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Could the new Xbox hit in 2013 after all?This week in rumor land, Donald Bell and Emily Dreyfuss wonder about new Kindle Fires, whether Samsung might drop the Android OS, and they don't mention the iPhone 5 once. Kidding!
EMILY: Hey, I�m Emily Dreyfuss DONALD: and I'm Donald Bell in for Karyne Levy. EMILY: Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's hottest tech rumors. DONALD: And vote on what we think will come true, and what�s total bunk. EMILY: The best part is that you guys can vote too, so don�t go anywhere EMILY (To my camera): Let's jump right into the biggest rumor of the week. A 56-page PowerPoint presentation got posted in a forum thread, allegedly from Microsoft. In it, their Microsoft�s supposed product plans until 2015 are laid out. The juiciest bit? That the Xbox 720 will drop in time for Christmas 2013. DONALD: This excites me waaay more than the idea of an Apple Television. The interesting part for me is that this also points to a new Kinect and some augmented reality glasses hitting by 2015. EMILY: Though this could very well be a fake, it�s in line with the timeframe we�ve been expecting for ages. So whether the line drawings of jughead and veronica dancing to a new Xbox Kinect are real or not, the question is when will we see the console? DONALD (To Donald�s camera): This is the question every gamer wants to know. Will the new Xbox come out this year, next year, or the year after? EMILY: I�m a pessimist so I say 2014. That�s what we�d been hearing all year, and I don�t believe this product road map is real. DONALD: Well, I think this year would be too soon after the refresh they just had, and 2014 is too late. Next year sounds perfect. DONALD: If you�re watching on CNET, cast your vote now using the thumbs up, thumbs down right next to Emily�s head in the CNET Interactive player. EMILY: See 'em? Right there! You have the next 30 seconds to vote. Go! In the meantime, we take the rumor to the streets of San Francisco. Stick around, because in a few minutes you�ll see if your vote was the same as CNET�s experts. EMILY: Let�s go run down a few more tech rumors from the week, and then reveal what our poll of CNET Council of experts thinks. Don�t go anywhere. Stick around to see if your vote matches up with the experts. DONALD (To Donald�s camera): Our second rumor comes from our good friends over at Digitimes, and a bunch of you who emailed us. The rumor is that Amazon may be planning to introduce several versions of the Kindle Fire in three sizes. EMILY: All I know is I don�t care about bigger versions--I just want a faster Kindle Fire. DONALD: Yeah, three options are a bit much, but people have wanted a 10-inch version ever since the original came out. EMILY (To my camera): Our third rumor comes from an anonymous developer speaking to Tech Crunch, so take it with a grain or 100 of salt. This dev thinks that the new Auto Layout feature in iOS 6 is the smoking gun that proves that the next iPhone will be bigger. DONALD: It looks like Auto Layout helps developers to size their apps across a wide range of screen sizes. I like this rumor, but I think it�s probably more about an Apple TV than an iPhone. They�ve already solved the resolution issues between different iPhones pretty well. EMILY: Yeah, and between iPhones and iPad. But this could mean that we�re going to see a wide-screen iPhone with a different aspect ratio. DONALD (To Donald�s camera): And finally, the Wall Street Journal says that Samsung�s new CEO wants to strengthen their software capabilities. CNET�s Roger Cheng wonders if Samsung may finally abandon Android in their smartphones and make their own OS. EMILY: Since Google is in the hardware business now with Motorola, Samsung could feel threatened. It did buy an OS called Bada a while ago. DONALD: Yeah, but Android really is the best thing to happen to Samsung�s phones. He�s probably just talking about more customizations of Android. EMILY: Don�t do it, Samsung, you waited too long. Google and Apple have a patent on everything. Can�t you just imagine the lawyers drooling all over themselves, ready to file new lawsuits? DONALD: OK, back to our first rumor. Let�s see what the CNET Council thinks about the Xbox. EMILY: And the CNET verdict is YEA, the next Xbox will come out in 2013. DONALD: The CNET Council was split 3 in favor, and 2 against. EMILY: Blerg, the council shot me down. Check out how you guys did. See your results right there? DONALD: OK, that�s our show everyone. Tune in next week for more rumors. EMILY: In the meantime, if you�ve got a comment, a rumor, or just want to gossip e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. Our comment of the week comes from Tonyx42 who said Android is like driving a stick shift. You have waaaaay more control but it takes a little work. iOS is like an automatic, easier, but you�re limited. DONALD: So leave us more comments snd don�t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Emily: See you next time on Rumor Has It!