Published: December 27, 2012 2:00 PM
By Gaëtan Alzieu
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
TestThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that, according to sources close to the matter,  Google and Motorola are on course to build a new high-end smartphone to rival top-of-the-range heavyweights like the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. The handset is currently code-named the X-Phone.

The WSJ points to several fronts on which Google and Motorola may be working to make the X-Phone stand out from its competitors. Ceramic materials could be used to improve resistance, for example, and advanced face and gesture recognition could also be on the cards. There's even been some talk of a lip-reading function, as Google could integrate technology from recent acquisition Viewdle, a specialist in gesture recognition. For the time being, though, this remains pure speculation.

Although Google and Motorola will first of all be working on a phone, word is that an X-Tablet could follow soon after. This could be the beginning of a long and happy partnership between the brands after Google snapped up Motorola for $12.5 billion earlier this year, and it may give rise to some first-rate new Android devices. Let's just hope they're easier to get hold of than Google's current Nexus 4 smartphone, which seems to be perpetually out of stock.

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