Motorola, Inc. was an American-based, multinational, telecommunications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, which was split into two independent public companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions on January 4, 2011 after having lost $4.3 billion from 2007 to 2009. Motorola Solutions is generally considered to be the direct successor to Motorola, Inc., as the reorganization was structured with Motorola Mobility being spunoff.
Motorola had a commanding lead in the analog cellphone market, but failed to jump on the digital bandwagon, giving way for global rivals such as Nokia and Samsung Electronics to leap ahead. Lately it has focused on smartphones using Google's open-source Android mobile operating system. The handset division has since then been spun off into the independent Motorola Mobility.