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Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is an American,

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is an American,

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Motorola
Motorola, Inc.
[4] 
telecommunicationscompany based inSchaumburg, Illinois. It is a manufacturer of  wireless telephonehandsets, and also designs and sellswireless network infrastructure equipment such as cellular transmission base stationsand signal amplifiers. Motorola'shome and broadcast network products includeset-top boxes,digital video recorders, and network equipment used to enable video broadcasting, computer telephony, andhigh-definition television.Its business and government customers consist mainly of wirelessvoice and broadband systems used to build private networks and public safetycommunications systems likeAstroandDimetra. Motorola's handset division is now focusing on smartphones usingGoogle's open-sourceAndroidmobile operating system. The first phone to use the newest version of Google's open source OS, Android 2.0, wasreleased on 17 October 2009 as theMotorola Droid(the GSM version launched a monthlater, in Europe, as the Motorola Milestone).
History
Motorola started inChicago,Illinoisas
Galvin Manufacturing Corporation' 
in1928withits first product being a battery eliminator . The name Motorola was adopted in1930,and the word has been used as atrademark since the 1930s. FoundersPaul GalvinandJoseph Galvincame up with the name
Motorola
when the company started manufacturingcar radiosin 1930; the name is a combination of "motor" and the suffix "ola" that was used atthe time in various product names, including "Victrola."Many of Motorola's Products have beenradio-related, starting with a battery eliminator   for radios, through the firstwalkie-talkiein theworldin1940,defenseelectronics, cellular infrastructure equipment, andmobile phonemanufacturing. In the same year, the company built its research and development program withDaniel Noble, a pioneer inFM  radio and semiconductor technologies joined the company as director of research.In1943, Motorola went public and in1947, the name changed to its present name. The  presentlogowas introduced in1955.At this time, Motorola's main business was  producing and selling televisions and radios.In1952, Motorola opened its first international subsidiary inToronto,Canadato produce radios and televisions. In1953, Motorola established theMotorola Foundationto support leading universities in the United States.In1955, years after Motorola started its research and development laboratory inPhoenix, Arizonato research new solid-state technology, Motorola introduced the world's firstcommercial high-power germanium-basedtransistor .

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