While Samsung and Motorola are both big names in the mobile industry, there are huge differences between them. Samsung is currently the world’s largest mobile phone maker, generating a lot of cash from its phone business, while Motorola had troubles in the last years, this leading to its Mobility division being bought by Google, and (later this year) by Lenovo. But you probably already knew this.
What you may have not known is that, about two decades ago, Samsung was struggling to manufacture its first mobile phones, and, at first, it just couldn’t match the quality and performance of Motorola’s handsets from back then.
Of course, Motorola was a pioneer, having released the world’s first commercial mobile phone in 1983 (the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, a large and heavy device that weighed about 800 grams). So it’s probably safe to assume that not only Samsung, but most phone makers looked up to Motorola at some point in their history.
completed the development of its first mobile phone in 1991, and released various models in the next few years, initially only in South Korea. But the first devices were far from being great. It’s said that, in the early 90s, a Samsung engineer had witnessed a mountain climber making calls with a Motorola handset from the top of a mountain in Korea. The engineer then took a Samsung phone to the same location, but couldn’t make any calls, as the device had no connection at all there. This led to Samsung investing a lot more into research and development (including connectivity technology). In 1993, Samsung’s mobile phone division literally had the task of producing handsets “comparable to Motorola's by 1994, or Samsung will disengage itself from the mobile phone business."
Eventually, things got on the right path, and, in 1994, Samsung launched the SH-770 Anycall (pictured on the right). This was the first handset that the company’s execs were happy with. The SH-770 and other subsequent models helped Samsung dominate the South Korean mobile market starting the second half of 1995. Before that, Motorola was the leader in Samsung’s home country. Interesting times, isn't it?
Since Motorola had a great influence over Samsung and the mobile phone industry in general, we'll end this article with a promo video used by Motorola in the 80s, when the "cellular revolution" was only a dream of the future:
24.SayMobile(Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)
actually in around 2010 when nokia was still the leaders of the mobile phone industry and android was still young as a platform with samsung no where in the scene, nokia had released a statement saying " due to their amazing vertical integration samsung will dominate the android space in d near future" so keep calm fanboy and keep your irrelevant theories to yourself , its not d absence of nokia that has made samsung what it is today
I was really saddened and surprised at the same time when Nokia announced that they were not going to produce Android phones. I still remember my G1, man that device sucked but it was what started Android and look where things are.
I really think Nokia in Android arena would have made the competition more exciting.
I remember during the late 90s MOTOROLA RAZR was the #1 flip phone in the u.s. used to own the MOTOR KRZR myself most my very first phone was a NOKIA when we used to change the face plate with custom covers. that was before we have all these fan boys based phones. Phones were great back then and they were no law suits also.
Luckily for Samsung, the iPhone was invented and they were able to steal all of its ideas and put into a cheaper package that was easy to hack and easy on the wallet so all the cheap bastards that couldn't pass AT&T credit check or afford an iPhone outright were able to now have a touch screen smart phone - and say to themselves over and over "this can do everythign the iphone can do, this can do everything the iphone can do, this can do everything the iphone can do" and they kept brewing hate against Apple to compensate for their sevire insecurity, projecting their weaknesses into an abstract company. Welcome to the modern era! xD
21.The13thKing(banned)(Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
lmaoooo. what does the iFeaturePhone do? oh yes. it can play 480p videos on it's RETINA screen, it can take photos with a featureless camera app and of course download apps and have facebook. what an achievement. glad you guys now have the AMAZING control center. hey, it's innovation. now you can access the CALCULATOR quickly.
Now Motorola should sue Samsung because Samsung copied Motorola or as the article says wanted to develop mobiles as good as Motorola. So they must have mentioned Motorola in one of their internal mails / communication.
27.strikercho(banned)(Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Well, do you know, phonearena, that Samsung still struggles to make better phones, than not only Motorola, but also Apple, Nokia and Sony? PS: Good to see Asian money well spent for comercial articles in PA.:)
All company will have it up and down. Look back in time all company has it moment sight Nokia with N lines line before the iPhone, Motorola with V lines in the early 2000, Blackberry Q line before iPhone, Sony with Erison line, and HTC early 2008 etc what happen to them now. Don't worry Samsung and Apple hater and lover, soon enough their faith will repeat.