Following the split of Motorola to form Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions earlier this year, Motorola Mobility has been acquired by Google. This is Google's biggest acquisition and signals its intention to become as dominant in the smartphone market as it is in search.
Over the last few weeks we have reported on some new Motorola devices ready to hit the market. One of the surprises has been the “budget phone” Motorola DROID RAZR M. At least, that is the name the device will go by in the U.S.
Last week, after the purchase of Motorola was announced, Lenovo’s CEO spoke about the acquisition. He explained that he approached Google’s Eric Schmidt in 2012 after missing out on Motorola in 2011 (when Google bought the company). Today, we have learned why Lenovo failed to buy Motorola in 2011.
It was because they were talking to the wrong Motorola.
Now that Motorola is owned by Google, you may think that past and present Motorola devices should get the latest and best version of Android. Even though the Motorola XPRT is a niche device, Google and Motorola should take pride in their older models and foster customer satisfaction.
Motorola continues to capitalize on the power of Google Play as a distribution channel for apps with the recent addition of the Motorola Contextual Services app. The app itself is not something users will interact with or use directly as it runs in the background providing support and functionality to other Motorola features like drive, meeting and sleep detection.
A regional court in Munich has ruled that Google-owned Motorola Mobility infringed an Apple patent related to touchscreen technology. The court placed a preliminary injunction on devices that use the patent-infringing tech, including the Motorola Milestone XT720, the Motorola Defy, the Motorola Atrix and the Motorola Xoom.
Today in a Mannheim court, a judge ruled that Motorola Mobility did not infringe a Microsoft patent that deals with allowing software applications to work with a phone’s radio antennas across a range of different handsets, without having to build a custom means of doing so for each individual device.
Wait, what? In news that just became official, the Chinese based company Lenovo has just bought Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion dollars. If memory serves us right, Google purchased Motorola for about $13 billion just under two years ago, which is certainly a far cry for what Google was able to sell it to Lenovo for.
And so it begins. Twitter’s @evleaks has tweeted that Motorola is working on something while other companies are getting the spotlight Mobile World Congress. What is it? Something called the Quark X. While we have no idea what exactly this is — phone, tablet, or maybe even a wearable — odds are it is the successor to Motorola’s Moto X.