Lenovo may be purchasing Motorola’s brand and its handset division, but it is not acquiring all of the US handset manufacturer. Google is keeping most of Motorola’s patents and is maintaining control over the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects division, which will be absorbed into Google’s Android team. Headed by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, the Advanced Technology and Projects team is the skunkworks division of the handset maker. The group of approximately 100 employees has been working on cutting edge innovations like sensor-embedded pills and digital password tattoos. The most talked about project coming from ATAP was Project Ara, a modular phone prototype that made headlines when it was unveiled late last year.
Dugan and her team will vacate their Sunnyvale, California offices and move to Google’s Mountain View headquarters. Dugan will report to Android head Sundar Pichai, but her team will work independently within the Android group.[Via The Verge]