Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91bn. Amongst other things this could mean that, Motorola is now free to make Windows Phones.
The sale has yet to be approved in China and the US but Google CEO, Larry Page, has said on the official Google blog, that his purchase of Motorola in 2012 was simply about acquiring patents to improve the Android ecosystem. According to Page, “Lenovo intends to keep Motorola’s distinct brand identity”.
Some analysts are suggesting that the sale looks like an embarrassing admission of failure, while others see it as a clever move, ditching the brand while keeping the patents. But it also means that Motorola will be free to make phones with other operating systems and perhaps provide real competition for Nokia.