Google to sell Motorola smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion

Google is affairs Motorola’s smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, a amount that makes Google’s added good accretion attending like its best big-ticket mistake.

The accord appear on Wednesday will rid Google Inc. of a banking cephalalgia that has bedeviled the internet aggregation aback affairs Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion in 2012. Motorola has absent about $2 billion aback Google took over, while accent its workforce from 20,000 to 3,800.

Google had ahead recovered some of the money that it spent on Motorola by affairs the company’s set-top operations aftermost year to Arris Group Inc. for $2.35 billion. Google is additionally befitting best of the patents that came with the Motorola purchase.

It’s cryptic if Google will accept to blot a allegation to annual for the aberration amid what it paid for Motorola Mobility and what it is accepting back. The Mountain View, California, aggregation may abode the affair Thursday back it announces its fourth-quarter balance afterwards the bazaar closes.

Most investors beheld Motorola as an accidental cesspool on Google’s profit, a angle that was reflected by Wall Street’s acknowledgment to the sale. Google’s banal acquired $28.08, or 2.5%, to $1,135 in continued trading.

While Google is backpedaling, Lenovo Group Ltd. is gearing up for a above expansion. Already the world’s added good maker of claimed computers, Lenovo now appears bent to become a bigger amateur in smartphones as added bodies await on them instead of laptop and desktop computers to go online.

Lenovo already is amid the smartphone leaders in its home country of China, but it has been attractive for means to aggrandize its attendance in added markets, abnormally the US and Latin America. The aggregation had been accounted to be amid the -to-be buyers for BlackBerry Ltd. back that afflicted smartphone maker was answer a auction aftermost year.

Google to sell Motorola smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion

This marks Lenovo’s additional high-profile accord this month. The aggregation appear affairs aftermost anniversary to boutique for a above allotment of IBM Corp.’s computer server business for $2.3 billion.

Buying Motorola will accredit Lenovo to accompany Apple Inc. as the alone above technology companies with all-around artefact curve in PCs, smartphones and tablets, putting Lenovo in a added good position to become a one-stop boutique for companies to boutique for all their accessories from the aforementioned vendor, said Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett.

“This makes Lenovo a aggregation to watch,” Gillett said in an email. “The claimed accessory architect business is consolidating, and manufacturers charge attempt in all three accessory markets, additional arising wearable categories, or get larboard out of the abutting bazaar shift.”

After it takes over, Lenovo affairs to absorb a Motorola administration aggregation led by Dennis Woodside. Google had reassigned Woodside, one of its top executive, to run Motorola Mobility in hopes he could architect a turnaround. Under Woodside, Motorola appear two fresh smartphones aftermost year, the Moto X and Moto G. The phones admiring lots of headlines, but didn’t advertise as able-bodied as anticipated, analysts say.

Lenovo admiral additionally said they aren’t planning to lay off any added Motorola advisers and that the accessory would abide based in its accepted address in Libertyville, Illinois.

“We boutique for this business, we boutique for this aggregation as our treasure,” Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said during a Wednesday appointment call.

Google is application best of Motorola’s portfolio of adaptable patents, accouterment the aggregation with acknowledged aegis for its broadly acclimated Androidcomputer application for smartphones and book computers. Gaining ascendancy of Motorola’s patents was the capital acumen Google CEO Larry Page absitively to pay so abundant for Motorola Mobility at a time the smartphone maker was already accident money and bazaar share.

Most analysts anticipation Page had paid too abundant money for Motorola and questioned why Google capital to own a smartphone maker at the accident of alienating added adaptable accessory makers that await on Android.

Selling Motorola’s smartphone operations will “enable Google to allot our activity to active accession beyond the Android ecosystem,” Page said in a statement.

Lenovo is acrimonious up about 2,000 Motorola patents in accession to the buzz accomplishment operations.