On the same day that the Motorola built Nexus 6 went on-sale in the US, Motorola and Lenovo have jointly announced that the sale of the company from Google to Lenovo has been completed.
The sale of Motorola caught many by surprise when Google announced it back in January, when they had sold Motorola for $2.91 billion. The sale was rumoured to be a bid to quash concerns by Open Handset Alliance manufacturers who saw the relationship between Google and Motorola as a little too close, despite statements that a ‘Firewall’ existed between the two companies. The sale is now complete, and it’s now time to look to the future of Motorola.
In a blog post on the Motorola blog, CEO Rick Osterloh spoke about the future of the Motorola brand and Moto and Droid branded devices, saying :
The iconic Motorola brand will continue, as will the Moto and DROID franchises that have propelled our growth over the past year. We will continue to focus on pure Android and fast upgrades, and remain committed to developing technology to solve real consumer problems. And we will continue to develop mobile devices that bring people unprecedented choice, value and quality.
Lenovo for their part advised that Motorola will continue to operate as a ‘wholly-owned subsidiary’. The company will remain at their new headquarters in Chicago in the US. Lenovo welcomed the 3,500 Motorola employees around the world, but didn’t say anything about their future.
The sale is now complete, now we will have to see what becomes of what we believe was an excellent start by Motorola and Google to revolutionise the software on phones, as well as the delivery of Software updates to phones in a timely manner. All we can say is good luck.
Now that Motorola is owned by Lenovo, will this change anything for you and your perceptions of Motorola?