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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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 ❤️

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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.

 

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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!

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