Lenovo on Wednesday confirmed the company’s surprise $2.9 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility doesn’t include Moto’s famous Advanced Technology and Projects Group, which is currently being led by Regina Dugan, former DARPA director. During a brief conference call, Lenovo’s CEO ducked a lot of questions about Motorola’s future—what will happen to Moto’s executive team and Texas facility is unclear—but the company did say Google is keeping one of Motorola’s key assets as part of today’s acquisition. Because Google is now sole owner of the group, Lenovo didn’t comment on what the project’s future will be.
Google is already building robots, advanced contacts, computer glasses, and much, much more, so it’s really no surprise to hear the Advanced Technology Group is sticking with the search giant. Lenovo is simply interested in leveraging the Motorola brand where it can—mostly in the U.S. and Latin America—and it seems an advanced tech unit wouldn’t have added much value to the Chinese company in the long run.
Among Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group was Ara, which was a modular approach to smartphone building that hopefully will allow consumers to add specs such as storage, battery and a better camera to their device on the fly; if a part were to break, customers would simply be able to swap it out with a new one, sort of like building a PC. Google has yet to comment on what it plans to do with the project, if anything, though we hope work is still full steam ahead.