Google Drive, Google Voice partners, and the HTC One X in pictures

This week's rumor roundup includes two Google launches, one Windows schedule, and a hot phone that's been actually held and pictured

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Likelihood: Hoo, boy. The Drive has been rumored forever, but it seems a bit more prescient now, given the “Nexus tablet” that might launch in late June at Google I/O. It’s a small, cheaper tablet, and so cloud storage is a necessary add-on. So an April launch seems feasible.

Get excited?: Me? Not too excited, until I see what’s new. Dropbox provides 2 GB free to start with, and it’s pretty easy to climb up to more than 8 GB of “free” space through referrals, contests, etc. And I like Dropbox because it’s a separate firm that does one thing--it’s a screwdriver, not a multi-tool.

Windows 8 “Release Candidate” coming late May or early June

Source: WinUnleaked.uk, via Ars Technica

Details: The next, closer-to-release-ready version of Windows 8 should be available for desktops and tablets along the same lines as Windows 7’s alpha-beta-RC-gold calendar.

Likelihood: Actually, Windows 8 might take a bit more time to roll out, given the different architectures they’re reaching for this time, and the notable changes to the desktop interface. But the rumored schedule falls somewhere between the schedule for XP and 7, so not entirely impossible

Get excited?: I’m amped to see Windows 8 on an actual tablet. The desktop preview doesn’t have enough Metro-style apps ready for previewing yet. So, yeah, I’m excited, and Microsoft wishes you were, too.

HTC One X, in the flesh and pictured

Source: Android Central Forums

Details: Someone who received a test unit reports that HTC’s much-anticipated phone is as thin and light as reported, has “amazing screen quality,” and pretty good battery life (though the battery is not removeable). There’s also a Beats logo on the phone itself, and an app that shows the Beats logo, suggested the Beats/HTC/streaming music play is in place.

Likelihood: Pretty good, given the targeted release date (mid-May), and the pictures.

Get excited?: If you’re looking for your next Android, and you’ve never cared about access to spare batteries or microSD slots, then sure, get happy.

Top image and thumbnail image via Android Central Forums

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