Rumor Has It
Google jumps aboard the smartwatch trainGoogle seems to be feeling left out of the smartwatch revolution. Also this week, the next-gen Xbox continues to blow Karyne's mind, a $99 Kindle Fire is probably not on the horizon, and Google Play tweaks make co-host Lynn La feel warm and fuzzy inside.
KARYNE: Hey, I�m Karyne Levy LYNN: And I'm Lynn La, this week's guest host! KARYNE: Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's biggest tech rumors. LYNN: And vote on what sounds legit, and what seems like it's probably a no-go. KARYNE: And remember: you can vote on all the rumors, too! Keep your eye out for the poll in the interactive player, if you're watching on CNET. KARYNE: First up, my favorite kind of rumor: next-gen consoles. According to leaked Microsoft documents on the site VGLeaks, the next Xbox will only offer hard-drive-based game playback; you won't be able to play a game from the optical drive, which, will be Blu-ray. The doc goes on to say it will be big enough quote: "...to hold a large number of games." Don't panic, because it says that you'll be able to play the game while its downloading. LYNN: Downloading the games could mean faster load times, too. But as noted by The Verge, this leaked document is from last year. So keep in mind that Microsoft could've made a gajillion changes since then. KARYNE: A gajillion? LYNN: Yes, more or less -- that�s a ballpark figure. KARYNE: Gotcha. LYNN: Our next rumor is from the people over at Droid Life who say that Google Play�s UI is getting a bunch of new design tweaks. These include larger thumbnail and icon images, a leaner and more streamlined layout, and my personal favorite, some new menu typefaces. KARYNE: You�re seriously excited about that, aren�t you? LYNN: I... just have a lot of time on my hands. Don�t judge me. KARYNE: Well, whatever you�re excited about, from what we can tell from the alleged preview, the store�s new look appears to be tidier. LYNN: Right, and small things like that �Users Also Installed� window that pops up right after you start downloading an app has seemed to disappear. In general, though, everything looks to be about the same, so you�re not going to wake up one day and see that your Google Play pulled a Facebook and Timelined your ass. KARYNE: Next up, TechCrunch is reporting that Amazon has a $99 Kindle Fire on the horizon. Citing NOBODY, TechCrunch just "heard" that the 7-inch device is on the production line, with plans to ship sometime this year. Reportedly, the new device would use a TI chip and offer a 1,280x800-pixel resolution, just like the current Kindle HD 7-inch tablet. LYNN: Amazon recently dropped the prices on the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire. This led TechCrunch to believe that much cheaper 7-inch Kindle Fires are on its way. KARYNE: That's a really big leap: that $100 price difference is huge, especially when Amazon already loses money on each of its $199 Kindle Fires. So I don't think this rumor is true. At all. Ever. LYNN: And, hey, neither does Amazon. Apparently it totally refuted the claim and basically called TechCrunch a silly goose. KARYNE: Then we're all in agreement! LYNN: Next, a rumor from The Financial Times, says that Google may be developing a smartwatch. KARYNE: I have a Jawbone Up that I'm obsessed with for no reason, so I'm sure when all these smartwatches come out, I'll buy each one and wear them up my arm like sleeves. LYNN: Yes because that won�t look nerdy at all. Keep in mind, smartwatches are nothing new. Samsung has been making them for years, Sony, LG and Motorola have some, and Apple is rumored, on this show even, to be working on the tritely named, �iWatch.� So the idea that Google may be throwing its hat into the ring doesn�t sound so far- fetched. KARYNE: Especially now that we�ve reached a point in tech that we can cram all these software features in a tiny amount of space. LYNN: True, and I think that walking around with this chunk of tech on your wrist doesn�t look as unseemly or douchebaggy as, say, Google Glasses? KARYNE: What do you guys think? Will Google jump on the smartwatch bandwagon? Do you care? Do you think it'll be called G Time? Don't forget to vote, leave us a comment, and we'll check in with the CNET Council... LYNN: And the Council's verdict is a unanimous YES. Every one of the editors we asked think that Google is likely coming out with a smartwatch of its own. KARYNE: That�s our show everyone, share your rumors at email@example.com or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us! And thanks to Lynn, our guest host this week! LYNN: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.