit be more free". I think he (and maybe some of the other AC staff too) gets a kick out of reading Richard's over-the-top ridiculously stupid comments, and the ensuing replies.
But I agree, he should be banned. Imagine a person coming upon one of Richard's comments for the first time, and thinking all pro Android or pro Samsung people are like him. He has the capability to literally destroy our reputations/credibility (or at least, what little we do have). The sad part is, he'd probably come back under a different username. It happened 3 or 4 times over at Phandroid a few years ago until they finally IP blocked him. As far as I know, he hasn't commented there since. I believe he used to comment under the username "rockingmyevo3d" here, but that was also several years ago, and of course, when he moved on to the Gnex, pretty much had to drop the username "like a bad habit", to use one of his other sayings.

1. You keep using the words "optical illusion devices". I do not think it means what you think it means. Go get a dictionary, or use that "pimp slapping" Note 3 to educate yourself.
2. When Google bought Motorola, everyone pretty much knew it had been for their vast array of patents, not for the hardware side of things. The fact that you don't see this, or even acknowledge it, proves how stupid you are.

I think it's funny that everyone is talking smack now about the whole situation and about the moto x. This article talking about how bad of a decision it was to buy Motorola. This same site a month ago crowned the moto x as the best android handset to date over the nexus 5 !!! I own a moto x and it's by far the best android phone I have ever owned. And I've had allot of phones.

With this news I really don't know where to look for my next phone. I might have to look outside android. I'm done with galaxy anything and their proprietary everything. Can't get nexus because I'm on Verizon. HTC?? Ugh.... I just want a pure Google experience but why should I have to pay $600 for that experience? Might try windows phone. I'm on the edge plan anyways so I can upgrade almost whenever I want.

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Nobody (with any brains) is saying the Motorola X is any less of a great device than it was a week ago. They're just saying this was a shocking and confusing move.

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I am in the exact same boat as you. My last three devices have been moto and I am lost on what my next phone will be.

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Yummm Maybe a Motorola?
I really do think that everyone is counting Moto out way to soon so Lenovo is buying Moto that doesn't mean that Moto will change directions and suddenly make bad phones. Or the Moto X and G will not get future updates in timely manners. Or for that matter Motorola will not turn out the next best phone ever.
I believe they will remain on there current path of reform and stick to the basics of stock android with Moto unique tech.

Don't count them as a dead horse and jumping ship like rats because they change ownership. That is plan silly, especially when you have a Moto phone you have enjoyed in the past and present.

Cheers...

I want to believe this is true, but I don't know. Maybe Lenovo will keep the Moto brand and the design principles, but I can't imagine why they would. They're already manufacturing devices and they have their own design principles. Maybe the talent behind Moto can make Lenovo better, but I've never seen any tech company buy out another without changing things around.

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Moto X has a lightly skinned version of Android. Call it what it is...it's not "stock Android" anything. Would you say Touchwiz is stock Android with Sammys brilliant additions? No? Well it is. Otherwise wholly agree with your post and hope that Lenovo/Moto prove you right.

My $0.02
It wasn't about making money, or getting their hands in the hardware business. It was about building a stable competitor to Samsung, HTC and LG that would show how OEMs can produce a non-AOSP ROM without going all the way to BloatWiz. And they showed the world how a midrange phone should be built. That mission accomplished, they raided the talent/IP inventory and sold off a functional manufacturer to the first reasonable bid.

As for what Lenovo will do with Moto, I doubt they'll close shop and ship everything overseas immediately. If only for the continued "Made in America" advertisement fodder.

Like I said, they raided Moto for talent and intellectual properties (patents, prototypes, etc) that interested them. Kind of like how large companies used to buy out smaller competitors so that they could drain those smaller company's retirement/pension funds.
As for signing a mutual patent licensing agreement with Samsung, it was probably to ensure that both parties are cooperating against the next round of patent trolls.

I guess we were just shock to see Google do this. I just hope Android continues and so with the Nexus line.

With the exception of LG's Nexus 5 and the rest of the Nexus line, I guess you can say that their mission has failed according to the standards you set. That's because Samsung, HTC and LG were all selling expensive phones. Lenovo/Motorola needs to enter (or re-enter) this competitive space the same way T-Mobile is desperately doing with their data network, which is to cut consumer cost and let the market dictate the superior phone. Nine out of Ten times, it's always going to come down to cost and value for the consumer. For that to happen, costs have to come down on the corporate/production side, and that's very very hard to do in America with all the taxes and unions involved.

I think it's very premature to claim success or failure, considering that we have not gone through a full development and release cycle since the Moto X was released. Samsung, HTC, LG, and the rest can't simply push out different ROMs and chop prices on their handsets over night. (And even if they did, the big three carriers wouldn't pass the savings on to the consumer.)

Google/moto put out the message, and Lenovo/moto is healthy enough to build a worthy successor to the Moto X and capitalize on it, so long as Lenovo doesn't either dissolve the company or install incompetent management.

As far as the production costs, I would point out that Google/moto put out a pair of superb products for reasonable prices as things stood.

EDIT: I suppose I should clarify, as it seems my original post could be read as claiming success. What I specifically meant was that Google was able to finish the Motorola contracts to Verizon, and then put out a pair of devices to showcase their vision of Android as it should come from an OEM. They then waited long enough for a major update, and showed how even the Nexus line wasn't able to keep up with an OEM determined not to delay an update. The demonstration itself was accomplished, how the industry reacts would be the success or failure of the demonstration.

I'm not sure I would call what Google did with Motorola "mission accomplished." I don't think Motorola is any more stable a competitor to Samsung now than before the acquisition. And while the Moto X was well received by tech enthusiasts, I am not sure its sales figures would justify Samsung, LG and the rest changing what they have been doing for the future. Motorola blew its chance to be a money maker for Google with a series of dumb decisions (AT&T exclusive for Moto Maker, incredibly delayed international availability, bad advertising/marketing) so Google made off like bandits by being able to keep the patents while selling the hardware business.

I agree.... The Moto X is the perfect Android phone for the masses.... Easy to use... Stable and smooth.... Perfectly designed... Priced correctly (now).... and unique with all the colors and options ... just a great way to be introduced to Android.... But now? Who knows....
Why Google couldn't give the X a year to catch on is beyond my understanding.... I've had many Android phones.... This one is the most likable and could have been a mass market contender to rival the iPhone.

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It's still a shame to see Google say goodbye Moto. As a hardware manufacturer, Motorolla challenged and urged other hardware manufacturers to make well put together and ergonomically shaped handsets, to focus on aspects of smartphones that are actually important to real world users such as battery life and simple but useful software features and enhancements, and to demonstrate that software updates can be pushed out in a timely fashion. Not to mention what the Moto G did for the low end smartphone space.

The only reason that I did not buy a Moto X was that I cannot go back to a 720p screen after my GS4's 1080p. I was hoping that the next iteration of the Moto X would be higher resolution, and if so I would have snapped that thing up faster than lightning. Looks like the Moto X and G turned out to be unicorns.

We may get one or 2 more phones out of Motorolla before they are handed off to lenovo, but there is no way that they can be trusted for any type of support of these phones in the future, both with warranties and timely software updates. Lenovo is going to have to build a ton a market faith if they want Motorolla to have the same kind brand loyalty that Google has built up with it this year.

Except it isn't a mid-range device. How is it that Apple gets away with dual-core, 640p flagship devices with 1GB of RAM? People saw dual-core S4 Pro and immediately thought it was 2012 hardware. It's not. The Krait 300 CPU cores are equal to the ones found in the Snapdragon 600. In single and dual threaded apps, the Moto X is equal to or better than the GS4 and HTC One (both flagship devices). The 2nd gen Adreno 320 in the Moto X also performs on par with the higher clocked (450-480MHz) Adreno 320 in the GS4 (using the S600 AB SoC) in most scenarios.

So, it's actually not a mid-range device. It's efficient engineering that works. There's very little jank, and that does matter.

Can someone please answer me this: If Google has (most of) Moto's patents but no hardware, then what's the point? Would that mean that all of Android gets to reap the benefits of Google's patent acquisition? Sorry, guys... I'm just really confused.

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Based on the earlier articles about Google retaining the ATAP team and using Nest as a hardware design team, but for things that are not what Nest currently makes, I'm guessing that Google is going to take the Nexus line in a different direction. This is wild speculation on my part, but my best guess is that Google doesn't want all of these incoherent features and bloat in Android anymore. I think that's something that Apple has on Android: a cohesive platform with well-integrated software and hardware, as well as a well-integrated OS. It seems like Samsung, for example, is just throwing everything at Android without much thought. Do you really need all of those features? Do they work together to enhance the experience, or are they just there to add to a spec sheet?

If Google is going to dig into Apple's marketshare, it needs a product or product that appeals to the people who buy the iPhone. I think that's what the intent of the Moto X was. Maybe Google thinks that they can accomplish something better without being a full-fledged OEM.

As someone who owns a GS4, all of the software features that Samsung toutes are absolutely useless. I am a power user, and I have to use a custom launcher on my phone just to make the core experience tolerable. Absolutely none of those features adds to the real world productivity of my phone. Samsung puts really nice screens and pretty good cameras on their phones and that's about it. All those features are smoke and mirrors to distract from the fact that it's core features are still lacking and don't work all that well with each other.

Oh, and because their software is so bloated I have about 2-3 GB less of storage on my phone than the leading competitor's and, before the last 2 major updates, my phone ran really slowly and jankily.

BS.

As a GS4 user myself who takes advantage of a large number of their of their software/hardware features I absolutely love it. There are a myriad of ways to save yourself time at both your job and around your house, but they will differ from user to user (obviously) and may require that the end user has a moderate amount of intelegence. (remember that algebra that non of us thought we would use in life back when we were 13? yeah its like that, and I end up using those equations and more all the time)

Now that said, do I use all the features all the time? Of course not. The only usage I've gotten out of the hygrometer is playing around in my shops paint room during a rainy day and a dry day to decide if it would be smart to buy the painters a dehumidifier for their area. Also, I have yet to use safety assistant even once, but im glad that its there.

I love being able to operate my phone in this absolutely horrid weather without pulling off my gloves, this feature also works great when im out in the shop and happen to get my hands a bit dirty, as I dont have to worry about smuggling up my screen or running to wash my hands before taking a call or doing menial tasks. Smart pause works wonderfully when Im at my desk and someone walks into the room to talk. I turn my head up to them and whatever im watching pauses. This tends to not only save you a bit of time, but also shows others that your willing to drop what your doing to listen to what they say (very quickly) By giving them your respect and attention you will get the same in return and people tend to usually work a bit harder for you then. IR blaster has given me less cause to search for my Logitech remote if my 6 year old happen to have misplaced it. (and paired with something like unified remote, I can operate every media oriented device in my house from my computer to my surround system) The camera features... just to many of them to go through, but OMFG you can do a lot with that. Multi window... rocks!!! (and its pretty self explanatory as to why)

I could of course carry on, but the fact is everyone will use these features in different ways... If your either unimaginative enough, or you life is so simple that you cannot find a way for at least some of the features to be useful, than that's on you. Besides adding all these features is what makes smart phones so smart. If manufacturers were not willing to push the envelope a bit more with every generation we would be stuck with boring copies of the same exact phone over the entire android line... There's already a company that does that, but they only release a single moderately better phone each cycle and are pretty boring IMHO (apple in case you didn't get the hint)

Bring on the smarter features I say. Even if I dont have a use for every one of them, someone out there will have a use for it, and its there if I ever have the need.

I call partial BS on both of you. My last Device was a GS3 and while some of Sammys features are nice and enhance a user experience, a lot of them are R&D experiments, like 90% of their custom gesture features. They're more of a drain on the device resources than anything else.

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The point is that Google can protect all android manufacturers if it wants to, from being sued by Microsoft, Apple, or whoever else.
This encourages OEMs to make android devices, becasue theres less threat of loss.
as well as this, the patents may help google protect the android AOSP itself.

It does no such thing. The patents Motorola had were not worth what Google thought they were, and have yielded nothing but disappointment in the courtroom.

Yes, the patents could be used to help out other Android OEMs depending on what they are being sued for is covered.

Being in the financial business, I can understand Google's intentions on divesting Motorola's hardware biz. Google really just wanted the patents from moto, never really the hardware side, but that came with it of course. As a bonus to Google, they gained some experience on the hardware and manufacturing side, which could help going forward with other future hardware endeavors. But I really hope this doesn't hurt their android image with the average phone buying public. Case in point, I just read a moronic article on BusinessWeek claiming that Google outright failed as a phone hardware manufacturer due to stiff competition and other non informed ridiculous reasons. To most people reading these headlines they would equate Google/android now with a failed phone business and think android must be inferior or unstable as a going brand.

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All in all, I'm cool with this change of hands in ownership for Motorola.

Lenovo does not make junk. From what I've read the quality in Lenovo's PC line is up to par of what IBM's was....I owned a Thinkpad T40p.

Let's not forget, before Motorola, Lenovo tried to acquire Blackberry which was another quality-product company. I think the future of Motorola is fine. As long as they contribute mightily to the smart phone market....i am not concerned.

Android is becoming a total mess. Loyal fan for a while but might have to switch to the dark side. Motorola and Google had me excited. Finally I didn't need to always be searching for a phone. I didn't care about rooting or new phone leaks with the Moto X.

I could be wrong because none of us really know but I see Levono putting hands on Motorola and destroying things like fast updates, pretty much stock Android.

Apple might control the hell out of the iPhone but guess what, you never get any bloatware and you never get delayed updates.

If you've never used an iPhone, I say give it an honest try. I don't think you'll be disappointed, brother.

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My household is a Android house; more specifically, a Nexus house. With the possible exception of Motorola's offerings (the Moto X & Moto G), I cannot see myself getting on board with another Android OEM; timely updates and pure Android for me. The OEMs can keep their value-add, I don't want it or need it.

If the Nexus line is dissolved, I may have little choice than to go with the iPhone, as much is I'd hate putting money in Apple's pocket.

That is, unless the CM team has something viable...

Yeah, let's not count the CM team out just yet. Their second-gen products may be more compelling.

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I started using Android in 2012 with a Galaxy Nexus, moved to the Nexus 4 and now on an HTC One GPe. AOSP is the way to go, but I may give Sense 6.0 a try if they make it a little less ugly and streamlined. I'm not sure what I'm going to buy this year though, the Note 3 is intriguing, but I feel the HTC One (2014) will solve all my gripes that I have with the current One. But I'm also one the fence with you. The reason I switched to Android was because there were so many basic features in it that were missing in iOS, but now iOS 7 has most of what I want. If the iPhone 6 comes with at least a 4.5" screen, I'd be down to try that out. I just want a phone with nice build quality, good components (screen, camera etc.) and a simple/elegant OS. Android is just getting messing with features being implemented and not used across the board. Same goes for UI changes, some parts are this nice colourful and light look, then you get dark and holo blue is other places. I hope 4.5 is skipped and 5.0 brings a massive overhaul, or else I'm leaving.

Shareholder??? You get paid for writing about Google and own stock in it??? So much for journalistic integrity.

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That's called DISCLOSURE, so that you can better understand his position. He's also a financial news and analysis contributor to this and other Mobile Nations sites.

It would have been worse for him to NOT share the fact that he owns stock in Google and then write an article about financials. So you have the argument backwards.

Lol, I'm not trolling. Guys like Leo LaPorte and Paul Thurotte REFUSE to own stock in the companies they cover. I guess they're trolls too?

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The problem is that he's writing an article that attempts to sugarcoat what happened here. Whether it was a drop in the bucket is largely irrelevant. What IS relevant is that Google lost money on Motorola and made a big bet on their patents that failed miserably. The author has a vested interested in trying to gloss over Google's failure here.

Au contraire! I said what I wanted to say.  "Attempting" is the same as trying, which implies failure.  I've written my perspective on things and you can agree or disagree.  You can even complain about it if you like.  Now I'm off to write about Google's latest quarterly results.  Fair warning:  I still own the stock and I love their business.

Maybe losing billions on a deal is not a big deal when you are google but it just shows they do not really have a savvy leadership team. They are just riding the tech wave but someday the wave will stop. As a shareholder, I hope they mature and start thinking longer term before doing these deals.

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Make Motorola more of a success? How? They didn't wait long enough to even give that a chance! It takes time and lots of advertising to build up a brand. Google gave too little of both of those things to be successful here. Instead they should have put two more years of effort into things and a ton of TV ads including during the Superbowl, and really push the brand forward. It was doable. They just didn't bother to do it!

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Sadly my customer loyalty to Google just tanked. A lot of us liked where they seemed to be going with the new Moto phones so we bought in . Then they just jerked the carpet out from under us.

As a Windows Phone guy, who picked up the Moto X (literally, today) I have to agree. Sure, Moto X is hardly a game-changer, but you saw some styling and unique things happening. It was a start down the right path and then...gone. 

Yep. As an android guy I picked up a Lumia 925 over the holidays. I am getting g used to it and excited to see what the year holds for WP. If the new CEO does not muck it up.

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I honestly think 2014 is going to be a great year for a Windows Phone. It's great that the OS can finally support high-end specs.

They never really give it a chance! And when finally seemed like they were starting to, they sold it.

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One thing I'm most disgusted is the buyer. I just don't think highly of Lenovo and I hope they don't just destroy Motorola like Microsoft did with Nokia.

Not as of two days ago.

They signed the deal, yes. They still have to get it through the regulatory commissions who can kill it.

They won't though, it is a done deal.

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Uh, no. It cleared both EU and US regulators and has closed. Microsoft owns nokias hardware division.

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Nokia (Symbian) failed to compete with iOS & Android resulting in Nokia rapidly loosing critical market share. Microsoft's commitment may save Nokia.

Yeah they went the Blackberry route and went with what they always have done, regardless that the market was passing them by.

I wonder if the Nokia Android phone that was making the rounds the other day will see the light of day...

Another great writeup, its always great to read a tech perspective who also has a finance background.

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One thing that I think keeps getting forgotten is that a struggling Motorola was seriously considering suing other Android OEMs for patent infringement. Google didn't merely attempt to fend off outside litigation by Apple and Microsoft, they also (successfully) fended off the threat of the Android ecosystem imploding by internecine lawsuits.

Given that there has been exactly zero Android on Android violence since Google bought Moto (and frankly a decline in the growth of anti-android patent infringement claims filed, despite a lack of major victories) that seems like a good couple of billion to spend (after accounting for Moto's cash on hand, and the amount recouped from selling its various parts). And on top of it if Lenovo continues Motorola's current and successful push for almost-stock Android and quality low-cost devices Google gets an outside ally that doesn't piss off Samsung or HTC as much.

I really hope Google doesn't drop the Nexus line because as a first-time Nexus user (N5) I want to continue on this path of getting a Nexus every year or 2 for the awesome price tag. I'm really not gonna be able to afford any future GPE devices at over $500 and I don't want to go back to being on a contract.
I'm worried for Moto X users.. I think the Moto X was a great start for Motorola being that it's such a good phone. It's a shame Moto couldn't survive. What are ppl who want affordable stock Android phones gonna do?