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Google 'X-Phone' ready to blossom this spring: reports

The so-called X-Phone, the fruits of Google's recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility, is said to be introduced early this spring. 

Google signage is seen at the company's headquarters in New York in early January. According to a spate of new reports, Google is poised to release a new smartphone codenamed the 'X-Phone.'


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Late last year, rumors began circulating about a so-called "X-Phone" – a handset to be produced by Google and its recently-acquired Motorola Mobility division. Unlike the Nexus smartphones, which ran Google Android software but were built by outside manufacturers, the X-Phone would be entirely a Google affair. In a report in December, the Wall Street Journal called the device "a marquee handset with cutting-edge features." 

Something powerful enough to go head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5, in other words. Well, a few weeks later, a new scattering of reports on the X-Phone have emerged, and at least one of them targets the device for a May 2013 launch. According to a forum thread spotted by Droid Life, the X-Phone will be introduced at the Google I/O conference this spring, and unveiled in July (hat tip to CNET for the link). 

Standard caveat: Google has not yet acknowledged the existence of an X-Phone. 


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