Motorola started in Chicago, Illinois as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation in 1928, producing battery eliminators. Paul Galvin purchased the patents to the automotive radio and acquired the rights to the trade name Motorola.
In January 2011, Motorola was split into Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility, the handset division. In August 2011, Google purchased Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.
This purchase marks an important milestone in the history of this 100 year old company and Google.
The Nexus has at last found a home.
Here some more interesting facts about Motorola
They developed the first walkie-talkiein the world in 1940
From 1958 Motorola provided radio equipment for most NASA space-flights for decades including during the 1969 moon landing starting with with Explorer 1.
1960, Motorola introduced the world’s first “large-screen” (19-inch), transistorized, cordless portable television.
In 1969, Neil Armstrong spoke the famous words “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” from the Moon on a Motorola transceiver.
In September 1983 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the world’s first commercial cellular device DynaTAC 8000X telephone.
It weighed 790g!! ( almost a kilogram ) and was 10 inches (25 cm)?? thats 5cm short of a foot in length. See commercial below.
In 1986, Motorola invented the Six Sigma quality improvement process which became a global standard and in 1990 proposed the first all-digital HDTV standard.
Pioneered the flip phonewith the StarTAC.
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.
In 1998, Motorola was overtaken by Nokia as the world’s biggest seller of mobile phone handsets.
They developed the world’s first GPRS cell phone and in June 2000, together with Cisco supplied the world’s first commercial GPRS cellular network to BT Cellnet in the United Kingdom.
Most people forget that Motorola already has more than 21 very good looking cell phones already powered by Android. Unfortunately they dont market themselves in one of Androids biggest markets namely the United Kingdom.
With Google being so competitive, it shouldn’t be long before we see a Nexus shop in London’s West End with the launch of the Nexus Bionic or Nexus Droid X1.