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

Hey Android Central fans, we think you may like the podcast Waveform with MKBHD. Waveform is a tech podcast for the gadget lovers and tech heads. Pulling from over 10 years of experience covering the tech industry, MKBHD will keep you informed and entertained as he takes a deep dive into the latest and greatest in tech and what deserves your hard earned cash.

Subscribe to Waveform with MKBHD at: http://bit.ly/WaveformAC

Direct download: Android_Central_Waveform_Promo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • KeepsKeeps. Hair today. Hair tomorrow. To receive your first month of treatment for free, go to keeps.com/acp.

 

Direct download: androidcentral438.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral437.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm EDT

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:

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!

 

Direct download: androidcentral436.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral435.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39am EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral434.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

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:

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!

 

Direct download: androidcentral433.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral432.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

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:

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

 

Direct download: androidcentral431.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:28pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral430.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral429.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

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:

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!

 

Direct download: androidcentral428.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral427.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

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:

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.

 

Direct download: androidcentral426.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral425.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral424.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral423.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.

 

Direct download: androidcentral422.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.

 

Direct download: androidcentral421.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • KiwiCo Change the way your kid plays, with KiwiCo! Visit KiwiCo.com/acp and get your first crate free!

 

Direct download: androidcentral420.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:56pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — enter the code WIXPROMO at checkout.

 

Direct download: androidcentral419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral418.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

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:

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!

 

Direct download: androidcentral417.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

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:

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.

 

Direct download: androidcentral416.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral415.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

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:

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.

 

Direct download: androidcentral414.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

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:

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.

 

Direct download: androidcentral413.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral412.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

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:

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.

 

Direct download: androidcentral411.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral410.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

Direct download: androidcentral409.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

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:

Sponsors:

  • Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.

 

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

1