The arrival of the $199 Moto X, the first smartphone developed by Motorola Mobility since being bought by Google last year, will put the company in the uneasy position of drawing the two units closer together even as Google needs to maintain the goodwill of its Android partners. All four major U.S. carriers, plus U.S. Cellular, will add the 4.7-inch handset next month, Google announced Thursday. While lacking the newest Android software, the phone features improved voice recognition and battery, a camera that operates with a flick of the wrist and a new X8 chipset that will power other Motorola smartphones. Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside said the company will produce a number of models under the Moto X brand in the coming months.
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