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Google plans cheaper smartphone to draw users into internet empire

Tech giant seeks to exploit Apple woes to drive hardware expansion

Google plans to release a cheaper version of its Pixel smartphone as demand for premium handsets flags. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama)

TAIPEI -- Google plans to unveil its first lower-priced smartphone this year as part of an aggressive push into hardware that it hopes will draw more users into its ecosystem, sources have revealed.

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