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Google will keep Project Ara and other advanced Motorola smartphone projects

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday January 30, 2014.

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Following yesterday's revelation that Google sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, more information has emerged about what exactly Lenovo purchased. While the Chinese manufacturer did acquire Motorola's current and future product lineup along with its infrastructure, it did not purchase the advanced research unit responsible for things like Project Ara.

Project Ara, the ambitious modular phone concept that Motorola announced late last year, will transfer to a division of Google. The Advanced Technology and Projects group responsible for Ara will transfer to Google and continue as a part of the Android team. Regina Dugan will remain the head of the team.

The ATP has several other projects related to digital tattoos, smart watches, improved sensor technology, and other projects related to enhancing certain aspects of existing products. It's a team of 100 or so talented people, but Google will retain that talent and their creations rather than transferring those assets to Lenovo.

source: Slash Gear

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