As soon as the announcement that Google sold off Motorola to Lenovo hit, the immediate thought was that Google is out of the hardware business. That is not the case. Maybe Google didn’t want to be in the smartphone business, at least in its current state. Smartphones are a commodity, and Samsung and Apple control the market.
Google kept Motorola’s Advanced Technology team which means Project Ara stays with Google. This clearly indicates that Google is committed to future hardware. Google’s purchase of Nest is another indicator. Although Nest makes a great thermostat, it’s not the main reason for the purchase. It is the product team, and today we are learning that Google has big plans for this team.