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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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Lenovo Motorola acquisition tipped in Google deal [UPDATE: Official]

Lenovo Motorola acquisition tipped in Google deal  [UPDATE: Official]

Today it would appear that a rather unforeseen set of events has led Lenovo to be appearing to purchase Motorola Mobility from Google. This sort of buy would be a major one - larger perhaps, even, than the news in 2011 that Google was purchasing Motorola in the first place. The deal is said to be worth between $2- and $3-billion USD and is being tipped now by multiple independent sources.

UPDATE: It's official.

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Motorola’s Dennis Woodside talks display customization, ultra-cheap smartphones

Motorola’s Dennis Woodside talks display customization, ultra-cheap smartphones

Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside has again taken to discussions about smartphone pricing and customization, something he has spoken about at length in the past. Among his topics was a focus on pricing, and mention of a $50 smartphone came into play. He also brought up customization, which the Moto X kicked off in a big way, mentioning the ability to customize the display.

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Moto X wood casings expand with new Walnut, Teak, Ebony, and price point

Moto X wood casings expand with new Walnut, Teak, Ebony, and price point

Today Motorola has shown of a set of new wood-backings for their Moto X, a customizable smartphone that, with Motorola's own "Moto Maker" console, is able to be custom-ordered to ship. These new wooden casings join the original Bamboo and pull the pricing down from a cool $100 to $25. That's the price users will add on to their original cost of the phone after adding the wood instead of one of the many other color options for the back panel of this device.

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Moto G Google Play edition makes surprise debut

Moto G Google Play edition makes surprise debut

Google has quietly added the Moto G Google Play edition to its range of pure-Android devices, with the 8GB smartphone - already hugely popular in its standard form - beginning at $179 unsubsidized. The phone - which is being offered in both 8GB and 16GB forms, the latter for a $20 premium - comes with an unmodified version of Android 4.4 KitKat, as well as a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, though no 4G.

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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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