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  1. As we inch towards the end of summer in the United States, we also get a bit closer to the release of possibly one of the most anticipated Android Wear devices of the year, the Motorola Moto 360. Although it was announced in March and teased at Google I/O, we have heard very little information about the Moto 360 since that time. Interestingly, it looks like tech blogger, Luca Viscardi aka Mister Gadget, has gotten his hands on the device and has given his first impressions. Although his words are translated, it seems like Viscardi is fairly impressed with the Moto 360, stating that it is better than the LG and Samsung Android Wear devices. He states that the watch is light and that it also fits well on the wrist. The watch has good readability in sunlight, but also has a display that produces excellent colors compared to its competitors. We also get a first glimpse of the wireless charging dock, which puts the Moto 360 in an upright position. Although he does not discuss it, there is an indication from one of the images, that there might be an optical heart rate sensor on the back of the device. Viscardi discusses the battery life stating that it lasts two and a half times longer than the LG G Watch. Although an exact time is not given, this could be a good indication that the Moto 360 could last more than a day without needing to be recharged. Source
  2. The latest comScore numbers are out, giving us an idea of who’s gained and lost over last quarter. While the overall movement isn’t shocking, there were a few surprises. We’re starting to think a recent big transaction is having negative a impact some may not have anticipated. Apple still reigns supreme, commanding 41.6% of the smartphone market when compared t other OEMs. Samsung is second, naturally — they hold onto just over 1/4 of the market at 26.7%. LG ranks a distant third with 6.9%, which is just ahead of Motorola at 6.4%. HTC checks in as well, claiming 5.4% of the overall smartphone market. When it comes to platform, we all know what the answer is. Android is still king with a 51.7% market share, while iOS has 41.6. Blackberry is holding steady with 3.1%, closely related to Microsoft’s 3.2%. Symbian is still hanging on with 0.2%, bolstered by those emerging markets where other platforms are still finding their way. Two things stand out in this study: Apple and Motorola. Apple’s iPhone sales were up 1.0%, as was iOS. In terms of platform, iOs was the only one to pick up over last quarter — Android fell 0.5%. Motorola was also a loser, dropping 0.6% and out of third place for OEMs. We really hope the Lenovo purchase hasn’t hurt them. Source
  3. One of the more popular phones right now, surprisingly, is the Moto G. And by popular, I mean the one making all the headlines and being the most talked about. The Moto G was announced by Motorola back in November and has really taken the world by storm. Not because it’s a spectacular device. But when you factor in the price for the Moto G, it really does become a spectacular device. The Moto G is available (here in the States) for $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB model. Now if you’re looking for a device in that price range you’re going to find some pretty bad choices. The Moto G features a 4.5-inch 720p display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor which is quad-core and clocked at 1.2GHz, as well as 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP shooter on the back and VGA shooter on the front. Now the Moto G is heading over to Hong Kong, according to My Drivers. And supposedly it’ll only be available in black and in the 16GB variation. However, Motorola will be selling the back cover in white, red, purple, blue, yellow, and green for HK$118, while the Moto G will be HK$1898. The Moto G is also expected to launch with Android 4.3 – Jelly Bean on board instead of Android 4.4.2 – KitKat, even though it has been released for the Moto G already. So we’d expect to see the update available shortly after launch in Hong Kong. The Moto G also has a pretty hefty 2070mAh battery inside, which does provide all-day battery life. In fact, I’ve seen a few people get around 6-7 hours on screen time with it. Which is just insane! It’s great to see Motorola pushing the Moto G everywhere, especially since the Moto X is only in North and South America right now and heading to Europe next month. We do know that Motorola is making some money off of the Moto G, but we can guarantee it’s not a lot, but it is nice to see them pushing it pretty hard. Source
  4. (Reuters) - Apple Inc does not use patented technology owned by Google unit Motorola Mobility in making its iPhones, an appeals court said on Friday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision by the International Trade Commission in April that Apple did not violate a Google patent to make the popular iPhone. The smartphone industry has seen dozens of lawsuits on several continents as Apple vies for market share with companies that make smartphones using Google's Android software. "We're disappointed in this decision and are evaluating our options," Google unit Motorola said in a statement. Apple had no comment on the decision. Motorola Mobility accused Apple in 2010 of infringing on six of its patents covering technology such as reducing signal noise and programming the device's touch screen so a user's head does not accidentally activate it while talking on the phone. The ITC ruled in April 2013 that Apple did not violate any of the six. The appeals court addressed just one of the six patents. Google acquired the patents in the case - and the lawsuit - when it purchased Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2012, partly for its library of telecommunications patents. Google's Android software, which the company lets handset makers use for free, has become the world's No. 1 smartphone operating system, ahead of the iOS software used on Apple iPhones. The ITC, a U.S. trade panel that investigates patent infringement involving imported goods, is a popular venue for patent lawsuits because it can bar the importation of infringing products and because it issues decisions relatively quickly. The case at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is Motorola Mobility LLC v. International Trade Commission and Apple, Inc. The case is No. 2012-1666. (Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Sandra Maler) http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/10/us-apple-google-patent-idUSBREA090SZ20140110
  5. Motorola has become the first manufacturer to deliver an Android 4.4 KitKat update to a device that isn’t a Nexus and on Verizon no less. Understandably, Motorola is pretty happy with themselves but, it seems like they have bigger plans for Android 4.4 and a whole host of older devices. Those using a Motorola device before the Moto X and Google came along could very well have a reason to smile today, and it might make getting to upgrade time that little bit easier. Motorola’s support site has been updated with some info about upcoming software updates for a number of devices, as Android Police has discovered. First up is the Droid RAZR HD line. We already knew that the Droid MINI, the Droid ULTRA and the Droid MAXX would be getting Android 4.4, having launch so recently but, last year’s Droid lineup was in question. Now however, the Motorola website lists the Droid RAZR HD, the MAXX HD and the Droid RAZR M – including their respective “Developer Editions” – as all getting the update to Android 4.4. There’s no telling just when but, a lot of Verizon users will be happy to hear that their devices are going to be updated to Android 4.4. Something that is a little surprising however, is that AT&T’s Atrix HD is listed as getting the update to Android 4.4 KitKat as well. The device was never very popular and always felt like more of an afterthought as oppose to a proper device launch for both AT&T and Motorola. As well as the above devices, the Electrify M on US Cellular is listed as getting Kitkat too, so there’s that. Overall though, we’re generally pretty happy with Motorola and how they’re approaching and completing updates as of late. We’re pretty sure that being owned by Google is helping here but, more than that a fresh attitude to just how important updates are for consumers is a bigger help than anything. Gone are the days of buying a phone and being content with it as is for the length of your contract and finally, Motorola has realized this. Source
  6. When it got announced by Motorola late last month, Project Ara captured a great deal of attention by showcasing a modular smartphone concept which allows users to replace specific parts of their device. Today, the concept came closer to reality, as Motorola and 3D Systems announced a partnership to manufacture custom-built, modular smartphones. The two companies will team up to create a high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfillment system. The partnership will see both 3D Systems and Motorola make advancements in the usage of new materials, as well as production methods. If it completes the development phase successfully, 3D Systems will become an exclusive fulfillment partner to Motorola. The company will manufacture both smartphone enclosures and modules. Source
  7. In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked for his thoughts on Google's pending sale of Motorola to Lenovo. "I wasn't surprised," Cook said, calling the deal "a logical transaction." Cook pointed out that Motorola was a financial disaster for Google — a point many others have raised as reason enough for a sale. But Apple's chief executive also took a shot at Mountain View, describing Motorola as something that Google wasn't "committed to." "I think it’s really hard to do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together," said Cook, repeating one of Apple's longstanding talking points. "That’s what makes Apple so special. It’s really hard, so I’m not surprised that they are not going to do that." Of course, Google still does those things — to some extent — with its Nexus line of Android products (and the Chromebook Pixel). Cook also brought out another point of trash talk we've heard before, saying that "the experience on Android tablets is so crappy because the app is nothing more than a stretched out smartphone app." When asked about the possibility of a larger iPhone, Cook was unsurprisingly evasive. "What we’ve said is that until the technology is ready, we don’t want to cross that line," he said. "That doesn’t say we’ll never do it. We want to give our customers what’s right in all respects." Cook highlighted resolution, clarity, contrast, and reliability as just some of the things Apple focuses on when researching displays. "There are many different parameters to measure a display and we care about all those, because we know that’s the window to the software." Earlier this year, the Journal reported that Apple may release two iPhones with bigger screens in 2014. And in response to Google's recent high-profile acquisition of Nest, Cook claimed that Apple isn't reluctant to buy large companies; the challenge is finding a good match. "We have no problem spending 10 figures for the right company that’s the right and that’s in the best interest of Apple in the long-term," he said. "None. Zero." Nest CEO Tony Fadell has thus far been unwilling to confirm whether his company held acquisition talks with Apple before selling to Google. In the full interview, Cook also discusses Apple's approach to emerging markets and its ongoing confrontation with Carl Icahn over returning more cash to investors. "We’re trying to build a company for the long term, so that’s how we look at these decisions," Cook said. Source
  8. Motorola's upcoming midrange Moto G smartphone has been hinted at several times over the past few days, first as a phantom reference on Motorola's homepage next to the Moto X, then last night from @evleaks. Now, we've got a fresh promo card from our own tipster, purportedly destined for a Phones4u store As you can tell from the image, the device is targeted at midrange smartphone holiday shoppers' pockets with a 4.5" 720p edge-to-edge display covered in Gorilla Glass and 1.2GHz quad-core CPU. There will be just 8GB of storage, a 5MP shooter capable of 720p recording with 1.3MP front-facer, Bluetooth 4.0, running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (sorry no Android 4.4 KitKat build on release). According to our tipster, the device will be priced at £134.95 off contract. It's unconfirmed what sort of battery will power the Moto G, although if past leaks are confirmed it will be of the 1,950 mAh flavor. No release date as of yet, although it certainly will be here by the holidays, and it looks like it will be heading overseas as well. Previous rumors also suggested interchangeable back panels (also hinted at in the lower left of the above image), with possible dual-SIM capabilities. At £135, the Moto G could do some serious damage at the midrange price point this holiday season. source: gsmarena
  9. Nokia has struggled to get into the US market for years now, but it seems that its hard work is finally starting to pay off. Counterpoint Research reports that in Q3 of this year Nokia leapfrogged several makers to reach the fourth spot among smartphone vendors in the US. This sounds less impressive when you look at the numbers - Nokia holds a smidgen over 4% of the market. But you have to look deeper - in Q2 this year, Nokia was at a 1.4%. It took it almost year to get to that point, in Q3 2012 Nokia barely registered at 0.7%. So in three months Nokia more than doubled its market share and is now ahead of former leaders like Motorola, BlackBerry and HTC. Counterpoint attributes this success to Nokia’s carrier exclusivity strategy, which is finally starting to work. Beyond Nokia, the US smartphone market is very homogeneous - Apple and Samsung are nearly even with a third of the market each. Apple has a 0.1% lead but has barely grown in the last year, while Samsung has gone 10 points up from 26.6% in Q2 2012. The next biggest vendor is LG in third place with 8.6%. source: gsmarena
  10. Moto G has started to make the rounds fairly recently, but we've been hearing about one dubbed DVX long before that, and the two have been pegged to be one and the same handset. The November 13 invitation Motorola just sent us for the Moto G, would mean an affordable version of the Moto X, expected to cost around the bottom feeding $250 without a contract, and free with subsidies. Unlike the Moto X, the G is expected to be a global handset, likely heading for emerging markets, too. Whether Google will use the Moto G to demonstrate how well can the newly optimized Android 4.4 KitKat for low-end devices run, is anyone's guess, but the leaked specs suggest that it will run Android 4.3 out of the box. The Moto G is expected to feature a 4.5" or 4.7" 720x1280 pixels display, a 1.2 GHz or 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and a 5 MP or 8 MP camera on the back capable of HD video only. Interested, you can sign up for the event live announcement here source: phonearena
  11. The Moto X's camera app is now available via Google Play, ensuring that the company will be able to deliver speedy improvements and performance enhancements without delay (and regardless of your carrier affiliation). We suspect Motorola Camera can also be downloaded on the latest series of Droid devices from Verizon since the camera software is identical, though we haven't tested this directly. Regardless, if for some reason you haven't received the new and improved Moto X camera, it's now just a download away. Download Google Play Store OR dIRECT LINK source
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    Moto G launched in India

    The Motorola Moto G has finally been launched in India. For the first time, the company has collaborated with an online retailer for a launch. Moto G will be available exclusively on Flipkart, India's largest e-commerce website, starting tomorrow, February 6. If you're curious about the pricing, you'll be happy to know that Motorola and Flipkart have done a brilliant job with it. The 8GB model is priced at just INR 12,499 ($200) and the 16GB model is priced at INR 13,999 ($225), unlocked without any contract and inclusive of all taxes and shipping charges. Considering the phone lacks expandable memory and there is not much difference between the two prices, it makes sense to go for the 16GB model. It must be noted that the Moto G being sold in India is a dual-SIM variant, unlike the one sold in the US. The phone comes with Android 4.3 at launch and is said to get the 4.4 KitKat update in the coming weeks. This is a departure from the model sold elsewhere that is already running KitKat. It remains to be seen how quickly this model gets the software updates in future and if Motorola maintains the speed it has shown with the Moto X and Moto G in other markets. For now, Flipkart has an exclusivity deal with Motorola to sell the Moto G in India but that may change in the near future. Source
  13. HONG KONG Fri Feb 7, 2014 4:18am EST (Reuters) - Internet search company Google Inc will own a 5.94 percent stake in China's Lenovo Group Ltd worth $750 million once Lenovo's deal to buy Google's Motorola handset division closes, according to a disclosure on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Google would take 618.3 million Lenovo shares at $1.213 per share, the stock exchange said late on Thursday. Lenovo agreed to buy Google's Motorola handset division last week for $2.91 billion in a cash and stock deal. (This version of the story clarifies that Google will only own Lenovo stake once Motorola deal is completed) http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/07/us-google-lenovo-idUSBREA1606B20140207
  14. As of right now, Motorola is still a Google company, but assuming the various regulatory bodies around the world approve of the plan, Motorola will eventually become a Lenovo company. Google CEO Larry Page has said that Lenovo would retain Motorola's brand identity, but we really don't know what to expect from the acquisition. However, we may get more info at MWC later this month. Motorola has sent out invitations to an event at Mobile World Congress on February 25th. We don't know what the event will cover, but Motorola has said that there won't be any major announcements. The event is planned to be a business update. Of course, there is quite a lot of business that we'd all like updates on when it comes to Motorola. If we're lucky, we'll be getting answers as far as what the plans are for Motorola moving forward. Google has said it will be business as usual for the company until the Lenovo deal is approved, which could take a while, especially since Lenovo is a Chinese company and international deals usually go under more scrutiny. Source
  15. Motorola is now seeding the official Android 4.4 KitKat firmware update to the dual-SIM version of Moto G. It is available over the air and weighs about 230MB. Currently the update is seeding in Malaysia, but we expect other markets to get it very soon. Just as on the other Moto G versions, the update brings Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Project Svelte optimizations, new Dialer app, updated Hangouts with SMS/MMS support, updated Google Now and the latest version of Google's Photo gallery with Auto Awesome feature, if not installed already. The standard model of Motorola Moto G has been already brought to the KitKat bandwagon, while the newly released dual-SIM Moto G is getting it just two weeks after its launch. It's nice to see Motorola is working hard to support its smartphones. Hopefully it will continue to do so once it becomes part of Lenovo. Source
  16. By Amy Schatz January 30, 2014, 4:04 PM PST Googles surprise announcement that it plans to sell its Motorola handset business to Lenovo, the Chinese technology company, now puts the spotlight on whether federal officials will agree the deal poses no national security concerns. Federal scrutiny of the deal is expected to be heightened because it involves the sale of telecommunications equipment assets to a company partially backed by the Chinese government. Similar deals have passed U.S. security reviews although not without some agreements by companies to modify them. Google and Lenovo officials told reporters yesterday theyre confident the sale will pass regulatory review. But one person close to the deal said it may not be easy because of the political atmosphere in Washington, where lawmakers and the administration have viewed Chinese investments in U.S. companies with suspicion. Theres been a feeling lately that Chinese companies are facing a higher scrutiny from federal officials, said Amanda Forsythe, a D.C.-based lawyer at Chadbourne & Parke who specializes in national security deal reviews. The administration signed off on the sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese company last year, for example, despite concerns raised in Congress about whether the deal could harm the security of the U.S. food supply. But U.S. officials tend to more closely scrutinize the potential sale of Internet networks or telecommunications equipment than pork products because of concerns about intelligence gathering in the U.S. by foreign governments. The concern is heightened when the U.S. company being acquiring provides products or services to government agencies or involves the U.S.s telecom infrastructure. Lenovo now has two deals that must past a national-security review. The companys recent deal to acquire IBM Corp.s low-end server business is also expected to undergo a separate national security review. That deal is also expected to get rigorous scrutiny by federal officials. As Bloomberg noted yesterday, Lenovo agreed to a larger-than-normal breakup fee to buy IBMs low-end server business, partly over concerns that the deal might not past muster during the upcoming national-security review. Sales of U.S. companies or assets to foreign investors that involve potential national security risks need approval of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which is a group of U.S. government officials who screen such deals. Headed by the Treasury Department, the low-profile committee is made up of officials from federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department. The Justice Department is also expected to do a routine review of the deal for any antitrust concerns, but that isnt expected to be much of an issue in this case. Chinese companies also should be aware that the U.S. government often perceives significant national security risks in these deals, particularly when the deals relate to information and telecommunications technologies, Stewart Baker, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson warned in a note earlier this month. Last May, CFIUS signed off on Japanese firm SoftBank Corp.s proposal to acquire Sprint Nextel Corp after the companies agreed to some conditions, including a requirement that Sprints Clearwire business unit agree to end a supply deal with Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co. In 2012, 39 of the 114 reviews by federal officials of proposed foreign acquisitions involved Chinese investors, the committees recent annual report to Congress showed. China surpassed the United Kingdom in 2012 as the source for the largest number of foreign investments undergoing national security reviews, lawyers at Baker Hostetler noted earlier this week. Perhaps not coincidentally, 2012 saw substantially more notices withdrawn than in previous years. Companies generally dont wait for government agencies to deny their deals. If things are starting to look bad, they tend to withdraw them instead. In 2012, President Obama took the unusual step of requiring a Chinese company to unwind a deal to purchase a U.S. company that owned a wind farm project near a U.S. naval facility in Oregon because of national security concerns. Lenovo being a Chinese company will inevitably lead to tighter scrutiny during (the CFIUS review) than other potential buyers of Motorola, said Paul Gallant, a policy analyst at Guggenheim Partners. But in the end, Id be surprised if this was a serious roadblock. http://recode.net/2014/01/30/lenovos-motorola-deal-likely-to-face-intense-federal-scrutiny
  17. Rajat Agrawal Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 15:00 IST Moments ago Lenovo signed an agreement to acquire Motorola for $2.91 billion from Google, which is selling it at a massive loss after buying Motorola for $12.5 billion less than two years ago. So what does this deal mean for all the three companies involved? Heres our take For Google: Motorolas acquisition was an expensive mistake for Google. At $12.5 billion it was Googles largest acquisition and Google had hoped that Motorolas patents would save it and its Android hardware partners, who were bombarded by patent infringement lawsuits by the likes of Nokia, Microsoft and Apple among others. However, the patents Google acquired turned out to be worthless, with most of them being standard essential patents that provided Google with little bargaining power. Google was clear the acquisition was for patents as it did not want to alienate its handset vendor partners by coming across as a direct competition with Motorola. It ensured that Motorola worked as an isolated company and did not get any unfair advantage when it came to new Android releases and features. It wasnt clear why Google should keep draining its resources on Motorola and stifle its growth at the same time to ensure Androids success. Disposing off Motorolas handset business would also give some breathing space for Google with regulators globally. For Motorola: The deal is a mixed bag for Motorola. It would no longer be a Google-owned company and all the perks that come with it. Google, it seems, has not sold off the R&D department headed by former DARPA Director, Regina Dugan. That department was working on future products including smart tattoos, smart pills and even a modular phone codenamed Ara. Motorola is most likely to lose all the Google-ness under Lenovo. On a positive note, Motorola will finally be able to scale up with Lenovo. The Chinese electronics giant already has a global sales and distribution network. On the smartphone side, it has a thriving business in China, India and Indonesia some of the largest and fastest growing smartphone markets in the world. For Lenovo: It is the company that gains the most in this deal, which at $2.91 billion is a bargain. Even the terms about $660 million in cash and $750 million in shares at the time of closing the deal and the remaining $1.5 billion spread over three years it could not have asked for more favorable terms. Apart from the financial aspect, Lenovo also gets a great engineering team as well as license to Motorolas patents that Google would retain and 2,000 patents it will receive. It will also get to keep the trademark and copyright for the Motorola brand name. We have seen Lenovo do amazing things with the ThinkPad brand it got after acquiring IBMs PC business in 2005. Acquiring Motorola will also give Lenovo access into the US and Latin American markets, where it does not have a strong smartphone presence at the moment. Motorolas relationships with carriers will come in extremely handy. The deal could catapult Lenovo as the third largest smartphone vendor after Samsung and Apple, overtaking Huawei and LG. But most important take away from it all is the kind of access it buys Lenovo inside Google. More than anything else, Lenovo would treasure that the most for its future. http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-an-analysis-of-lenovo-s-291-billion-acquisition-of-motorola-1958330
  18. On Wednesday night, Google announced it is selling off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for just $2.91 billion, a couple of years after acquiring the business for $12.5 billion. On the surface it looks like a massive loss for Google, but after taking a deeper dive, this might actually be a great deal after all. Following the purchase of Motorola Mobility, Google sold Motorola Home to Arris for $2.35 billion, cutting the purchase price down to roughly $10 billion. Motorola also had $3 billion in cash on its book that got directly transferred to Google, so it really becomes a $7.15 billion purchase. After accounting for the $2.91 billion sale price, Google spent $4.24 billion for the rest of Motorola’s business. However, when you take into account that Motorola has $2.4 billion in deferred tax assets, the purchase price drops to a measly (by Google’s standards) $1.6 billion. Though the status of the deferred tax assets is unclear, if the deal includes Google keeping the deferred tax assets and the patents, which many speculated the deal was really about in the first place, then this is a big coup for Google. “Google will retain the vast majority of Motorola’s patents, which we will continue to use to defend the entire Android ecosystem,” CEO Larry Page wrote in a blog post. This deal was, and always will be, about the patents, and those comments from Page are indicative of it. When Google bought Motorola, it gained access to more than 17,000 patents, with perhaps as many, if not more than, 10,000 patents related to mobile communications. Motorola, despite making popular phones such as the Moto X and Moto G, never really fit in with Google’s business, as the company continued to be a drag on results. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves notes that not only will the deal help Google’s margins, but it’ll boost earnings too. “This transaction should be received favorably,” Hargreaves wrote in a note. “First, it helps future margins significantly. We estimated Motorola would lose $816 million in 2014. If this loss disappears completely (it will not because the deal will take time to close), it would increase EPS by about $2.00 in a year when we are forecasting $53.15.” Google never really had the desire to be in the phone building business, as evidenced by the “confidential” email that managed to get leaked anyway. “But the smartphone market is super competitive, and to thrive it helps to be all in when it comes to making mobile devices,” Page wrote in the email. “It’s why we believe that Motorola will be better served by Lenovo–which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest (and fastest growing) PC manufacturer in the world.” By getting rid of Motorola, Google should improve its relationship with Android device makers, most notably Samsung. Google and Samsung recently signed a patent sharing deal, to help stave off the litigation that has plagued the mobile communications device industry for some time now. Samsung and Apple continue to go head to head in patent disputes, with Apple continuing to come out on top in recent trials. With the recent purchase of Nest, Google finally seems to have gotten the hardware design team it wanted as it moves into other connected products, as well as potentially mobile devices. It’s now abundantly clear that Motorola wasn’t the right team, and Google’s cut its losses. Source
  19. Back when the Motorola Moto G was announced, company officials went on record saying that there’s a dual-SIM version coming down the road, but provided no details on either pricing or availability. Well, now we have at least one piece of the puzzle as the dual-SIM Moto G has landed Australia. The information comes courtesy of Motorola’s official webpage for the land Down Under, so it should be a pretty certain deal. The new Moto G version has seemingly debuted very recently, as we were unable to locate any online stores in Oz that actually have dual-SIM units in stock. That’s why we are also unable to comment on the price difference between them and the regular Moto G. Here’s hoping that Motorola expands the availability of the dual-SIM Moto G to more markets shortly. With the first version doing quite well on its own, another one which allows you to optimize your spending on phone bills could help the company grab significant share in certain markets. Source
  20. Yesterday, the dual-SIM version of the Motorola Moto G went official in Australia, the phone has reached Malaysia. This time around, with its price tag. The dual-SIM Motorola Moto G carries a price tag of $210 and $240 for the 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. The phone was announced at a joint event of Motorola and local carrier Brightstar. The extra SIM card slot has added a just over $30 to the cost of the 8GB model and $10 on top of the price of the 16GB one. Originally, Motorola priced the Moto G at $179 for 8GB and $199 for double the storage. Malaysian online retailer Lazada Malaysia is already taking pre-orders and promises to fulfill them on January 21. Early adopters will be treated to a screen protected and a Motorola Flip Shell free of charge. Source
  21. According to sources at BGR India, Motorola will be launching the Moto G in India some time this week. As some of you may be aware, Motorola does not have any official presence in India any more, after the company quit business in the country a couple of years back. Due to this, Motorola does not have any channels to distribute the phone any more, which is why it will be partnering exclusively with online stores to sell the Moto G in India. Flipkart is said to be one of those stores, although it's unknown if it will be the only one. It will be interesting to see how the after sales services are handled. The Moto G to be launched in India will be the dual-SIM model. No word on pricing yet but the phone should be priced around INR 15,000-16,000 for the 8GB variant. Source
  22. By Marcus YamJanuary 29, 2014 3:12 PM Lenovo looks to go up against Samsung for the lion's share of the Android smartphone market. Lenovo has announced a $2.91 billion deal to acquire Motorola Mobility from Google. Motorola's handset business was sold to Google in 2012 for $12.5 billion, but hasn't made any money for the search giant. Google said that it purchased Motorola Mobility for its patents, most of which aren't included in the sale to Lenovo. Instead, Lenovo will receive a license to the portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. On the surface, Lenovo getting Motorola for less than a quarter of what Google paid for it sounds like a steal (after all, are those patents really worth $9 billion?), but this Chinese company is after more than just a bargain. Lenovo is plotting world domination at least in terms of computers and electronics. Less than a week ago, Lenovo acquired IBM's x86 server business. Lenovo's new product onslaught at CES 2014 demonstrated that the company wants to leave no market segment untouched. Smartphones is still an area that the company is just dabbling in, and only in limited markets. We saw a handful of Lenovo smartphones running Android at CES, but none of them were position for the North American market. Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo, said that the company would be making a big push into the US and western European markets in 2015. With Samsung virtually uncontested in the Android market, Lenovo sees an opportunity here to steal a piece of the pie, especially in the western markets where consumers see the phone choices simply as "iPhone" or "Galaxy." The acquisition of such an iconic brand, innovative product portfolio and incredibly talented global team will immediately make Lenovo a strong global competitor in smartphones. We will immediately have the opportunity to become a strong global player in the fast-growing mobile space, said Yang Yuanqing in a prepared statement. This sale dashes any hopes of there being a true Google-made phone from Mountain View. While Nexus devices are a collaboration between hardware partners such as Samsung and LG, with Google providing the software support, the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo means that we'll probably never see a phone that's designed top to bottom by Google. This could also mean an end to devices like the Moto X and Moto G, which weren't quite Nexus devices, but shared a lot of design philosophy in creating a pure Google experience. Moto X and Moto G owners enjoyed a near-stock build of Android, which meant timely updates to the latest updates of the mobile operating system. With Motorola Mobility in its stables, Lenovo instantly gains the #3 position in the U.S. among Android smartphone manufacturers, behind Samsung and HTC. According to Opera Mediaworks, Samsung has 58.45% of Android device marketshare, with HTC at 10.88% and Motorola at 8.7%. While a long ways away from Samsung's lead, Motorola's relationship with carriers, particularly with its DROID brand, will help Lenovo jump into the U.S. market. Given how committed Lenovo has been to serving all the segments of the computer market, don't be surprised to see it put forth a similar effort in the coming years. After all, who wouldn't want a ThinkPad phone? http://www.tomshardware.com/news/lenovo-motorola-mobility-moto-x-smartphones,25900.html
  23. January 29, 2014, 3:56 PM PST One of the more interesting factoids if you are thinking about the upgraded role of Lenovo in the U.S. smartphone market going forward after it bought Motorola Mobility today is that Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is an observer on its board. While he does not have any voting rights as a director, apparently due to issues related the Hong Kong stock exchange, Yang did land the now high-profile cross-cultural gig that also earns him up to $200,000 a year in cash and stock about a year ago. And sources said he was quite involved in helping the company think through its nearly $3 billion deal to buy the Motorola handset business from Google to further diversify its offerings in the mobile arena. Ironic, of course, given Yang also lent a hand to the search giant in the late 1990s, giving it a plum opportunity to power Yahoo search when it was in its heyday. The arrangement was one of the most important initial transactions for Google in its early formation and most definitely helped its brand become known. Interestingly, Yang also was a key player in Yahoo making the $1 billion investment in Chinas Alibaba Group, one that has appreciated to such a degree that it has proved to be a lifesaver for its current CEO Marissa Mayer also an ex-Googler. In an interview with me several years ago, Alibabas co-founder and former CEO Jack Ma said Yangs friendship with him was critical and pointed to one particular dinner with Yang in sealing the now prescient deal. Yahoos current stock has risen largely due to that transaction and its current 24 percent stake in Alibaba. It is a boost that has given the company ample air cover as it struggles to right itself (which is, as yesterdays earnings show, a work still very much in progress). Here, Yang deserves obvious kudos (and a big, expensive present from Mayer for making her look so good would be in order too). As most know and I also gave him a very hard time then he had a tough tenure when he was Yahoo CEO from mid-2007 to early 2009, having to face down a hostile takeover attempt from Microsoft, as well as other vexing issues at the company. Since he ended involvement with Yahoo several years ago, though, Yang has become an wide-ranging, if shy, investor. A few weeks ago at lunch in Silicon Valley, he walked me through a range of the companies he has invested in and looked about as excited and charged up as I have ever seen him in the nearly 20 years we have known each other (Yes, Jerry we are old!). He has been doing this via several investment vehicles, most especially his own Ame Cloud Ventures. In a post I did about that last May, I called him Jerry 2.0, a name he of course grimaced at (just like I know he is grimacing now at all this attention I am giving him). I feel like the thing I missed the most is what really early entrepreneurs were doing, he said at the time. There are no LPs just me, myself and I. I invest in things for the long term and have a long horizon and the flexibility. Ame means rain (雨) in Japanese and happens to be the acronym of the names of his wife and kids. At the time and also again recently, he said he was very interested activity around mobility, sensors, cloud and big data that is enabling the next generation of computing. Among his investments is Tomfoolery, which is aimed at improving mobile enterprise apps and which, drum roll, Yahoo is buying. He also has invested in small satellite maker Planet Labs and body-tech startup Lumo. In addition, Yang also works closely with another former Yahoo, Ash Patel who started the $10 million micro-venture fund Morado Ventures, which means purple in Spanish, and has a lot of ex-Yahoos as investors as well as individual angel and former Yahoo CTO Farzad Nazem. Yang has also remained active in Asia. The Taiwan-born entrepreneur is very active in the region and considered quite a superstar there. As I previously noted, to select from the companies he mulls, Yang has only one young associate, Nick Adams, who codes, helps on deal mechanics, interacts with entrepreneurs and also has had extensive experience in Asia. That has been important, since Adams also leads business development for Chinas Cloud Valley, which is run by Edward Tian, one of Yangs strategic partners in that country. It was with Cloud Valley that Evernote, the hot productivity app in which Yang is also an investor, partnered to create a business there. Yang has also served as a director of Chinas Alibaba and also Yahoo Japan, although he left both boards in 2012. But he has also had some trouble related to China, most especially in taking the heat in a difficult Congressional hearing in 2007 concerning a controversial move that Yahoo China made there in handing over information about a journalist Shi Tao to authorities. Tao was then jailed in 2004. At the time of his appointment to the Lenovo board, its CEO Yang Yuanquing said: Jerrys appointment as an observer to our board furthers Lenovos reputation as a transparent international company As Lenovo continues to build on its momentum and establish itself as a global technology leader, Jerrys perspective, experience and proven entrepreneurial spirit will help us continue to drive growth and expand our business. Lenovo has tried to diversify its board in recent years to make it different from others in China by pushing transparency, which will surely help with any regulatory issues in getting approval of the Motorola deal. http://recode.net/2014/01/29/jerry-yangs-lenovo-connection-in-china-and-lets-not-forget-alibaba-either
  24. By Surur January 29, 2014 In an interesting twist of fate, as Microsoft prepares to absorb Nokias handset division, Google has just confirmed it has sold Motorola, which it purchased in 2012 for $12.5 billion, for only $2.9 billion to Lenovo. In a statement, Google CEO Larry Page said the move will allow Google to put its focus back on the broader Android effort. Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola Mobility into a major player within the Android ecosystem, page said. This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere. Google will retain most of Motorolas patent holdings, with Lenovo gaining 2,000 patents. The news is ultimately good for Windows Phone, as Motorola, devoid of a profit motive, has been selling cut-priced smartphones with high specs such as 720P screens and quad-core processors for ridiculously cheap. I suspect Lenovo will not be as generous with the smartphone brand, and will be looking to recoup their payment sooner rather than later. Nokias well-funded handset division on the other hand will have a motive beyond making a profit the strategic goal of expanding the platform and fighting Android, and will be able to sustain selling devices close to and below cost for some time. In many ways the industry dynamic, which has turned negative towards the value proposition of Windows phone in the last 3 months with the introduction of the Motorola Moto G, has just swung back in Microsofts and Windows Phones favour. Do our readers agree? Let us know below. http://wmpoweruser.com/googles-sale-of-motorola-is-good-news-for-windows-phone
  25. Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, giving the Chinese smartphone manufacturer a major presence in the US market. Lenovo will buy Motorola for $2.91 billion in a mixture of cash and stock. Google will retain ownership of the vast majority of Motorola's patents, while 2,000 patents and a license on the remaining patents will go to Lenovo. Lenovo will pay Google $660 million in cash, $750 million in stock, with the remaining $1.5 billion paid out over the next three years. "Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola Mobility into a major player within the Android ecosystem," Google CEO Larry Page says in a statement. "This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere." Google initially bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion back in 2012, but it said at the time that it was mainly interested in the company's patent portfolio. Now, Google is offloading its subsidiary's handset business, which has been losing hundreds of millions each quarter since the purchase. Google previously sold off Motorola's set-top box unit for over $2 billion. Though patents are a large part of what drew Google's interest to Motorola in the first place, those patents haven't been as helpful as Google initially hoped. Google appears to have highly overvalued Motorola's portfolio, which hasn't been able to bring in nearly as much in royalties as either company seemingly expected. Lenovo has been vocal about its intention to move into the US market this year. Though it hasn't actively pushed its own devices in the United States, it did make a bid for BlackBerry late last year. Though its offer was blocked, picking up Motorola's device unit could give it an even stronger start. It would mark Lenovo's second acquisition announcement this month: just last week it announce that it reached a deal to buy IBM's x86 server business. Lenovo has experience in taking an established brand and building upon it. It purchased its ThinkPad business from IBM in 2005, and has gone on to create a continually successful line of laptops. Lenovo is likely hoping to do the same with Motorola, which has consistently built strong devices but has often struggled against competitors with more marketing muscle. "The acquisition of such an iconic brand, innovative product portfolio and incredibly talented global team will immediately make Lenovo a strong global competitor in smartphones," Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing says in a statement. "We will immediately have the opportunity to become a strong global player in the fast-growing mobile space." Both Lenovo and Google have high expectations for Motorola coming out of the acquisition. Motorola says the acquisition will help it to achieve the rapid growth it's looking for. "With the recent launches of Moto X and Moto G, we have tremendous momentum right now and Lenovo’s hardware expertise and global reach will only help to accelerate this,” Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside says in a statement. News of Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola comes just a day before Google reports its quarterly earnings. Investors have been interested to know what Google plans to do about Motorola's mounting losses. Tomorrow may not deliver them good news from the previous quarter, but it appears Google has given its final answer. Source
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