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The picture shows a microphone in front of a Google logo during a press announcement at Google headquarters in New York, May 21, 2012.  - AFP Photo

Fri Dec 21, 2012 - Google Inc is working with recently acquired Motorola on a handset code named "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.

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Murtajiz Jafri Dec 23, 2012 10:50am
I seriously doubt that X-phone would be able to compete and supercede any product on the market introduced by Apple especially it's recently launched iPhone 5 which attracted huge influx of people into Apple stores around the globe.Moreover,Apple has now become the symbol of prestige in particular for the high society down the line!
schoolboy Dec 24, 2012 09:03am
I m not concerned about X PHONE but as far as, being a tiny technologist myself, Apple being a giant today but next five years looking at the progress of Android community and with the launch of Windows phone and tablets... i must say the isolation of Iphone ( for Apple based products ) only will not work in the long run. Change is inevitable.... and history will be rewritten ..