Android Central Podcast

Android Central Podcast

By Android Central

The Android and Google Podcast for Everyone. Hosted by Daniel Bader.

Episodes

Working from home and the rise of Chromebooks

Ara Wagoner swings by to talk with Daniel and Jerry about the rise of Chromebooks as they become increasingly popular in this era of learning and working from home. The team have a spirited discussion about what's great and what can be improved. Plus, they offer tips on what to look for in terms of specs if you want to buy one. Pixel 4a isn't due until July (or maybe even later). Does that affect the relevance of the phone, and how might that impact the eventual launch of Pixel 5. Last up, Huawei is in trouble. Again and still. Links: Pixel 4a is coming July 13 with Just Black and Barely Blue colors Here's why Google is delaying the Pixel 4a to July (or even August) | Android Central Why Chromebooks have become the perfect work from home laptop | Android Central Forget what you may have heard: Chromebooks are actually great productivity machines | Android Central Best Chromebooks 2020: Top 10 Chrome OS Laptops Ranked Lenovo Chromebook Duet review: The perfect couch companion | Android Central Trump administration will soon begin blocking Huawei's global chip supply | Android Central Losing access to TSMC would be catastrophic for Huawei | Android Central Huawei faces new hurdle as TSMC cuts off chip orders | Android Central FAQ: What is the Google-Apple COVID-19 (coronavirus) Exposure Notifications system? | Android Central
24/05/201h 9m

The future of Pixel phones

With two key leaders behind the Pixel phones gone from Google, what does the future hold for the product line? Will it continue as the industry-leading smartphone camera, and/or serve as a developer reference device? Will the price go down How likely is it that Google is even interested in making a push for the phone at retail to compete with market share leaders? Daniel, Andrew, and Jerry read the tea leaves and discuss this turning point for the Pixel. Links: The mastermind behind the Pixel's camera has left Google | Android Central Top members of the Pixel team leaving Google isn't purely negative — maybe it needed fresh leadership | Android Central If Google loses the Pixel's camera advantage, the product line will die | Android Central Why Amazon’s hardware makes more sense than Google’s - The Verge If this rumor is true, Google may have just found a way to defeat the iPhone SE The Pixel 4a's camera gets a full review before launch | Android Central Google Pixel 4a: News, Leaks, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors! | Android Central Calling a phone 'mid-range' doesn't make sense anymore — we can do better | Android Central Google I/O would have started today — here's why it's such a wonderful event | Android Central Google Pixel Buds 2020 review: These AirPods competitors were worth the wait | Android Central
17/05/201h 15m

The Rodney Dangerfield Problem

Marton Barcza is here to talk about his new app, Crrowd. It's a community for crowd-sourced tech reviews and questions you might have about a gadget. He also chats with Daniel and Jerry about the best selling Android phones and why they aren't necessarily the ones that get the most press coverage. They discuss what it will take for MediaTek to rise up as a true competitor to Qualcomm, a delay of the next Android 11 public beta, and the viability of LG's Velvet smartphone. Links: crrowd.com TechAltar - YouTube Redmi Note 8 was the best-selling Android smartphone in Q1 2020 | Android Central The Android 11 public beta is being delayed until June 3 | Android Central Google is finally doing something about its incoherent messaging strategy | Android Central LG Velvet is now official with Snapdragon 765 SoC, 48MP triple-camera setup | Android Central
10/05/201h 9m

Classic Black Dress

Daniel and Jerry are joined by Lory Gil of iMore for a chat about global smartphone shipments tumbling. Apple's move to put their flagship processor into a budget phone is a shot across the bow of Qualcomm and all other device manufacturers. They have an in-depth conversation about contract tracing and the technology behind Apple and Google's joint COVID-19 exposure notification API. They make it easier to understand what it does and how it protects your privacy while helping make the world a safer place. Links: Global smartphone shipments tumbled 13% in Q1 2020 due to COVID-19 | Android Central See how Apple and Google came together to trace the coronavirus | iMore Apple and Google release first seed of COVID-19 exposure notification API for contact tracing app developers | TechCrunch Apple Earnings Call Transcripts: Apple CEO Tim Cook on the company's 2020 Q2 earnings | iMore iPhone SE review: Bigger on the inside | iMore
04/05/201h 9m

Juan Carlos Bagnell is more than just Some Gadget Guy

Daniel Bader sits down with Juan Carlos Bagnell to talk about his journey as Some Gadget Guy, his appreciation for LG phones, smartphone photography, and the year-over-year improvements in mobile devices. Links: Juan Carlos Bagnell (@SomeGadgetGuy) / Twitter SomeGadgetGuy – Let's Talk Tech LG V60 review: Most of a Galaxy S20+, for hundreds less | Android Central
26/04/2058m 42s

OnePlus CMO Kyle Kiang on how the OnePlus 8 series will beat Samsung

Daniel and Andrew are joined by OnePlus CMO, Kyle Kiang, for a conversation about how OnePlus plans to take on the biggest phone makers in the world, including Samsung and Apple, by focusing on carriers, price, and customer experience. Links: OnePlus 8 Pro review: A cheaper, better Galaxy S20+ | Android Central
20/04/2028m 59s

How Moto keeps winning: A conversation with Motorola's Doug Michau

Doug Michau, executive director of North American business development at Motorola, speaks with Daniel Bader and Joe Maring about the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus. They also discuss how Motorola works to create the right experiences for their customers through hardware and software design. Links: Moto G Power review: More battery, less money | Android Central Moto G Stylus review: This pen isn't actually mightier | Android Central Moto G Power vs. Moto G Stylus: Which should you buy? | Android Central Motorola RAZR review: As useful as a dull razor blade | Android Central
16/04/2039m 40s

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro Reviewed

Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik have both spent time testing the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. With Jerry Hildenbrand as a sounding board, they go into detail on what's new and great about these phones. Links: OnePlus 8 review: More of the same, for $100 more | Android Central OnePlus 8 Pro review: No strings attached | Android Central What is a color filter camera and how does it work on the OnePlus 8 Pro? | Android Central OnePlus 8 Pro has 30W wireless charging — here's how it works | Android Central
14/04/201h 13m

The Benefit of the Metric System

Daniel and Jerry are joined by Adam Doud! He's a podcast producer and host of 'Benefit of the Doud'. They sit down in a socially distant manner for a conversation about the aftermath of the Sprint / T-Mobile merger. They also discuss Internet access and infrastructure performance as many people around the world shelter-in-place. Adam shares his thoughts on LG's V60, and the crew also chat about OnePlus 8 Pro, 2020 flagships, and Canadian guilt regarding BlackBerry's failure. Links: Socially-Distanced Technology (Adam Doud) (@DeadTechnology) / Twitter The T-Mobile and Sprint merger is done and little good will come of it | Android Central The Sprint / T-Mobile merger is complete, so what happens now? An FAQ | Android Central What the T-Mobile & Sprint Merger Means for You | T-Mobile How Dish Network saved the T-Mobile Sprint merger - CNET Europe's internet is slowing down more than America's, and here's the reason | Android Central OnePlus 8 series picks up DisplayMate's A+ rating, best smartphone display award | Android Central Latest OnePlus 8 Pro leak shows off striking new 'Ultramarine Blue' option | Android Central Exclusive: The OnePlus 8 phones could be the most affordable 5G phones of 2020 - here's how much they'll cost | Business Insider India The Samsung Galaxy S20+, S20 Ultra Exynos & Snapdragon Review: Megalomania Devices Our Galaxy S20 Ultra review, one month later: Disappointment rising
06/04/201h 6m

Embattled Software, Unmatched Hardware

Harish Jonnalagadda and Alex Dobie join Daniel Bader for a conversation about Huawei's P40 series of phones. They also talk about the rise of OPPO, its position as a leader in India, their sister companies, and the brand new OPPO Find X2 Pro. Specs have leaked for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, and the team provide preview the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Links: Huawei's P40 series is here to revolutionize mobile photography | Android Central Huawei P40 Pro hands-on review: Camera slaps, but lacks most apps | Android Central OPPO Find X2 Pro goes live with 120Hz QHD+ display, dual 48MP cameras, and 65W fast charging | Android Central OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro full specs revealed in new leak | Android Central Redmi Note 9 Pro hands-on review: The battery life champion of 2020 | Android Central
29/03/201h 1m

Android 11 DP2; LG V60; PlayStation 5 specs

Daniel and Jerry are joined by Joe Maring for a look at some of the new features found in Android 11 Developer Preview 2. LG V60 was launched in this week in the US starting at $799. Finishing up with some gaming news, more details about PlayStation 5 have been revealed. The next-generation console wars are ramping up as the team chat about which systems they prefer. Links: Android 11: Everything you need to know! | Android Central How to get Android 11 on your Pixel using the Android Flash Tool | Android Central The LG V60 launches in the U.S. this week for as little as $799 | Android Central PlayStation 5: News, price, specs, rumors, and everything we know about PS5 | Android Central
23/03/201h 1m

Brute Force Battery Life

COVID-19 continues to dominate tech news and international headlines. Daniel, Jerry, and Ara discuss the impact of the virus so far and offer suggestions on what to do if you're spending more time than usual at home. Getting back to gadgets, they review Samsung's Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus. There's also a leaked video to discuss of Pixel 4a! Links: Coronavirus and tech: Ongoing list of event cancellations, disruptions, product delays, and more E3 2020 canceled due to coronavirus concerns Top 7 working from home hacks to get more done Samsung Galaxy S20 review: A near-perfect, pocket-friendly powerhouse Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus review: The best phone for most people New Pixel 4a leak could have revealed the price This Pixel 4a video leak will help you forget about all of the Pixel 4's problems Sponsors: Indeed: Indeed gives you the smart tools to make hiring decisions quickly, and to be confident that you’re making the right hire for your team. Post your job today at indeed.com/acp and get a free sponsored job upgrade on your first posting. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Offer valid through March 31, 2020.
13/03/2053m 24s

Deep Touch

Google I/O 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but presentations will still be held digitally. As developments moves forward, new features are available to Google Pixel users. Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand details what's good and not so good. They also touch on the popular photography app, Moment, being removed from the Google Play Store. As they explain, it's a fragmentation and compatibility issue that could have been avoided. There are fresh leaks and rumors about OnePlus 8 Pro — It will allegedly support 30W wireless charging and is set to be announced next month. Links: Google I/O 2020 canceled over Coronavirus fears, will be held digitally Google's second Pixel feature drop brings Car Crash Detection, Motion Sense improvements, and more You can call it Pixel Smush or 3D Touch, it's still the same failed idea New OnePlus 8 Pro leak claims the phone will support 30W wireless charging The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will reportedly be announced next month Twitter joins Snapchat and Facebook with its own stories feature — Fleets
07/03/201h 4m

Aversion to Grain

Andrew 'Android' Martonik settles in with Daniel Bader for a detailed conversation about the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, its smaller siblings, and the current state of 5G coverage. They also touch on what could potentially be a more affordable flagship alternative — the recently announced LG V60. Links: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: Too much of a good thing Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review LG V60 hands-on preview: Don't overlook this Galaxy S20+ competitor Sponsors: CLEAR: CLEAR makes your life safer, simpler, and more secure. CLEAR is the absolute BEST way to get through airport security. It works great with Pre-Check too! Get two months free at clearme.com/central and use code 'central'.
27/02/2059m 38s

Z Flip's 'Ultra Thin Glass' display; S20 Ultra photos; Android 11 Features

Daniel and Jerry go one-on-one for a conversation about Z Flip's 'Ultra Thin Glass' display that is actually covered by an integrated plastic screen protector. They also look at images from the Galaxy S20 Ultra's camera array. In the second half of the show, they go over new features found in the first developer release of Android 11. Links: The Galaxy Z Flip's 'Ultra Thin Glass' display may not be glass after all Samsung Galaxy Z Flip initial review: A foldable that instills confidence, despite fresh durability controversy The Galaxy Z Flip is 'slightly' easier to repair than the Motorola RAZR The Galaxy Z Flip controversy: Is it glass or isn't it? Here are our first Galaxy S20 Ultra camera samples: Samsung's best-ever photos Android 11: Everything you need to know! Top 10 features in Android 11 you need to know about right now
24/02/2057m 54s

Galaxy S20; Z Flip; MWC 2020 Cancelled

Galaxy Unpacked took place this week in New York City, marking the official unveiling of the Galaxy S20 series phones and the Galaxy Z Flip. Mobile World Conference 202 has been cancelled due to health and travel concerns related to Covid-19. It's a massive blow to exhibitors, attendees, and the host city, Barcelona. The battle between Huawei and the United States continues, and it's possible the government was aware of backdoors as long ago as 2009. Finally, an alleged Pixel 5 render has leaked and it's pretty ugly. Links: Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra hands-on preview: Samsung's biggest camera bump in 4 years Galaxy Z Flip hands-on preview: Samsung just killed the RAZR Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus hands-on review: Hearing the future MWC 2020 is dead, so what happens now? The U.S. government has reportedly had proof of Huawei backdoors since 2009 U.S. DOJ indicts Huawei for racketeering and stealing trade secrets Huawei to make up for the Play Store by pre-installing apps on its phones The U.S. could prop up Huawei's rivals Nokia and Ericsson to make 5G cheaper - Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are teaming up to challenge the Play Store Sponsors: Indeed: Indeed gives you the smart tools to make hiring decisions quickly, and to be confident that you’re making the right hire for your team. Post your job today at indeed.com/acp and get a free sponsored job upgrade on your first posting. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Offer valid through March 31, 2020.
15/02/201h 3m

New Motorola devices; Farewell Blackberry phones

Android Central writer Joe Maring swings by for a report on the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power after attending a recent event showcasing the phones in Chicago. He, Daniel Bader, and Jerry Hildenbrand also talk about the viability of Motorola RAZR. The flip phone reincarnate is not off to a good start. The team eulogize BlackBerry devices after TCL announced sales of smartphones bearing the licensed brand name will cease in August. The BlackBerry influence on mobile technology was immeasurable. Pour one out as they ride off into the Canadian Sunset. Links: Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power hands-on: The budget Galaxy Note is here Motorola RAZR initial review after 48 hours: A creaking disappointment Motorola RAZR camera review: Don't buy this phone for its photos Motorola RAZR battery life review: Fast to charge, faster to die Goodbye, BlackBerry, the zombie phone maker BlackBerry smartphones are dead, sales officially ending in August Ericsson pulls out of MWC 2020 as Coronavirus concerns intensify Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
09/02/2057m 26s

Galaxy S20 leaks and rumors; Huawei waffles on Google

Samsung's Galaxy S20 will be officially announced soon, but there are plenty of rumors and leaks to whet our appetite. A Huawei exec claimed the company will 'never' go back to using Google apps on its phones. The company has since walked back that statement, but it raises an excellent question: Does Google need phone manufacturers more than phone makers need them? Links: The Galaxy S20 might be my next phone if Samsung can fix its cameras The Galaxy S20 will be released on March 6 Samsung Galaxy S20: News, Leaks, Release Date, Specs, and Galaxy S11 Rumors! Samsung One UI 2 review: The best (and worst) Android 10 features Huawei says it will 'never' go back to using Google apps on its phones [Update: Actually, not true] Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
03/02/2048m 23s

Apple vs. Google vs. encryption

It's a precarious balance between security, privacy, and convenience. A report from Reuters that Apple dropped plans for end-to-end encryption of iCloud backups after the FBI complained helps frame a conversation between Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader about the differences in approach between iOS and Android backup strategies. High value hacking targets such as Jeff Bezos also highlight security vulnerabilities. The crew also discuss backlash against Sonos regarding use of legacy products along side newer devices. Finally, they look at a leak of Android's competitor to AirDrop: Nearby Sharing. Links: Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources Did the FBI get Apple to kill iCloud backup encryption? iMore show 689: E2E encrypted iCloud, iPad Turns 10 Apple may have ditched encrypted backups, but Google hasn't Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's phone was allegedly hacked by Saudi crown prince in 2018 Sonos CEO responds to backlash, will continue to update legacy products Android AirDrop competitor Nearby Sharing gets shown off in hands-on video Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
26/01/201h 12m

Galaxy Swamp

Ara Wagoner, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Daniel Bader are here with a deluge of Galaxy S20 and more Pixel 4 mid-range model rumors. They also chat about the OnePlus Concept One phone and its invisible camera. The EU is considering legislation that would mandate the inclusion of USB-C ports on all smartphones. Finally, the gang discuss official support for Steam on Chromebooks. Links: Samsung Galaxy S20: Everything you need to know Google may be working on as many as three mid-range Pixel 4s, one with 5G OnePlus Concept One hands-on: This McLaren Edition has an invisible camera The EU wants to mandate USB-C ports on smartphones The EU's decision to force USB-C on smartphones is a bad idea with good intentions Here's how Android makers can balance 120Hz screens and battery life Official support for Steam could be coming to Chromebooks in the future Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
19/01/201h 3m

Live from CES 2020

We're coming to you live from CES 2020 in Las Vegas! Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Russell Holly, Hayato Huseman, and Michael Fisher crack open a cold one (or three) and talk about their favorite, and least favorite, products from the show. Links: CES 2020: The biggest news and announcements so far | Android Central Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
10/01/201h 21m

Decade in review

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Ara Wagoner assemble one last time this decade for a look at the most significant stories affecting Android and Google users. They also look ahead towards towards 2020. Show Notes and Links: Decade in review: 10 years of the biggest stories in Android and Google Sponsors: Dollar Shave Club: Put the quality of Dollar Shave Club’s products to the test. Get your Ultimate Starter Set for just $5 at dollarshaveclub.com/acp.
28/12/191h 48m

A Beautiful Piece of Crap

Marton Barcza stops by the show for a chat with Jerry Hildenbrand and Daniel Bader about the best and worst tech of 2019. Show Notes and Links: Nebula | Nebula TechAltar - YouTube TechAltar (@TechAltar) | Twitter Product Review Community | Crrowd Crrowd (@crrowdapp) | Twitter Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
15/12/191h 5m

A Conversation with Qualcomm

Reporting live from the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit, Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik have an in-depth, candid conversation with Alex Katouzian and PJ Jacobowitz. Alex is senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Business Unit at Qualcomm, while PJ serves as senior marketing manager for camera technologies. Daniel and Andrew follow up after the interview with additional commentary and insight from the summit. Show Notes and Links: The Snapdragon 865: The new chip where everything really is new and improved | Android Central Qualcomm allowing Adreno 650 GPU updates via the Play Store is a huge deal for Android gaming | Android Central Sponsors: Keeps: The easiest and most affordable way to keep the hair you have. For a limited time, receive your first month of treatment for free — Go to keeps.com/acp
09/12/191h 24m

Pork Barrel Suits

David Ruddock of Android Police stops by the show again to share some follow up regarding Pixel 4 with Daniel and Andrew. They also chat about Google Stadia, John Legere stepping down as CEO of T-Mobile, and what the Sprint/T-Mobile merger will do to the phone industry. Show Notes and Links: The Pixel 4 is developing those well-known Pixel issues again Is the Pixel 3a Google's only good phone of 2019? Google Stadia is here, but is it any good? John Legere is leaving T-Mobile, but can T-Mobile move on without him? David Ruddock (@RDRv3) / Twitter Android Police - Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets Sponsors: Dollar Shave Club: Put the quality of Dollar Shave Club’s products to the test. Get your Ultimate Starter Set for just $5 at dollarshaveclub.com/acp.
22/11/191h 15m

Bonus Episode: Disney Machete Order

Join Ara Wagoner, Carli Velocci, and Russell Holly as they break down what they love and would like to see improve in Disney Plus. Stick around at the end for some Spoiler Free takes on The Mandalorian! Disney Plus didn't list the Marvel movies in order — so we will | Android Central
19/11/1935m 35s

Getting Back into the Conversation

Daniel Bader is joined by Myriam Joire of Mobile Tech Podcast for a lively conversation about the 2020 incarnation of Motorola's venerable RAZR. Show Notes and Links: Mobile Tech Podcast - with tnkgrl (Myriam Joire) - World Podcasts Myriam Joire - YouTube HOW TO CEO | Murray Newlands Motorola RAZR hands-on: Back to the future | Android Central Sponsors: Mack Weldon: For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code ACP.
18/11/1952m 5s

Pixel Support Group

Andrew Martonik is joined for a live episode by Michael Fisher and David Cogen, proprietor of the YouTube channel TheUnlockr, to chat about the news of the week, including Google's purchase of Fitbit and the overall wearable landscape. They also discuss some ongoing issues with Pixel 4, and David provides a look at Sony's Experia 5. Show Notes and Links: MrMobile [Michael Fisher] - YouTube TheUnlockr - YouTube Google has officially purchased Fitbit for $2.1 billion With Fitbit in tow, Google still has years of work to catch up in the fitness wearable world The two sides of Google's Fitbit acquisition, equally dark Fossil's new Hybrid HR smartwatch brings an always-on display and 2-week battery for $195 Fossil Hybrid HR review: The undercover smartwatch Stress tests reveal structural weakness in Google Pixel 4 Google deliberately capped the Pixel 4's screen brightness Pixel 4 gets camera and Smooth Display improvements with November 2019 security patch Pixel 4's 90Hz display gets fewer limitations with November security patch A lot of Pixel 4 owners haven't received the November security update Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
10/11/191h 3m

Listener Q&A Edition

It's a listener question extravaganza! We tackle what's on your mind in the Android world (along with some non-Android questions as well). Join Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, Ara Wagoner, and Andrew Martonik for advice on everything from which budget phone to buy, the importance of RCS messaging, and favorite drinks! Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
01/11/191h 31m

Shame and Incentivize

Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader dig in for a conversation about Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. From the good, the bad and the ugly, there's no stone left unturned. You should listen to the whole episode, but if you're dying for a TL;DR summary, skip ahead to 1:24:19. We've also provided a chapter marker there for your convenience. Enjoy! Show Notes and Links: Google Pixel 4 review: Early to bed, early demise Google Pixel 4 XL review: A night vision camera that's dead by sunset Pixel 4 vs. iPhone 11 night mode battle: Touring NYC at 2 a.m. From the Editor's Desk: Google's wrong about ultrawide cameras Investigating the Pixel 4's 90Hz Smooth Display bug that also may be a feature Sponsors: Candid: Candid makes clear aligners that fit your budget and your lifestyle. Visit candidco.com/acp and use code ACP for $75 off.  
26/10/191h 32m

Baby Steps of Ambient Computing

Made by Google '19 has come and gone — now it's time to dissect everything that went down! Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Ara Wagoner focus this week on Pixel Buds, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, and Nest Wifi. Pixel Buds represent the next stage of computing, but Pixelbook Go is a step backwards. The last few minutes of the show contain general impressions of Pixel 4, but keep your ears open for an episode devoted to our full review! Show Notes and Links: Pixel Buds Pixelbook Go Pixelbook Go looks like a step in the wrong direction Tablets are 'officially' officially dead at Google: The Pixelbook Go isn't a convertible Nest Mini The Nest Wifi is a boring product with some brilliant ideas Google Pixel 4 preview: The very best of Google Sponsors: Mack Weldon: For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code ACP.
19/10/1957m 27s

Everything looked like sweatpants

It's the last episode of Android Central Podcast before Google's October 15 hardware event! Join Hayato Huseman, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader for last minutes leaks and rumors about the products you can expect to be announced. Show Notes and Links: Nest Mini Everything you can expect from Google's October 15 hardware event: Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go and more Google Pixel 4: Leaks, Release Date, Specs, and News! Google Camera may soon focus on people you often take pictures of Sponsors: Keeps: The easiest and most affordable way to keep the hair you have. For a limited time, receive your first month of treatment for free — Go to keeps.com/acp  
11/10/191h 14m

Microsoft's Surface Duo

Microsoft stunned the tech world last by announcing their return to the smartphone market. Surface Duo is expected in late 2020 and is a dual screen device running Android. Dan Bader speaks with Daniel Rubino of Windows Central and Mr. Mobile, Michael Fisher, about the company's strategy. Show Notes and Links: Surface Duo: Everything we know so far Microsoft 'Surface Andromeda:' Everything we know about the rumored foldable device Microsoft: Productivity Future Vision  
08/10/1942m 58s

A Long Refrain

There's a final bit of follow up on iPhone 11 Pro vs. Note 10 before Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Hayato Huseman move on to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the process for installing Google apps on the phone. In the realm of smartwatches, Andrew has plenty of great things to say about Galaxy Watch Active 2. Likewise, the OnePlus 7T is heralded by the team as the best Android phone for $600. Finally, they discuss the deluge of products announced at Amazon's Fall 2019 event, which includes some mesh technology that's almost certain to stir up privacy concerns. Show Notes and Links: iPhone 11 Pro vs. Note 10 Huawei Mate 30 Pro initial hands on How to install Google Apps on the Mate 30 Pro Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: A runaway success OnePlus 7T review: The best of Android for $600 OnePlus 7T review: 90Hz for $600! New Echoes, Eeros and Rings: Everything announced at Amazon's Fall 2019 event Sponsors: Candid: Candid makes clear aligners that fit your budget and your lifestyle. Visit candidco.com/acp and use code ACP for $75 off.  
30/09/191h 46m

Thumb on the Scales

Jerry Hildenbrand, Daniel Bader, and Andrew Martonik have a gander at iPhone 11 compared to the Android flagships, especially as it relates to camera performance. They also discuss Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the mess the company's strategy has become in absence of access to Google Services. Finally, they continue to poke holes in the durability of Galaxy Fold. Show Notes and Links: iPhone 11 Review: The one for everyone iPhone 11 Pro Review: The New Night King Austin Mann reviews the iPhone 11 Pro camera Pixel 4 event announced for October 15 Huawei Mate 30 Pro unveiled: Kirin 990 5G, dual 40MP cameras, 27W wireless charging Huawei can't use Google Services so it's paying developers $1 billion to build for its own app store There are too many great Android phones to recommend buying a Mate 30 Pro without Google apps Huawei Mate 30 Pro hands-on preview: A smartphone king with one huge negative How to take care of your Galaxy Fold Samsung Galaxy Fold Durability Test! - Is it STILL fragile?! Sponsors: Keeps: The easiest and most affordable way to keep the hair you have. For a limited time, receive your first month of treatment for free — Go to keeps.com/acp  
22/09/191h 12m

How many people can I set on fire today?

Russell Holly, Jennifer Locke, Carli Velocci, and Rebecca Spear get their game on with a discussion about Borderlands 3, followed by a pre-launch chat about Nintendo Switch Lite. Russell also shares his enthusiasm for the pirate-themed VR game Battlewake.
17/09/1944m 44s

Smallest Bezel Awards

Andrew Martonik, Hayato Huseman, and Daniel Bader follow up on some additional phone announcements from IFA, then dig in to the latest leaks about Pixel 4. They also talk about the various iPhone 11 models, Apple's $329 iPad, and the excellent value of Apple Arcade at only $4.99/mo.
16/09/191h 39m

Gears of Monster Hunter

Russell Holly, Jennifer Locke, and Carli Velocci cover the week's gaming news, including about a million announcements from Nintendo. Then Russell and Jen speak with Jez Corden of Windows Central about Gears of War, Monster Hunter, and the future of ray tracing graphics.
08/09/1948m 6s

More Doohickey

AC Podcast host emeritus Phil Nickinson joins Daniel Bader and Are Wagoner to chat about the wide swath of products announced this week. There are new sound bars from both Roku and Amazon, new Fire TV models from Amazon, and a smart speaker from Sonos. Lenovo is getting in on the new release action as well with tablets that double as Google Assistant displays. In the phone realm, Android 10 is rolling out to Pixels and Samsung's Galaxy Fold is coming out for real this time. Show Notes and Links: Roku announces an all-in-one sound bar and optional subwoofer Amazon unveils the Fire TV Edition Anker Nebula Soundbar Amazon updates the Fire TV Cube with newer processor and Dolby Vision HDR Amazon Fire TV Editions smart TVs are making their way to Europe for the first time Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab and Smart Tab M8 are Android tablets that double as Google Assistant displays Google Assistant gets new 'Ambient Mode' for phones and tablets The Sonos Move is the portable smart speaker of my dreams Android 10 exits beta, and updates are rolling out to Pixels starting today Hands-on: The new Galaxy Fold feels tighter, stronger, and just as groundbreaking Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
06/09/191h 3m

Jiggle Physics — Expecto Battery Lifeum

Jennifer Locke, Carli Velocci, and Rebecca Spear talk about some upcoming games along with what they've been playing recently. Then Russell Holly reports live from the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite event in Indianapolis, IN. Tune in for some great interviews with experienced Wizards Unite players as well as people who have recently gotten into the game.
02/09/1956m 10s

Jiggle Physics, an Android Central Podcast side quest

Russell Holly, Jennifer Locke, Carli Velocci, and Rebecca Spear have gathered to present the first episode of Jiggle Physics, an Android Central Podcast side quest. It's an occasional show that will live within the Android Central feed and take you beyond the main show into deeper conversations on gaming and other facets of technology.   TL;DR — Awesome stuff you'll never want to miss!
25/08/1959m 36s

Have you heard the good news about Bluetooth?

Ara Wagoner and Andrew Martonik join Daniel Bader for a conversation about their Galaxy Note 10+ impressions, including a worthwhile detour into USB-C Power Delivery and PPS charging technology. Google has ditched letter/food naming conventions for Android in favor of numbers. What we know as Android Q will simply become Android 10. The company has also redesigned Android branding and is putting tighter restrictions on its use. Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Coasting to victory Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ specs: More RAM, fewer jacks Best 45W Note 10+ Chargers From the Editor's Desk: Charging an arm and a leg (and a Note 10+) Say goodbye to tasty treats: Q release is simply 'Android 10' Google redesigns Android brand for first time since 2014, bringing new colors and robot head Android 10: Everything you need to know! Nokia shares its Android 10 roadmap with updates starting in Q4 2019 Google Home Mini to be replaced by better-sounding 'Nest Mini' this fall Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
24/08/191h 19m

Introducing: Waveform with MKBHD

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13/08/198m 15s

90Hz Yeets

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Hayato Huseman settle in for a long chat about Galaxy Note 10 and 10+. Samsung has bifurcated their flagship phone for the first time, and there are important differences between the models to be aware of before you buy. During the announcement, Microsoft took to the stage with news about an expanded partnership regarding integration of their apps and services into the Note line. There's also a bit Android Q beta news to share. Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ specs: More RAM, fewer jacks Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & 10+ hands-on: No headphone jack, no problem Microsoft and Samsung expand partnership, including Microsoft apps and services integrating with the Galaxy Note 10 Forget the Note 10: Why right now is the perfect time to buy the Galaxy Note 9 Sponsors: KeepsKeeps. Hair today. Hair tomorrow. To receive your first month of treatment for free, go to keeps.com/acp.  
12/08/191h 10m

Maybe Don't Skip the Basics

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand talk in depth about Google's recent tease of Pixel 4. They also discuss rumors about the Play Pass subscription service, which will offer access to hundreds of premium apps and games. Finally, NVIDIA updates Shield to Android 9 Pie, and a group of industrious users have developed a hack to run Android on Nintendo Switch. Show Notes and Links: Google testing Play Pass subscription service with access to hundreds of premium apps and games Google confirms Pixel 4 face unlock and air gestures in teaser video Google paid people to scan their faces for Pixel 4 'field research' Pixel 4 Face Unlock vs. Apple Face ID: How they're different and how Google's might be better I hope the Google Pixel 4's air gestures can succeed where the LG G8's failed NVIDIA Shield gets Android 9 Pie, with the new Hulu app built in Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
05/08/191h 13m

Early Adopter Tax

It turned out to be anything but a slow news week. Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Ara Wagoner pour over rumors about Galaxy Note 10, Pixel 4, and the discuss the return of Galaxy Fold. Daniel also shares his enthusiasm for the Sonos-powered Symfonisk speakers from Ikea. Where there's smoke there's fire, and rumors about Apple purchasing the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business turned out to be true. It's a strategic move that will enable Apple to compete with Qualcomm. Finally, the U.S. Justice Department has approved the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. The crew think this is bad for consumers and they go into detail about their reasons. Show Notes and Links: Galaxy Note 10 rumors Pixel 4 rumors The Galaxy Fold is launching in September, and Samsung promises its problems are fixed Ikea Symfonisk speakers review: Amazing Sonos sound, no assembly required Apple is acquiring majority of Intel's smartphone modem business What does Apple's acquisition of Intel's smartphone modem tech mean for the rest of the industry? T-Mobile and Sprint are set to merge after Justice Department approval, Dish to build its own 5G network T-Mobile / Sprint merger: Here's how it changes the wireless market and how it affects you Sponsors: Rhone: Rhone, the premier men's performance lifestyle brand, is designed for men who appreciate quality, comfortable clothing that fits how they live, work, and sweat. Go to rhone.com/acp and use offer code ACP for 20% off your first purchase!  
29/07/191h 29m

How do you square that circle?

Daniel Bader and Ara Wagoner are joined by developer Chris Lacy of Action Launcher and ActionDash fame to discuss Android Q, third party launchers, using your phone less, and much more. Show Notes and Links: Google's awful gestures are ruining Android Q Android Q Beta 5 launches with gesture improvements, tweaks to third-party launchers On Android Q’s gesture navigation incompatibility with 3rd party launchers (including Action Launcher) Action Launcher v40 adds a new look, pillar feature & business model ActionDash 3.0 adds focus mode, app limits, Usage Assistant & much more Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
20/07/1957m 43s

One-Click Nuke

Daniel Bader is back in the saddle after his trip to Turkey and is joined by Ara Wagoner and Jerry Hildenbrand to talk about changes to the Android Q gesture system, and pre-disappointment about Google's Pixel 4. They also chat about more Galaxy Note 10 leaks and rumors about Galaxy Watch 2 and Galaxy Tab S5. Huawei isn't completely out of the woods, but U.S. companies can work with them in situations where 'where there is no threat to national security'. The crew parse what that actually means. Finally, they address concerns regarding Google and Amazon voice assistant recordings and transcripts. Show Notes and Links: Travel and tech From the Editor's Desk: Google's looming Pixel 4 disappointment Android Q gesture FAQ: Understanding how Android's new gestures work Galaxy Note 10 renders reveal new color and missing power button Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 and Galaxy Tab S5 to be released in Q3 2019 U.S. companies can now work with Huawei again, but only 'where there is no threat to national security' Google/Amazon assistant recordings Amazon keeps Echo transaction transcripts forever Prime Day Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
12/07/191h 15m

Political Chicken

Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, and Jerry Hildenbrand talk about Jony Ive's departure from Apple and what that means for the entire tech community, and Alex provides his review of the Asus ZenFone 6. Plus, the gang take a hard look at the various ways in which Huawei might be able to keep their Android update promise. Show Notes and Links: Jony Ive left Apple, but his industry-wide influence carries on Why Jony Ive is leaving Apple ASUS ZenFone 6 review: The phone for selfie-obsessionists and Android purists Boxed in by tech and law, how can Huawei keep its Android update promise? U.S. chipmakers are using a legal loophole to get around Trump's Huawei ban FedEx sues the U.S. government over the Huawei ban EMUI 10 preview: What's new in Huawei's version of Android Q Sponsors: Rhone: Rhone, the premier men's performance lifestyle brand, is designed for men who appreciate quality, comfortable clothing that fits how they live, work, and sweat. Go to rhone.com/acp and use offer code ACP for 20% off your first purchase!  
30/06/191h 3m

Google Doozies

Daniel Bader checks in from Turkey to speak with Andrew Martonik about an odd tweet from Niantic about Android updates. Additionally, Huawei is making some promises that may prove difficult for them to make good on. They also talk about Samsung Galaxy Fit and the Withings Move. Things are getting 'interesting' at Google — They are canceling future tablet hardware. But on the bright side (hopefully), they are offering RCS messaging without the carrier in the middle. Show Notes and Links: Niantic just proved that Android updates have a major discoverability problem Huawei promises to update 17 smartphones to Android Q despite impending Google ban Samsung Galaxy Fit review: Daily activity tracking with no hassle Withings Move review: Respect the simplicity Google's reportedly canceled its future tablets, now focusing on laptops Google will now directly offer RCS features instead of waiting on carriers Google is offering RCS messaging without the carrier in the middle. What does that mean for me? Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
22/06/191h 25m

Exclusion Zone

Andrew Martonik, Russell Holly, and Jerry Hildenbrand look at the latest Pixel 4 leaks, including Google's decision to share a render of the phone months before release. They also talk about the current state of Galaxy Fold and whether or not it is likely to be released anytime soon. On the other hand, the Galaxy fit smartwatch is out now and pretty good for $99. People at E3 are finally getting excited about mobile gaming. Finally, Jerry and Russell shame Andrew about Android Q gestures. Show Notes and Links: Google shares official render of the Pixel 4, confirms dual rear cameras To no one's surprise, leaked timeline indicates Pixel 4 is launching in October Google Pixel 4: News, rumors, leaks and more! What is happening to the Galaxy Fold? Samsung Galaxy fit impressions Everyone at E3 is excited about mobile gaming Andrew is wrong about Android Q gestures but I love him anyway Sponsors: Keeps: The easiest and most affordable way to keep the hair you have. For a limited time, receive your first month of treatment for free — Go to keeps.com/acp  
14/06/191h 19m

Bonus Episode: Google Stadia

Russell Holly is joined by Jennifer Locke and Carli Velocci to sift through everything we know so far about Google Stadia. They talk about bandwidth requirements, controller and supported hardware, pricing plans, and the game lineup at launch. Join us! Show Notes and Links: Stadia: What you need to know about Google's game streaming service | Android Central Should you buy the Stadia Founder's Edition bundle? | Android Central Which color Stadia Controller should I buy? | Android Central How much does Stadia cost at launch? | Android Central Jennifer Locke (@JenLocke95) | Twitter Carli Velocci (@velocciraptor) | Twitter Russell Holly (@russellholly) | Twitter Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
08/06/1950m 11s

Absolute Chonk

Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie host the inaugural episode of the Alarm Clock Central Podcast. Not really, but they do look at Lenovo's cool little Smart Clock. They also discuss Galaxy Note 10 rumors. Renders have recently leaked and there's no headphone jack to be found. What will differentiate the Note 10 from S10 models this year? S Pen for sure, but probably not much else. Alex shares his experiences using the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G in London, and they chat about Android Q Beta 4. One final note — be on the lookout for a bonus episode of the show that covers all the latest news about Google Stadia! Show Notes and Links: Lenovo Smart Clock review: The bedside alarm that gets you MrMobile has me pining for the Lenovo Smart Clock Lenovo Smart Clock Review: Time Marches On ... Galaxy Note 10 renders show off design in full, no 3.5mm jack in sight Samsung Galaxy Note 10: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More! EE launches the first 5G network in the UK with the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G OnePlus 7 vs 7 Pro vs 7 Pro 5G: What's the difference? Which one should you buy? UK mobile network EE drops Huawei phones from its 5G launch Sprint's 5G network is now available in four new U.S. cities Android Q Beta 4 released with final developer APIs How to install Android Q on your Pixel right now Android Q Beta 4 fails to install on many phones; Google temporarily pauses rollout Everything you need to know about Android Q How to enable and use the new gesture system in Android Q Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
07/06/191h 2m

Bifurcated to Extremes

Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader look at Pixel 3a and its place in the market as a $400 phone. They also discuss the new Moto Z4 and Moto Mods, including the 5G add-on. Things are still not looking good for Huawei, but they have a replacement OS ready to go in June. Probably? Maybe? Show Notes and Links: The Google Pixel 3a is just a great $400 phone, nothing more — and that's okay The Google Pixel 3a is the best phone under $400 Google Pixel 3a / 3a XL one-month review: The People's Pixels Google to roll out performance fixes for Pixel 3, says Digital Wellbeing isn't to blame The Moto Z4 brings a 2019 refresh to Motorola's stagnant modular phone platform Moto Z4: Everything you need to know! Moto Z4 Specifications: Snapdragon 675, 4GB RAM, 48MP camera, and Moto Mod support in 2019 Should you buy a 5G phone in 2019? T-Mobile and Sprint may have to set up a new carrier to get merger approved Huawei's Android replacement OS will start rolling out in June — or not Huawei says FedEx redirected packages to the U.S. without its authorization New motion in Huawei lawsuit reiterates assertion U.S. trade ban is unconstitutional Huawei employees get banned from science publisher IEEE Huawei gets banned from using microSD cards in future smartphones — for one day Rogers board member says Huawei should be banned from Canada's 5G network Sponsors: Rhone: Rhone, the premier men's performance lifestyle brand, is designed for men who appreciate quality, comfortable clothing that fits how they live, work, and sweat. Go to rhone.com/acp and use offer code ACP for 20% off your first purchase!  
31/05/191h 15m

Small Yard, High Fence

Marton Barcza of TechAltar joins the show once again to chat with Daniel Bader and Ara Wagoner about the various ways Huawei may be doomed — and the scenarios in which they could survive as a company. Marton elaborates on his amazing YouTube video in which he makes the case that Google has made Android versions irrelevant. All that and tons more! Show Notes and Links: Honor 20 Pro review: Gunning for the big-name flagships Huawei soon losing access to Android updates, Google apps, after Trump trade ban Huawei Android ban, explained: Could we see a Mate 30 without Google? Losing Google support would irreparably damage Huawei's global smartphone business Huawei is working on a backup OS that natively runs Android apps How valuable is Android, or any other operating system, without Google? Huawei's imminent Google ban is causing lots of its phones to be traded in UK mobile network EE drops Huawei phones from its 5G launch Huawei reassures Canadian carriers it can supply network equipment amidst U.S. trade ban Huawei faces another huge blow as ARM cuts ties with the Chinese brand Trump says 'very dangerous' Huawei could be part of U.S.-China trade deal How Google has finally made Android versions irrelevant How I arrived at the perfect Android theming setup (and how to build your own) TechAltar (@TechAltar) | Twitter Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
25/05/191h 7m

Creak, Shake, Rattle

With another week of experience using the OnePlus 7 Pro under their belt, Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik have more to say about the sub-$700 flagship. They also talk about Samsung's intended design changes for the Galaxy Fold. Additionally, ASUS is previewing ZenFone 6 and some wild design concepts they explored. 5G is a little more real (but still not worth buying into), and President Trump has signed an order to protect the U.S. network infrastructure from 'foreign adversaries'. Show Notes and Links: OnePlus 7 Pro review: The best Android phone under $700 Why you shouldn't buy the cheapest OnePlus 7 Pro The OnePlus 7 is a refreshed 6T for international markets at a lower price Here are the two things Samsung's doing to fix the Galaxy Fold's problems ZenFone 6 preview: ASUS reinvents itself with stock Android, 5,000mAh battery + flip camera In pictures: Wacky ZenFone 6 designs left on ASUS's cutting room floor President Trump signs order to protect U.S. network infrastructure from 'foreign adversaries' Galaxy S10 5G now available at Verizon as Sprint launches LG V50, its first 5G phone Just pulled 1.4 Gbps down on the S10 5G Sponsors: Audible Go to audible.com/acp or text ‘ACP’ to 500-500 to get started. Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.  
18/05/191h 19m

150 Selfies a Day for Five Years

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie provide an extensive look at the latest affordable flagship: OnePlus 7 Pro. Nothing is perfect, but there are so many things to appreciate about this device. If you're price conscious but willing to pay for quality, this may be the phone for you. Show Notes and Links: OnePlus 7 Pro review: The best Android phone under $700 | Android Central Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
14/05/191h 10m

Have Mic — Will Travel

Russell Holly takes a person-on-the-street approach to Google I/O by interviewing attendees about their impressions of the conference and how the new announcements might assist them in solving existing problems and creating new opportunities. Show Notes and Links: Top 10 Google I/O 2019 announcements! The Google Assistant is now ten times faster on phones Nest Hub Max smart display unveiled with 10-inch screen and built-in camera Google Pixel 3a XL hands-on preview: The best camera gets cheaper Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL specifications The Pixel 3a isn't the rebirth of the Nexus line, but it's close enough Google Pixel 3a vs. Pixel 3a XL: Which should you buy? Android Q Beta 3 is heading to 21 phones — here's the full list What's new in Android Q beta 3: Dark mode, new gestures, stronger privacy and security controls Android Q is getting Dark Theme Android Q is getting rid of the back button for a side-swipe gesture Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
09/05/1933m 29s

Not good for the price. Good period.

Andrew Martonik, Russell Holly, Nirave Gondhia, and Michael Fisher are live at Google I/O 2019 with their analysis of all the announcements from the keynote address! Show Notes and Links: Top 10 Google I/O 2019 announcements! The Google Assistant is now ten times faster on phones Nest Hub Max smart display unveiled with 10-inch screen and built-in camera Google Pixel 3a XL hands-on preview: The best camera gets cheaper Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL specifications The Pixel 3a isn't the rebirth of the Nexus line, but it's close enough Google Pixel 3a vs. Pixel 3a XL: Which should you buy? Android Q Beta 3 is heading to 21 phones — here's the full list What's new in Android Q beta 3: Dark mode, new gestures, stronger privacy and security controls Android Q is getting Dark Theme Android Q is getting rid of the back button for a side-swipe gesture Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
08/05/191h 24m

There Will Be Blood

David Ruddock of Android Police returns to the show and speaks with Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik about the aftermath of the Galaxy Fold launch delay. They also discuss what they're looking forward to seeing at Google I/O 2019, and look at where the forthcoming Pixel 3a will fit into the phone market. Show Notes and Links: David Ruddock - Android Police - Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets David Ruddock (@RDRv3) | Twitter Samsung Galaxy Fold: wtf happened, and what's next? Samsung Galaxy Fold review: Potential and promise, not a product One day with the Galaxy Fold was all it took for me to embrace the foldable future Samsung forced iFixit to remove its Galaxy Fold teardown, but you can still read it here Google I/O 2019 preview: What to expect in Android, Pixel, Chrome, gaming and more Google Pixel 3a: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More! New promo images reveal almost everything about the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Pixel 3a retail packaging leaks, will reportedly cost $399 My first look at Google's all-new Android Automotive on the Polestar 2 was very promising Sponsors: Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.  
03/05/191h 18m

Monday at 0900

Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik go one-on-one for a conversation about Samsung Galaxy Fold. It's a refreshingly different device with an amazing amount of potential accompanied by an equal amount of serious concerns. Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: The tablet that (almost) fits in your pocket 48 hours with the Galaxy Fold: Incredible potential amidst a potential mess 5 problems that could keep the Galaxy Fold from true success Here's why Galaxy Fold displays are already failing Can you use third-party keyboards with the Galaxy Fold? Sponsors: Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.  
20/04/191h 4m

Halo Projects

Daniel Bader is joined by Ara Wagoner and Carli Velocci for a streaming service focused episode. In particular, they take a close look at Disney+ and the disruption it may bring to the entertainment industry. They also discuss the distinction between active and ambient viewing habits and how different platforms seem tailored to one or the other. Finally, they offer quick takes on the Star Wars Episode IX teaser trailer. Show Notes and Links: Disney+: Everything you need to know about Disney's streaming service | Android Central YouTube TV: Everything you need to know | Android Central Ara Wagoner📱🏰🎶 (@AraWagco) | Twitter Carli Velocci (@velocciraptor) | Twitter Sponsors: KiwiCo Change the way your kid plays, with KiwiCo! Visit KiwiCo.com/acp and get your first crate free!  
14/04/191h 1m

Trutal

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand look at the Nokia 9 PureView and compare its RAW output to the JPEGs the phone produces. In speaking about camera performance, they discuss Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3 and talk briefly about Huawei's P30 Pro. The crew also eulogize Google+ and Google Inbox, but welcome popular iOS email app Spark to the Android platform. Android Q beta 2 is now available! With it comes many new features, and many new concerns. They go deep into the changes and problems with Q beta 2 before closing out the episode with some chat about Verizon's 5G rollout. Show Notes and Links: Nokia 9 PureView review: Five great cameras, one big problem Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3 photo comparison: Which has the better camera? Should you import the Huawei P30 Pro to the U.S.? Popular iOS email app Spark is finally available for Android Goodbye, Google+: How Google's social network changed my life Android Q beta 2 now available Android Q beta 2 release notes Android Q Beta 2: Notification Bubbles + More New Features! [Hands-on] Verizon's 5G network is already consistently pushing speeds of nearly 600Mbps, but there's a catch Sponsors: Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.  
08/04/191h 36m

Forbidden Fruit

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie begin the episode by looking at credit cards and gaming subscriptions through the lens of Apple Card and Apple Arcade. At face value, Apple Card seems to be 'best of the worst' and an interesting adjunct to mobile payments. And what could be learned from Apple Arcade when it comes to games and the Google Play Store? They also look at instances where phone makers are 'mistakenly' sending user data to servers in China, and a recent report that cites significant security flaws in Huawei devices. With Huawei remaining in the spotlight, the main event this week is discussion of the new P30 and P30 Pro. They offer unique camera experiences and tremendous overall value. Turns out, they're also phones! Show Notes and Links: Apple Card first impressions: Terrific version of a terrible business Apple Arcade: Everything you need to know! How does a phone maker 'mistakenly' collect user data and ship it off to a server in China? Huawei equipment found to have 'significant' security flaws, says U.K. report Huawei P30 + P30 Pro preview: The new best phone camera? Huawei P30 + P30 Pro: Everything you need to know! Huawei P30 + P30 Pro specifications: 10x hybrid zoom, Kirin 980, new colors Huawei P30 Pro vs. Mate 20 Pro: Which is right for you? Huawei P30 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S10+: Which should you buy? Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
31/03/191h 7m

Live from GDC 2019

Russell Holly is live from Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019 along with special guests Carli Velocci and Jennifer Scheurle to talk about the biggest news and their favorite games from the show. They go deep into Google Stadia, Xbox Project xCloud, Oculus Rift S, and Oculus Quest. Also, Russell punched a guy. By accident. Honest! Show Notes and Links: Carli Velocci 💀 GDC (@velocciraptor) | Twitter Jennifer Scheurle (@Gaohmee) | Twitter Google launches Stadia to change the way we play, stream, and watch games | Android Central Xbox Project xCloud: Everything we learned at GDC 2019 | Windows Central Oculus Rift S hands on: A modest but critical update | Windows Central Oculus Quest hands-on: A headset for those who didn't know they care about VR | Android Central Sponsors: Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout. KiwiCo Change the way your kid plays, with KiwiCo! Visit KiwiCo.com/acp and get your first crate free!  
24/03/1950m 3s

Do Better

The reviews for the Galaxy S10 series phones are in, but Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand still have thoughts and feelings. For one thing, the value proposition of S10e muscles out the middle child S10. Further, Samsung wins at pretty much everything — except the camera. The team also share details on the Android Q public beta. It's available now for Pixel phones and they highlight some of the cool new features. Show Notes and Links: Galaxy S10e review: Samsung's iPhone XR is a colorful winner The Galaxy S10+ is the best Android phone for most people Samsung wins in all areas but the most important: the camera Android Q public beta now available for Pixel phones Android Q: Everything you need to know! Top 15 Android Q features you need to know about How to install Android Q on your Pixel right now (or downgrade to Pie) Sponsors: Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout. Keeps Hair today. Hair tomorrow. To receive your first month of treatment for free, go to keeps.com/acp.  
17/03/191h 25m

415: Innie vs. Outie

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie deliver a thorough recap of the most significant announcements from MWC. In addition to the innie vs. outie foldable concepts from Samsung and Huawei, they identify which version of the Galaxy S10 will appeal to which users. They also look at the (possibly DOA) LG G8 and V50, three new Xperia phones from Sony that show the company putting up a strong fight, plus the bargain priced but decked out cameras of the Nokia 9 PureView. Show Notes and Links: Galaxy S10 72-hour review: What I love and what I hate Samsung Galaxy Fold: Everything you need to know! Huawei Mate X first look: Three screen modes, four cameras and five Gs for €2299 LG G8 hands-on preview: Not the claw you're looking for LG V50 hands-on: Five Gs, five cameras, two screens, and so many questions Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus hands-on: A new (tall-screened) era Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: Would you like a phone with that camera? Best of MWC 2019 Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
03/03/191h 4m

414: Into The Fold

A septet of tech journalists have joined forces to share their thoughts on Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones in this live episode from Barcelona. On the eve of Mobile World Congress, Daniel Bader, Nirave Gondhia, Derek Kessler, Alex Dobie, Hayato Huseman, Michael Fisher, and Andrew Martonik look at the pros and cons of each model. Pre-orders have already begun, but take a listen and keep your eyes open for our MWC coverage so you can pick the one that's best for you! Show Notes and Links: 48 hours with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ Galaxy S10 camera first impressions: meets expectations Samsung Galaxy S10 announced: These are the key features Samsung Galaxy S10 hands-on preview: Triple threat | Android Central Galaxy S10 Specifications: S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G specs in one place | Android Central Best Places to Buy the Galaxy S10 on Day One | Android Central The Galaxy S10 has one thing other phones in 2019 lack — courage | Android Central Sponsors: Joybird: One-of-a-kind furniture made to your unique taste. Go to joybird.com/ACP and receive an exclusive offer for 25% off your first order by using the code ACP. Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.  
24/02/191h 13m

413: Death by 5G

Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik are joined this week by Android Police managing editor David Ruddock! They discuss Amazon's acquisition of mesh Wi-Fi company, Eero, and why David thinks 5G might be the death of some smartphone companies. They also look at Samsung's 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S5e and rumors about several new Galaxy wearables. There are also rumors about Pixel Watch from Google and some not-so-great realities when it comes to the current state of Wear OS. Rounding things out, the crew discuss the harm caused by clickbait tech sites that publish bad/fake rumors alongside "aggregated" articles from legitimate sources. Show Notes and Links: Android Police David Ruddock on Twitter Amazon is buying popular mesh Wi-Fi company Eero Why it makes perfect sense for Amazon to buy Eero Ready or not, 5G will probably be the death of these 3 smartphone companies Samsung announces new 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S5e with Tab S4-like features for just $399 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More! Google to reportedly launch Pixel Watch, new Nest camera, and more in 2019 Very bad news site says Pixel 4 "could be" modular because you'll click on it Sponsors: Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout. eero: Life’s too short for bad WiFi. Never think about WiFi again - To get $100 off the eero base unit with 2 beacons package, and 1 year of eero Plus, visit eero.com/acp and at checkout enter ACP.  
16/02/191h 46m

412: Cubicle Farm Dwellers

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly have a look at the Moto G7 series of phones. 2019 is shaping up to be a good year for budget devices. This leads them to ask the question: Why even buy an expensive phone anymore? They also dive into the Samsung One UI and Android Pie update, and spend a little time on Galaxy S10 rumors. Lastly, they cover AT&T's fake 5G and discuss Sprint's lawsuit against them for false advertising. Show Notes and Links: Moto G7 series: Everything you need to know! Moto G7, Power and Play Hands-on: Why even buy an expensive phone anymore? Moto G7 specifications: 2019 is a good year for budget phones Samsung One UI and Android 9 Pie update: Everything you need to know Do you like Samsung's custom gestures for Android Pie? Samsung Galaxy S10: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More! AT&T is being sued by Sprint for falsely advertising 5G on its phones Verizon and T-Mobile aren't buying AT&T's fake 5G nonsense Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
10/02/191h 13m

411: A Heated Agreement

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand have all the leaks about Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones. 2019 is poised to be an exciting year when it comes to phone design — hole punches and foldables are coming in a big way. They also cover Galaxy X, Xiaomi, Honor 20 View, LG G8, and a throwback redo of the Motorola Razr. And if you think you miss your headphone jack, be on the lookout for Vivo Apex 2019 and the Meizu Zero. Meizu Zero has no charging ports, and the Vivo Apex 2019 has no ports at all. It even does away with buttons in the process. Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy S10: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More! Samsung's foldable 'Galaxy X' phone: Everything we know so far New teaser gives us a detailed look at Xiaomi's double-folding phone A new Motorola Razr will be released this year as a $1,500 foldable phone Honor View 20 review: Hole-in-one Stop freaking out over hole punch displays, they're actually good Hole punch displays are worse than notch displays LG G8: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More! Vivo Apex 2019 has a full-screen fingerprint sensor, 12GB RAM, and no buttons or ports The Meizu Zero is the world's first phone without a charging port HTC U12+ review Sponsors: eero: Life’s too short for bad WiFi. Never think about WiFi again - To get $100 off the eero base unit with 2 beacons package, and 1 year of eero Plus, visit eero.com/acp and at checkout enter ACP. Joybird: One-of-a-kind furniture made to your unique taste. Go to joybird.com/ACP and receive an exclusive offer for 25% off your first order by using the code ACP.  
25/01/191h 25m

410: Shoes Are The New Wearable

Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik are joined by fellow Android Central writer and Smartwatch aficionado Joe Maring to talk about everything that's new in wearable tech and Google Wear OS. Nike has announced a new pair of self-lacing shoes, and Withings has a $70 watch that boasts 18 months of battery life. Mobvoi and Kate Spade have new watches as well. Most significantly, Google has announced a 40 million dollar investment in tech from Fossil, and has acquired part of their R&D team. Is this a harbinger of a Pixel Watch, or just an example of Google helping build momentum behind Wear OS? Show Notes and Links: Nike Adapt BB shoes Newly independent, Withings returns with colorful $70 Move smartwatch that lasts 18 months Mobvoi introduces refreshed TicWatch E2 and S2 with larger battery, 5ATM waterproofing Kate Spade's Wear OS smartwatch now has features to match its fashion Google buys $40 million in new smartwatch tech from Fossil, acquires part of R&D team Best Android Wear OS Smartwatch in 2019 Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
20/01/1957m 33s

409: Live from CES 2019

It's another live, beer-infused, cavalcade of stars on this week's show! This time, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, Michael Fisher, Russell Holly, and Lory Gil come to you from CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They talk about many of the gadgets from the show floor and explore the overall trends in products coming later this year. There aren't many new phones, but there's a continued push towards voice assistants, home automation, and Smart-Pretty-Much-Anything-You-Can-Think-Of devices. Join us as we separate the wheat from the chaff so we can have some more tasty beers. Cheers! Show Notes and Links: CES 2019 — Everything from the show! Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
11/01/191h 33m

408: Lowered Expectations

Daniel Bader is joined this week by Carolina Milanesi, an Analyst for Creative Strategies. During their one-on-one conversation, they place a light on the broader smartphone market in relation to Apple — especially as it relates to Apple's poor performance in mainland China. Apple is no longer the benchmark against which all others are judged. Many players have emerged as smartphones have transitioned from to luxury to commodity items. Additionally, ecosystem lock-in diminishes in value due to features/services that are geographically restricted. They also talk about Samsung, AKA the "Apple of the Android World" and what's happening with them around the world. Finally, they look at what you should (and should not) expect for CES. Show Notes and Links: Digging a Little Deeper into Apple Revenue Warning Creative Strategies Carolina Milanesi on Twitter Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
05/01/1953m 12s

407: Being Well Digitally in 2019

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly are joined by Lory Gil, Managing Editor of our sister site iMore! She and the crew have a ton of terrific insight about digital wellbeing and their tech predictions/hopes for 2019. They also discuss the adoption (or maybe lack thereof) when it comes to gesture based navigation on Android. Don't miss our year-end roundtable! Show Notes and Links: Lory Gil on iMore @appaholik Lory Gil on Twitter Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
28/12/181h 21m

406: 48 Hour Outrage Cycle

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly are here for the penultimate episode of the show for 2018! AT&T has officially launched their 5G network — albeit in portions of only 12 markets. T-Mobile's John Legere has chimed in with plenty of snark, but maybe he should keep his opinion to himself for once. Facebook continues to rationalize their insidious disregard for user data. They gave unfettered access to Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix. Meanwhile, Sundar Pichai schooled Congress on exactly what Google does (and does not do) with regard to user data and perceived bias in search results. Finally, the crew share their favorite gadgets of 2018. Happy Holidays! Show Notes and Links: AT&T launches 5G, here's why it's important T-Mobile's cringeworthy response to AT&T's 5G announcement Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix unfettered access to user data Sundar Pichai testifies in Congress, responds to political bias, data collection on Android, and more Favorite things of 2018 Russell: - Nanoleaf Canvas review: Futuristic art you're supposed to touch Andrew: - Google Pixel 3 XL Daniel: - Google Pixel 3 - OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
21/12/181h 11m

From CordCutters.com: Phil & Jerry do Chromecast

Chromecast is finally (FINALLY) once again available for purchase from Amazon. You can buy one here: http://phon.es/szcq And to mark this special occasion we've invited the CordCutters.com podcast onto the Android Central feed for a little cross-promotion and pollination. And you absolutely should subscribe to the CordCutters podcast — here's where to do it, or just search on you podcatcher of choice. Still reading? Good. Because Phil called Jerry his bearded bedfellow.
20/12/1823m 23s

405: Riding the Millimeter Wave

Sascha Segan of PC Mag stops by to have an incredibly in-depth conversation with Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik about Qualcomm's recent Snapdragon Tech Summit, and the various technologies being used by carriers to support 5G connectivity. They talk about 5G in the US as well as the rest of the world. Additionally, they take a look at the ostentatious OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. If you want to better understand where the next several years of mobile connectivity is headed, you need to soak in the glory of this episode! Show Notes and Links: Don't let Verizon and AT&T's bad 5G demos temper your excitement for 5G in the real world Hands On With Samsung and Verizon's First 5G Phone Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: Everything you need to know about the latest mobile platform Qualcomm debuts ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor tech, launching in 2019 phones Qualcomm's 'extreme' Snapdragon 8cx processor for Windows 10 can handle dual 4K displays OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition hands-on: The fastest phone just got even faster OnePlus: T-Mobile Helped Boost Sales 249 Percent Sponsors: Molekule The only air purifier that actually destroys pollutants. For $75 off your first order, visit molekule.com and enter promo code ACPC at checkout.  
12/12/181h 22m

404: 2018 Report Card

Daniel Bader and Jerry Hildenbrand are joined by Marton Barcza of TechAltar to grade the performance of just about every player in the smartphone market you can think of. It's an evaluation of not only the quality of the devices, but the direction in which the companies are heading and whether or not they are successful in reaching their intended audiences. It's epic and worth every second spent vibrating your ear drum. Show Notes and Links: youtube.com/TechAltar @TechAlatar Marton Barcza on Twitter Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
03/12/182h 3m

403: Explicit Action

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand are here with a mix of follow up and piping hot news for your listening pleasure. They discuss the performance on in-display fingerprint sensors and innovations in charging thanks to Gallium nitride. Additionally, Google is adding data encryption to Project Fi. That's great, but what's the catch? Is there a catch? Our sister site, Thrifter, is sponsoring the show this week — and with Black Friday on the horizon Jared DiPane speaks with Daniel some of the best deals for Android fans. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." – Arthur C. Clarke This week, Google release an update to their camera app for Pixel phones with a feature called Night Sight. It enables low-light photography in a way that has never been done as effectively before now. Finally, the crew about the OnePlus Type-C Bullets vs. Google Pixel USB-C earbuds. Which of these low cost headphones are the best choice for you? Show Notes and Links: In-display fingerprint sensors and cold weather could mean problems Gallium nitride is the most important 'new' charging innovation you'll never see Project Fi adds data encryption no matter what network you're on Night Sight review: Letting your Google Pixel camera see in the dark like never before Deal: BOGO 50% off Pixel 3 sale starting Nov. 16 on the Google Store OnePlus Type-C Bullets vs. Google Pixel USB-C earbuds: Which should you buy? Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
17/11/181h 25m

402: The Vape of Phones

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Hayato Huseman are here with a cornucopia of Android news. First up, they address solutions to some common problems with Pixel 3 that have been vexing early adopters, and its lack of face unlock as a missed opportunity to set an example for OEMs to follow. Jerry shares his expertise on the USB-C spec, and how the new iPad Pro will drive demand for more, and better quality peripherals from all manufacturers — and benefiting all users in the process. Hayato reviews the new Palm phone. It's certainly tiny. And as a device running full Android 8, it CAN do more than the minimal amount of tasks it's intended for. But does it actually help someone achieve improved digital wellness? Lastly, the discussion turns to the announcements from Samsung's developer conference, particularly Samsung's Android 9 Pie interface called 'One UI', and their Infinity Flex Display technology. Whether or not you want one, foldable devices are on the way. Show Notes and Links: Common Google Pixel 3 issues and how to fix them Google Pixel 3's memory management issues will be fixed 'in the coming weeks' The Pixel 3 should have had face unlock as an example for OEMs to follow A USB-C iPad Pro is great for the mobile industry. Here's why Palm Phone review: Tiny phone riding on a big reputation Samsung's new Android 9 Pie interface is called 'One UI', beta begins in November Samsung's foldable phone will have Infinity Flex display — Here's what we know Samsung's new Infinity Flex Display will hit mass production soon, enabling foldable phones of all kinds Samsung will cave in to the display notch trend — maybe even with the Galaxy S10 Android will officially support foldable phones, but app developers need to do the work Sponsors: Casper Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/AC and using offer code "AC" at checkout — Terms and conditions apply.  
10/11/181h 43m

401: Craptic Feedback

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly are joined by our very own Hayato Huseman! The deluge of new phones in October continues with the launch of OnePlus 6T and RED Hydrogen One — the crew have in-depth looks at both devices. But before they get to the main event(s), they talk about the various controversies surrounding Pixel 3, but Daniel explains why it is becoming his favorite phone of all time. Plus, they make sense of the charging speed discrepancies between Pixel Stand and Qi compliant wireless chargers. Finally, Russell professes his love and devotion to Google Home Hub. Show Notes and Links: Here's why the Pixel 3 charges faster on a Pixel Stand than other wireless chargers Google Pixel 3 second opinion review: Quickly becoming my favorite phone ever OnePlus 6T review OnePlus 6T specs RED Hydrogen One review Google Home Hub Review: Little, fierce, and nearly perfect Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
29/10/181h 30m

400: You Are Sorely Mistaken

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, and Jerry Hildenbrand are here to celebrate the 400th episode of Android Central Podcast with some seriously deep Pixel 3 gazing and analysis of the Huawei Mate 20 Series phones! They also discuss Pixel Slate, Google Home Hub, and a ton more! Plus, as a special bonus, Ara Wagoner is joined by Des Smith of T-Mobile to chat about the history of Android phones and share some of their favorite devices. This is a truly epic episode. Don't miss a syllable! Show Notes and Links: Google Pixel Slate hands-on Google Home Hub preview Google Pixel 3 review Huawei Mate 20 Pro hands-on Huawei Mate 20 series: Everything you need to know! My Logitech Harmony remote is one of the best purchases I've ever made @askdes Des Smith on Twitter Android Central Celebrates 400 Episodes of the #ACPodcast — Special Edition LIVE Video Podcast *This is a special video stream that's entirely different from the Ep. 400 audio podcast. Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
22/10/182h 17m

399: Russell's Stupid Watch

The rumors are real, and they're spectacular! Daniel Bader and Jerry Hildenbrand are joined by Andrew Martonik as he provides a firsthand look at Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It's an iterative device, but in all the right areas with improvements to the camera, display, and better spec parity between the small and lager models. The phones will be available on Oct. 18th, with a starting price of $799. As an appetizer to the main course, the LG V40 ThinQ and LG Watch W7 are here as well. V40 ThinQ is a solid phone, but the crew are less than impressed by LG's latest watch. Dive in! Show Notes and Links: LG V40 ThinQ review LG V40 specifications LG V40: Everything you need to know LG Watch W7 hands-on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL hands-on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specifications Sponsors: Ziprecruiter: The smartest way to hire. Try ZipRecruiter for free. That’s right FREE!  
10/10/181h 41m

398: The Amazon Echo... Show

Daniel Bader takes a break from dirty diapers and sleepless nights to join Andrew Martonik and Jerry Hildenbrand for an in-depth look at the staggering number of devices Amazon unveiled at a recent event in Seattle. This is a serious shot across the bow of every smart home company. Amazon excels at automation — now they're looking to Echo all the things into just about every facet of life imaginable. What are your favorite voice assistant and smart home devices? Let us know! Show Notes and Links: Here's everything Amazon announced at its 2018 hardware event Amazon just asked Alexa to declare war on every smart home company Amazon Alexa does a whole bunch of new stuff Amazon announces upgraded Echo Dot with vastly improved sound quality The Amazon Echo Sub is a subwoofer for your Echo speakers Amazon's new Echo Show has slimmer bezels and dual side-firing speakers Amazon Will Consider Opening Up to 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021 Fire TV Recast sends local TV to your Echo Shows and Fire TVs Amazon offers its latest Echo devices in discounted bundles, so pre-order now Sponsors: Lenovo Smart Display Techmeme Ride Home Podcast —New episodes every weekday covering all the top stories from techmeme.com! Just search your podcast app for "Ride Home" and subscribe today!  
10/10/181h 40m

397: Jerry's Bacon

Russell Holly, Alex Dobie, and Jerry Hildenbrand are here with tons of information to share about the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip and Wear OS. Even with the battery improvements being promised by Qualcomm, the world is not without some watch envy when it comes to Apple Watch Series 4. Apple may have had their moment in the spotlight this week, but there are still many Android devices yet to come in 2018. The team dig into what we know so far about the LG V40, OnePlus 6T, and the throughly spoiled Pixel 3. All that, and Russell raves about June. It's a smart oven with sensors out the wazoo, machine learning, and OTA updates that add more cooking features. It's a high steaks episode! Show Notes and Links: Everything we know about battery improvements on the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: Everything you need to know! LG V40 ThinQ: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More! OnePlus 6T: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and more! June oven Sponsors: Lenovo Smart Display  
14/09/181h 11m

396: Opportunistic Charging

Andrew Martonik, Russell Holly, and Jerry Hildenbrand talk about Google's Pixel 3 event, which is officially set for October 9th. We have good idea of what to expect from the phones, but will there be additional product announcements during the presentation? They also dig into the Galaxy Watch review along with comparisons to Samsung Gear Sport. Plus, special shoutout to new dad, Daniel Bader, as he begins a journey of diaper changing and sleepless nights. Congratulations, Daniel! Show Notes and Links: Google hardware event set for October 9, Pixel 3 XL (and more) expected Everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 No, Google won't be releasing a Pixel Watch this year Samsung Galaxy Watch review Samsung Galaxy Watch vs. Samsung Gear Sport Sponsors: Casper Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/AC and using offer code "AC" at checkout — Terms and conditions apply.  
09/09/181h 8m

395: Meatball Coaster

We're live from Berlin, Germany! Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, and Michael Fisher (aka Mr. Mobile) are here to bring you all best announcements from IFA 2018, including an all-new Wear OS interface with some very interesting smartwatches from Casio, Skagen Falster, and Diesel. From there, it's a slew of new phones — BlackBerry KEY2 LE makes its debut at only $399, while the Sony Xperia XZ3 goes the opposite direction as a high-end device. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! To wrap things up, the gang talk about Lenovo's Yoga Chromebook. It's a whole lot of laptop for $599. Show Notes and Links: Google debuts all-new Wear OS interface with Google Assistant feed, coming to watches in September Casio's new rugged WSD-F30 Wear OS smartwatch has improved dual-layer display, smaller case The new Skagen Falster 2 and Diesel Full Guard 2.5 are truly gorgeous smartwatches BlackBerry KEY2 LE hands-on: A $399 ticket to the hardware keyboard party Sony Xperia XZ3 hands-on: Damn fine hardware, with potential pain points lurking LG G7 One hands-on: The G7 sold its soul for great Android One software Motorola One and One Power hands-on: I get it, you think they look like an iPhone X Huawei Mate 20 series will launch October 16 with next-gen Kirin 980 chip Huawei has four wild new P20 Pro colors — including leather backs and MORPHO AURORA Huawei unveils EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie, beta applications start today The Nubia Alpha is the weirdest wearable at IFA 2018 Lenovo Yoga Chromebook hands-on: $599 gets you a whole lot of laptop Sponsors: Ziprecruiter: The smartest way to hire. Try ZipRecruiter for free. That’s right FREE!  
07/09/181h 11m

394: Good Plastic, Bad Plastic

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand are here for a detailed review of Galaxy Note 9. Here's the thing — it may be the best phone you can buy, but it's not a leader in any particular category. Not to mention the horribly annoying Bixby button! The crew also talk about the massive leaks and pseudo-reviews of the Google Pixel 3 XL. It won't even be officially announced until October 4th, but Russian bloggers already have their hands on the device. Last, but certainly not least, IFA is coming up in Berlin this week! They take a look at what to expect from the trade show floor. Check it out! Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: Welcome to the one comma club Russian bloggers get their hands on the Pixel 3 XL Pixel 3 XL leaks show Google's done nothing to change the mind of Pixel 2 XL haters IFA 2018 preview Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. LightStream LightStream rewards consumers who have good credit with a great interest rate and no fees!  
07/09/181h 2m

393: A Game of Millimeters

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand unwrap all the details from "Samsung Unpacked 2018" event and discuss the flagship of the fleet: Galaxy Note 9! There were two other additions to the Galaxy product line as well — Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Home. Galaxy Watch is mostly an evolution of the Samsung Gear smartwatches we're already familiar with, but Galaxy Home brings Bixby into the smart speaker market. Join us! Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on preview: $1000 well spent Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Everything you need to know! Samsung Galaxy Watch: Everything you need to know Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on preview: Another Gear in all but name Samsung's first Bixby smart speaker is the Galaxy Home Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
07/09/181h 7m

392: Punch and Pie

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly convene once again via a series of tubes to discuss lots of hot topics in Android news. First, Epic Games is bypassing the Google Play Store for the upcoming Android release of Fortnite — requiring users to side-load the game and pay for in-app purchases directly to Epic. Next, Android P finally has a name: Android 9 Pie! While not as catchy as 'petit four' or 'pumpkin spice latte', it's less controversial than the great 'New-git/New-gah' wars of 2016. Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Never heard of it. But the Galaxy Tab S4 is here; with high end specs, build quality, and a price tag to match. A full review is still forthcoming, but comparisons to iPad and Chromebooks are plentiful. In the home stretch, Moto Z3 is officially coming to Verizon on August 16th. It's the first "5G-upgradeable" smartphone thanks to a Moto Mod expected in 2019. Show Notes and Links: Epic Games' strategy for Fortnite on Android is stupid, greedy, and dangerous Android P is Android 9 Pie Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hands-on preview: The two-faced tablet The Moto Z3 is official, coming to Verizon on August 16 Moto Z3 hands-on preview: A Verizon exclusive with 5G flourish Sponsors: Ziprecruiter: The smartest way to hire. Try ZipRecruiter for free. That’s right FREE! LightStream LightStream rewards consumers who have good credit with a great interest rate and no fees!  
07/09/181h 14m

391: Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand receive a visit from the Modern Dad, Phil Nickinson! Android P has reached release candidate status and should be dropping to Pixel users soon. Next up, Phil has reviewed the Lenovo Smart Display and shares his thoughts. It does a lot already, and will have even greater functionality in the future. Last, but certainly not least, the crew discuss Titan Key — Google's security dongle. And, yes, you almost certainly have been pwned. But you should visit the website haveibeenpwned.com to find out the details. Show Notes and Links: Android P Beta 4 'release candidate' now available for Pixels, making way for public launch soon Android P: Everything you need to know about Android 9 Lenovo Smart Display review: Google Assistant's best face Modern Dad does the Lenovo Smart Display These New Smart Displays include Google Assistant Lenovo's Smart Display single-handedly sold MrMobile on Google Home Google made the Titan Key to toughen up your online security Have I been pwned? Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
07/09/181h 33m

390: The Shackles of Oracle

Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Russell Holly are joined by Marton Barcza of TechAltar to talk about Google's Fuchsia OS and its potential for replacing Android. They also have an in-depth discussion about the EU's Antitrust case against Google and the $5 billion fine levied against them. The ruling may be just, but it could be argued that the outcomes will negatively affect consumers. Show Notes and Links: @TechAltar on Twitter TechAltar YouTube channel Google's Fuchsia OS may replace Android in 5 years Or not Google Assistant just got proactive — and a lot more useful Google defends Android following $5 billion fine from European Commission The EU Antitrust case against Android sucks for everyone, especially you Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
07/09/181h 33m

389: Less CARROT, More Stick

Daniel Bader and Russell Holly speak with Brian Mueller, founder of Carrot apps. Brian's apps have long been a mainstay of the iOS ecosystem, now he's brought his most popular app, CARROT Weather, to Android. CARROT Weather is in itself a terrific weather app, but wrapped in a hilariously snarky AI persona. He shares his experience developing for Android and his impression of the platform. They also discuss the latest developments (pun intended) for AR/VR creation on Android. Listen carefully, meatbags! Show Notes and Links: CARROT Weather Sponsors: Thrifter.com: Thrifter uncovers the best deals on your favorite tech every day of the year and kicks into high-gear during special events like Prime Day. Make sure you sign up for the Thrifter Prime Day newsletter and follow them on Twitter (@ThrifterDaily) to receive breaking news, leaks and pro tips during the run-up to the big day and a curated selection of the best deals once they go live. LightStream LightStream rewards consumers who have good credit with a great interest rate and no fees!  
07/09/181h 2m

388: The Island of Misfit Phones

The prog rockers of Android expertise: Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand, discuss app permissions that allow developers to read your emails. More importantly, they provide information on how to prevent it from happening. LG G7 ThinQ is a good phone that will appeal to relatively few people — and a big reason for that is lack of availability and carrier support. The crew also talk about Android P Beta 3. New features have been added as the OS marches closer to release. In other news, ZTE is being temporarily operate in the U.S. until August 1st, although it's likely they'll reach a longer term agreement with the government before then. Plus, OxygenOS Open Beta brings Project Treble and an all-new UI to the OnePlus 5/5T. Additionally, the gang go hands-on with Moto Z3 Play, an affordable mid-range flagship most people will unfortunately ignore. In the final act of this episode, Galaxy Note 9 is being teased for an August unveiling, while Galaxy 10 and Galaxy X rumored for 2019. So crack open an ice cold LaCriox and settle in for another packed show! Show Notes and Links: App developers are going through your email LG G7 ThinQ review: Wide angle, narrow appeal Android P Beta 3 released How to install Android P on your Pixel right now (or roll back to Oreo) ZTE is being allowed to temporarily operate in the U.S. until August 1 OxygenOS Open Beta brings Project Treble and all-new UI to OnePlus 5/5T Moto Z3 Play hands-on Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors: Release date, specs, price, and features! Should you buy a Galaxy S9+ or wait for the Galaxy Note 9? Samsung will reportedly announce the Galaxy S10 at MWC 2019; Galaxy X at CES Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. Ziprecruiter: The smartest way to hire. Try ZipRecruiter for free. That’s right FREE!  
07/09/181h 30m

387: YouTube Super Deluxe Mega Instant Pot Extreme Chartreuse

Android Central's resident music streaming expert, Ara Wagoner, joins Daniel Bader and Jerry Hildenbrand to talk about YouTube Premium, YouTube Music, and what features they provide. They also discuss AT&T's purchase of Time Warner for $85 billion and the potential for abuse by controlling the content and the pipe. Show Notes and Links: What is YouTube Premium? YouTube Music review: A mixtape full of promise YouTube Music: Everything you need to know YouTube Music vs. Google Play Music: Which should you use? Here's are all the features YouTube Music is still missing AT&T has officially purchased Time Warner for $85 billion AT&T's new 'WatchTV' skinny bundle is available — here's what you need to know Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
07/09/181h 39m

386: Shameless and Shameful

We're back to our regular format with Andrew Martonik, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Daniel Bader at the helm for a detailed look at Android Messages, and efficiency of the hardware keyboard on BlackBerry KEY2. Next, they tackle blatant "inspiration" the Vivo NEX takes from iOS. But it, along with the OPPO Find X, address customer demand for huge screens and no bezels by incorporating pop-up cameras. In a world of solid-state slabs, this is almost a throwback to the days of slider phones. Pull up an earbud or speaker and join us! Show Notes and Links: BlackBerry KEY2 impressions Where to buy the BlackBerry KEY2 Android Messages for desktop is now rolling out How to set up Android Messages for the web Vivo NEX hands-on OPPO Find X is here with a pop-up slider for all three cameras Sponsors: LightStream LightStream rewards consumers who have good credit with a great interest rate and no fees! Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
07/09/181h 31m

385: Smoothering the Rougherness

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Russell Holly, and Michael Fisher gather in New York City for a look at the BlackBerry KEY2 and its glorious hardware keyboard. It's a safe upgrade from the original, but features a faster processor, more RAM, dual cameras, a stronger frame, and larger keys. As an aperitif to the main course, they chat about Moto's Z3 Play. It's a solid, mid-range phone that will be available unlocked in the U.S for $499, but through only two carriers — Sprint and US Cellular. Amazon will also be selling it as a Prime Exclusive Phone, likely at a discount. Show Notes and Links: Moto Z3 Play hands-on preview: Three's company BlackBerry KEY2 hands-on: More of the same, back in the game Sponsors: Ziprecruiter: The smartest way to hire. Try ZipRecruiter for free. That’s right FREE!  
07/09/181h 4m

384: Killing it, not "Killin' it"

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly host the backdoor pilot for AC Foodcast as they talk about the GDPR Hall of Shame, OnePlus 6, and its $69 companion Bluetooth earbuds, Bullets Wireless. Essential Phone 2 is reportedly canceled, and founder Andy Rubin is considering selling the company. Some people have gotten hands-on time with RED Hydrogen One, but release of the product is still a little ways off. In addition, BlackBerry is teasing the KEY2, which will have dual rear cameras. Rounding out the new phone chat, HTC U12+ is a beautiful device that can only be purchased directly from HTC — No carriers, no retailers. Lastly, and most importantly: You put sweet on savory, NOT sweet on sweet. Show Notes and Links: GDPR Hall of Shame OnePlus 6 review: The matter is settled OnePlus announces Bullets Wireless, its first wireless earbuds, coming in June for $69 Essential Phone 2 reportedly canceled, Andy Rubin considering selling the company Hands-on with RED Hydrogen One, a wildly ambitious smartphone BlackBerry KEY2 shown off in teaser video with dual rear cameras HTC U12+ hands-on preview: Big, beautiful, unattainable Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 29m

383: Meet Me at Niagara Falls

Daniel Bader, Alex Dobie, and Jerry Hildenbrand talk about the perceived smoke and mirrors behind the demonstration of Google Duplex last week, and the real world implications of the technology. They also take another look at Android P beta, especially the new gestures it supports. From there, it's a deep dive into OnePlus 6. With flawlessly smooth performance, it offers 90% of the quality of its competitors for 75% of the price. Finally, President Trump is working to get ZTE back into business. But will the company be held accountable for violating U.S. sanctions? Show Notes and Links: Google I/O 2018: All the big announcements! What is Google Duplex? Android P: Everything you need to know OnePlus 6 hands-on preview: Still the best deal in town OnePlus announces Bullets Wireless, its first wireless earbuds, coming in June for $69 President Trump working to get ZTE back into business Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 15m

382: Finger Pecker People

Let those in glass boxes cast the hottest of takes! Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, and Russell Holly are joined by special guest Igor Bonifacic of MobileSyrup.com. No stone or announcement from Google I/O 2018 goes unturned in this analysis of Google Duplex, Android P, and everything else in between. Second Burger King to the right, and straight on 'til morning! Show Notes and Links: MobileSyrup Google I/O 2018 Google I/O 2018: All the big announcements! Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 24m

381: Corporate Raiders of the Lost ARCore

Daniel Bader is back from South Korea, and he has plenty of insight to share with Andrew Martonik and Jerry Hildenbrand about the (finally official) LG G7 ThinQ. But first, Sprint and T-Mobile are merging to become a Voltron of cellular service in the United States. They discuss the business rationale behind this alliance; as well as pros and cons of this news from a customer perspective. The crew also look ahead with a preview of Google I/O 2018 and new Google Assistant features on Wear OS. Put this show in your earholes now! Show Notes and Links: Sprint and T-Mobile are merging The T-Mobile / Sprint merger may be good news, but it probably isn't LG G7 ThinQ hands-on preview: All about that bass LG G7 specs MrMobile can't stop ThinQing about the LG G7 Google I/O 2018 preview: All of the big announcements you can expect Google Assistant on Wear OS gets smart suggestions and Assistant actions Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!
07/09/181h 38m

380: Premium Hand Feel

With Daniel Bader on a secret mission, Russell Holly steps in as guest host to chat about the week's news with Andrew Martonik and Jerry Hildenbrand. Motorola has sold over 70 million Moto G devices since 2013, and their phones are omnipresent in Brazil. Now they're looking to expand their growth around the globe. The fun doesn't stop there! Development of eSIM technology has been halted because Verizon and AT&T can't get along. Amazon has announced the Echo Dot Kids Edition, and they want to deliver packages into the trunk of your car. Google is keeping pretty quiet about sales figures for Pixel 2, but it's clear their hardware focus is bigger than ever. Six months in, Google Lens is still lackluster but showing signs of improvement. The massive redesign of Gmail is now live, and Google Tasks has a dedicated app for Android and iOS. In a final slurp of alphanumeric soup, LG G7 ThinQ is getter even closer to being real thanks to some new renders — and One Plus 6 will be announced on May 16 in London. Join us! Show Notes and Links: Motorola is a big deal in Brazil, and it's not a fluke Motorola's new President sparked huge success, but growth now turns global Motorola has sold over 70 million Moto Gs since 2013 Development of eSIM tech halted thanks to legal feud with Verizon and AT&T Amazon just announced the new Echo Dot Kids Edition 6 months after Pixel 2 launch, Google has nothing to say of its success — but hardware focus is bigger than ever Six months later, Google Lens still isn't great Gmail's massive redesign is now live: Here's a look at the new features Google Tasks: Everything you need to know LG G7 ThinQ shown off again in best renders to-date The LG G7 will have an extra-tall 6.1-inch display that gets really bright LG reports record Q1 2018 profits despite struggling smartphone business Pete Lau says the OnePlus 6 will come with a glass back and 'premium hand-feel' OnePlus 6 will be announced on May 16 in London Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 39m

379: Enemies of the State

The power trio of Daniel Bader, Russell Holly, and Jerry Hildenbrand talk about ZTE being banned from using U.S.-based hardware or software in their products as a consequence of selling products into North Korea and Iran. Could this put an end to their smartphone business? Also, Google is set to announce 'Chat', a messaging client intended to unify chat across all Android devices and eliminate the need for SMS in most situations. But wait, there's more! The gang also discuss rumors that LG's G7 will have a dedicated Google Assistant button, Huawei punts on the U.S. market, Xiaomi gets on the analog stick with a gaming-focused phone in China. Plus, Moto continues to lead the way with some new, cheap phones. Show Notes and Links: The LG G7 will have a dedicated Google Assistant button Xiaomi's Black Shark shows that the next big leap for smartphones will be gaming Huawei will stop focusing on the U.S. following security setbacks ZTE banned from using U.S.-based hardware or software in its products Moto G6 series hands-on preview: Hello photo Moto E5 and E5 Plus hands-on preview: Your next cheap phone Google to evolve Android Messages into 'Chat' using RCS, will pause Allo development Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 21m

378: AI Intervention

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand dissect Samsung Galaxy S9 battery life and the claim that numerous Android OEMs have been lying about security patches. They also check out the new Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, the latter of which is the new standard for small phones. Android TV has been approved by the FCC, signaling an impending launch for Google's streaming dongle. Additionally, LG is trying to regroup with the G7 ThinQ and efforts to offer Oreo support and improved stability for the G6. Finally, a new Gmail new is launching soon for desktop. How will this trickle down to mobile platforms, and is Google heading towards a one app future? Show Notes and Links: Samsung's Galaxy S9 battery 'issues' are all about Apple Samsung addresses battery issues with Exynos-powered Galaxy S9 Android TV dongle passes through FCC with giant Google logo Numerous Android OEMs discovered to be lying about security patches Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: The new standard for small Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact U.S. pre-orders begin April 13 LG G7 ThinQ will be unveiled in NYC on May 2 The LG G7 launch needs to be perfect, but LG has a dismal track record LG's new 'Global Software Upgrade Center' promises Oreo for the G6 by end of April, improved stability A new Gmail design is launching 'in the coming weeks' with fresh features This is an early look at Gmail's new design for desktop Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 31m

377: €950 Beta Testers

Alex Dobie and Jerry Hildenbrand join Daniel Bader to chat more about the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro and the Neural Processing Unit that’s baked into the Kirin processor. They also read and respond to several listener emails about Chromebooks vs. iPads in the classroom. Next up, they discuss Galaxy S9 battery problems and differences between Exynos and Snapdragon processors that Samsung is using in different markets. Along the lines of Google DNS, Cloudflare has launched a DNS service called 1.1.1.1 that’s meant as a faster and more secure alternative to your ISP’s DNS registry. Ending on a dumpster fire, up to 87 million Facebook users’ data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. Facebook is making some changes and improvements to it’s data sharing policies, but should Zuck have to fall on his sword? Show Notes and Links: Active shooter at YouTube HQ wounded three before killing herself Huawei P20 and P20 Pro: Triple threat How does Apple's new push for the education market compare to Chromebooks in the classroom? Samsung Galaxy S9 battery problems, explained: Exynos vs. Snapdragon Up to 87 million Facebook users' data was shared with Cambridge Analytica Cloudflare's new consumer DNS service promises a faster, more secure internet Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 20m

376: Picking Pieces Off The Carcass

Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik, are joined by associate editor Hayato Huseman to talk about the creepiness of Facebook, the upside of notches, and taptic engine performance on Android devices. They also discuss the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 — the first Chrome OS tablet to hit the market. Plus, the crew takes a look at the triple threat Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, the Porsche Design Mate RS, and why software continues to be such a big problem for Samsung. Show Notes and Links: Hayato Huseman on Twitter Facebook kept logs of calls and messages on Android phones, and followed the rules to do it Facebook #DeleteYourSoul OnePlus 6 will have a notch OnePlus explains the rationale behind the notch on the OnePlus 6 It's 2018 and Android phones still can't compare to the iPhone's Taptic Engine Acer debuts the first Chrome OS tablet, the Chromebook Tab 10 How does Apple's new push for the education market compare to Chromebooks in the classroom? iPad (6th generation): Everything you need to know Huawei P20 and P20 Pro: Triple threat Huawei P2 and P20 Pro specs The Porsche Design Mate RS is a Huawei P20 Pro with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a $2000 price tag I enjoy the Galaxy S9+ despite its software, not because of it — and that's a problem for Samsung Sponsors: Audible Go to audible.com/acp or text ‘ACP’ to 500-500 to get started. Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.  
07/09/181h 34m

375: The Emoji-Burger Correlation

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand gather to discuss the very late arrival of Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8 and use of emoji as an adjunct to written language. From there, they do an incredibly detailed pixel peep of the Galaxy S9+ camera compared to Google’s Pixel 2 XL. They say podcasts are the theatre of the mind, but you’ll want to take a look at these photos for yourself: Galaxy S9+ vs. Pixel 2 XL: Which camera is best? The gang also talk about OnePlus 6 and Huawei P20 rumors, the importance of brand loyalty, and Huawei’s loss of Best Buy as a retailer. Finally, they share how permissions are being leveraged to an abusive degree by the Facebook app on Android. Show Notes and Links: Android Oreo is starting to arrive on the Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy note 8 Oreo: What's new in 8.0 for the Note These are the U.S. carriers that have updated the Galaxy S8 to Android Oreo This Is The Best Time To Buy A Used Galaxy S8 Galaxy S9+ vs. Galaxy S7 edge: Should you upgrade? Galaxy S9+ vs. Pixel 2 XL: Which camera is best? Google is reportedly buying Lytro for no more than $40 million OnePlus 6 to reportedly come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage This is what the OnePlus 6 could look like This is our best look yet at the LG G7 Huawei P20 rumors Huawei loses another U.S. partner as Best Buy plans to stop selling its products Does phone brand loyalty still matter? Facebook never earned your trust and now we're all paying the price Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 50m

374: Make 5G Great Again

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly talk about President Trump blocking Broadcomm’s planned takeover of Qualcomm, and affect it may have on the still nascent 5G technology. They also pore over the Galaxy S9’s camera and other features. Rising from the ashes of Android Wear, Wear OS is here! Similarly, Fitbit Versa has arrived and the crew talk about the current state of fitness tracking in the Android ecosystem. Finally, Google is bringing their Maps API to augmented reality game development. Pokéballium Leviosa! ***There are a few instances of adult language in this episode.*** Show Notes and Links: President Trump preemptively blocks Broadcom's Qualcomm takeover, citing national security concerns Samsung Galaxy S9 is now available: Here's everything you need to know! Wear OS by Google officially replaces Android Wear Fitbit Versa hands-on Google's bringing its Maps APIs to augmented reality game development Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 24m

373: You, me and Android P

Andrew Martonik and Alex Dobie ditch the rest of the crew and recover after a busy week of fish mongering and phone testing in Seattle. They talk all about the Samsung Galaxy S9, and the hot features coming in Android P. They also have the scoop on OnePlus 6, which includes a now familiar notch and glass back. Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy S9 review Samsung Galaxy S9+ video review Samsung Galaxy S9: Everything you need to know Android P: Top 6 things you need to know! Android P will officially be released during Q3 2018 Google announces Android P Developer Preview, full images available for Pixel phones now Exclusive: OnePlus 6 has 19:9 notched display, Snapdragon 845, top benchmarks OnePlus 6 supposedly leaks with iPhone X notch and glass back Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 14m

372: Pepino's Popper Podcast

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, Michael Fisher, and Derek Kessler, spend their final evening in Barcelona sequestered in an apartment with drinks aplenty as they recount all the announcements from Mobile World Congress. It’s truly an Android news bender of epic proportions. Seriously, this episode is worth every moment of your time! Show Notes and Links: LG V30S ThinQ Nokia announces €749 Nokia 8 Sirocco, improved Nokia 7 Plus and Android Go-powered Nokia 1 Nokia 8 Sirocco hands-on Nokia 7 Plus hands-on Nokia goes all-in on Android One Alcatel 1, ZTE Tempo - Android Go Samsung Galaxy S9 Sony Xperia XZ2 Vivo Apex concept phone ASUS ZenFone 5 Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/182h 17m

371: Android Shrugged

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand are not lawyers, but they play them on podcasts. As the team gird their collective loins for Mobile World Congress, OnePlus remains in the crosshairs of Internet outrage. But is all the anger justified? Also, who should the responsibility and cost associated with security updates fall to? Carriers? Phone manufacturers? Should customers have to pay extra for guaranteed updates? So many questions! The crew also discuss the redesign expected for Android P, Oreo updates for the Galaxy S8, Essential’s USB-C headphones, new emoji via Samsung Experience 9.0, and more. Listen up! Show Notes and Links: OnePlus' real problem is getting heard above the noise Cheap Android phones shouldn't be disposable Essential Earphones HD: $99 for one of very few USB-C headphone options Google just made the Pixel 2 the best camera for Instagram and Snapchat The Pixel Visual Core, explained Android P will feature a 'dramatic redesign' and support notch displays Samsung is finally rolling out the Oreo update to the Galaxy S8/S8+ Oreo update for Galaxy S8 does not support Project Treble Samsung Experience 9.0 makes emoji on Galaxy devices less awful Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 24m

370: Outrage Porn

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Russell Holly, and Jerry Hildenbrand discuss trust issues with OnePlus when it comes to privacy and security, and why it isn’t necessary to place limits on voice activated services like Google Assistant and Alexa. Despite some recent claims to the contrary, Andrew explains why 64GB of internal storage is sufficient for most users in 2018. The crew also talks about Google’s efforts to clean house in the Play Store, timeframes for the release of Android P, and slow updates to Oreo for Shield TV and Essential Phone. Join us! Show Notes and Links: We need restrictions on government surveillance, not limits on Google Assistant or Alexa I can't buy a phone from OnePlus until it cares about privacy and security Let's be honest, 64GB of internal storage is plenty in 2018 Google removed over 700,000 malicious apps from the Play Store in 2017 When is Google going to release Android P? What if Android P is designed for Chromebooks? The Shield TV hasn't gotten Oreo yet because no one cares about Android TV Essential Phone won't get public 8.0 Oreo update due to 'stability issues' The unbearable slowness of Samsung's updates Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 44m

369: Now use Google Assistant

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Russell Holly, and Jerry Hildenbrand convene to talk about LG, the death of Google Now as Google Assistant takes its place, and the race for mindshare in the voice assistant and smart speaker market. They also tackle the latest rumors and leaks of the Galaxy S9, which is set to launch February 25th. Join us! Show Notes and Links: The U.S. smartphone industry has an LG problem LG says G7 is 'on schedule', will be announced 'when the time is right' Google Now is now useless, and we have Google Assistant to thank for it Apple HomePod is finally coming, and does almost nothing Samsung Galaxy S9 launch event set for Feb 25: 'The camera. Reimagined.' The Galaxy A8+ gives us an early look at Galaxy S9 design cues Samsung Galaxy S9 appears in clearest render yet Samsung Galaxy S9 supposedly shows up in hands-on video Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 15m

368: Gaming Spectacular

Daniel Bader and Russell Holly are joined by Apps and Games Editor, Marc Lagace! They begin by talking about the massive credit card breach at OnePlus, Samsung Galaxy X rumors, foldable phone tech, and various issues that continue to plague LG. The majority of the show is devoted to gaming — The trouble with loot boxes and games that ship incomplete to hit release dates, the best new Android games, hot indie titles, and what’s new in AR. Check it out! Show Notes and Links: OnePlus confirms up to 40,000 users affected by credit card breach Samsung Galaxy X: Everything you need to know LG publishes patents for two foldable phone concepts LG might announce an upgraded V30 at MWC instead of the G7 The U.S. smartphone industry has an LG problem Loot boxes and in-app purchases: A necessary evil or the scourge of the gaming world? The best new Android games Google announces finalists for 2017 Indie Game Contest What can you do in ARCore right now? Marc Lagace on Twitter Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 35m

367: A Tight Spiral

This week, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie take a look at some fresh Samsung Galaxy S9 and LG G7 rumors before diving into Android Central’s Best of CES 2018 Awards. They also take a look at other news from the show, including Google Assistant penetration into the automotive market, Lenovo’s Smart Display, an NVIDIA 4K HDR TV, fingerprint sensor technology, Razer’s “Project Linda”, and more! Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy S9 will be announced in February at MWC Samsung Galaxy S9: Rumors, Specs, Release Date, and More! LG will stop releasing new phones every year LG G7 (2018 flagship) rumor round-up: Everything you need to know Android Central's Best of CES 2018 Awards! Google Assistant is now everywhere, including screens and cars Lenovo's Smart Display is the Google Assistant answer to the Echo Show NVIDIA launching new 65-inch 4K HDR gaming displays with Android TV Razer's Project Linda turns your phone into a laptop Android Auto is even more useful with Google Assistant and wireless Vivo's in-display fingerprint sensor is the future of smartphone biometrics Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra hands-on: No more quirks, just good phones AT&T steps away from deal to sell Huawei phones Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 31m

366: Favorites, Failures, and Surprises

In this episode, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand wrap up this year’s coverage of the Android universe with a look back at the Galaxy Note 8, plus reviews of the Amazon Echo Spot and Google Home Max. They also talk about Eric Schmidt leaving the Executive Chairman role at Alphabet. Additionally, they share their top picks from 2017. Join us for the last hurrah before CES in January! Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review, 3 months later: A polarizing powerhouse Amazon Echo Spot review Google Home Max Eric Schmidt leaving Executive Chairman role at Alphabet Best of 2017 Sponsors: MintSIM: Voice, data, and text for less. Get free first-class shipping with code IMFREESHIP. Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 6m

365: $600 Sandpaper

In this episode, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, and Russell Holly wax philosophical about the Snapdragon 845 SoC and why the Pixel’s AR stickers are the most fun you can have with a camera. They also talk about the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition phone and a few spoiler-free thoughts on ‘The Last Jedi’. The crew also delves into Synaptics’ new in-display fingerprint sensor and the Vivo phone it is launching on. Oreo is coming to the Galaxy S8 and renders have been leaked of the Galaxy S9. Finally, net neutrality has been killed by the FCC. What happens next? Show Notes and Links: Snapdragon 845: Top 5 reasons to get excited The Pixel's AR stickers are the most fun you can have with a camera OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition review Synaptics announces world's first in-display fingerprint sensor, launching with a 'top 5' smartphone OEM In-display fingerprint sensor launching first on a Vivo phone Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo update: Top features + what's new! This is the Samsung Galaxy S9 Net neutrality is dead - What happens next? Sponsors: MintSIM: Voice, data, and text for less. Get free first-class shipping with code IMFREESHIP. Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 29m

364: Notches All The Way Down

This week on the show, Daniel Bader is on assignment in Hawaii. Yes, really. In his absence, Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, and Russell Holly pick up the slack and share their favorite tech of 2017. They also talk about the HTC U11+, a trio of new Honor phones, and Android Oreo (Go edition). Android Go is specifically designed for entry-level phones with 1GB or less of RAM, and 8GB of storage. They also discuss the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and rumors that the Galaxy S9 might be announced at CES in January 2018. Show Notes and Links: Russell's favorite tech of 2017 Andrew's favorite tech of 2017 Alex's favorite tech of 2017 HTC U11+ review: The best phone you can't buy Honor 7X review: The new budget champion New Honor View 10 is an Honor V10 for the rest of the world Honor View 10 hands-on preview: Flagship killer killer? Android 8.1 Oreo exits beta, now available for Pixel and Nexus devices Google launches Android Oreo (Go edition) for entry-level phones Google is partnering with Qualcomm and MediaTek for Android Go devices Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Everything you need to know Top 5 reasons to be excited for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Samsung Galaxy S9: Rumors, Specs, Release Date, and More! Sponsors: MintSIM: Voice, data, and text for less. Get free first-class shipping with code IMFREESHIP. Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. GameStash: Hundreds of awesome games on your Android phone. Try it free for 14 days!  
07/09/181h 17m

363: Bezeltastic

In this episode, Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik talk about how well the Pixel 2 is holding up after a month of use. It offers a fantastic overall experience and great battery life at a comparatively reasonable price. They also discuss Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro. Daniel says it comes close to greatness, but the software is its Achilles’ heel. Other topics include: Android 8.1 Developer Preview, the ‘Pixel Visual Core’ SoC, and Google Photo Books. Andrew and Daniel remind us that as good as smartphone cameras have become, their sharpness and resolution still does not truly equal a DSLR or mirrorless camera. Show Notes and Links: Google Pixel 2 review: One month on With the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei comes close to greatness This year, I'm thankful there are no more bad phones When cheap phones can do everything, what happens to flagships? Android 8.1 Developer Preview released, enables Pixel Visual Core on Pixel 2 The Pixel 2 camera's secret weapon: A dedicated 'Pixel Visual Core' SoC How to enable the Pixel Visual Core for HDR+ in third-party apps on Android 8.1 Google Photo Books Android Central Podcast April 28, 2017: Winning the Title II  
07/09/181h 33m

362: Homogeneous Slab

This week, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly dig in with the OnePlus 5T and try to figure out why it seems like almost all smartphones are starting to look alike. They also talk about the importance of buying a phone for what it can do now — not what it might be capable of later. Google is in the news once again with another trust and reputation violating faux pas. This time, they’ve been secretly collecting users’ cell tower locations. Finally, friends don’t let friends buy a cheap, crappy Android tablet this Holiday season. What are the best options, if any? Check out this week’s show! Show Notes and Links: OnePlus 5T review From the Editor's Desk: How far can OnePlus go with community-driven software and hardware? OnePlus 5T: Should you pay extra for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage? OnePlus 5T is the company's fastest-selling phone Google has been secretly collecting Android users' cell tower locations, risking a hit to its reputation Please don't buy a crappy cheap tablet on Black Friday  
07/09/181h 20m

361: Try harder, bud

Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik welcome Mobile Nation’s newest employee to the show — Associate Video Editor Hayato Huseman! Hayato talks with the gang about their experience and initial testing of the OnePlus 5T, which was recently unveiled in New York City. A modest update to the OnePlus 5, the 5T is marketed as a $499 flagship. It may not fully compete with phones like the Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2, but the price is far more accessible. They also discuss the enthusiast community’s disappointment with the Razer Phone and Daniel’s impressions of iPhone X. To wrap things up, Andrew gives us the skinny on Google’s Pixel Buds. Show Notes and Links: OnePlus 5T hands-on preview OnePlus 5T specs OnePlus 5T vs. OnePlus 3T: Should you upgrade? OnePlus 5T vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 Razer Phone review: Don't go outside iPhone X: The Android Central review Google Pixel Buds: What I learned in my first afternoon with the headphones  
07/09/181h 28m

360: No Longer a Nerd Phone

This week on the show Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Russell Holly are joined by Dan DeSilva from our sister site, thrifter.com, to talk about about some great deals on gadgets and other items before Black Friday hits.   The team also covers a large swath of topics both Android and non-Android related, including Samsung’s Gear Fit2 Pro, improved water resistance for phones, and the time Daniel got in trouble with his parents about the Diablo 2 real money auction house.   They also discuss QA issues with the Pixel 2 and other devices in the gadget world, the rise of Google as a hardware company, a Chrome update that will kill annoying redirects, and much more! It’s all about saving and making that cash money on this episode of the Android Central Podcast!   Show Notes and Links: Thrifter Black Friday deals Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro review Pixel 2 second opinion: Close to perfect Google Pixel 2 XL adds new display profiles, UI changes to address burn-in in latest update Pixel phones get a little something extra in the November security patch Chrome updates set to kill annoying redirects and trick-to-click popups Google is changing the way developers think about spatial audio OnePlus 5T rumors and expectations
07/09/181h 43m

359: Razer’s Edge

Alex Dobie takes center stage this week as he, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand talk about his hands-on experience with some recently announced devices: the Razer Phone and HTC’s U11+.   Razer’s maiden voyage into the smartphone market is targeted towards gamers. With a unique 120Hz display, 8GB of RAM, and a huge 4,000mAh battery, it offers an opportunity for high frame rates on a mobile device. But can the Android gaming experience really take advantage of its potential? And how satisfactory of a phone is it in other respects?   The HTC U11+ has a lot going for it from a hardware perspective. On the software side of things, it includes Android Oreo and HTC sense. But there’s a catch—HTC currently has no launch plans for the U.S., and there are no British carriers for it in the UK. In a market with so many excellent, readily available phones, how can this dark horse contender gain any mindshare with consumers?   Show Notes and Links: Razer Phone hands-on preview Razer Phone: Everything you need to know  Razer Phone specs HTC U11+ hands-on preview HTC U11+ specs HTC U11 Life review The HTC U11+ started life as a Google Pixel 2 XL project — kind of
07/09/181h 32m

358: The Alphabet Soup of Display Technology

Writer and analyst Daniel Matte from techspecs.blog joins Daniel Bader, Alex Dobie, and Russell Holly to discuss the issues, real and perceived, with the display used on Google’s Pixel 2 XL. They also talk about the software changes Google has promised to help address problems with the device.   To wrap things up, the crew chats about the Pixelbook, OnePlus 5T rumors, and the Android 8.1 beta!   Show Notes and Links: Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review Google to address Pixel 2 XL screen issues with several software changes  Google extending manufacturer warranty for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Assessing the Pixel 2 displays Google has a software fix for the Pixel 2 speaker 'clicking' problem Google Pixelbook review
07/09/181h 24m

357: Google's Main Squeeze

It’s a full house this week on the show, but Daniel Bader, Alex Dobie, Andrew Martonik, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Russell Holly deliver a tight 70 minutes of insight into Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Is the display on the XL as bad as some reviewers have said, or are expectations out of whack because the screens on recent Samsung phones are just so good? One thing is certain—the FUD machine is running at full throttle.   The crew also talk about the usefulness of the squeeze function as well as the design, materials, and components used by Google. Alex also delivers a taste of what’s to come with the Huawei Mate 10. There will be two different versions of the phone. At this point it’s unclear which ones will be available where, but we do know that Huawei’s SoC is a monster!   Show Notes and Links: Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review Let's relax about the Pixel 2 XL display Which material is best for smartphones? The Pixel 2 doesn't support wireless charging, and that's heartbreaking  Huawei Mate 10 preview
07/09/181h 10m

356: Dial D for Duo

Your privacy and personal data are a major topic this week as Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik , and Jerry Hildenbrand talk about Google’s quick decision to disable touch-activated listening on the Home Mini before it becomes available to consumers. OnePlus is taking some heat once again; this time for data collection concerns regarding OxygenOS.   On a more positive note, Google is adding Duo video calling to the dialer and SMS app on Pixel, Nexus, and Android One phones. Also, Disney has partnered with other major studios, excluding Paramount (at least for now), to offer Movies Anywhere—a service that lets you more freely access movies you’ve purchased from multiple platforms.   The crew also discuss using Pixel 2 on Project Fi, and whether or not it’s a good decision to buy an original Pixel in 2017.   Show Notes and Links: Google Home Mini review units had a bug that recorded everything Google to disable touch-activated listening on Home Minis Google's commitment to hardware is no longer in doubt OnePlus responds to OxygenOS data collection concerns Google is adding Duo video calling to the dialer and SMS app of Pixels Movies Anywhere Should you use your Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL on Project Fi? Should you buy an original Pixel or Pixel XL in 2017? Sponsor: Thrifter  
07/09/181h 33m

355: Pixel Central

Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, Russell Holly, and Andrew Martonik convene for a detailed breakdown of all the announcements from Google’s Pixel hardware event this week.   They get the bezel bashing out of the way quickly before moving on to Google’s Home Mini and Home Max, followed by a look at the Pixelbook. Besides Jerry, who is the target audience for Chrome OS on such a high end piece of hardware? Are the specs simply overkill for what can be accomplished on the device? It’s a computer that’s far more capable than your might think.   The second half of the episode is devoted to Pixel 2 as the crew discuss the specs, colors, and features of each model. The camera is a major change from the original Pixel. It bucks the recent trend of dual cameras by offering a single rear facing camera. They also talk about the Pixel Buds and their potential usefulness for translation. All that, and much more!   Show Notes and Links:Show Notes and Links: Google Home Mini Google Home Max  Pixelbook Google Pixel 2: Everything you need to know! Google Pixel 2 preview: Act two is great Google Pixel 2 specs Google doubles down on the single camera The Pixel 2 ships with an eSIM for Fi Pixel Buds Google Clips
07/09/181h 46m

354: Android Users Love To Worry

Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, Russell Holly, and Phil Nickinson talk about the motives and strategies behind some significant moves in the industry this year, including Google’s HTC deal and Amazon’s new Echo products and Fire TV 4K.   It’s update-mageddon! With Google extending security updates for Nexus 5X and 6P, and the Moto X Pure Edition just now getting Android 7.0, what can users reasonably expect from manufacturers in the way of support for devices they already own?   Finally, the Pixel 2 only days away—Google is offering up to $410 back when trading in your original Pixel through the Google Store. Now might be a good time to get on it!   Show Notes and Links:   The Sony Xperia XZ1's camera has pleasantly surprised me Google extends Nexus 5X and 6P security updates until Nov. 2018 It's September 2017, and the Moto X Pure Edition just got Android 7.0 For Google, HTC deal is about the Pixel's next decade Essential has probably sold around 5,000 Essential Phones since its release Amazon announces cheaper second-gen Echo with better audio, new design Amazon's new Echo Connect brings landline phone calls to your Echo Amazon's new Fire TV 4K supports Alexa, starts at $70 New Amazon Echo Plus has ZigBee smart home hub built in, priced at $150 Amazon's new Echo Spot is like a smaller, rounder Echo Show Get up to $410 back when trading in your Pixel through Google Store
07/09/181h 20m

353: 2 Fast 2 XL

It’s a huge week of news and leaks in the Android world! Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand settle in for a roundtable feast of epic proportions, beginning with Android 8.0 updates to some Motorola phones, the Blueborne Bluetooth vulnerability, and data throttling on T-Mobile.It’s a huge week of news and leaks in the Android world! Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand settle in for a roundtable feast of epic proportions, beginning with Android 8.0 updates to some Motorola phones, the Blueborne Bluetooth vulnerability, and data throttling on T-Mobile. Moving on to the main course, Google spent 1.1 billion dollars to acqui-hire HTC’s best engineers, more details and photos have surfaced for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixelbook, and a smaller Google Home Mini speaker is on the way. For dessert, the Moto X4 is coming to Project Fi as the first Android One device for the U.S., and an unlocked Moto X4 with Motorola’s software will be shipping this year.   Show Notes and Links: Motorola confirms Android 8.0 for Moto Z, Moto G5 lines and Moto G4 Plus Let's talk about Blueborne, the latest Bluetooth vulnerability T-Mobile is raising monthly prioritization limit to 50GB per month Google is spending $1.1 billion to hire HTC's best smartphone talent Google Pixel 2 XL shown in black and white, pricing rumored at $849 Google Pixel 2 will start at $649, offer 'Kinda Blue' third color option Google Pixelbook convertible breaks cover with high-end hardware, big price Google's smaller Home Mini speaker will cost just $49 Moto X4 coming to Project Fi as first Android One device for the U.S., priced at $399 Unlocked Moto X4 with Motorola software will come to the U.S. this year
07/09/181h 46m

352: Getting lit with iris scan

This week, Daniel Bader, Alex Dobie, and Jerry Hildenbrand dissect the technology in Apple’s new iPhone X for a deep dive into wireless charging, facial recognition, and the impact they have the entire smartphone industry. Additionally, LG’s V30 continues to generate buzz in the market while the Galaxy Note 8 is now shipping, and the Pixel 2 is officially set for an October 4th announcement. The crew also talk about Andy Rubin, Vic Gundotra, computational photography, and more!   Show Notes and Links: LG V30 initial review Where to buy the Galaxy Note 8 Fact-checking the iPhone X event iPhone X and iPhone 8 impressions from an Android user Take it from a Note 8 user: Temper your iPhone X Face ID expectation It's official: the Pixel 2 is coming October 4
07/09/181h 39m

351: Squeeze away!

This week, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie are joined by Russell Holly for an epic roundtable of new phone goodness. The crew starts off with the LG V30. Is it living up to Daniel’s initial impressions? T-Mobile is including Netflix subscriptions with their ONE plans.   Also, reviews are out for the Galaxy Note 8 and S8 Active. In the rumor mill, Google may buy HTC, and the Pixel 2 is taking form. All that, plus an update on what’s happening with ARCore!   Show Notes and Links: LG V30 hands-on: A galaxy of good ideas All T-Mobile ONE plans now include a Netflix subscription Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Google may buy HTC The Pixel 2 is taking form ARCore
07/09/181h 44m

350: Phones, wearables and currywurst

International nerds of mystery, Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, and Phil Nickinson, have traveled all the way to Berlin, Germany for IFA 2017 to bring you the latest announcements in the Android universe. They do a deep dive into the LG V30, Moto X4, plus new wearables from Samsung, connected speakers, and more! Show Notes and Links: LG V30 hands-on: A galaxy of good ideas LG V30 specs: Snapdragon 835, dual cameras, Quad DAC The LG V30 is the phone the G6 should've been from the start LG V30 is official, and it could be one of the sleeper hits of the year Moto X4 hands-on: Familiar name, entirely different phone Moto X4 is official: 5.2-inch display, dual cameras and glass back for €399 Moto X4 specs: Snapdragon 630, 3000mAh battery and dual cameras  Samsung Gear Sport hands-on: The Gear S2 refresh we all wanted Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro hands-on: Simple improvements to one of the best fitness trackers BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition goes global Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact hands-on: Tiny upgrades Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact specs: Snapdragon 835, Motion Eye camera, and dual speakers
07/09/181h 6m

349: The Essential Note 8 podcast

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Michael Fisher sequester in a New York City hotel to talk about the newly released Essential Phone—and after months of rumors, leaks, and speculation, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is here! Show Notes and Links: Essential Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is official
07/09/181h 52m

348: Late and Full of S&!%

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand follow up on Andrew’s second opinion article about the Moto Z2 Force. They also talk about Bluetooth 5, the LG V30, and the installed base of Nougat, which is now at 13.5% of all Android devices. This brings up a great question: Is it better to buy a slightly older “flagship” phone, or a brand new mid-range device?   Show Notes and Links: Moto Z2 Force, a second opinion: Just not enough Bluetooth 5 and the HTC U11: You had it all along Sponsor: Thrifter LG V30: Specs, images, release date, and everything else
07/09/181h 20m

347: VRAR

This week, Daniel Bader and Jerry Hildenbrand are joined by VR expert Russell Holly to talk about Moto Z2 Force reviews and several other newly announced Moto phones. Thanks to some recent leaks, we know even more about the Galaxy Note 8 and upcoming LG V30. A major topic this week is the ASUS ZenFone AR. Russell guides us through the device and where Asus along with Tango fit into the Augmented Reality world. Also discussed is Apple’s ARKit, and how hot does your phone get in a heavy duty case?   Show Notes and Links: Moto Z2 Force review Moto E4 Plus announcement: 5000mAh battery Moto G5S + G5S Plus announcement This is the Galaxy Note 8 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs This is the LG V30 Sponsor: Thrifter ASUS ZenFone AR comes to Verizon for $650 Where do Asus and Tango fit into the world of augmented reality? Apple ARKit - What you need to know
07/09/181h 18m

346: ‘O’ Words

This week, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand are joined by Mr. Mobile himself, Michael Fisher, to talk about Samsung’s dominance in the Android phone market, a hypothetical Galaxy Note Pro, and LG’s most recent earnings. In addition, the crew dives deep into the newly announced Moto Z2 Force by analyzing its place within the Moto product range and upper echelon of smartphones. All that, plus Android O Dev Preview 4, the Emperor’s new gadget, and more!   Show Notes and Links Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - Emperor edition? Galaxy Note Pro Samsung Q2 earnings LG Q2 earnings Moto Z2 Force: Moto Z2 Force announcer / hands-on Moto 360 Camera / death of Moto 360 watch as a thing? Moto Z2 Force specs Moto Z2 Force vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 The Moto GamePad Mod is finally here and it's awesome Sponsor: Thrifter Android O: What's new in Android O Dev Preview 4? New Octopus Easter egg Are animals the new desserts?  
07/09/181h 18m

345: Two guys talk about the Galaxy Note 8 and stuff

This week, Andrew Martonik and Jerry Hildenbrand discuss a universe of Android news, including ‘Andromeda’, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Bixby Voice, Bluetooth fixes, and more! Show Notes and Links: Android is an open road, not a dead end Google's 'Andromeda' looks to be hiding in plain sight Galaxy S8, three months on Bixby Voice now available for every Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the U.S. Galaxy Note 8 is coming Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 8 launch for August 23 Galaxy Note 8 renders give clean look at boxier design, Infinity Display Samsung Galaxy Note 8: What we know so far, the video Galaxy Note Pro: Why Samsung should sell a $1500 phone Google Play Protect now widely available Android O fixes a lot of what's wrong with Bluetooth YouTube is taking an even stronger stance on 'extremist' videos
07/09/181h 13m

344: Not the smartest home on the block

This week, we invited our homebody friends, Mikah Sargent and Phil Nickinson, to chat about smart homes and how they're changing the way we live. Should you buy a Google Home or an Echo or, if you're into Apple, should you wait for the HomePod, which is hatching later this year? And what about ecosystems and standards? What *is* a Zigbee, anyway? All of these questions are answered — or at least acknowledged — and more!
07/09/181h 25m

343: Google vs. the EU vs. our sanity

There isn't a lot going on right now, but somehow Andrew, Daniel and Jerry still manage to fill 90 minutes of hot takes. Most of that time is spent talking about Google's showdown with the European Commission on Android's dominant position in the market, while the rest is spent between talking about Motorola's strange smartphone strategy, and why Amazon would make a pretty damn good carrier.
07/09/181h 25m

342: Fast-Acting, Triple Action Launcher

Action Launcher is one of the most popular launchers on the Play Store, and it just received its biggest update in years. So what better time to bring on its owner and chief developer, Chris Lacy, for a chat about its past, its present and its future?  Right now, by the way. The time is right now.
07/09/181h 27m

341: OnePlus 5 review

This week, Daniel, Andrew, Alex and special guest Michael Fisher (MrMobile) talk about one thing — the OnePlus 5. From design to performance to whether the dual camera lives up to expectations, join them as they run through one of the most anticipated phones of the year. If you're on the fence about getting a OnePlus 5, this is a must-listen!
07/09/181h 26m

340: A mess of Pixels

This week, Daniel, Flo, Alex and Jerry discuss the latest Pixel 2 rumors — will it be made by HTC, LG or both? — and what that means for the future of the Pixel program. Also discussed: - HTC did good with the U11 - Apple's WWDC announcements: Is the iPad the best Google tablet around? - Bixby sucks. When will it be good? - The OnePlus 5 is coming, but is it a lot of hot air? - Locked phones will be banned in Canada this year. How does that change things, and how does it compare to other countries like the U.S. and the UK?
07/09/181h 22m

339: Raising an Oreo to Android 8.0

We're quickly nearing a new release of Android, and Daniel, Andrew, and Jerry are excited af! Well, maybe not af but definitely a bunch! Along with a new release of the Android O developer preview, we learned that the new version will be version 8.0 — but the number was not the only new thing! The guys dig deep into the new release. And in addition to talking about their reviews of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Moto Z2 Play, the guys dig into all the latest juicy rumors of the OnePlus 5, which has an official unveiling date.
07/09/181h 35m

338: CDMAke it stop!

07/09/181h 20m

337: The pricey OnePlus 5 and the accidental OnePlus X

This week, Daniel, Andrew and Flo close the door on Google I/O and open it to the OnePlus 5. And while they're at it, they talk about Motorola's newfound confidence, and whether the HTC U11 can make up some ground. Oh, and there's some OnePlus X reminiscing ❤️
07/09/181h 27m

336: Google is taking over the world, 2017 Edition

We're live from Google I/O 2017!  The Android Central team of Daniel, Jerry, Andrew, Alex and MrMobile take on all the big announcements from Google's expansive and intimidating developer conference. Unlike last year, there weren't any huge product announcements, nor new products, but what we got — updates to Android O, Assistant, Home, Photos — and the introduction of Google Lens and standalone Daydream headsets, give us some insight into Google's AI and machine learning future.  
07/09/181h 38m

335: The HTC U 11 is not a German submarine

This week, it's Daniel, Jerry, and Alex tackling HTC U 11, OnePlus 5, and Google I/O, plus some surprises (and one bad joke) along the way. Stick around! It's not an under-11 soccer team or a Nazi submarine, but a new phone. The HTC U 11 is coming soon, and while we don't know much about it, we do know that it will try to bridge the gap between the HTC 10, an underrated phone, and the U series that began earlier this year with the U Ultra and U Play.  The OnePlus 5 is probably going to be one of the most exciting releases of the year, but with component prices increasing rapidly, can OnePlus maintain its "affordable flagship" tagline? And Google I/O is next week! The guys break down what to expect, and what they want, from Google's annual developer conference! This episode of the Android Central Podcast is brought to you by Thrifter, the best place to get great deals in your inbox every day!
07/09/181h 19m

334: KEYone More Time

The Android Central duo of Daniel Bader and Jerry Hildenbrand needed some reinforcements this week to dive into the new BlackBerry KEYone, so we called CrackBerry Kevin and Bla1ze of the CrackBerry team and MrMobile himself, Michael Fisher, to help us talk it out! Is the BlackBerry KEYone a phone that everyone should be excited about, or just hardcore BlackBerry fans? And how come it took the company so long to make a phone like this? Get the inside scoop on why a phone like the KEYone was delayed for so long!
07/09/181h 21m

333: Winning the Title II

This week, your hosts Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand and Andrew Martonik talk about what's new in the world of smartphones, and the regulators that influence the carriers we pay to get cellular service for those phones. 1. Andrew gives his thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the team talk about whether the new phone is a foundational phone that has problems — more like the Galaxy S6 than the Galaxy S7. 2. The BlackBerry KEYone is coming soon, but who is this phone for, and should you care? Daniel and Jerry give their thoughts. 3. The FCC is moving to repeal Title II, removing specific clauses from so-called net neutrality mandates that protect consumers from having "fast lanes" imposed on the internet. This is a big deal. 4. AT&T launched a "5G Evolution" network this week, but it's more of the same — both in terms of technology (nothing new) and deceptive marketing (same old, same old). This episode of the Android Central podcast is brought to you by Mint SIM. Looking for a great deal on high-speed 4G LTE in the U.S.? Use offer code ACFREESHIP at checkout when you purchase one of their inexpensive plans. Tell your friends about the Android Central podcast, and be sure to subscribe so you see the show as soon as it's released! Thanks for listening, and we'll talk to you next week!
07/09/181h 50m

332: The Galaxy S8 review

It's here! Daniel, Florence, Michael Fisher (MrMobile), and special guest David Ruddock of Android Police have all reviewed the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and go in-depth about what's good and what's not so good. Why did Samsung ship Bixby half-finished, and was the oft-criticized fingerprint sensor going to be somewhere else until a last-minute change forced Samsung's hand? And are the cameras better because they're more accurate, or in spite of it? Join us as we answer these questions and more!
07/09/181h 40m

331: Galaxy S8 vs. Galaxy Note 8 Hype Train

This week, Daniel is joined by Alex Dobie, Florence Ion and Jerry Hildenbrand to talk about the Galaxy S8, and whether some of the things that have been criticized about it will be fixed in the Galaxy Note 8 later this year. Will Samsung return the Note series to its specs-heavy glory, or choose to keep specs and features conservative after a rough 2016? And the LG G6 is available this week, and it's better than we expected it to be! Does that matter when the Galaxy S8 is ready to be unboxed in under two weeks? Did LG do enough to hype it? Finally, Comcast is launching its own wireless service called Xfinity Mobile. It's a mess of caveats and bloatware, but it also may be the best option for current Comcast customers, since it runs on Verizon's network.
07/09/181h 45m

330: Unboxing the Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 is really real and officially official! We're live in New York hours after the big reveal chatting about Samsung's Next Big Thing! Join Daniel, Andrew, Derek, Phil (Modern Dad) and Michael Fisher (MrMobile) as they talk about, and pass around, the Galaxy S8!
07/09/181h 1m

329: Android O Roundtable

This week, Daniel, Jerry and Russell are joined by Eric Richardson, an Android developer at WillowTree, to talk about Android O. Android O is still very early — we don't even know its final name yet — but we do know that there are going to be a lot of important under-the-hood improvements that will make experiences better on phones, tablet and even Chromebooks!  Join us for a deep dive into everything we currently know about Android O!
07/09/181h 18m

328: Eight Galaxys, six Gs and three weeks

This week, Daniel, Russell, Jerry and Andrew tell the tale of three phones, each with different prospects for the worldwide handset market. The LG G6 is coming soon, and it's a known quantity. With three weeks between its released (April 7) and the Galaxy S8 (April 28), what does LG need in order to capitalize on that gap? And will giving away free Google Homes and big-screen TVs make a difference in the long run? And then there's the Galaxy S8 itself, which has a lot going for it but the unknowns are still plentiful. From the removal of the famous front home button to the busy sensor panel above the Super AMOLED display, Samsung seems to be courting a fair amount of controversy — and the phone hasn't even been announced! Finally, HTC's U Ultra is kind of DOA, but it's also an example of how HTC, even in its diminished state, never stops striving for that premium spot in the market. Oh, and Russell needs a plumber. Anyone know one?
07/09/181h 28m

327: Cutting the cord

This week, we're taking a break from phones to talk about cutting the cord, and saving money in the process.  Phil Nickinson, former EIC of Android Central and recent recipient of award for Most Modern Dad, joins Daniel and Russell to chat about the current landscape of getting rid of cable, and what options are out there. From the best streaming service — PS Vue, DirecTV Now, Sling and Tivo — to the best TVs, speakers, remotes and internet plans, this podcast covers it all.
07/09/181h 18m

326: AC does MWC 2017 (LG G6, BlackBerry KeyOne and ... Nokia 3310?)

There was no shortage of big announcements from Mobile World Congress 2017! From the BlackBerry KeyOne to the LG G6, Moto G5, Huawei P10 + P10 Plus, the Huawei Watch 2, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and new phones from Nokia, what's old is new again, and what's new is way less gimmicky than last year! Join Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Derek Kessler, Michael Fisher (aka MrMobile), and Alex Dobie, with a special appearance by CrackBerry Kevin Michaluk as they go over all of the big news from MWC 2017!
07/09/181h 49m

325: The MWC Preview event!

It's Mobile World Congress time, and Jerry, Flo and Russell have all the hot takes on what's coming from LG, Samsung, Sony and others! 
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324: Android Wear Strikes Back

This week, Andrew, Russell and Daniel talk about the biggest announcement of the week — of the month! — Android Wear 2.0 and the new LG Watch Sport and Watch Style. Android Wear 2.0 is a pretty massive update for the nascent wearable platform, but is it good enough to convince people to take the smartwatch plunge? And why is the LG Watch Style so lacking in actual features? And have you seen my keys? 
07/09/181h 13m

323: BlackBerry Drinking Game

This week, Jerry, Daniel, Andrew and special guest Phil Nickinson (aka Modern Dad) start talking about the Google Pixel and end up arguing about BlackBerry. Is this 2011 all over again? With the Pixel getting an update to Android 7.1.2, it seems that Google is ending updates for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, two devices released back in 2014.  And we learn what Phil's been up to since leaving AC to start his own thing.
07/09/181h 18m

322: The electric condom

This week, Daniel, Flo and Jerry talk about the biggest upcoming launches of the year: the Galaxy S8, the LG G6. Can LG get a leg up in 2017 by releasing its phone a month before Samsung? And we now know that Google I/O will be returning to Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheater, but did you know that was where the Grateful Dead got its start? Oh, and Jerry tells a story about an electric condom that you just can't miss. Trust us.
07/09/181h 10m

321: U, Mi and Huawei

This week, Jerry, Russell and Daniel catch up on everything that happened after CES 2017 (plus a bit that happened during CES), including the HTC U Ultra and U Play announcements, the Huawei Mate 9, Android Wear 2.0, and the NVIDIA Shield update!   Plus, Nintendo! How does the Switch fit into a mobile-first gaming world? And does Nintendo's next Android game, Fire Emblem Heroes, hold the same influence as Super Mario Run?
07/09/181h 12m

320: CES 2017 retrospective with Windows Central!

Trade show podcasts are the best podcasts, particularly when it’s a show like CES and we get together people from across Mobile Nations. Andrew Martonik, Russell Holly and Derek Kessler lead you through this super-long episode with the help of Phil Nickinson and Michael Fisher. We cover the news from just about every corner of CES, and have a few laughs along the way!
07/09/181h 57m

319: Year in rearview

This week, Andrew, Jerry and Daniel recall the year that was. From Android on Chrome to Note 7s on fire, 2016 was a pretty good — and interesting — year in the mobile space. Thanks for joining us for another journey around the sun! See you in 2017.
07/09/181h 7m

318: Smartwatches are dead

In this episode, Daniel, Jerry, Andrew and Alex debate whether wearables, and smartwatches in particular, are done for — or whether there's still a pulse... nope, not going to finish that one. Meanwhile, RCS — Rich Communications Services — could be the iMessage alternative Android users have been waiting for, but it's probably going to disappoint. Plus, favorite apps! The team goes over their best apps of the year.
07/09/181h 13m

317: All Day I Dream About Daydream

This week, Daniel, Jerry and Alex are joined by special guest Russell Holly to talk about Daydream and emerging trends in mobile VR!
07/09/181h 16m

316: How to bake a turkey

This week, Jerry returns to the AC Podcast rotation, along with Daniel, Andrew, and Alex, who jump right into Q&A — questions asked by you, the listener! But that's not all: they talk about the Google Pixel's latest updates, and the excellent sales that have been reported. And the OnePlus 3T, Gear S3 and Google Tango are all now available, but do they live up to expectations?
07/09/181h 24m

315: Coming Full Squircle

This week, Andrew, Daniel and Alex get the buying season started early with their favorite gear gifts at any price point. Plus, the OnePlus 3T is now official, but why does it exist, and what does that mean for the popular and still-great OnePlus 3? And the Galaxy S7 is getting a beta version of Nougat in some countries, but when will it roll out to the rest of us? Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 835 alongside Quick Charge 4.0, too, and there's a lot of excitement around the new 10nm manufacturing process. Finally, Samsung is selling the Galaxy Note 3 refurbished this Black Friday, but the team thinks this is a very bad idea.
07/09/181h 14m

314: OK Google, Home is a good start

In this episode, Alex, Andrew, Jerry and Daniel talk about the post-Pixel releases of the year: Google Home, Chromecast Ultra, Daydream, and the new (and improved) Android Auto! There's so much to like, but many of the feature feel like half-measures.  Also, Nougat is on the verge of getting released broadly, other than the Pixel and a couple recent phones you won't find it beyond beta. Finally, the Mate 9 is coming soon, but did Huawei do enough to make EMUI usable? Oh, and the HTC Bolt — a Sprint exclusive, but also a good indication of HTC's carrier-focused future.
07/09/181h 54m

313: Huawei Mate 9 and the return of the Big Phone

This week, Alex, Daniel and special guest, MrMobile himself Michael Fisher, talk about Huawei's massive-in-a-few-ways new flagship, the Mate 9.  How much will Huawei benefit from the Note 7's absence in the market, and will the Mate 9 come to the U.S.? (A lot, and probably!)  Settle in, this is one you don't want to miss!
07/09/181h 10m

312: A win for Google, a loss for everyone else

This week, Jerry, Daniel and Andrew dive deeper into the Pixel and Pixel XL, discussing the phones' best and worst features after two weeks of use. It's also good news on the earnings front as Google pulled its most profitable quarter ever while LG and Samsung get hit hard.
07/09/181h 26m

311: Google Pixel review roundtable

The Google Pixel is here, and Daniel, Andrew, and Alex dive deep on the Google Phone. From the resemblance to the iPhone (overstated), to the camera (totally amazing) to battery life (good on the Pixel, great on the Pixel XL), there's a lot to discuss, so join us!  
07/09/181h 15m

310: Galaxy Note 7 hot takes

Andrew, Alex, and Daniel dive headfirst into the fiery depths of the Note 7 cancellation. How much did Samsung know before the phone was widely released, and why didn't the company catch what was causing the first batch of phones to overheat before sending replacements? And, ultimately, how will this affect the way people look at Samsung as a company, and its future products?
07/09/181h 18m

309: Google Pixel Special

We're live from the Google Pixel launch event in San Francisco! Andrew, Russell and Flo are on hand to talk about their first impressions of Google's new Pixel phones, along with Daydream View, the Google's first VR headset, and Google Home, Wifi and the new Chromecast Ultra! Lots to talk about this week, so dig in, it's a good one.
07/09/181h 21m

308: The Andromeda Strain on Google

This week, Alex, Jerry, Daniel, and Flo talk about the Google event happening on October 4, and how Google's Pixel phones need something truly special to make a mark on the industry in ways the Nexuses never could. And BlackBerry is no longer making its own phones. Is that a big deal when the company pledged years ago to be a software company first? Finally, Android Wear 2.0 has been delayed. Boo! But its scope is much bigger than when it first debuted earlier this year, so when smartwatches finally are released with it, we'll actually have some pretty cool new stuff to look forward to.
07/09/181h 29m

307: A burning need for Allo

In episode 307, Andrew, Jerry, and Daniel chat about Allo, Google's smart, AI-powered messaging app. After so much hype, does it live up to our lofty expectations, and how does Google capitalize on its ambitious bot strategy? Plus, replacement Note 7s are here, and with it the "safe" green battery icon. But will it make a difference to Samsung's battered reputation? And the new Xperia X Compact is one of the best small phones on the market, but what's with its $499 price? Come on, Sony. Finally, Jerry walks us through the things to look for when buying a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
07/09/181h 42m

306: Note 7 Armageddon

Andrew, Alex, Jerry and Flo (two appearances in a row!) talk about returning exploding Note 7s, how Samsung has handled another week of the ordeal and just who's at fault for the poor return rates up to this point. With the expected upcoming Google event, we break down the latest Pixel phone leaks, and talk about the future of Android software with Nougat and beyond. Also, what the heck is going on with Android Wear right now? It kind of feels like it's in a holding pattern. The group also talks about Sony's recent uptick in mind share since IFA, and how that relates to HTC's current dismal state of affairs. Thanks to this week's sponsor, Harrys, for supporting the show!
07/09/181h 26m

305: Recall me maybe

This week, Daniel, Andrew, Jerry and Flo chat about — what else? — the Galaxy Note 7 recall. What Samsung and carriers have done well, and how they've let us down. Trust us, there's a bunch of both. Plus, the LG V20 is a great big phone, but will it be a great big success for LG when the company really needs one? And there was another "courageous" phone announcement this week. The team dives into things.
07/09/181h 43m

304: IFA 2016 Crossover Special!

A very special crossover episode with the Windows Central team live from IFA 2016 in Berlin. Dive into all the news from the week, including big announcements from Samsung, Huawei, Sony, Motorola, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and more! A quick warning: There is some swearing in this live episode. Sorry again, Jeff!
07/09/182h 9m

303: 7.0 ways to enjoy Nougat

This week, Alex, Andrew, and Daniel convene in New York City to discuss Nougat. It's a full hour of all the new features in Android 7.0, and why you're going to want it — now. (A quick warning: there is one curse word in the episode. Sorry, Jeff!)
07/09/1859m 5s

302: An Honor and a Nexus Privilege

Andrew, Alex, Daniel and Jerry (and Jerry's neighbor's tractor) give you a generous helping of the Honor 8, which is a pretty great inexpensive phone coming to the U.S. and Europe this month. And we're coming up to the official release of Nougat, which means.... new Nexus phones! The team talks about potential features and designs of the two rumored HTC-built Nexuses. Plus: is Google Duo a good thing, or a good waste? And Twitter Q&A!
07/09/181h 30m

301: Your ex-girlfriend's EarPods

Why the heck is LG releasing the V20, and why does it appear to look like a larger, more boxy G5? Andrew, Russell and Daniel explore the potential reasons for LG's latest flagship, and whether its new design will appeal to anyone beyond the Android audience looking for speeds and feeds. Plus: Russell got a Moto Z and likes it — a lot! And an IFA primer, including a discussion of the Gear S3 and Moto 360 3rd generation. Plus, plus: Twitter Q&A!    Subscribe to the podcast Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via Google Play Music Subscribe via Pocket Casts Subscribe via iTunes Watch on YouTube Credits Thanks to these great artists for providing their music under the Creative Commons license: Pure Attitude, by Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech. Summertime Instrumental by cdk, ccmixter.org Where You Are Now by Alex Beroza, ccmixter.org Urban-Metronica (woo-yeah mix) by spinningmerkaba, ccmixter.org
07/09/181h 4m

300: Galaxy Note 7 Special

The Android Central Podcast has reached a special milestone — 300 episodes! Thanks for joining us through the years! This week, it's all about the Galaxy Note 7. Alex, Andrew, Jerry, and Daniel chat about Samsung's latest big phone, and how it stacks up to the competition. And there's also a new Android version coming out soon — Nougat. But will its release look a bit different than in previous years?    Subscribe to the podcast Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via Google Play Music Subscribe via Pocket Casts Subscribe via iTunes Watch on YouTube Credits Thanks to these great artists for providing their music under the Creative Commons license: Pure Attitude, by Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech. Summertime Instrumental by cdk, ccmixter.org Where You Are Now by Alex Beroza, ccmixter.org Urban-Metronica (woo-yeah mix) by spinningmerkaba, ccmixter.org
07/09/181h 30m

299: Say Anything

This week on a very special Android Central Podcast ... Phil's got some big plans, we answer a bunch of your emails and voicemails, and someone curses a few times.  Subscribe to the podcast Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via Google Play Music Subscribe via Pocket Casts Subscribe via iTunes Watch on YouTube  
07/09/181h 13m

298: It's dead, Jim ...

  Three weeks of Moto Z in a row? It's almost as if someone was dragging out the release of this phone for more coverage. But we go where the news takes us. And this week we've got our official review of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force (plus more on when it's actually available), the end of PokeCivilization as we know it, and we tackle more of your emails and voicemails.  Subscribe to the podcast Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via Google Play Music Subscribe via Pocket Casts Subscribe via iTunes Watch on YouTube  
07/09/1855m 4s

297: Ze Moto Droid

  We're on the road this week, with Phil and MrMobile himself — the one and only Michael Fisher — attending Verizon's Moto Z Droid event. We've got a few new nuggets out of that one, and a few things we have to wait a little longer for. Thanks to this week's sponsor: Harrys: Use promo code AC to save $5 off your first purchase — start shaving smarter. Subscribe to the podcast Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via Google Play Music Subscribe via Pocket Casts Subscribe via iTunes Watch on YouTube  
07/09/1830m 51s

Supplemental: WTF is Pokémon Go!??!?!?!

Pokémon Go is everywhere. It brings together a part of our childhoods and smashes is right into The Future, thanks to our smartphones. There's a pretty good chance that you could step out onto any public street in America and find someone playing it. And the rest of the world is coming soon. So we took a half-hour to catch up on what all the fuss is about. There's a LOT going on here. If you're trying to figure out what Pokémon Go is, or whether it's something you'll want to play, you don't want to miss this.  You can catch up on all of our Pokémon Go stories here!
07/09/1830m 37s
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