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Google’s new phone underwhelms

What exactly is an Android phone? It depends on which brand is in your pocket. Apple Inc. strictly standardizes the iPhone’s software and hardware, but Android phone makers HTC, Samsung, and LG each serve up starkly different devices.

Then last year Google Inc., the creator of Android software, bought Motorola Mobility, the hardware company that invented the cellphone. At last, Google could build the definitive Android phone, a seamless blend of hardware and software.

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