The Moto X Style is Motorola’s newest flagship phone, but this year, the company did things a little differently, by launching a second smartphone that’s nearly as interesting as the first: the Moto X Play. However, it was unclear whether the Play would be coming to the US at all.

Looks like Verizon may have our answer.

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According to this leaked image via Android Police, the Moto X Play will indeed be coming to the US as the Droid Maxx 2, a refresh of Verizon’s moderately spec’d smartphone (versus the beefier Droid Turbo).

The Maxx 2 shares all the same tech guts as the Moto X Play, including that massively huge 3,630 mAh battery. It’s also possible that the Moto X Style (known as the Moto X Pure Edition in the US) will show up as the new Droid Turbo 2 — but that seems less certain considering the Moto X has a universal SIM that would make it already compatible with Verizon.

Regardless, as is true almost every year, Verizon customers who also happen to be Motorola fans have a tough choice to make. [Android Police]

Android Pay may launch tomorrow?!: McDonald’s—not exactly known for being involved in tech leaks—let slip via employee orientation that Android Pay, Google’s revamp of mobile payments display at this year’s Google I/O, could launch as soon as tomorrow, August 26. Luckily we won’t have to wait long to find out. [Android Police]


New Microsoft hardware...finally: Microsoft may be unleashing a flood of hardware come October. According to The Verge, we could see two new Lumia phones, a new Microsoft Band, and the Surface Pro 4. Whew. October should be fun. [The Verge]

Smartphone storage, upgraded: The ASUS Zenfone 2 is a spec’d out smartphone on the cheap, and the Taiwanese company isn’t doing surprising how much goodness it can pack in a tiny smartphone package. Buzzfeed reports that ASUS will be coming out with a 256GB version of the Zenfone 2. That may be what they call... overkill. [Buzzfeed]


Goodbye video game disks: Patents will be patents, which is to say the technological equivalent to a twinkle in the eye, but Nintendo has quite an intriguing one—a console completely without an optical drive. That’s right, no more disks. If Nintendo goes through with this bold new plan for the gaming future, let’s hope the rumored NX console (or the one after it) comes with lots and lots of storage. [Geek]

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