Lenovo announced today to buy Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion. Google, however, will keep the majority of Motorola’s patents. Lenovo will pocket more than 2000 patents with the acquisition.

The deal is subject to approval by Chinese and US authorities.

Better known as a PC maker, Lenovo expanded to mobile phone business in 2002 through the establishment of a joint venture Xoceco, a local consumer electronics manufacturer. Three years later Lenovo acquired the stake held by Xoceco in the joint venture. Now Lenovo is one of the largest smartphone brands in terms of shipments.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com