Motorola! Sounds Innovative, But Where Did The Name Come From?

Motorola! Sounds Innovative, But Where Did The Name Come From?

Motorola! Sounds Innovative, But Where Did The Name Come From?

by November 28, 2012 0 comments

The company started out in 1928 in Chicago as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. However, the first product manufactured by the company was not a mobile phone but a battery eliminator. 2 years later in 1930, the Motorola Radio was introduced by Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, which turned out to be one of the most successful commercial car radios ever produced.

Motorola gizmo gyanIt was Paul Galvin and Joseph Galvin, the founders of the company who came up with the brand name ‘Motorola’ for the radio. The name was coined from the combination of words “motor” (as in a motorcar) and “ola” (which signifies speed). Together the word ‘Motorola’ indicated “Sound in Motion”. Finally, in 1930, the name was formally adopted and has been the trademark ever since.

Though the company started out by manufacturing battery eliminators for radios, it turned out to be the first to develop a walkie-talkie in 1940. It was not until 1973, that the company developed the first hand-held telephone device. If this wasn’t enough, Motorola was also the first company to develop a 2-way pager which could send and receive emails and text messages. So, no doubt, the name ‘Motorola’ was indeed a perfect pick.

In 2011, Motorola split into two separate companies, with each tightly holding on the name. One is called Motorola Solutions and deals with radios and police technologies. The other is known as Motorola Mobility which manufacturers mobile handsets. Both are based in Chicago. In May 2012, Motorola Mobility was acquired by Google Inc for $12.5 billion and since then Motorola smart phones have been selling like hot cakes.


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