Though Google has sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, Google will be keeping Motorola’s Advanced Technology Group. The group will be integrated into Google’s Android team. Regina Durgan, the head of the Advanced Technology Group, will be reporting to Android head Sundar Pichai, though Durgan will keep an independent role in the team. The Advanced Technology Team, a team just shy of 100 members, will be moving to Google’s Sunnyvale offices.
You may remember Motorola’s Advanced Technology Group because of the Project Ara smartphone. Project Ara is a modular smartphone project that allows consumers to “build” their own smartphones by adding features with different, user changeable parts.
It’s worth noting that Google will also be keeping all of the Advanced Technology Group’s patents, though Lenovo will have a license to them in the future.