Google working on "X Phone", "X" tablet to take on rivals - WSJ

Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:07pm EST

A neon Google logo is seen as employees work at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

A neon Google logo is seen as employees work at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012.

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(Reuters) - Google Inc is working with recently acquired Motorola on a handset codenamed "X-phone", aimed at grabbing market share from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

Google acquired Motorola in May for $12.5 billion to bolster its patent portfolio as its Android mobile operating system competes with rivals such as Apple and Samsung.

The Journal quoted the people saying that Motorola is working on two fronts: devices that will be sold by carrier partner Verizon Wireless, and on the X phone.

Motorola plans to enhance the X Phone with its recent acquisition of Viewdle, an imaging and gesture-recognition software developer. The new handset is due out sometime next year, the business daily said, citing a person familiar with the plans.

Motorola is also expected to work on an "X" tablet after the phone. Google Chief Executive Larry Page is said to have promised a significant marketing budget for the unit, the newspaper said quoting the persons.

Google was not immediately reachable for comments outside regular U.S. business hours.

(Reporting by Balaji Sridharan in Bangalore; Editing by Richard Chang)

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K.D. wrote:
This doesn’t bode well for people who have purchased (or are waiting to purchase) a Nexus 4 smartphone. My prediction is that the Nexus 4 was a market test. Google ran this same market test back in 2010 when they sold the Nexus One. The experiment was a flop. The market wasn’t ready yet. They kept repeating this experiment every few years to gauge the market interest. Suddenly, the Nexus 4 takes off like wildfire! Now Google knows they have interest. They will sell what little stock they have of the Nexus 4 devices from LG and then focus all their efforts on making their own devices (the X Phone). Why let LG get all the profits? Google doesn’t really care about the Nexus 4. Their market test was a success. They will now build and sell their own smart phone and collect all the profit.

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