Motorola


Motorola, Inc.
TypePublic
IndustryTelecommunications
FoundedSeptember 25, 1928 (1928-09-25)
FounderPaul Galvin Edit this on Wikidata
DefunctJanuary 4, 2011
FateSplit into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions
SuccessorMotorola Mobility
Motorola Solutions
Freescale Semiconductor
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Arris Group (General Instrument)
Cambium Networks
Headquarters500 W Monroe Ste 4400,[1] Chicago, Illinois, United States
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsTablet computers
Mobile phones
Smartphones
Two-way radios
Networking systems
Cable television systems
Wireless broadband networks
RFID systems
Mobile telephone infrastructure
Total assets
  • Decrease US$11.851 billion (2013)[2]
  • Decrease US$12.679 billion (2012)[2]
Number of employees
53,000 (2010)[3]
DivisionsMobile Phone Devices
Connected Home Solutions
Network Home Solutions

Motorola, Inc. (/ˌmtəˈrlə/[4]) was an American multinational telecommunications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, United States. After having lost $4.3 billion from 2007 to 2009, the company split into two independent public companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions on January 4, 2011.[5] Motorola Solutions is generally considered to be the direct successor to Motorola, Inc., as the reorganization was structured with Motorola Mobility being spun off.[6] Motorola Mobility was acquired by Lenovo in 2014.

Motorola designed and sold wireless network equipment such as cellular transmission base stations and signal amplifiers. Motorola's home and broadcast network products included set-top boxes, digital video recorders, and network equipment used to enable video broadcasting, computer telephony, and high-definition television. Its business and government customers consisted mainly of wireless voice and broadband systems (used to build private networks), and, public safety communications systems like Astro and Dimetra. These businesses (except for set-top boxes and cable modems) are now part of Motorola Solutions. Google sold Motorola Home (the former General Instrument cable businesses) to the Arris Group in December 2012 for US$2.35 billion.[7]

Motorola's wireless telephone handset division was a pioneer in cellular telephones. Also known as the Personal Communication Sector (PCS) prior to 2004, it pioneered the "mobile phone" with DynaTAC, "flip phone" with the MicroTAC as well as the "clam phone" with the StarTAC in the mid-1990s. It had staged a resurgence by the mid-2000s with the RAZR, but lost market share in the second half of that decade. Later it focused on smartphones using Google's open-source Android mobile operating system. The first phone to use the newest version of Google's open source OS, Android 2.0, was released on November 2, 2009 as the Motorola Droid (the GSM version launched a month later, in Europe, as the Motorola Milestone).

The handset division (along with cable set-top boxes and cable modems) was later spun off into the independent Motorola Mobility. On May 22, 2012, Google CEO Larry Page announced that Google had closed on its deal to acquire Motorola Mobility.[8] On January 29, 2014, Google CEO Larry Page announced that pending closure of the deal, Motorola Mobility would be acquired by Chinese technology company Lenovo for US$2.91 billion (subject to certain adjustments).[9] On October 30, 2014, Lenovo finalized its purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google.[10]

  1. ^ "Motorola Office Locations" Hosted on Techgurug.com. Retrieved Jan 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Motorola Solutions, Inc. 2013 Annual Report Form (10-K)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. February 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "2009 Annual Report, Motorola Inc" (PDF).
  4. ^ Jones, Daniel (2003) [1917], Peter Roach, James Hartmann and Jane Setter (ed.), English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 3-12-539683-2
  5. ^ Ante, Spencer E. (January 5, 2011). "Motorola Is Split Into Two". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  6. ^ "Motorola Solutions Inc: NYSE:MSI quotes & news – Google Finance". Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Gelles, Claire Cain Miller and David. "After Big Bet, Google Is to Sell Motorola Unit". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  8. ^ "We've acquired Motorola Mobility". Google Official Blog. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  9. ^ Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility from Google – Investor Relations – Google. Investor.google.com. Retrieved on 2014-01-30.
  10. ^ "Hello Moto". Lenovo. Retrieved October 30, 2014.

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