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Just how much did Motorola’s patents actually cost Google?

Just how much did Motorola’s patents actually cost Google?

The headline figures on the Google-Lenovo deal are brutal. Google spent $12.5bn to acquire Motorola Mobility back in 2011, and in 2014 it's selling the company off to Lenovo for $2.91bn. On the face of it, that's more than $9.5bn for a collection of patents that have left some experts scratching their heads. Still, there have been some big changes in the intervening period, so just how much did Google actually end up paying for that patent haul?

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Google sells Motorola to Lenovo at huge loss (but keeps the patents)

Google sells Motorola to Lenovo at huge loss (but keeps the patents)

Google has confirmed it is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, with the Chinese company paying $2.91bn for the smartphone manufacturer. The deal, which is being positioned as giving Lenovo an easy footprint in the North American market, was rumored within the past hour, comes as no small surprise, given Google acquired Motorola in 2011 for $12.5bn. As part of the deal, Google will keep hold of the Motorola patent portfolio believed to be its primary interest in the first place.

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Smart Home players welcome Google (& warn it won’t be as easy as Android)

Smart Home players welcome Google (& warn it won’t be as easy as Android)

Google's surprise acquisition of Nest was met with no small amount of horror from existing users of the company's thermostats, but other players in the smart home segment aren't so worried about a big new name in the industry. Speaking to SlashGear, several of the better-known brands in home automation actively welcomed Google's involvement, countering user concerns around "Big Data" aggregation with the potential for far faster evolution of what's currently a fragmented market. In fact, as more than one company pointed out, it could've been so much worse: Apple could've bought Nest.

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Motorola Droid Zap gets new look, Assist brings hands-free SMS replies

Motorola Droid Zap gets new look, Assist brings hands-free SMS replies

Yesterday, Motorola introduced some new enhancements to its software, a bit of New Year's kick-off for those who own one of its applicable smartphones. Among the enhancements is a change up to Motorola Assist, the company's personal assistant app that adds an element of situational intelligence to one's smartphone. Droid Zap has also been honored with a bit of improvement, this particular one being in the design department.

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Motorola talks Android, Wearables & Nest: The SlashGear Interview

Motorola talks Android, Wearables & Nest: The SlashGear Interview

It's fair to say Motorola had a big 2013, and SlashGear sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior VP of software engineering, and Steve Sinclair, VP of product marketing, at CES last week to talk wearables, contextual ecosystems, and the Internet of Things. The Google-owned company kicked off a new smartphone strategy, epitomized by the always-listening Moto X and the shockingly-affordable Moto G, arguably just as notable for what it left out of its products as what it chose to include. Meanwhile - and topical, given Google has just acquired Nest - we also talked about Motorola's place in the smart home, and where former Android project lead Horowitz sees the smartphone fitting in. Read on for the full interview.

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SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2013

SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2013

In the year 2013 we've seen some real stand-out stars in several sectors, including mobile, automotive, desktop computing, and gaming. This was certainly a year of hero devices, with manufacturers often bringing just one or two devices to headline their entire 12-month market presence. There were also several new totally unexpected releases initiated through the year, with entirely new device categories being created in the process.

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