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Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola

January 30, 2014, 1:48 pm
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Google is selling Motorola's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, a price that leaves little doubt that Google's biggest acquisition turned out to be an expensive mistake. Here is the journey of Motorola since it introduced its first portable cellular telephone and system in 1973.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola industrial product designer Rudy Krolopp helped develop the world's first commercial portable cellular phone, the Motorola DynaTAC phone.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola was the first to introduce a complete line of cellular subscriber products, including the DynaTAC models 2000, 4000 and 6000 family of vehicular phones and the model 8000 family of portable cellular phones.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola introduced the 349-gram MicroTAC personal cellular phone in 1989. The phone was then the smallest and lightest on the market. The phone was also Motorola's first flip-phone, which had a plastic cover that flipped open to reveal its keypad.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola MicroTAC Ultra Lite Classic Gold Edition cellular telephone with a WWII-era Motorola Handie-Talkie model SCR536 portable two-way radio. was also Motorola's first flip-phone, which had a plastic cover that flipped open to reveal its keypad.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • In 1994 Motorola introduced iDEN digital radio, 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. Motorola, in 1994, dominated the global cell market with a 32.5 per cent share, versus Nokia's 21 per cent, according to Gartner.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Digital models of Motorola's pocket-sized StarTAC wearable cellular phone were capable of up to 9,600 bps data transmission when connected to notebook computer modems were launched in 1996.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • The Motorola Timeport model L7089 triband digital wireless phone used the GSM transmission standard. It was released in 1999.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Four digital Motorola V.Series V8160 cellular telephones, two open, two closed.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • In June 2000, Motorola and Cisco Systems supplied the world's first commercial General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) cellular network to BT Cellnet in the United Kingdom. The system used the world's first GPRS cellular phone, the Motorola Timeport P7389i model.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Introduced in 2001, the Motorola V60 digital phone included Internet and text message capabilities, a phone and date book, a voice recorder to capture personal reminders and an FM stereo radio receiver.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola's first 3G (third-generation) cellular phone, the A830 model, was introduced in 2002. It allowed users to make voice calls while sending or receiving data, and to take and send images and short video clips.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • In 2004 Motorola launched the Motorazr V3 cellular phone, an ultra-thin phone that became a design icon. More than 110 million units have been sold worldwide, making Razr an icon and one of the most popular cell phones of all time. The then Motorola CEO, Ed Zanderhad, had promised 500 million but the market got saturated with Razrs and many networks also gave it away for free. Motorola market share peaks around 23 per cent.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Launched in 2005 the Motorola PEBL brought in an innovative form with rounded edges, a vertical external display and dual-hinge mechanism, but could not replicate the Razr's success.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Moto Q debuts as the thinnest QWERTY device in June 2006, at only 11.5 mm.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola introduced the Ming touch screen smart phone in Asia in 2006. It used advanced handwriting software to recognise more than 10,000 handwritten characters of the Chinese alphabet.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • A new model of Motorola's bestselling Razr model, the Razr2 debuted in 2006.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola Droid, the company's first phone built on Google's Android platform was released in October 2009. Earlier in 2008 new Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha revealed a plan to bet future entirely on Google's Android platform. Thousands of jobs we cut. Motorola ended 2008 year with less than 7 per cent market share.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola released its first dual-core Android smartphone the Motorola Atrix in early 2011. Motorola Inc was split into Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Google announced deal to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion and on the same day Motorola launched the Defy toughphone.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Handset maker Motorola launched the new version of its best-selling smartphone 'Razr', which is said to be sleeker and more powerful than the earlier models.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Expanding its Android powered smartphone portfolio, Motorola introduced two new smartphones - Motoluxe and Motorola Defy Mini - which run Android 2.3 operating system(OS).
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola launched its new handset Defy Pro - the first life-proof Android-based smartphone - with full QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen display.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • On Sep 6, 2012, Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility added three new smartphones, Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD, to the Droid Razr by Motorola family on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • On Sep 18 2012, Motorola in association with Intel announced the launch of its first Intel-powered smartphone - the Motorola Razr i - which has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced screen. Motorola claims the display of the phone to be 40 per cent larger than the Apple iPhone 4S and 15 per cent more than the iPhone 5.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola in August 2013 launched a new smartphone - Moto X - that consumers can personalise with a choice of colours and materials. Moto X marked the cellphone maker's first flagship device since Google bought the company in 2012.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Motorola launched is budget smartphone - Moto G - in Novermber 2013. The phone starts at $179 in the US without a contract requirement. The phone is expected to come to India next month.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Google is selling Motorola's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, a price that leaves little doubt that Google's biggest acquisition turned out to be an expensive mistake.

    The deal announced Wednesday will rid Google of a financial headache that has plagued the Internet company since buying Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion in 2012. Motorola has lost nearly $2 billion since Google took over, even as Motorola trimmed its workforce from 20,000 to 3,800.
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola
  • Lenovo to buy Motorola: Journey of the cell phone pioneer Motorola