By now, almost everyone knows that the PC giant, Lenovo, has
purchased Motorola Mobility. The move took a lot people by surprise, seeing as
how Google had just recently purchased the Motorola company. But, as the maker
of the first mobile phone continued to tank, it became clear that Google needed
to jettison the lossy wing before it was too late.

Enter Lenovo, a PC giant ready to step in and stretch its
tendrils into one of the fastest growing markets on the planet — mobile. But
what does this mean to the current line up of Motorola devices? That question
can only be answered in time. However, there are certain assumptions and predictions
we can make about what this purchase will mean to the Android landscape.

Patents and more patents

Although this won’t directly effect the consumer, the fact
that Google is going to retain a vast amount of patents (approximately 15,000) means a great deal to Android. Why this is important is simple: Google can use
this cache of patents to continue to defend Android. The mobile industry is
extremely cutthroat, and Apple and Microsoft will continue to come at Android
with everything they have. By retaining the majority of the patent portfolio, Google
has all the defense it needs to take the fight into the court. This doesn’t
mean there are nightmare-scenario cases waiting in the wings for Google and
Android, it just means Google retains the legal means to keep the playing field
level.

Google refocuses

One of the key benefits of the Motorola sale is that Google
can now go back to focusing on what it does best — software innovation. They
desperately wanted both software and hardware “in house” but found out very
quickly how challenging it is to focus on both. With Motorola Mobility loosing
money fast and furiously, Google couldn’t give it the full attention it needed
to right the sinking ship — at least not without sacrificing attention to
Android. Now, however, Android will have a larger portion of Google’s
resources. That means faster development, more innovation, and a renewed focus
on bringing the best mobile platform to market.

Apple should be concerned

For those concerned about the fate of the Moto X and Droid lineups… well, we all know how fast the mobile space evolves. One minute
device A is all the rage, and the next minute, who knows? Even if Lenovo plans on chucking
the current Motorola devices, they are sure to bring something big and bold to
the table. They already hold some serious devices in their hands (the Vibe X
and the K Series), which could easily become their flagship phones. But with the
power and innovation of Motorola along for the ride, the sky is the limit.

Android expands

Android is already widespread. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one
of the fastest-selling mobile devices on the planet. Now, however, the Android
platform has a company behind it that knows how to expand, and very
quickly. Lenovo proved itself with the 2005 purchase of the IBM personal
computer business. Nearly overnight, Lenovo revitalized the Thinkpad series,
turning it (once again) into a leader in the business and enterprise desktop
marketplace. Lenovo has the same plans with the Motorola Mobility brand. Though
it isn’t known if the Motorola brand will remain intact (or if the current
crop of devices will live on), we know that Lenovo will leverage all
the power it has to expand Android farther and faster than anyone thought
possible. Lenovo has the track record to easily turn Motorola into a massive
force in the mobile landscape.

In the end, however, what this is all about is Lenovo
gaining an instant brand in the mobile world — outside of China. Lenovo will
have no problem immediately entering into partnerships with both AT&T and
Verizon. At first, they very well may continue to push the Moto X and Droid devices; but eventually, I believe they will shift that line up to
spotlight Lenovo-branded smartphones that could easily usurp the crown of the
current kings and queens of mobile devices.

The downside?

If there is a downside, it’s losing the one company that
offered the fastest updates for Android devices. Every Motorola smartphone and
tablet I have ever owned or tested always received the latest Android well
ahead of any other device. And although the Moto X didn’t sell nearly as well
as expected, it did wind up being one of my favorite Android smartphones.
Hopefully, Lenovo will continue this line… at least until they produce
something even better (which probably won’t take long).

I look forward to seeing what Lenovo has in store with this
purchase. With this kind of leverage and power behind Android, I expect
great things to come for what is already one of the most powerful and flexible
platforms on the planet.