Google confirms: Moto X Play hitting Verizon as Droid Maxx 2
Back in late August, about a month after the Motorola Moxo X Play made its international debut, we started hearing rumblings about a possible US release under a different name. We heard that Verizon was interested in bringing Motorola’s latest phones to its lineup, but not without a little rebranding: the Moto X Play would be the new Droid Maxx 2. Later we saw some apparent Moto X Play back panels with Verizon logos, and later got to check out some images of the fully assembled handset, all ready to go for Verizon. While the carrier has yet to go official with its plans, we may have just picked up the strongest confirmation yet that the Moto X Play will indeed come to Verizon as the Droid Maxx 2, as Google mentions that identity in some support documents.
If you’ve got a Chromecast and an Android smartphone, you’re no doubt aware of the ability to cast specific apps to your TV, but have you ever tried the general “cast screen” feature baked-in to Android? Google’s got a support page where it lists dozens of phone it’s successfully tested this ability with, and right up there near the top it lists “Droid Maxx 2 (Verizon) or Moto X Play (Rest of World).”
That may be as close to a slam dunk as we’re going to get outside of something from Verizon or Motorola themselves, positively identifying the Droid Maxx 2 as the Moto X Play with which we’re already familiar.
Beyond the Droid Maxx 2, we’re also expecting Verizon to welcome the Droid Turbo 2 (aka Moto X Force) sometime soon. A reference to a possible October 1 launch clearly hasn’t panned out, but we could still see both these phones arrive sometime in the weeks to come.