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

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Poll results: Lenovo acquires Motorola. Are you excited about what the duo can bring to the market?
Last Wednesday, it became known that Chinese Lenovo has moved to acquire Google's Motorola subsidiary, and succeeded. As much as we like to think that we're on top of what's going on in the industry, this one actually came as a surprise, even though we were well aware that Motorola was bleeding money, and that Google was likely most interested in the former's patent portfolio more than anything. Judging from the community feedback to the deal, we were not alone. Of course, Motorola being acquired by a Chinese company was a little more than a nasty surprise for some, and in some cases the discussion went awfully political, even for our taste.

Anyway, we went ahead and polled you on your opinions of the deal, and asked you whether you're more or less excited about the prospect of a 'Lenovorola'. We made it a point to include a third option -- 'undecided' -- for we realized that quite a few people will just need some time to let this sink it. Perhaps we all do. But the fact is that most of us (48.09%) are not jubilant about the deal. Some 31.36%, however, thought back to what Lenovo managed to pull off with IBM's ThinkPad division back in 2005, and are more receptive to the move. As it turns out, Lenovo is planning on much the same type of approach with Motorola, though it'll be a while until we know for sure. Lastly, a sizable chunk -- 20.56% -- were left pondering what to do with this new information. We didn't put this option by mistake. It points to the fact that it's just too early to call this, but we can't help but lean on Lenovo a little bit in this instance. There's no silly play of favorites here -- no one can deny that Motorola was (and still is) on path to financial disaster, and the Moto G and Moto X, as good as we think they are, are no winners. Not financially, anyway. And Google, as much credit as it may deserve for initiating a revitalization at Motorola, just doesn't seem like what Motorola needs right now -- a bold partner with something to lose.

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Lenovo acquires Motorola. Are you excited about what the duo can bring to the market?
31.36%
418 votes
(418 votes) Definitely more excited
48.09%
641 votes
(641 votes) Definitely less excited
20.56%
274 votes
(274 votes) Undecided

1333 votes

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posted on 03 Feb 2014, 02:21 3

1. kane74 (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Jan 2014)


Moto Rice

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:46 1

9. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Christ, cut the racism.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:37 1

13. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Cut the what?! R u serious??

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 06:36 4

16. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I did not find the comment racist. I just did not find it funny. When people say "rice burner" that actually sounds worst but I don't believe it's an attack on Asian people. To me it's a small reliabe Asian made 4 cylinder car. The Japanese made these cars so popular during the 80's and 90's. Some people (including me) still want Honda's and Nissan's made in Japan instead of the US. The quality of my first car, a1984 Nissan 200sx, is still unmatched by the American cars released today.
And rice and fish happens to be the diet for many Asians. I'm American and we're famous for meat and potatoes. We also happen to be the fattest nation. I wouldn't be offended if someone cracked a potato joke. Sometimes people are too sensitive.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 07:25 1

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm glad that Lenovo bought Motorola, maybe Motorola will again start to make high-end smartphones and sell them worldwide instead of making mid-range overpriced devices and selling them only in U.S. Good luck, Motorola!

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 02:26 2

2. Hammerfest (Posts: 370; Member since: 12 May 2012)


This poll is just not 1337 enough... 1333 votes, I had to... forgive me!

That being said, I didnt even see this poll, if I would have, I would have voted about being excited!

I like what Lenovo did with the Laptop's (even if I cant afford the nice ones), I await what they can do with a SmartPhone lineup expecially powered by Google and Motorola's resources*!

*Yes Google might not be involved in the Ownership, but its still there and you can bet Lenovo will still get more backing then any other MFG gets right now, if only for a "sweet heart" period

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 02:54

4. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Didn't get the 1st paragraph... Captain?

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 02:57

5. Hammerfest (Posts: 370; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Oh noez!

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:31 1

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


It's a leet joke

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 02:50 1

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I'm far more excited in Google's vision. You see they made a huge deal with Samsung on the Chromebook (rumor: Sammy to give up Windows) as well as Android front (Sammy to give up Tizen, own app park, custom UI), so if Lenovo is added to the same mix (a major mobile & computer company), then what the three company brings to the market is something far beyond Motorola.

From pocketables to wearables to bagables to stations and home electronics (and cars and windows and whatnot), Google's SW & patent portfolio and Sammy's, Lenovo's HW can change the landscape in all electronics, potentially everything else is another.

Is there something really big in the background? I think so, Sammy wouldn't just change it's plans and Google wouldn't just sell Motorola if not for a very good reason. Taking over Windows is one.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:02

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Lenovo just announced a new Yoga Chromebook series, to support my view. :)

With the proper implementation of "connected", I think Chrome OS can take Windows, I mean hardcore pros usually work on Mac, but for everyone else (plus work), Google's OS can replace Microsoft's. No wonder the latter is interested in Sundar.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:26 2

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 792; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Most people do hardcore work on PC too. I think Chrome OS is more of a niche product, a mixture of a laptop body and a tablet mind

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:31

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


As of now... with the Pixel Google sent out the message that they are serious, and now some of the biggest laptop manufacturers look to equal their Windows release count with Chromebooks, so eventually all work will be available. But Chromebooks are already good enough for most.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 05:09

15. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 792; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Based on current trends, I don't think any average user wants to use a Chromebook since tablets (and to a smaller extent phablets) can pretty much accomplish their needs well

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 07:05

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


True until ppl. realize they want to type comfortably. Plus sooner or later, their old laptop/PC will grow old / give up, and Google wants to be ready when you're looking for the next more-serious-than-an-android-tablet device.

And then finding a super-connected product with good specs and nice level of apps all with comfortable design and handling at a cheap price, a Chromebook might just be perfect.

Chrome on Windows offers so many things right now that you could spend your computer time just inside that one program. Google wants to expand that experience and have devs partner up so you could eventually do whatever you can on a Mac or Widows workstation.

Hence the Lenovo and Samsung deals, Google takes a step back in products and one ahead in SW development.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:48 1

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Still less excited, as I voted, but holding out a shred of hope that things may turn out all right in the end. As much as Motorola needs to find a way to be profitable, Lenovo needs to help them do so without sacrificing what has made Motorola so amazing over this past year.

Both companies have a lot that they can learn from each other. I hope they both have the wherewithal to do so.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:31 1

12. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


What Giggle owns, ends in ruins. Motorola was one of my favorite brands, but when they started using Handroid in their handsets and finally got bought by Giggle, I knew they will finish like this. Sorry, Moto.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:59 2

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


What tells you Motorola will be worse when a big company that will put a lot of effort to make their own brand big? Lenovo is not a small player like you seems to think. Samsung used to do really bad android phones once, android used to be really bad once, Sony was really bad at making phones too. they bought Ericsson and look at Sony now. Look at android and Samsung. Lenovo will make Motorola big again or make Lenovo the big name to watch out for.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 08:02 1

19. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 116; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Those who comment that Motorola will be in the great chaos of abyss but before commenting try to read some info about Lenovo, I knew that they are Chinese Company and most of us when heard "Made In China" we think that it is cheap and easily break(But most of Chinese products are like these) and that makes us not to buy Chinese Product, I have Lenovo P780 for backup phone it does have great battery life and build. The only problem that we may encounter on New Motorola Phones is the "NO ANDROID UPDATE."

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 08:14

20. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I wish it was part of Google from an idealist standpoint. Lenovo almost for sure will shut down the american factory for the Moto X, they'll raise margins on the profit of the devices and I think likely in the end will hurt motorola. The lower pressure situation created by Google allowed for some creative advertising and thinking from Motorola and I think long term it would have paid off as cell phone sales in the US are cyclical and you usually have towait 2 years to see if it paid off.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 08:32 1

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Got a Moto X on Friday and switched back to my Note 3... I have hopes for Moto, but they have to step up their game a bit..

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 11:10

22. SupermanayrB (Posts: 207; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Nail on the head, dude. I did the same thing with the Droid Maxx. I was underwhelmed with the camera & disappointed with it not having an SD slot. I loved the Touchless control & notification, but that wasn't enough to keep me with Moto for another year since 2002.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 13:35

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I came to the conclusion that I prefer a LED notification light rather than Active Display. I was disappointed with the phone overall and couldn't get passes the fact that after I synced everything over, I only had 4GB left of storage - before installing apps. The battery life is actually pretty good and so is the radio, but my Note 3 is in every way better in terms of features and longitivity (I just made a new word) in my opinion.

I didn't spend this money for nothing as I'm just going to give it to my brother. Next up, Samsung S5!

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 13:57

25. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Longevity.

You didn't make up a new word. You misspelled an old one. :p

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 13:49

24. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I really wasnt happy when i heard this, but it is what it is. Hopefully Lenovo will actually use them, instead of putting Motorola in the red headed step child corner and leaving them there like Google did.

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