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Sources: Google set to release 5G smartphone ahead of Apple

Test production of device latest sign of company's growing push into hardware

A 5G model may be among the new Pixel 4 smartphone series to be launched by Google on Tuesday.

TAIPEI -- Google has begun test production of a 5G smartphone that it may unveil as soon as next week as part of its aggressive expansion into branded hardware that aims to steal a march on Apple and tie in consumers to its search and cloud-computing services.

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