Motorola was a trailblazer in the mobile phone market, pioneering both the flip phone and the clam phone, but lost market share in the face of tough competition from smartphones, particularly after the launch of Apple’s iPhone. Its handset division, Motorola Mobility, was hived off in 2011 and sold to Google the following year, and now focuses on products using Google’s open-source Android operating system.


In an article headlined "Motorola sues family for billions in HK courts" on March 14, the report on a decision made in the Court of First Instance was wrong. The court did not rule on whether assets were held in Hong Kong by the Uzan family of Turkey as was reported.

Wednesday, 2 April, 2014, 7:47pm

Motorola targets Moto G smartphone at emerging markets

The low-cost Moto G features a 4.5-inch screen, a quad-core processor and cameras front and rear. Photo: AFP

Google-owned Motorola Mobility moved Wednesday to shake up the global smartphone market with an entry-level handset aimed at cost-sensitive consumers around the world, many in emerging markets.

14 Nov 2013 - 3:45pm

Motorola's vision: a smartphone you design yourself

Motorola's project will allow users to select various components to fill a basic smartphone frame. Photo: Motorola

Motorola wants to let consumers design their own smartphones.

The Google-owned manufacturer has launched Project Ara to create a free, open and standardised platform to let people pick and choose the components they want in their phones, Motorola said in a blogpost this week.

30 Oct 2013 - 11:25am

First US-made smartphone just as cheap to produce

The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the “Made in the USA.” designation. Photo: AP

Motorola’s new Moto X phone doesn’t cost more to make simply because it’s assembled in Texas, research firm IHS said Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 11:10am

ZTE: destined to follow Motorola, Nortel?

Guests and employees chat under a ZTE company logo in front of the venue of the company's 15th anniversary celebration in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

The latest numbers and outlook from telecoms equipment maker ZTE look decidedly ugly, leading me to wonder if the struggling former superstar is destined either for extinction or a radical makeover in the next few years.

3 May 2013 - 11:42am 2 comments

Grave effect of smartphone revolution

Mobile phones have changed our behavioural patterns. Photo: AP

For a 40-year-old gadget, it is remarkable what a central role mobile phones continue to play in our lives. April 3 marked the anniversary of Martin Cooper of Motorola becoming the first man to use a mobile in 1973. He says he was lucky not to become the first casualty of mobile phone usage soon after as he walked around talking on it without paying attention to the New York traffic.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:01am 1 comment

Morning Clicks, August 22

Keywords: Press freedoms, Motorola, Africa, Pakistan, Latin America, Japan, Tibet

29 Aug 2012 - 3:06pm

First thing China, August 17

First thing China, August 17

Diaoyu activists to return Sunday

29 Aug 2012 - 3:07pm

Morning Click, August 14

Morning Click, August 14

Missing CCTV anchor suddenly reappears

31 Aug 2012 - 9:29am

Foxconn faces battle to offset Motorola woes

Foxconn International Holdings, whose shares have fallen 31.5 per cent this year, is struggling to gain more orders from Nokia Corp and Samsung Electronics this year to offset a decline in business from troubled top customer Motorola.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Solomon Systech pins hopes on diversification

Solomon Systech (International), a supplier of display chips used in mobile telephones, laptop computers and desktop monitors, plans to diversify its business to ease the impact of weak semiconductor market conditions this year.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Timely call

The limited-edition Toy Watch and Motorola Luxury Box set is a perfect gift for that special someone. The set features a black and gold-plated Toy Watch (far left), specially designed by Christie Wo, chief executive of the brand's Asian distributor, Charmonde, with a Swarovski crystal-set bezel and a mother-of-pearl dial.

23 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Motorola ensures future in the pipeline

Life in the fast lane of today's broadband and wireless revolution presents unique human resources challenges demanding equally cutting-edge solutions from Motorola. The modern-day communications giant that keeps the world constantly in touch requires the same of its workforce.

17 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Motorola looks to broadcast video in taking on iPhone

Mainland unit gets task of making handsets for niche service

Motorola (China) Electronics, the mainland unit of the world's third-largest handset maker, is to make mobile handsets that can receive broadcast video to compete against gadgets such as Apple's iPhone and reverse its parent's declining share of the global mobile device market.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Razr's edge

Motorola sold its 50 millionth Razr mobile phone in July last year, marking a milestone for the clamshell handset, which was launched in Hong Kong in 2004. The phone's latest incarnation, the Motorazr V8, combines new features and a slimmer, lighter interpretation of the Razr V3's original design.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am