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Google to keep Motorola's Advanced Technology group, including Project Ara modular phone

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The best part of Motorola is moving to the Android team

Google's blockbuster $2.9 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo won't include the Advanced Technology and Projects group led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan.  The news was confirmed today on a conference call with Lenovo, and sources familiar with the matter say the group will be integrated with Google's Android team, where Dugan will report to Sundar Pichai but maintain a more independent role.

Dugan, who was named to The Verge 50 earlier this year, manages a team of just under 100 people, all of whom will be moving from their current offices in Sunnyvale to Google's Mountain View office.

Google wants to scale Project Ara

The most notable project to come from Dugan's group was the Project Ara modular phone, which allows different phone configurations to be constructed from various parts. The plan is to use Google's scale and resources to accelerate the project, as well as other wild ideas like security tattoos and other biotech sensors.

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