Inside Scoop: New rumors on Nexus tablet, Moto X phone
Welcome to Inside Scoop.
I'm Sumi Das, joining me is Seth Rosenblatt, senior writer for CNET.
Seth, thanks for being with us.
-Thank you, Sumi.
-So you have an appointment with Google tomorrow.
-Actually, with few other people.
-I hope so.
What do you expect to see?
What's the rumor?
-So-- [unk] rumors are thin.
We know that the vent is going to be hosted by Sundar Pichai, who is in-charge of not just Chrome anymore, not just apps, but
also Android following Andy Rubin.
-Okay, so that gives us some clues as to the categories of devices.
Yeah, we know it's not gonna be a car but we're-- we think it's going to be something related to Chrome OS, could be a new Chromebook.
They launched a new Chromebook, the $250 one last year at this time.
-So we could get in a new Chromebook.
It could be a Chrome OS tablet.
We know that they've been working on getting touch features into Chrome OS, so that's something.
We're probably gonna see Android 4.3
and we don't think we're gonna see any Android phones.
They're doing the big Moto X revealed next week on August 1st.
-So a new phone would seem to be a little odd in terms of timing.
So, next week you mentioned there is a big announcement for the Motorola phones.
-What is that going to be-- what do we know about that so far?
Because it seems like people are usually more interested in phones than they are in other devices.
-Well, the Moto X-- it's Motorola Mobility's big new
They've been sort of off the vine for quite a while.
-We have not heard for Motorola for a while.
They really seated at the Android lead to Samsung.
And Google's purchase of the company, you know, of $12 billion hasn't really produced much.
So this is their big chance to show that they are still on the game.
We know that the phone is going to be customizable a little bit in the hardware, as well as in the operating system.
It's gonna be a pure version of Android.
-And so what do we think that might look like?
-For now, we think it's going to be customizable back.
We've seen a couple of those marked up.
Beyond that, we don't really know.
-Do we know anything else about the Moto X?
Any clues about what we might see next week?
-The rumor mill has it going that it's going to have a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 16 gigs of on-board storage, 4.5-inch screen.
But these are all rumors.
We don't actually have any facts at this point.
And as far as the event tomorrow, there are some rumblings
about Chrome and Android-- greater integration than that in the arena.
Because of [unk] in-charge of both divisions, we could see the beginnings of Chrome and Android integration tomorrow.
It's a possibility.
Don't know how likely it is.
Another thing that we could see as well is the launch of the second Nexus 7 tablet.
-It's-- almost-- it's been over a year since the last--
-The first tablet.
-The first Nexus 7 launch at Google I/O 2012.
again with this, you know, it was the first sort of super successful Android tablet.
It sort of created the 7-inch form factor space for tablets.
I've been using it.
I think it's a great tablet, so I think a lot of people are gonna be curious to see if it comes.
What kind of hardware it has, what form it takes--
-All right, Seth.
Thanks so much.
Now you are going to be keeping a close eye on this first, right?
Tomorrow morning 8:30 AM Pacific, I'll be live blogging with my CNET colleagues.
-And I will be tuning in.
-For Inside Scoop, I'm Sumi Das.
Thanks for watching.