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Motorola was an American telecommunications company founded in 1928 by Paul and Joseph Galvin as the Galvin Manufacturing Company. The company’s first product was a battery eliminator, a device that converts direct current into alternating current, allowing battery-powered radios to run from household electricity. Since the early years, the company has been working on wireless communication devices. In the 1940’s, it introduced a pair of two-way radio communication products to US police and military personnel.

In 1962, Motorola also began providing radio communications equipment for the unmanned Mariner programs and the manned Gemini space programs. The company’s transceiver was used in 1969 on America’s first lunar exploration mission, Apollo, in which astronaut Neil Armstrong’s message was transmitted from the moon via a Motorola-designed device.

Besides wireless communication products, Motorola also produced wireless network equipment and home network and broadcast products, such as receivers, digital video recorders, HDTV, etc. Motorola’s wireless phone division has been a pioneer in the cellular field. The company introduced the concept of cell phones, cell phones, and clam phones in the mid-1990s. It was also among the first to make smartphones with the open source Android operating system from Google. The first Android OS phone was released on November 2, 2009, with the name Motorola Droid.

In 2011, the company was divided into two independent public entities – Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. Motorola Mobility, which included a mobile division, was sold to Google in 2012. In 2014, the Chinese technology company Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility for $2.91 billion. As part of the deal, Google retained majority ownership of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, while Lenovo obtained a license to a pool of other patents and intellectual property.