This almost sounds like an April Fool's Joke, but we are nowhere near April. According to multiple reports from major news organizations like Reuters, CNBC and others, Lenovo may actually be in final talks with Google to purchase Motorola for $2.91 Billion USD. According to "sources close to the matter" this would be Lenovo's way of buying themselves into the lucrative but difficult to break into U.S. smartphone market. Here's a quote with more of the details,
This came way out of left field and blind-sided us, but in many ways doesn't seem that surprising. From the beginning, Google really only wanted Motorola to get hold of their patents so they could defend against Apple and Microsoft. It's been pretty clear that Motorola as a company doesn't really fit into Google's business model. Perhaps Google realized they want to focus on being a software and services company. Motorola is primarily a hardware company, which requires a different business style than Google is used to. Google has done a remarkable job so far in insulating themselves from Motorola in regards to the other OEMs in the Android world, but how long will they be able to keep up that unnatural "firewall?"Lenovo is in the final stages of talks to buy the Google division that includes smartphones Moto X and Moto G as well as certain patents, and an announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, the people said.
The Chinese firm will use a combination of cash and stock as well as deferred payments to finance the deal with Google, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public.
Lenovo is being advised by Credit Suisse Group while Lazard Ltd advised Google on the transaction, the people said.
This move also looks good for Lenovo on several levels. Lenovo wants into the U.S. smartphone market and what better way to do that than to start with the pioneer of mobile phones. Even the new approach that Motorola has taken recently by offering the Moto X and Moto G for discounted prices seems to fit very well with the way Lenovo does business. If this report turns out to be true, this could be a win-win for Lenovo, Motorola, Google, the other Android OEMs and the consumer. Share your perspective.
Update: This story is now official. Google will be selling Motorola to Lenovo. Here's a link to the official press statement from Google: Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility from Google ? Investor Relations ? Google