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Motorola has reportedly reorganized its struggling mobile-phone business in anticipation of plans to spin it off into a separate publicly traded entity.
Although Motorola, at press time, had not yet put out a statement on the changes, they appear aimed at developing products more quickly in response to consumer demands, according to reports by Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and Reuters.
Motorola has reportedly combined two categories of phones, mid/high-tier feature phones and multimedia phones, into a single segment, according to the Tribune. And among a group of executives named, Rob Shaddock, a senior vice president of mobile … Read more
This article was updated at 1:21 p.m. PDT to correct information on video quality.
Generation Y (and Z) are in for a big treat. As social-networking services like MySpace.com, Facebook, and Twitter have exploded as the definitive way to keep in touch, mobile content companies have begun to offer up some sophisticated ways to capture that energy and broadcast photos, videos, audio, and text from mass market phones.
Motorola has named former AT&T Chief Executive David Dorman as its new chairman, the company said Wednesday.
Dorman will succeed outgoing Chairman Ed Zander on May 5, when Zander's current term expires and he retires. Dorman, 54, joined Motorola's board in 2006. He currently serves as a managing director and senior adviser at the private-equity firm Warburg Pincus.
Motorola will likely be getting some new board members at that meeting; private-equity executive William Hambrecht and Keith Meister, managing director of Icahn investment funds, will be nominated for Motorola's board at the shareholder meeting. That was … Read more
Motorola and activist investor Carl Icahn on Monday announced a settlement to their long-running conflict. The result: Two Icahn allies will be nominated to Motorola's board of directors.
As part of the deal, all outstanding lawsuits will be dropped, and Icahn has agreed not to launch a proxy battle at the company's upcoming shareholders meeting.
Private equity star William Hambrecht and Keith Meister, managing director of Icahn investment funds, will be nominated for Motorola's board at the shareholders meeting. Meister has also been appointed to the board, effective immediately.
The Icahn Group owns about 6.4 percent … Read more
Motorola took another hit Thursday in announcing, through a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that it will lay off 2,600 employees. As a result, it will take a $104 million pretax charge in the first quarter of the year for severance costs.
The $104 million is partially offset by "$9 million of reversals for accruals from prior periods that are no longer needed," according to the filing (thanks Silicon Alley Insider). "All three of the company's business segments, as well as various corporate functions, are impacted by these plans."
Thursday's … Read more
Motorola broke a few molds when it announced the Smart Rider at CTIA this week. Smart Rider is a cross between a phone and a portable GPS device, using a 2.8-inch high-resolution screen for map display and turn-by-turn directions. It also has voice command and Bluetooth hands-free calling features. Although the news release is a little short on details, it seems to say that you can pair your phone with the Smart Rider, and transfer contact information. However, Smart Rider also has its own GSM connection, so presumably it would have its own phone number, and its cellular connection … Read more
Standing on the corner of New York's 56th and Lexington 35 years ago Thursday, Marty Cooper was nearly run over. And no wonder. Drivers were hardly used to seeing people gabbing on the telephone while walking down the street. Not to mention that the phone was impossible to miss.
"It was huge. It weighed 2-1/2 pounds. It was about 10 inches high by an inch and a half wide by perhaps 3 inches deep," Cooper recalled. "The battery lasted only 20 minutes, but that was no problem because you couldn't hold it up for … Read more
My first cell phone was made by Motorola. It will probably be my last.
The dilemma Motorola faces is that my experience is multiplied over and over, to the point where (rightly or not) millions of people just don't believe the company's still on the hip edge of technology. That may not reflect the entire story--I'm sure Motorola's got cool stuff in the labs--but perceptions matter even when they're not always true. Motorola has a history of having a hit phone and then going through a terrible drought. And right now, it's suffering through … Read more
Motorola's phone business has at least one suitor: India's Videocon.
IDG News Service reported Wednesday that Videocon, which sells consumer electronics devices in India, is interested in bidding on the phone portion of Motorola's cell phone business, which is destined to become a separate company one way or another. Videocon is building its own GSM network in India, and might want a ready-made slate of phones to put in its retail stores and run on its network.
It seemed that selling the division was Motorola CEO Greg Brown's first choice, when faced with the dilemma of … Read more