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Report: Motorola to launch 8 more smartphones this year

Droids and Nexuses, and X's, oh my! Should the rumors prove true, the next few months could prove to be quite busy for the gang at Motorola.

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The Motorola Moto X runs stock Android, with a few extra features. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

If you thought you've heard a lot about Motorola over these last few weeks, you haven't seen anything yet. According to a report stemming from TKTechNews, Moto is going to make up for a quiet first half of 2014 by prepping up to eight smartphones for launch later this year.

Joining familiar models like the Moto X+1 and Moto G successor are the Moto S, and Moto X Play. And, lest you thought Motorola was done with the Droid line, word is there could be three of those as well.

Those following the mobile space closely already know that we should see new versions of the Moto X and Moto G experience come September 4. Beyond that, however, we're treading in rumor territory. And this is where things get muddy.

One model which recently landed on our radar, the so-called "Shamu" was tied to Nexus chatter. But, as it turns out, this device could ultimately carry the name of Moto S when it surfaces. This is not to suggest there won't be a Motorola Nexus, though; that's still also in the cards. The Moto X Play could be a mini version of the Moto S.

Rumored Motorola devices include Droid, Droid Maxx, Droid Turbo, Moto X+1, a Moto G successor, the Moto S, Moto X Play, and Motorola Nexus

In an interesting twist, it appears that the Droid series of devices may no longer be exclusive to Verizon. A source close to the blog indicates that AT&T could launch their own branded versions of the handsets. Either way, we're advised to look for a refreshed Droid and Droid Maxx as well as a Droid Turbo this year. Oh, and one of these may be offered in conjunction with an upcoming "Star Wars" promotion.

Indeed, this whole report is quite the confusing scenario. But with only a few months left in the year, we should expect things to clear up in short order.