Motorola Mobility Headquarters:
On Jan. 4, 2011, Motorola split into two publicly traded companies, Motorola Mobility, Inc. and Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Motorola Mobility is comprised of two industry-leading global technology businesses. The Mobile Devices business is an innovative provider of smartphone devices designed to fit every lifestyle. In 2010, the Mobile Devices business launched 23 smartphones globally, including the highly successful family of DROID by Motorola devices as well as BRAVO, DEFY, FLIPSIDE, MILESTONE and others. The Home business is one of the largest providers of digital set-top boxes and end-to-end video solutions. Motorola Mobility will leverage the capabilities of both the Mobile Devices and Home businesses to deliver innovative smartphones, tablets, set-tops and other converged devices as well as content delivery and management, and interactive cloud-based services to consumers in the home and on the go.
Motorola Mobility has 19,000 employees and is based in Libertyville, IL. Google announced it would acquire Motorola Mobility in August for $12.5 billion. Google wants the company for its cellular phone technology and 17,000 patents.
Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of business- and mission-critical communication products and services for enterprise and government customers. Motorola solutions is headquartered in Schamburg, IL.
Motorola Solutions meets a wide range of customer needs through its public safety solutions, mobile computing technology, advanced data capture, integrated command and control communications, WLAN solutions and advanced services.
“With a purpose-driven brand and a strong balance sheet, we are very well positioned for the future,” said Greg Brown, president and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions has an outstanding platform to build from and I believe our opportunities for growth will benefit customers, shareholders and employees.”
Originally founded as the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation in 1928, Paul Galvin and his brother, Joseph Galvin, purchase a battery eliminator business in Chicago, IL. The device would allow battery-powered radios to run on standard household electric current.
In 1930, the company would begin selling car radios. Paul Galvin creates the brand name "Motorola" for the company's new car radio, linking "motor" (motorcar, motion) with the suffix "ola" (sound).
In 1940, Galvin Manufacturing developed the Handie-Talkie SCR536 two-way radio, a lightweight, handheld radio that becomes widely used during World War II. This would lead to several new radios including ones using FM frequency.
Motorola would change the way the world communicates with the introduction of the DynaTAC cell phone in 1983 and the development of cellular phone technology.
In 2006, Motorola acquired Symbol Technologies for $3.9 billion.
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Updated August 15, 2011