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Hello, Lenovo!


Today, Motorola Mobility becomes part of the Lenovo family of companies, and we are thrilled.

Over the past two years we have transformed Motorola by focusing on what matters most -- consumers. We’ve made huge strides in bringing the mobile Internet to millions of people around the world and improving their lives through exceptional technology, experiences and value. While we’re proud of the progress we’ve made, we recognize that there is still much more we can achieve -- in innovation, reach and impact.

In Lenovo we have a partner that shares our mission and that brings global scale, a diverse product portfolio and a track record of seizing strategic opportunities and making the most of them. Together we will go farther, faster. With an impressive portfolio of smartphones, wearables and PCs, our two companies will be uniquely positioned to push the boundaries of choice and value, and bring exciting new experiences to people everywhere.

As excited as we are about what’s changing, we’re also pleased with what we are carrying forward with us. We will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Lenovo and remain headquartered in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart while maintaining offices around the world, including in Silicon Valley. The iconic Motorola brand will continue, as will the Moto and DROID franchises that have propelled our growth over the past year. We will continue to focus on pure Android and fast upgrades, and remain committed to developing technology to solve real consumer problems. And we will continue to develop mobile devices that bring people unprecedented choice, value and quality.

Motorola is a company that has long helped to define the course of the mobile telecommunications and mobile computing industries. With Lenovo backing us, we look forward to being able to reshape the industry for decades to come. We’re ready for the challenge and hope you’ll join us on the journey.

Rick Osterloh

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Motorola to Join Lenovo to Create a Truly Global Smartphone Company

Today Google CEO Larry Page announced that Lenovo will acquire the Motorola Mobility smartphone business for about $2.91BN.

Since being acquired by Google in 2012, Motorola has transformed itself, focusing on solving real consumer problems and providing amazing experiences built on a foundation of pure Android. The result has been Moto X, Moto G, and a reinvigorated Droid line. Together, these devices have won over consumers and critics alike and helped re-establish the Motorola brand around the world.

Now, as we set our sights bringing the mobile Internet to the next 100 million people, Lenovo is the perfect partner to help us achieve that goal. As Larry wrote in his post,

“Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola into a major player within the Android ecosystem. They have a lot of experience in hardware and they have global reach. In addition, Lenovo intends to keep Motorola’s distinct brand identity--just as they did when they acquired ThinkPad from IBM in 2005.”

Combined, our two challenger brands will become a true force in mobility. Per Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo,

“We are confident that we can bring together the best of both companies to deliver products customers will love and a strong, growing business. Lenovo has a proven track record of successfully embracing and strengthening great brands – as we did with IBM’s Think brand – and smoothly and efficiently integrating companies around-the-world. I am confident we will be successful with this process, and that our companies will not only maintain our current momentum in the market, but also build a strong foundation for the future.”

Google will maintain ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures. As part of its ongoing relationship with Google, Lenovo will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Additionally Lenovo will receive over 2,000 patent assets, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals in the U.S. and China. You can find more information in the press release.

We look forward to a new chapter and bright future with a new brand steward.


Posted by Dennis Woodside
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In the Spotlight: Off to CES 2014!

Guest blog by Jane Loyless, Lenovo Forum Super Moderator.

Lenovo has graciously invited me to come along to #CES2014 with them again this year!  Last year, I got to meet Andreas Gotthelf from here in the forum as well as Gavin O’Hara, David Roman and many of the other Lenovo employees.  This year, David Gross, Chris Karrafa and I are teamed up to represent the advocates, and I’m looking forward to meeting both of them.  Like Andreas did for me, I’ve been sharing tips with them for the trip (stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes, get your Twitter account warmed up).

If you followed the CES2013 board [Lenovo Forum] last year, you know that Andreas and I had pretty much free-rein in the Lenovo Lounge where all the products were on display, and we did our best to take pictures of every square inch of every product to share with you.  David, Chris and I will be doing the same thing this year.

Last year, the Helix was the device that I was so attracted to – going back to it again and again to hold it, seeing how it felt in my hands, poking at the screen, checking out the latch mechanism.  I can’t wait to see what will be unveiled this year.  I’ve seen the phone announcement that went out a couple of days ago, and I think there will be more announcements this afternoon (writing this on Sunday morning).

What are we going to see?  Will there be a new multi-function device building off the Helix form factor?  How tiny have they made the desktops?  Just how much ThinkPad is there in the ThinkPad Yoga?  As a co-founder of the 7-row-keyboard fan club cult, what is going to be my reaction to the new “buttons” in the TrackPad?  What is Lenovo going to announce that will excite me?  I’ll be sharing all those answers and more here and on Twitter, FB, Instagram and G+.

I’ll keep an eye on the CES2014 board in the Special Event section of the forum for questions from you guys and will try to get answers for you!

Have a question for Jane, or want her to take pics/ ask our execs a particular question? Do go to our Lenovo Forum and leave her a note!

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Lenovo Line Up at CES: Beacon

Guest blog by Ryan Freeman, Communications Advisor, Global Services, Internal Communications.

Lenovo’s first personal cloud storage device, Beacon, allows users to easily store and share multimedia via their PC or mobile device in the home or remotely. Using the downloadable Android app created for Beacon, users can even turn their Android smartphone into a remote control for the Personal Cloud Storage Device.

"As people adopt more and more devices and they continue to build vast libraries of photos, videos, movies and games, we all need to have a way to easily access all this content across our devices," said Jun Ouyang, vice president and general manager, desktop business unit, Lenovo Business Group. "Lenovo Beacon Home Cloud Center helps you do that by becoming the digital hub that all your devices tie into, interacting with your smartphone, PC and tablet."

Perfect for families or those who want to access their media library on the go, the Beacon personal cloud storage device lets users store and play their media from anywhere using their smartphone, PC, tablet or TV. Easier to use than NAS-storage type devices, Beacon lets users upload files either wirelessly or via an onboard USB connection with just the press of one button.Users can seamlessly access files around the home or on-the-go, and Beacon’s secure access rights make it a great device to share with multiple users.

Beacon makes it simple for users to capture and relive memories from personal media: With the camera auto upload feature, shutterbugs can automatically upload a photo from their smartphone’s camera via WiFi or 3G to store a copy of it on Beacon. Using Lenovo’s custom app, users can even use their Android smartphone as a remote control to play their multimedia stored on Beacon to a TV connected by HDMI.

View the Tour here:

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Lenovo Line Up at CES: Miix 2

Guest blog by Ryan Freeman, Communications Advisor, Global Services, Internal Communications.

Recognizing that one design doesn’t fit all, the MIIX 2 gives people a different way to enjoy the benefits of multimode computing with its unique detachable design. MIIX 2 gives users the freedom to take only the touchscreen tablet when they’re on the go, and then connect back to the base for a full Windows 8.1 laptop experience when they need it. In Laptop Mode, they can use this form factor for a great combination of screen real estate with a full-size keyboard. Then they can simply turn the tablet 180° and insert it into the keyboard base to engage MIIX 2’s third mode, Stand Mode, to watch movies or view photos.


Expanding Multimode Design with MIIX 2 Detachable

“With our detachable MIIX 2 and convertible YOGA 2 and Flex devices, people no longer have to choose between a laptop or tablet. Our multimode products give them the best of both laptop and tablet worlds plus even new modes that make it better and easier to interact and watch their personal digital content,” said David Roman, chief marketing officer, Lenovo. “Now the only decision they have to make is choosing which Lenovo multimode product they prefer - one that flips and folds or one that detaches.”

While the 10-in MIIX 2 optimizes for extreme mobility, the 11-in model focuses on delivering a higher level of performance with its up to 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, greater storage up to 256GB of fast solid state drive storage and a FHD 1920x1200 IPS wide-view display. The MIIX 11-in also comes equipped with many of the same leading features of the smaller 10-in model starting with Windows 8.1 with 10-finger touch support and also with WiFi and optional 3G1, JBL® speakers, high resolution front and rear cameras and long battery life for all day computing.

View the Tour here:

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Lenovo Line Up at CES: Vibe Z

Guest blog by Ryan Freeman, Communications Advisor, Global Services, Internal Communications.

As Lenovo’s first smartphone featuring LTE capabilities, the Vibe Z offers true mobile freedom with super-fast data upload at up to 50 Mbit/s1 and downloading at up to 150 Mbit/s1 to satisfy the most data hungry of individuals. The Vibe Z operates on GSM/UMTS networks up to 2100 and also comes with 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. 

The svelte Vibe Z comes encased in a thin 7.9mm silver or titanium body weighing just 147 grams. Users will appreciate its laser-etched, fabric-feel rear cover that is comfortable to hold and its 5.5-in full high definition (1920x1080) IPS wide angle viewing touchscreen display. Images appear pin sharp leveraging the Vibe Z’s 20/20 Vision display with a pixel density of 400 pixels per inch. While beautiful on the outside, the Vibe Z packs in superior performance technologies inside starting with its Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Quad-core 2.2GHz processor to deliver extreme performance for watching movies, capturing and editing photos, multitasking among apps, playing games and video chatting. Loaded with 2 GB of memory, up to 16 GB of internal storage and running Android 4.3, the Vibe Z offers plenty of space for thousands of favorite photos dozens of videos.

"We are proud to collaborate with Lenovo to enable the company’s first LTE smartphone," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "The new Vibe Z utilizes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with integrated LTE technology to deliver superfast web browsing and unmatched multimedia features for an outstanding user experience."

View the Tour here:

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Lenovo Line Up at CES: X1 Carbon

Guest blog by Ryan Freeman, Communications Advisor, Global Services, Internal Communications.

The New X1 Carbon is a beautiful contradiction. Uncompromisingly light, weighing only 2.8 pounds, it is virtually indestructible. The lightest 14” Ultrabook in the world has all the power and durability that the modern professional requires. Born from the same stock as aircrafts and racing cars, the X1 Carbon is forged from Carbon Fiber, which weighs less than magnesium and aluminum but is stronger than both.

"Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of design and technology as we aspire to create the best products in the market. Our obsession in the pursuit of perfection is evident with these smarter devices designed to enhance the way people interact at home and at work," said Peter Hortensius, SVP and president, Think Business Group, Lenovo. "The ThinkPad X1 Carbon delivers a stunning user experience with the best professional display and new interactive methods and represents another step in our PC plus journey."

The X1 products have a reputation for pushing boundaries, both in design and usability, and the new X1 Carbon is no exception. It actually adapts to the way users work thanks to technology which is a whole generation ahead. The New X1 Carbon features the Adaptive Keyboard, which dynamically adjusts based on the software or application being used to highlight the most relevant keys. The new ultrabook also integrates voice and gesture control, allowing users to interact with their PC in modern and familiar ways.


Professional Redefined: The New X1 Carbon

The New X1 Carbon also improves the viewing and touch experiences for users. The new ColorBurst Display provides sharper, brighter images at higher resolutions with better viewing angles for a superior visual experience, whether users watch a movie or create presentations. And for customers who are on the move, the new X1 Carbon utilizes Rapid Charge technology, providing an 80% charge in under an hour. Coupled with an up to 9 hour battery life (over 70% improvement from the last generation) and optional built-in 4G capability, the new X1 Carbon has all the mobility and connectivity customers need wherever they go.

View the Tour here:

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The Lenovo Lounge Comes Together at Aquaknox

Guest blog by Ryan Freeman, Communications Advisor, Global Services, Internal Communications.

Lenovo’s lounge at Aquaknox is an oasis of cool in the Mojave desert. Grand, black columns stand upright in the middle of the building as soft blue light fills the large restaurant. Bright white counters sit flush on black table mounts and Lenovo logos dot the columns and walls. It’s exciting and very Vegas, but smooth inviting and minimalist. Lenovo’s very own Director of Design, Rebecca Welles helped to create the stylish décor in conjunction with our friends and partners at Event Strategy Group. "This year’s CES exhibit design picks up on our multimode theme- using round shapes, iconography in 3D and applied patterns. We have even snuck in some surprises in the form of werewolves, tadpoles and butterflies that speak to how our products morph into many different things," said Welles. "We were allowed to use the entire space as a whole, creating a much larger feeling, cohesive space. With the challenge of fitting more and more cool products into our display every year, we have to make sure the space can work as business in the day and for parties at night."

Check out some of the pictures of the lounge at Aquanknox at CES:

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Lightweight and Virtually Indestructible: Introducing the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The New ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The New ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo has unleashed the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon – the world’s lightest 14-inch ultrabook. Perfect for business users who want a laptop with high performance technology, mobility and durability, the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon joins Lenovo’s premium business portfolio.

Thinner and lighter than the first iteration of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and weighing just 2.8 pounds, this upgrade offers new technologies including 10-point multi-touch display, voice and gesture control that allow for seamless user interaction, and an Adaptive Keyboard that offers almost twice the number of functions of the original ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The Adaptive Keyboard adjusts based on the software or application being used to highlight the most relevant keys.

Enhancing user experience was paramount for Lenovo’s designers when creating the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon which is why we included features like the ColorBurst WQHD 2560x1440 display, providing vibrant images at higher resolutions with even more detail. To maintain this display, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon features a Rapid-Charge battery that lasts up to nine hours while unplugged, and also recharges up to 80 percent in under one hour. For mobility and connectivity, the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers BlueTooth 4.0, Near Field Communication (NFC), optional built in 4G capability, and additional USB ports. Taking connectivity and productivity to a higher level, the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon also features OneLink docking capability that allows users to connect multiple devices and eliminate cable clutter.

The New ThinkPad X1 Carbon is built on a foundation of Carbon Fiber, the same material used in the construction of aircrafts and racecars.

Take a video tour of the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon:

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The Vibe Z Smartphone Arrives—At the Speed of LTE

Lenovo Vibe Z Smartphone

Lenovo Vibe Z Smartphone

The new Vibe Z smartphone is Lenovo’s debut LTE device, combining fast connectivity, custom features and elegant design to bring the best smartphone experience to its users in one incredible device.

Vibe Z has uploading speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s and downloading of up to 150 Mbit/s with a single micro-SIM operating on GSM/UMTS networks up to 2100, 802.11 ac Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0 for diverse, excellent connectivity. Users that need to conduct business on their smartphones and connect and receive information at lightning speeds will love the new Vibe Z device that features powerhouse speeds, while also elevating smartphone design and style.

Cracking open the Vibe Z, you will find Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Quad-core 2.2GHz processor ensuring quality visuals for watching movies, capturing and editing photos, gaming, video chatting, and more. With 2GB of memory and up to 16GB of internal storage and running Android 4.3, there is plenty of storage space for photos and videos taken with the high resolution 13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras. Custom imaging software on the Vibe Z goes above and beyond the average features in other smartphones, including an aperture lens to defy low light situations, Super Camera and Super Gallery apps for adding effects. Additionally, Lenovo-specific software supports motion and gestures for better one-handed usage.

To match the inner beauty of speed and custom design, the Vibe Z comes encased in a thin 7.9mm silver or titanium body, weighing just 147 grams (.32 lbs). The razor thin Vibe Z has a laser-etched, fabric-feel cover in the rear and 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080) IPS wide angle viewing display with pixel density of 400 pixels per inch in the front.

The Vibe Z is the latest edition to Lenovo’s premium smartphone portfolio, which includes the Vibe X.  The Vibe Z has a slightly larger screen than the Vibe X, at 5.5 inches – a half inch larger than the Vibe X – and features long battery life and next generation Bluetooth technology.

Starting at $549, the Vibe Z will be available exclusively in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines beginning in February 2014. Tour the Vibe Z in our product video:

Lenovo also announced several other devices in its smartphone family this week including the A859, S650 and S930.  

The S930 gives multimedia enthusiasts a high definition and audio enhanced movie and gaming experience with twin speakers, Dolby® Digital Plus and directional sensors to move characters in 3D, while the S650 offers a powerful pocket-sized media device. Both smartphones include gesture-based controls and the latest Lenovo launcher customizations.

The A859 satisfies those who want an all-around performance smartphone experience, featuring a 5-in high definition (1280x720) IPS screen with 178° wide angle viewing, and is available in white or black. The A859 along with the S Series smartphones, S650 and S930, all have a dual SIM card, run on MediaTek 6582 processors and Android 4.2 operating system, have an 8 MP rear camera, a front camera and 8 GB of storage.

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#GivingTuesday – Donating the Yoga Tablet 8” to a Youth Centre in Germany

Guest blog post by Andreas Gotthelf, Lenovo INfluencers.

#GivingTuesday may be over, but that doesn't mean we should just stop giving to those in need. In Germany we don't have special days like Giving Tuesdays, because we don't have Black Friday Deals as in America, but it is quite usual in Germany to raise funds for charities on- and offline during December and the upcoming holiday season. Local charities in Germany, like many other countries, often do not have the budget to buy the newest gadgets. Knowing this, you can easily guess how happy the teenagers at “Jugendtreff Gelmer” (a local Youth Centre in Germany open for kids and teenagers from 6 to 21 years) were after receiving their Yoga Tablet from Lenovo.

Jugendtreff Gelmer

The provider of this Youth Centre is a friendly society called “Schule, Jugend, Kids & Co e.V.” located in Muenster, Germany. The Youth Centre in Gelmer is a place where young people can meet and participate in indoor activities such as table soccer, table tennis or video games and a wide variety of outdoor activities like soccer and basketball.

The Gelmer Youth Centre is led by both professional and experienced voluntary leaders and they guide the children and teenagers in building lasting friendships and a sense of community by having unique experiences during the various activities. It is open four times a week and the youth will be able to learn cooking and baking or just playing games together. In addition to the weekly activities, they will also offer special events during school holidays such as organizing trips to holiday parks, the Zoo or to public swimming parks.

What do they do with their new Yoga Tablet?

The Yoga Tablet will now make it easier for the youths to do their everyday work. It will allow them to take pictures and movies from their activities/events and upload them to their blogs, websites and Facebook pages directly. Further more, the youths can now use the Yoga Tablet to browse the internet for information needed to plan activities for the group or to stay connected with their friends.

The overall goal at this particular Youth Centre is for the youths to have fun together and empower them to be healthier in both body and mind. A big part of their work at the Gelmer Youth Centre is to provide young people with the skills and knowledge to make their own informed decisions. They believe that young people have the right to pick and choose for themselves. It is especially true for this Youth Centre and they involve the youths early in their lives and begin with issues and areas that are of interest and concern to them. So it is important for the leaders that all planned activities reflect the wishes and ideas from the kids and teenagers.

Coming to the end of my blog post, last but not least I have to forward a BIG “Thank You” from them to Lenovo. Which proves the fact that #GivingTuesday doesn't have to only take place on Tuesdays, in order to make people happy.

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Lenovo Employee Doer Spotlight: Shawn Fennell & Wink

Guest blog by Shawn Fennell, Lenovo employee.

Passing by a child visibly dealing with treatment for an illness or living with a disability, many thoughts can come rushing to your head. You wonder what is the “right” thing to do. You’re not a bad person, but you don’t know how your actions will be received.

I know. I’ve been on both sides.

I was a disabled child myself, battling juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Thankful that my own children are healthy, my passion today is to make a difference in the lives of others. Over the last 10 years, many children have inspired me in this pursuit. Some I’ve crossed paths with anonymously; others I have grown to know very well and I now proudly call them “friend.”

My name is Shawn Fennell. I’ve been working as a Lenovo employee for over eight and a half years, as a Senior Account Executive serving Lenovo’s Enterprise clients in the Northeast, United States.  I manage Lenovo relationships and interests of Enterprise accounts and their affiliated companies and divisions worldwide. I was hired by IBM, actually for only one day, before the Lenovo acquisition of IBM’s PC Division, back in April of 2005.  Prior to joining Lenovo, I was the owner of a technology solutions company, an IBM Business Partner, located in Rhode Island, USA for fifteen years. I’m a proud Lenovian and I’m humbled by my company’s support of my mission to make this world a nicer place for the amazing children (and their equally amazing families) who spend every day battling a life-threatening illness, or living with a disability of any kind.

The courageous parents of these remarkable kids need our help to ensure their children are included and not made to feel invisible. So, I’ve started something that I hope will become a universal way to send a heartfelt message of greeting and support. A simple way to say “hello” and “I support you” to these wonderful children and their families. It’s called “Wink”.

Based on the American Sign Language sign for “wink”, my dream is to enable people, abled and those living with a disabilitydisabled, to connect with one another through a single, simple gesture. I invite you to watch a short documentary that I’ve produced featuring four wonderful children and their courageous families to see the impact that awareness can bring.

If you’d like to learn more about Wink, join us at wink2support.com.

Thank you.
;)

Oh, it touches my heart it’s so sad to see a child having to deal with that.
Wait. Am I staring now? Maybe I’ll just kind of look away.
Like there’s nothing to notice. Or, maybe just a quick smile.
That wasn’t too awkward, was it? Or, was that sympathypity?
Oh no, did I offend them?
I don’t know.
I hope they don’t feel like they’re invisible
I wish they knew that I care.