Google CEO Larry Page confirmed the deal in a posting on the company's corporate blog, describing the sale as "an important move" for Android users.
Page added that Google acquired Motorola in 2012 to "help supercharge the Android ecosystem by creating a stronger patent portfolio for Google and great smartphones for users". Nonetheless, the CEO acknowledged the "super competitive" smartphone market, adding that it "helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices."
"It's why we believe that Motorola will be better served by Lenovo-which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest (and fastest-growing) PC manufacturer in the world," he added. "This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere."
"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."
But the acquisition should not be seen as a shift away from Google's other hardware efforts, according to the CEO. "The dynamics and maturity of the wearable and home markets, for example, are very different from that of the mobile industry," he said. "We're excited by the opportunities to build amazing new products for users within these emerging ecosystems."