Google to Keep Motorola's Advanced Projects, Including Project Ara

Following the announcement of Google's sale of Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the search giant announced it will be keeping Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group led by Regina Dugan, former DARPA director.

The news was confirmed in a conference call today with Lenovo. The team will be integrated with Google's Android team, where Dugan will report to Google's Sundar Pichai.

The most notable project to come from Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects team is Project Ara, a modular smartphone that would allow users to create a device with their own specifications.

Google will also retain the patents developed by the Advanced Technology group, although Lenovo will have a license to them.

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