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Founded in 1928.

Countries: (38%), United States (33%), United Kingdom (3%)

Main connections: Motorola Mobility, Motorola Solutions, Motorola Razr

Linked to: Google, Motorola Solutions, Panasonic, Allies of World War II

 

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1928

Paul Galvin (businessman) - Founded as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation on September 25, 1928, Motorola is now a leader in communications equipment


1930

In 1930 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced the Motorola radio, one of the first commercially successful car radios add something

 

The name "Motorola" was adopted in 1930, and the word has been used as a trademark since the 1930s add something


1940

Many of Motorola's products have been radio-related, starting with a battery eliminator for radios, through the first walkie-talkie in the world in 1940, defense electronics, cellular infrastructure equipment, and mobile phone manufacturing add something


1943

In 1943, Motorola went public and in 1947, the name changed to its present name add something


1946

In October 1946, Motorola communications equipment it has carried the first calls on Illinois Bell telephone company's new car radiotelephone service in Chicago, Illinois add something


1947

The company began making televisions in 1947 add something


1948

Freescale Semiconductor - Freescale was one of the first semiconductor companies in the world, having started as a division of & Motorola in Phoenix, Arizona in 1948 and created under the divestiture of the Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola in 2004


1950

Since the 1950s, used Motorola radio equipment has been popular with amateur radio operators add something


1952

In 1952, Motorola opened its first international subsidiary in Toronto, Canada to produce radios and televisions add something


1953

In 1953, the company established the Motorola Foundation to support leading universities in the United States add something


1954

Martin Cooper (inventor) - In 1954, he was hired by Motorola, and attended classes and studied at night


1955

In 1955, years after Motorola started its research and development laboratory in Phoenix, Arizona, to research new solid-state technology, Motorola introduced the world's first commercial high-power germanium-based transistor add something

 

The present "batwing" logo was introduced in 1955 add something

 

Philip Arthur Fisher - His most famous investment was his purchase of Motorola, a company he bought in 1955 when it was a radio manufacturer and held until his death


1958

Beginning in 1958, with Explorer 1, Motorola provided radio equipment for most NASA space-flights for decades including during the 1969 moon landing add something


1959

Bill Pearson (American writer) - Work as a technical illustrator for the Underwood Typewriter Company in 1959 was followed by two years as a mechanical draftsman at Motorola in Phoenix, Arizona


1960

In 1960, it introduced the world's first "large-screen" , transistorized, cordless portable television add something

 

Martin Cooper (inventor) - In 1960, John F. Mitchell, who received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from IIT, became chief engineer of Motorola's mobile communications projects

 

Groupe Bull - In particular, it has had various ownership relations with General Electric, Honeywell, and NEC from the 1960s to the 1980s; and with Motorola, Debeka, and France Télécom more recently


1961

Lancashire Constabulary - In 1961 a personal radio scheme was installed in Chorley with Motorola VHF personal radios imported from the USA after a demonstration in Stretford in 1959


1963

In 1963 it, introduced the world's first truly rectangular color TV. In 1974, Motorola sold its television business to the Japan-based parent company of Panasonic add something


1964

In 1964, it opened its first company Research and Development branch outside of the United States, in Israel under the management of Moses Basin add something


1967

Alpine Electronics - Established in 1967 as Alps- & Motorola a joint venture between Alps Electric and U.S.-based Motorola it became Alpine Electronics, Inc. in 1978 when Alps bought out Motorola's share of the company


1973

In 1973, Motorola demonstrated the first hand-held portable telephone add something

 

Martin Cooper (inventor) - In 1973, when Motorola installed a base station to handle the first public demonstration of a phone call over the cellular network, the company was trying to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to allocate frequency space to private companies for use in the emerging technology of cellular communications


1974

In 1974, Motorola divested itself of its television and radio-manufacturing division, which included the popular Quasar brand of electronics add something


1976

In 1976, Motorola moved to its present headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois add something


1977

RAD Group - In 1977 Codex Corporation was acquired by Motorola, but due to its success "'Bynet"' maintain the distribution rights for its products; however in 1981 Motorola decided not to renew the distribution agreement with Bynet and sell the former Codex Corporation's in Israel directly

 

Cellular One - In 1977, the American Radio Telephone Service and Motorola formed Cellular One to offer service to the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area

 

John Wayne Gacy - In an interview with Szyc's mother the same day, she informed officers of the January 1977 disappearance of her son and that several items from his apartment were missing, including a Motorola TV set


1979

JT Group Limited - In 1979 Jersey's first radio paging network was introduced using a Motorola campus type system, Jersey being small enough for such a system

 

JT Group Limited - In 1979 the Board introduced a Motorola single channel radio paging system, which was upgraded to a two channel system


1980

Dorian Shainin - Bob Galvin was assisted by Shainin in his effort to improve quality at Motorola during the 1980s

 

Indra Nooyi - Graduating in 1980, Nooyi joined the Boston Consulting Group , and held strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri


1986

In 1986, Motorola invented the Six Sigma quality improvement process add something


1988

On January 29, 1988 Motorola sold its Arcade, New York facility and automotive alternators, electromechanical speedometers and tachometers products to Prestolite Electric add something


1990

In 1990, General Instrument Corporation, which was later acquired by Motorola, proposed the first all-digital HDTV standard add something

 

The business ambitions behind this project and the need for raising venture capital to fund the project led to the creation of the "'Iridium company"' in the late 1990s add something

 

Jerrold Electronics - In the late 1990s, the Jerrold name went out of use, and General Instrument merged with & Motorola becoming the Motorola Connected Home Solutions division


1991

In 1991, Motorola demonstrated the world's first working-prototype digital cellular system and phones using GSM standard in Hanover add something


1992

Charles H. Ferguson - From 1992–1994 Ferguson was an independent consultant, providing strategic consulting to the top managements of U.S. high technology firms including Apple Inc., Xerox, Motorola, and Texas Instruments


1994

In 1994, Motorola introduced the world's first commercial digital radio system that combined paging, data and cellular communications and voice dispatch in a single radio network and handset add something

 

Macintosh - In 1994, Apple abandoned & Motorola CPUs for the RISC PowerPC architecture developed by the AIM alliance of Apple Computer, IBM, and Motorola

 

Apple Inc. - In 1994, Apple allied with IBM and Motorola in the AIM alliance

 

Mobilink - Mobilink started operations in 1994 as the first GSM cellular Mobile service in Pakistan by Motorola Inc., later it was sold to Orascom Telecom, an Egypt-based multi-national company

 

Samsung Telecommunications - The "New Management" reached to the mobile phone business as well, and chairman Lee gave the division an ultimatum: "Produce mobile phones comparable to Motorola's by 1994, or Samsung will disengage itself from the mobile phone business


1995

In 1995 Motorola introduced the world's first two-way pager which allowed users to receive text messages and e-mail and reply with a standard response add something

 

Newcom Group - In September 1995, the firm became the authorized distributor of Motorola to sell short and ultra short waveradio stations


1996

Bose Corporation - Bose had previously sued to protect its "Lifestyle" trademark beginning in 1996 with a success against Motorola and continuing with settlements against New England Stereo, Lifestyle Technologies, Optoma and AMX

 

Tricom, S.A - In 1996, Tricom implemented Motorola's Digital Telephone services which allowed installation of residential and business lines in just 48 hours

 

Jon Rubinstein - Motorola bought the business in 1996


1997

Emmanuel Yarborough - He appeared in a 1997 Bollywood film "Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi" which features Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar and has appeared on several talk shows, as well as in a commercial for Motorola


1998

By 1998, cellphones accounted for two thirds of Motorola's gross revenue add something

 

In 1998, Motorola was overtaken by Nokia as the world's biggest seller of mobile phone handsets add something

 

The club sponsored Livingston F.C. between 1998 and 2002 add something

 

Psion - The 32-bit EPOC developed by Project Protea resulted in the eventual formation of Symbian Ltd. in June 1998 in conjunction with Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola


1999

While the technology was proven to work, Iridium failed to attract sufficient customers and it filed for bankruptcy in 1999 add something

 

On August 4, 1999 Motorola, Inc.'s Semiconductor Components Group, manufacturing Motorola's discrete, standard analog and standard logic devices was spun-off, recapitalized and established as an independent company named ON Semiconductor add something


2000

Due to declines in business in 2000 and 2001, Motorola spun off its government and defense business to General Dynamics add something

 

Motorola sponsored São Paulo FC from 2000 to 2001 add something

 

In June 2000, Motorola and Cisco supplied the world's first commercial GPRS cellular network to BT Cellnet in the United Kingdom add something

 

Mike S. Zafirovski - Afterwards, he joined Motorola, serving as Executive Vice President and President of the Personal Communications Sector from June 2000 until July 2002


2001

Thierry St-Cyr - He has worked as a quality and metric control at Motorola in Montreal from 2001 until 2006 when he entered politics

 

Symphony Teleca - Teleca started out as an engineering partner to Ericsson in 2001, and rapidly expanded its customer base to cover mobile device vendors such as Nokia, Motorola and SonyEricsson

 

Psion - The final blow for Psion's Organiser and PDA business came in January 2001 when Motorola pulled out of a joint project with Psion, Samsung, and Parthus, to create "Odin", an ARM-based PDA-phone

 

The business deal closed September 2001 add something


2002

In 2002, Motorola introduced the world's first wireless cable modem gateway which combined a high-speed cable modem router with an ethernet switch and wireless home gateway add something

 

Motherwell F.C. - Previously the club had enjoyed a long-term association with Motorola, but this ended after 11 years in 2002 as the sponsor started to reduce its manufacturing operations in Scotland

 

Vocera Communications - Vocera received venture capital funding from a mix of venture capital firms and corporate investors, including Avalon Ventures, Cisco Systems, GGV Capital , IDEO, Intel Communications Fund, Motorola Ventures, RRE Ventures, Thomas Weisel Partners, Vanguard Ventures and Venrock Associates, and began shipping products in 2002

 

Tyco International - Breen had previously been president and COO of Motorola since his promotion at that company in January 2002

 

Caldera (company) - Key parts of the Linux-based Embedix assets were acquired by Motorola's Metrowerks on 17 December 2002


2003

In 2003, Motorola introduced the world's first handset to combine a Linux operating system and Java technology with "full PDA functionality" add something

 

BlackBerry (company) - RIM countersued later the same day, alleging anti-competitive behaviour and that Motorola had broken a 2003 licensing agreement by refusing to extend licensing terms beyond 2008

 

BlackBerry Ltd - RIM countersued later the same day, alleging anti-competitive behaviour and that Motorola had broken a 2003 licensing agreement by refusing to extend licensing terms beyond 2008

 

MontaVista - & Motorola became the first company to use Linux on a mobile phone when it released the Motorola A760 to the Chinese market on February 16, 2003

 

On October 16, 2003, Motorola announced that it would spin off its Semiconductor Products Sector into a separate company called Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. add something


2004

It sponsored the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League from 2004 to 2007 add something

 

Maria Sharapova - Immediately after her win at the 2004 Wimbledon Championship, mobile phone company Motorola signed Sharapova to endorse their mobile phone line

 

Continental AG - The company purchased German automotive rubber and plastics company Phoenix AG in 2004, and the automotive electronics unit of Motorola in 2006

 

Mike S. Zafirovski - His success in the PCS division among other achievements at Motorola, seemed to make him a perfect candidate for the CEO position but the title went to Edward Zander on January 5, 2004


2005

The Motorola RAZR line has sold over 120 million units bringing the company to the number two mobile phone slot in 2005 add something

 

Motorola Razr - Announced in March 2005, the "'V3x"' was formerly known as the Motorola V1150

 

Nortel - Mike S. Zafirovski, who had served as President and CEO of GE Lighting and as Motorola President and COO, succeeded Owens as president and CEO on November 15, 2005

 

Motorola Razr - It was announced on 8 December 2005 that Motorola had teamed up with Dolce & Gabbana to produce a Special Edition Gold Razr V3t


2006

In 2006, the firm announced a music subscription service named "iRadio" add something

 

Dolce & Gabbana - In 2006 Dolce & Gabbana partnered with & Motorola to produce the Motorola V3i Dolce & Gabbana cellular phone

 

Huawei - In 2006, Huawei established a Shanghai-based joint R&D center with Motorola to develop UMTS technologies

 

Kreatel - In early 2006, the company was purchased by Motorola

 

Motorola Razr - In 8 February 2006 Motorola Korea released its own slide-phone model for the Razr named Z model name MS600

 

Yevgeny Chichvarkin - In March 2006 a large consignment of Motorola mobile phones shipped for Chichvarkin was seized on the pretext that their emissions of microwave radiation exceeded the levels permitted by Russian health regulations

 

In June 2006, Motorola acquired the world-class software platform developed by the British company TTP Communications plc add something

 

Motorola Razr - On 1 June 2006, Motorola and Dolce & Gabbana once again released their limited edition gold phone

 

In July 2006 Motorola completed the sale of its automotive business to Continental AG add something

 

Continental Automotive Systems - CAS' acquisition of the Automotive division of Motorola was completed in July 2006

 

Jonathan Glazer - The advertisement, showing two naked black bodies emerging from a lump of flesh rotating on a potter's wheel, was due to air in September 2006 but was shelved by Motorola

 

Motorola Razr - Also, as the add-on to the MS600, MS500 Lime Razr has been in circulation in South Korea since October 2006 along with the & Motorola KRZR Black and Motorola KRZR Fire

 

Motorola Razr - As of 30 October 2006 through T-Mobile in the United States, Motorola offered a version with laser-etched tattoo-inspired designs created by Ami James of the TLC reality television show, Miami Ink


2007

In 2007, Motorola acquired Symbol Technologies, Inc. to provide products and systems for enterprise mobility solutions, including rugged mobile computing, advanced data capture, and radio frequency identification add something

 

Robby Gordon was sponsored by Motorola in 2007 and 2008 add something

 

General Instrument - The new General Instrument Corporation was later acquired by & Motorola and became Motorola Connected Home Solutions, and was renamed Home and Networks Mobility in 2007

 

Motorola Razr - The Razr series was marketed until July 2007, when the succeeding Motorola Razr2 series was released


2008

As of 2008, iRadio has not been commercially released and no further information is available add something

 

Motorola sponsored Club Bolívar since 2008 add something

 

On March 26, 2008, Motorola's board of directors approved a split into two different publicly traded companies add something

 

In October 2008, Motorola agreed to sell its Biometrics business to Safran, a French defense firm add something


2009

Motorola Razr - Like previous Model MS500, Motorola Korea announced its Korean version of WCDMA Razr HSDPA, it will upgrade its screen to 2,2 inch TFT QVGA, 1,3 megapixel camera with bluetooth and external memory. model will feature different color pattern compare to previous MS500, expecting to hit Korean market by late Feb.2009

 

Singing Skylarks - Singing Skylarks was presented with the CEO Award for Volunteerism 2009 from the Motorola Foundation, which brought in a grant

 

Tessera Technologies - Tessera has been embroiled in numerous patent disputes and won a major International Trade Commission ruling against Motorola, &Qualcomm, Freescale Semiconductor and Spansion in May, 2009

 

BeFunky Photo Editor - BeFunky released the BeFunky Photo Effects widget for & Motorola phones in April 2009 and was selected as the best widget in the social networking/photos category at Motorola MOTODEV Widget Developer Challenge in March of that year

 

GO Telecom (Etihad Atheeb Telecom) - On 8 June 2009 GO Launched a WiMAX 802,16e network with 800 access points in partnerhip with Motorola covering Riyadh and Jeddah

 

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 add something

 

Motorola Droid - The launch countries for the Motorola Milestone included Germany, Italy and Argentina on November 9, 2009

 

Motorola Droid - The Motorola Droid was successfully "rooted" on December 8, 2009


2010

Motorola scores relatively well on the chemicals criteria and has a goal to eliminate PVC vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants , though only in mobile devices and not in all its products introduced after 2010, despite the fact that Sony Ericsson and Nokia are already there add something

 

Christopher Galvin - In 2010, he was featured in the Andrea Redmond book "Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms" , which details his unplanned departure from Motorola, and how he responded

 

Motorola Cliq - Soon after its launch Motorola had a scheduled the Cliq XT to receive the Android 2,1 update in Q2 2010

 

BlackBerry (company) - On January 22, 2010, & Motorola requested that all BlackBerry smartphones be banned from being imported into the United States for infringing upon five of Motorola's patents

 

BlackBerry Ltd - On January 22, 2010, & Motorola requested that all BlackBerry smartphones be banned from being imported into the United States for infringing upon five of Motorola's patents

 

Motorola Cliq - On 23 January 2010, Motorola launched Cliq/Dext in Singapore, its first Asian market, exclusively through Singapore Telecom/Singtel

 

Motorola Droid - Joining this trend, a new, North American, version of the Motorola Milestone was released in Canada in February 2010

 

Motorola Droid - On February 8, 2010, Motorola announced via Facebook that the Droid update would begin rolling out later that same week

 

Motorola Cliq - On 22 February 2010, Motorola released on over-the-air software upgrade to the Motoblur interface, its version number is 1,3

 

Motorola Droid - The Motorola Milestone update rolled out in the beginning of May 2010, five months after the introduction of Android 2,1. but since firmware 2,1 update 1 has been released, which fixes some of the issues

 

Motorola Flipout - The "' & Motorola Flipout"' is a phone made by Motorola and was released in June 2010

 

Motorola Droid - In July 2010, & Motorola launched the phone for Mexico as the Motorola A854 and became exclusive to CDMA network carrier Iusacell

 

Huawei - In July 2010, Motorola filed an amended complaint that named Huawei as a co-defendant in its case against Lemko for alleged theft of trade secrets

 

Droid X - Iusacell released the device in Mexico as the Motorola Motoroi X on November 16, 2010


2011

In 2011, after a sizeable backlash from consumers, Motorola promised to have a bootloader unlock tool by the second half of 2011 add something

 

Lodsys - In February, 2011 Lodsys sued several companies, including Canon, Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Novell and Motorola claiming that the companies had violated exclusive rights covered by one or more Lodsys patents

 

Consumer Electronics Show - Many tablets were introduced in 2011's show, such as the Motorola Xoom tablet, winning Best of Show, which runs Android Honeycomb

 

Android - Meanwhile other Android manufacturers have struggled since 2011, such as LG, HTC, and Google's own Motorola Mobility

 

Motorola Droid - The Motorola support page reported the Milestone version would get an update to Android 2,2 in the Q1 2011, and indeed on March 15 an update was made available

 

January 2011, Motorola splits into two separate companies, each still using the word "'Motorola"' as part of their name add something

 

Clearwire - In January 2011 Clearwire discontinued services based on Motorola Expedience technology in Spain in favor of Instanet branded 4G WiMAX service

 

Clearwire - In January 2011, Clearwire started offering 4G WiMax service in Spain under the Instanet brand, discontinuing services based on Motorola Expedience technology

 

General Instrument - When & Motorola split on January 4, 2011, this division became part of Motorola Mobility

 

Huawei - In April 2011, Motorola and Huawei entered into an agreement to settle all pending litigation, with Motorola paying an undisclosed sum to Huawei for the intellectual property that would be part of the sale to NSN.

 

Droid X - On May 19, 2011, Motorola released the "'Droid X2"', an upgraded version that runs on the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor

 

Motorola Droid - In June 2011, Motorola committed to delivering an unlockable/relockable bootloader solution for phones receiving updates later that year

 

Droid 4 - In September 2011, Motorola released the source code of Webtop application at SourceForge

 

Droid Razr - In September 2011, Motorola released the source code of Webtop application at SourceForge

 

Motorola Razr - On October 18, 2011, Motorola and Verizon Wireless officially unveiled the Droid Razr, calling it "the world's thinnest 4G smartphone

 

Droid Razr - In Australia, Motorola launched it along with the network operator Optus in Sydney, on 27 October 2011

 

On November 17, 2011, Motorola Mobility stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with Google Inc. add something


2012

Droid 3 - On March 7, 2012, & Motorola sent out emails to Motorola Feedback Network members to test a new software update

 

Motorola Razr - After the Razr Maxx was available for sale only in the United States, Motorola announced in April 2012, that it will be sold in European countries like Britain and Germany from May 2012

 

On May 22, 2012, & Google CEO Larry Page announced that Google closed on its deal to acquire Motorola Mobility add something


2013

HTC Butterfly - The DNA would become Verizon's final non- & Motorola Droid smartphone; following its replacement in August of 2013 by the HTC One and Droid Maxx, the carrier announced that all future Droid phones would be built exclusively by Motorola

 

Mike (cellular network) - As of March 2013, three Motorola phone models are available under the Mike brand name

 

Huawei - On 19 July 2013, Michael Hayden, former head of US NSA and currently a director of Motorola Solutions, says he is aware of hard evidence of spying activity by Huawei

 

Droid Mini - The Droid Mini was announced on 23 July 2013 at a joint Motorola and Verizon Wireless press conference

 

HTC Butterfly - The DNA would become Verizon's final non- & Motorola Droid smartphone; following its replacement in August 2013 by the HTC One and Droid Maxx, the carrier announced that all future Droid phones would be built exclusively by Motorola


2014

Moto 360 - The "'Moto 360"' is an Android-based smartwatch announced by Motorola in 2014

 

On January 29, 2014 Google announced Lenovo plans to acquire the Motorola Mobility smartphone business add something

 

In April 2014, it was announced that Motorola Solutions Enterprise Business is to be sold to Zebra Technologies add something

 

On October 30, 2014, Lenovo finalized its purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google add something


2015

On Dec. 7, 2015 Freescale Inc. was sold to NXP Semiconductor, a European company add something


2017

In November 2017, Moto X4 was launched in India with pure Stock Android Nougat add something

 

In December 2017, it was announced that the phone users in India will soon start receiving Oreo updates add something