July 29, 2014

The week's best Android rumors: Motorola XPlay, Amazon Set-Top box, new Galaxy Tabs, and more

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Motorola XPlay

Motorola are rumored to be launching their 6.3-inch phablet called the XPlay around Q3 2014. Reports indicate that Motorola have decided to drop the XPlay name, and may just be calling it the next Moto X. Specs are currently uncertain but speculation suggests the Moto XPlay will include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, and the Jelly Bean version of Android.

New Galaxy Tabs

Evidence has surfaced that suggests Samsung have dropped off a 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab to the FCC for approval to confirm recent reports that Samsung are working on a new tablet. The new device has a display diagonal size of 267.5 mm which equates to about 10.5 inches, with the device measuring about 9.7 inches by 6.94 inches. Further details are unknown at this point, but it seems Samsung are definitely working on a new tablet.

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Amazon Set-Top Box

With Amazon’s media event scheduled for next week, there are rumours that Amazon may be preparing a launch of their own dedicated set-top box to rival the Apple TV and Google Chromecast. It is expected that the set-top box may come bundled with a game controller and hook into Amazon’s Android App Store to provide gaming capability. The form factor of the media device is still up for debate, but it is expected to mimic the Chromecast.

Android 4.4.3

A new version of Android is rumored to be arriving in short order, or so says a new report. It’s a minor one, to be sure, and seems to center around the camera features.

New Droid

Another member of the Droid family could debut later this year, according to new chatter. Said to have a larger screen, it could feature next-gen Kevlar materials and come under the name of Droid Quantum.