We’re writing today to talk about some exciting recent news (which won’t be news to some of our in-the-know folks out there)! Lenovo is buying Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.9Bn. Whew! We’ve talked about our partnership with Motorola in some of our previous posts, and how excited we are to be linked with such a forward thinking crew. Their dedication to thinking outside the box when it comes to smartphones meshes extremely well with our efforts to do the same on the service side of things. We’ll kick off by saying this doesn’t change any of that (including our device roadmap). It’s business as usual with all the same folks we normally interact with in Chicago and Sunnyvale. Now onto the good stuff….
Moto has flourished in many ways under Google’s care, but not without some challenges. Google CEO Larry Page explains, "The smartphone market is super-competitive, and to thrive, it helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices.” Positioned as we are, we can certainly attest to the fact that the hardware (device) world of mobile is very, very different from the software side of things, so his comment here makes a lot of sense. It’s tough to excel in both hardware and software.
Enter, Lenovo. This company, per Larry’s comment, is not only laser focused on hardware development but also has demonstrated monumental success in their field. For those of you who haven’t heard of Lenovo, they are a hardware powerhouse that also happens to be the largest maker of personal computers (PCs) in the world. This was largely driven by a key acquisition of IBM’s Personal Computing division -- Lenovo acquired the fledgling division in 2005, and under their care the ThinkPad line now includes some of the most popular and best selling products in the world. Lenovo’s ability to take a product like this and bring it to new heights bodes extremely well for the future of Motorola. Their vast experience in mobile also adds to Motorola’s potential -- Lenovo has been producing and distributing mobile phones for many years. In fact, as of the Motorola acquisition, they’re now the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.
With this wealth of experience and inspiring track record, we’re absolutely stoked to see how Lenovo will positively guide and accelerate Motorola’s device roadmap. Not to mention, Lenovo has a huge presence right in our backyard in North Carolina. This opens up lots of doors for joint innovation, and we’re very excited to see what our teams can do together.
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