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Why Android, Samsung are real winners in Google's Motorola/Lenovo Deal

Al Sacco | Feb. 3, 2014
Yesterday, Google shook up the mobile space with a surprising sale of its Motorola Mobility hardware division to China's Lenovo. (The purchase, of course, is pending regulatory approval.)

That's good for Android in general, because it should foster better communication and cooperation between Google and the OEMs. If Samsung does indeed choose to tone down its influence on Android in the future, that will also be a clear win for the OS — TouchWiz hasn't exactly popular among Android users today, and the Magazine interface it showed off at CES was a clear departure from today's Android.

Lenovo's investment in Motorola Mobility also means it is another large tech manufacturer willing to bet its coffers on Android in the United States. If nothing else, it should make Android even more dominant in North America.

While it's still too early to tell what role Lenovo's planned purchase will play in the Android ecosystem, Google's decision to ditch Motorola Mobility clearly benefits Android and Samsung.


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