Android Central Podcast
The Android podcast for everyone. A weekly show about Android, Google, and the best of mobile technology. Hosted by Daniel Bader.

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.

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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.

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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!

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Daniel Bader is joined by Myriam Joire of Mobile Tech Podcast for a lively conversation about the 2020 incarnation of Motorola's venerable RAZR.

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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.

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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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am EST

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am EST

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!

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm EST

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:39am EST

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:43am EST

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EST

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!

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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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am EST

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am EST

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

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?

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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!

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Direct download: androidcentral409.mp3
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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.

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Direct download: androidcentral408.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

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