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Poll: Lenovo acquires Motorola. Are you excited about what the duo can bring to the market?

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Poll: Lenovo acquires Motorola. Are you excited about what the duo can bring to the market?
Lenovo's $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility's hardware department has now been officially confirmed by both Google's and Lenovo's CEOs, meaning that it's likely just a matter of time until the Chinese giant takes over the reins of one of the pioneers of the mobile phone. This deal certainly made us and many in the tech world uncomfortable for several reasons, not least of which the fact that we were caught with our guard off. This is despite the fact that we were pretty much positive that Google's main goal with the acquisition of Motorola in the first place had to do with the company's standards-essential patent portfolio, and we obviously also knew that Google's daughter company was underperforming.

Regardless of the rationality of the deal, we can't deny that Motorola has held something of a symbol status, even though sales have been slow. This, essentially, severs one of the last direct ties that the US has to the smartphone industry, and that'll obviously not bode well with some. That said, Lenovo isn't just your typical Chinese corporation, and if we had to pick from any one such, we'd likely arrive to the same arrangement. This is because Lenovo has, in the past, successfully managed another high-profile acquisition with IBM's ThinkPad division, and instead of gulping up the essentials and spitting out the rest, the Beijing-based company actually kept marketing its products under the ThinkPad moniker. In a single stroke of its checkbook, Lenovo had bought itself a shortcut to the unbreachable western markets, and a ticket to the top of PC sales worldwide. According to Google and Lenovo, this kind of thinking is behind this deal, too -- Motorola is to keep its brand identity, and that very same status symbol is exactly what Lenovo is after. At least for now, it does seem like Lenovo will be using Motorola to spearhead its attack on the US market and Europe, so the struggling company may actually become the crown jewel in Lenovo's smartphone portfolio. With Lenovo's massive manufacturing and distribution muscle, Motorola may just thrive. 

But what about you? Are you looking forward to what may be a new major player in the Android ecosystem in the making? Or do you think Motorola was better off with Google, as undedicated as it admits to have been?

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posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:06 9

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Lenovo? NO
It will destroy the name of Moto as well.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:14 1

2. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Haha. Lol.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 06:10 11

12. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


Lenovo will be great. You will see. They are well known for doing quality stuff in the computer world. They will do the same thing with smartphones too. They only needs to keep what Motorola is today and push on for greater things. To keep what Motorola is today will not be hard for a big company like Lenovo. With the experience of Motorola Lenovo will be a force to recon in the coming years. All the experience and positives from Motorola will now be expanded to their already smartphone lineup, which I admit has been bad but works in China. Lenovo is an upcoming company that will probably overtake HTC. Samsung isn't really doing great phones compare to HTC but they have the marketing money to make up for it.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 07:43 4

16. KParks23 (Posts: 446; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I'm a little surprised by the comments and poll.. Living in the US usually when u see China the product is automatic junk! But I've got nothing but good things to say about lenovo so I'm hopeful and excited to see what they can do!

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 08:23 3

19. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Yeah like the Thinkpad series.. Are you serious?! Lenovo is going to make a comeback with the help of Motorola. :)
P.S: I'm happy with my Lenovo laptop.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 17:30 1

33. JC557 (Posts: 938; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I've had my Thinkpad for several years now and it's still going strong unlike the 2 yr old Macbook Pro that died on me without warning.

The IdeaPads from Lenovo are kinda junk-ish but still better than what is put out by Acer.

I could see this as a good thing provided they still keep what made Motorola good like they did with IBM's ThinkPad or other Think related products.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 09:08 1

20. dickwyn (Posts: 583; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i actually thought that too but after thinking for some time i thought of the benefits of having lenovo take over motorola's brand. the main + for me is that the motox customizations might finally land in asia since lenovo is centered in china

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 12:10 1

26. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Did you ever used any lenovo smartphone????? I am currently using Lenovo k900 and it is just awesome......... Design is best slim and light and spec aslo good........ I agree there are some problem like heating of phone and no memory card slot.... but its just a beginning for lenovo in smartphone market they will do better...... Aslo they have one smartphone that has 4000mah battery and it is available in indian market with reasonable price............

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 17:33

34. JC557 (Posts: 938; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


All smartphones seem to heat up a bit. The worst offenders I've had were the LG Spectrum 2 and HTC Rezound (nowhere near as hot as the Spectrum 2 though).

I'm also not surprised as the Intel chips still get warmer than the current mobile chips.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 17:33 3

35. jiezel91 (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


I don't see a logical reason why Lenovo would destroy Moto's name. I mean, just because it is a Chinese company?

Come to think of it. Lenovo acquired IBM's laptop business in the past, and look how successful it is now that it is under Lenovo's helm.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:17 5

3. Genersis (Posts: 178; Member since: 29 May 2013)


A few things worry me.
Lenovo's phones aren't really well supported software wise post-launch(Well, if the detail on this site are accurate), and also their phones aren't really as...inspired as Motorola's.

I hope they don't gut the company; hopefully Motorola will stay mostly the same as they are now, and only lightly influenced by Lenovo.

I did feel better knowing Google was supporting them...maybe there's still one or two Google guided phones in the pipeline at Motorola?

For the most part, I'm undecided.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:24 4

4. raghav.ak (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Being hopeful that Lenovo can do another 'Thinkpad' with Motorola.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:32 2

5. hboy857 (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Lenovo's phone s*uk, their phone's UI is ugliest among all. I'm super angry and disappointed. Damn you Google.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:36 4

6. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 108; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


I think Motorola will be ok with Lenovo.
In my own opinion I think Lenovo wants to penetrate US and EU market and with the help of Lenovo, Motorola could penetrate the Asia market which is there are people out there waiting for Motorola Moto Series or Droid Series like here in the Philippines, which is it can boost the Market share of these two companies. I think we just need to wait and see on what will happen in the future of Motorola.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:37 2

7. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 835; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Oh really....how did you come by that emadshiny? When IBM sold the PC desk top business to Lenovo look who now is on top of that business. In America the companies that have sold out to Asian counter parts in some cases turned out great.

It seems that American companies have lost it's edge due to not lack of competing but lack of innovation. The Lenovo Think Pad is an awesome device. They are dominating the PC business as well. Theses companies sell products through innovation. We seell a product once when come up with something new and different quite well, but after we come up with the product American companies start failing by resting on its laurels.

Apple is a prime candidate for my example. Apple lead the way with iPod, and iPad but failed to follow through with innovating it's design. Apple's thinking was that they were the top of the mobile industry, and rather than to look at trends and what the consumer wanted they ignored the consumer. Now they are trying to play catch up in an industry that's so competitive they are left behind, because they allowed some of their customers to move on to Samsung, and Android's larger screened phones. Apples customers screamed that they wanted a larger screen and Apple delivered a half baked solution and started to lose sales. Now they are following Android instead of leading, and catching up is always harder than just being ahead.

The car industry was the same way...American car companies made cars that failed right off the assembly line. Gm's CEO had an interview on CNBC where they asked him whats has changed in GM, and why should American's by their cars today. The CEO said that we should buy cars from them because they used to let cars ship with screws missing. Today they don't do that, because they have a better quality controlled, and designed car. The problem is that American companies takes the consumer for granted and to keep stock prices and sales moving they cut corners to turn a profit. Instead od innovating thir product line to inspire the consumer to but they charge more and give less. It seems that the Asian companies always seem to find a way to charge the same as American companies while giving more through innovation.

I can't wait to see what Lenovo does with a quirky company like motorola. They have the best antenna reception, but innovation has not been so great since the droid model was introduce, and I think that lack of innovation, and carrier branding was to blame.

I think that had the Droid line been sold on every carrier rather than big red Motorola would have dominated. Samsung launched the SG3 on all carriers with no branding and look at their success. All I can say is we shall see!

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 07:09 1

14. Guti986 (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


Although I somewhat agree with the overall statement you're getting at, I got to disagree with you when it comes to Motorola not being innovative. Sales aside the moto x is one of the more inspiring devices of last year... of course I'm slightly biased since I have one right next to me. ;)

That being said, we shall see how things pan out.. I was looking forward to a more successful Motorola under google. Lets hope they can find success under Lenovo. :)

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 11:05

23. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 835; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


The Moto X should have been stacked with top notch hardware and it would have been a fierce competitive device. If people realize that other phones that cost the same has higher specs they will pass the lower spec hardware by.

The smooth software was great but the mediocre hardware killed sales. You can't compete by half stepping with
Samsung and HTC lurking, and Nokia stepping it up constantly.
I owned the Motorola Photon, and can say it was a at best a mediocre device that got no updates after 6 months. They said that they would support it and after 6 months support stopped and then Motorola announce that there would be no updates. They said if you buy a new phone that they would give you 100.00 credit towards and upgrade.

I sold my Moto Photon on Craigslist list with out a nick or a scratch for 180.00, and got an SG3! Motorola has great reception antenna's but other than that they have not been top tier. The droid max was a great continuation f the Droid line, but Verizon killed thier chances of going mainstream.

Carriers need to understand that unless the device is earth shaking like the iPhone was there will never be a carrier abandonment switch for a device. Phone designers like Samsung discovered that to hit it big they had to get rid of carrier specifically designed phones to sell more than a million phones. Moto needs to do this or they will fail regardless if Google or Lenovo is running it!

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 11:32 2

25. blazee (Posts: 254; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I stopped reading after you started talking about hardware. I have the moto x and it is twice as impressive in person. I could care less about benchmarks and hardware inside. Just research videos on YouTube for real world performances of motox vs other flagships or drop test comparisons. Motox always wins. The phone also feels anything but cheap in your hand, it really was well designed.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 12:22

27. Guti986 (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


Thank you!! I feel the same way. I bought mine the first day it was available in stores, before the price cuts, and I have no regrets whatsoever. Completely worth it. Sad that people don't see real quality.

But either way. Looking forward... may this not be a negative :)

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 13:19

29. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 835; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Your statement shows just how foolish you are for making more out of what was not even said. Regardless of how the product performs people will side step it for more updated hardware is all that I said. That "be's" the fact.....I never said that it did not work well. I even stated that as smooth as it was people want the latest and the greatest in software, and hardware. All that you have said may be true, but I never said that it was a fail. Don't read into or make more that was said.

I merely stated that it probably would have sold more had it had top notch hardware specs!DOH

On a personal note I have a Nexus 5, and just because I have a 1080p screen, and all carrier bands minus Verizon's vs the Moto I would not go for it. I like the pure android experience also.
Moto may have some nice things going on performance wise in spite of lower spec hardware, and I believe that if and when they bring higher spec hardware to the market they will take off.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:37

8. papss (unregistered)


I think its pretty crapy that Google took the patents and discarded the rest like that but maybe Levono will have them do a WP8 device now. I'd like to see a Moto WP8 PLpgone.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 06:04

9. roldxx (Posts: 40; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)


Definitely sucks, now motorola will be in same league as huawei/zte crap

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 14:32

32. andynaija (Posts: 454; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


I guess you must not have been recently informed that Huawei and ZTE are actually doing pretty well in the market.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 06:04 2

10. kindlefireowner (Posts: 338; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Excited? No. I just brought a Moto G because I wanted fast updates by Google like I get with my Nexus 7. That's not going to happen now.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 06:22 2

13. Chris.P (Posts: 257; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


If Google is to be trusted, Motorola really didn't get a special treatment in the way of faster software updates. And that makes sense, seeing as Google relies on numerous partners to drive its platform. So with a statement like that, you're actually robbing Motorola of its achievement, without meaning to, I'm sure.

Point is, I think most people would like for Lenovo to let Motorola be... Motorola, but with some serious and dedicated muscle behind it. If they manage that, I'd wager that we're in for an even more awesome treat. But that's a big 'if'.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 11:09

24. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 835; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I agree with every word typed Chris. Lenovo got the Think Pad right, and that new Think Pad tablet is awesome. Let's see if Lenovo, and Motorola and get in-sync.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 06:06

11. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 794; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Don't know if I really care to be honest about Moto and Lenovo, I'm more interested in what Google and Samsung are upto.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 07:34 1

15. x88yunkw (Posts: 59; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


1st nokia, now moto.
used to be 2 strongest mobile brands in the world, but now...

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 12:58

28. Guti986 (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


Nokia will bounce back, just will take some time. Sad about Moto though.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 07:58 3

17. majp89 (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Those poor factory workers in the states that thought they had a job...

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 09:35

21. Chris.P (Posts: 257; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Lenovo said that they won't be laying off any of the 3,500 employees in the States. Of course, things change.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 19:42

37. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Very, very few acquisitions like this do not result in lost jobs. However, since Lenovo's prescence here in the States is very minimal, this may be the exception. The Motorola factories and employees here may actually be expanded to provide Lenovo a launching point for their products.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 08:07

18. bucky (Posts: 1329; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Looks to me like google just gutted Motorola for their intellectual property and threw away what's left. I know it's just business but that's kinda ruthless lol

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 09:58

22. bubbadoes (Posts: 324; Member since: 03 May 2012)


If Google couldn't turn Motorola around and only come out with the X, then what is Lenovo going to do?

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 19:44

38. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Depends on WHY Google bought Moto (patents), as opposed to WHY Lenovo wanted them (hardware, US presence).

Lenovo is a hardware company buying the hardware portion of Moto. I think it should work out well.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 13:55 1

30. HildyJ (Posts: 94; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Lenovo is the most innovative of the laptop and convertible tablet manufacturers. They were making convertible tablets before tablets become a buzzword, ultrabooks before ultrabooks became a trademark, and designs like the Yoga, Twist, and Helix that are unique. Their tablets are less innovative but are solidlly built and suitible for office as well as personal use (the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is my Every Day Carry PC).

Their phones seem well designed but not that innovative and not very available in the US while Moto's are innovative and all over the US but with somewhat middling specs. I think the combination could be great.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 14:14

31. Scott93274 (Posts: 653; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I was actually a few clicks away from buying the Moto X the day before the acquisition, I decided that it would benefit me most if I held off a week, then next day I read about the sale. I so far am not sure what to think about Google selling Motorola. I like both companies so I've been extremely excited to see what they come up with. I love the Moto X, it doesn't have any standout hardware, but it's also got the clean UI allowing the OS to function as smooth as other higher end flagship phone models, and actual functional supplemental software that is so different from what the competition offers. I'll still but the phone when I'm ready to.

I honestly know nothing about Lenovo, other than they are a Chinese company. The news that they bought Motorola upset me, but if they allow Motorola to operate as they have been with limited involvement from Lenovo, then I will still be buying from Motorola… I guess I will just have to wait and see.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 17:34

36. JC557 (Posts: 938; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I wouldn't be worried about updates to phones when it comes to Lenovo. They still send out updates to laptops several years old. Here's hoping they don't screw with the formula of build quality and battery life and add some needed improvements (like the camera).

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 06:49

39. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


Lenovo became good of what IBM established and added some twist and tweets no heavy lifting . US gov is already pushing back on China as far mobile is concerned. Moto is dead was dead when Google cut its throat and said they wouldn't. They bought them molested them took all they wanted like a pirate and laid them in the sun. If they had been as great a company as they claimed more than 2 new phones would have been produced. No all of Moto will be at Foxconn or some where in Asia.

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