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Motorola is now two separate operations, each with two businesses – Motorola Mobility has handsets and home devices such as set tops, and Motorola Solutions builds wireless and enterprise networks. Motorola launched in 1930 and came to fame making car radios. Later it entered the handset and chip industries, departing chips with the sale of Freescale in 2003. Since 2006 when Motorola was the second largest handset vendor in the world, it has fallen from a $42 billion business, to $19 billion, just before the split in mid-2010 with much of the fall coming in handsets. Motorola made the mistake of trying to compete at the low end of the handset market in emerging economies. In 2010/11 Motorola Mobility is seen as a recovering handset business focused on smart phones. It appointed Sanjay Jha, previously the respected Qualcomm COO, to turn the handset business around and his focus on Android as the company’s core handset OS, has breathed life back into it – handset shipments grew for the first time in years when in Q1 2011 it shipped 9 million handsets.

Motorola Razr i variant confirmed for China

19 November, 2012

Handset expanding its global reach, albeit with a facelift, after going on sale in US and Europe

Judge squashes Apple case

7 November, 2012

Apple's attempt to set a limit on RAND royalties backfires

Electrify M on its way to US Cellular next week

2 November, 2012

Carrier's version of Droid Razr M announced

Motorola scores patent point against Microsoft

8 October, 2012

German court rules that Google's handset arm does not infringe one of Windows giant's Android patents

Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD face delays

1 October, 2012

Antenna problems are apparently the cause, still set for holiday release

Razr i priced on and off contract in the UK

24 September, 2012

Handset arriving in October, looking very affordable

Motorola introduces Intel-powered Razr i to UK

18 September, 2012

First handset to feature 2GHz Intel processor arriving in October

Droid Razr M arrives at Verizon

14 September, 2012

Compact mid-range handset available for $99 on a contract

Google takes light touch in first Motorola launch

6 September, 2012

Three new RAZR models for Verizon are unveiled, with Google's influence shadowy, but still apparent

Razr M 4G LTE gets its specs leaked

28 August, 2012

Internal documents demystify the device