The Razr's first supposed successor, the Krzr (pronounced krazer), was a relative flop in comparison. The Razr still outsells it. There were others, such as the Rokrs, Pebls, Slvrs, Rizrs, and Qs. All decent phones, but not iconic.
In May, Motorola held a press conference in NYC to bow the official Razr2, which is selling well, but the original Razr still outsells it. It was with this announcement that people really began to wonder where the company was headed. Then came an announcement that Motorola's handset business wasn't doing well, and would close out 2007 in the red.
Shareholders were fuming. One large shareholder, Carl Icahn, attempted to snag a seat on Motorola's board of directors in an attempt to gain some measure of control over the company. He failed. But the message was loud and clear. Shareholders want change.
Well, now they have it.
Whether or not Mr. Brown can affect the changes they are looking for is something only time will tell.