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

Some leaks from reliable sources give us a look at the upcoming Pixel 6 lineup. Alex, Ara, Jerry, and Daniel check out the renders along with Galaxy Watch 4 rumors, MediaTek Dimensity 900 vs. Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G, and loads more phone and gadget news.

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There's only a smattering of device news this week, but a whole lot to discuss regarding Google services and their strategies. Daniel, Ara, and Jerry also offer their take on Apple vs. Epic and what it could mean for other platforms.

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On this episode, we talk about announcements to expect at Google I/O 2021, massive corporate earnings, and a truckload of new devices. We also wonder what the world would be like if Apple's iMessage came to Android.

Finally, we say goodbye to Russell Holly and Hayato Huseman as members of the team. Russell is moving on to become a Managing Editor for CNET, and Hayato will be joining the crew over at MKBHD's YouTube empire as a video producer. Maybe we can start calling him HHUHD? Good luck to you both, gentlemen. We will miss you so much!

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In this episode, Hayato, Daniel, Ara, and Jerry check out the final Developer Preview of Android 12. They also talk about Sony's Xperia 1 III, the TCL Fold 'n Roll concept phone, and the Fitbit Luxe.

Apple had their Spring Loaded event this week, so the gang take some time to view their announcements through the lens of Android users.

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Jerry, Ara, and Daniel are here with a mixture of news, rumors, opinions, and apologies as they Pixel Watch leaks, the OnePlus Watch, an upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event, Amazon Echo Buds, and more.

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Michael Fisher, Hayato Huseman, Derrek Lee, and Daniel Bader deliver a poignant eulogy of LG's smartphones as they exit the business. The crew also talk about the return of Google I/O as a virtual event, Google silicon rumors, budget Samsung phones, and more.

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This week on the show, Daniel, Ara, Jerry, and Harish examine LG's decision to pull out of the smartphone business. They also check out new phones from Xiaomi and POCO. There's Google news too, including our review of the 2nd Gen Nest Hub, rumors about 'Pixel Buds A', T-Mobile's commitment to Google phones and services, and more!

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Hayato, Alex, and Daniel are here with their reviews of the brand new OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.

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Daniel, Ara, Jerry, and Harish are here with your fix of Android news! Samsung is launching a trio of A series phones, and the launch date of the Galaxy S21 FE has leaked. Android 12 Developer Preview 2 adds a variety of new features, and Google is giving devs a raise by dropping Play Store commissions to 15%.

The team also discuss the 'Incognito' mode lawsuit, Soli radar in Google Nest Hub, and more.

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Alex, Jerry, and Daniel are joined for a portion of the show by Myriam Joire as they review the Find X3 Pro from OPPO. The crew also check in on the latest rumors and leaks for the OnePlus 9 series of phones along with what to expect from Google's Pixel 5a and Pixel 6. And what would it take for a foldable Pixel to compete with Samsung and Microsoft's Surface Duo?

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Harish Jonnalagadda has the scoop on OnePlus Nord 2, which is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200. He, Daniel, Jerry, and Ara also check out Redmi's Note 10 Pro Max, the Huawei foldable Mate X2, and a ton of other phones.

The first Pixel feature drop for 2021 is here, as are rumors of new Pixel Buds, and the possibility that the next Galaxy Watch will run Wear OS.

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Former Android Central Grand Poobah Phil Nickinson is running the ship over at our sister site WhatToWatch.com these days. He joins Daniel, Jerry, and Ara for a survey of what's happening in the streaming video service world. The crew also have some follow up on Android 12 Developer Preview and the first Pixel 5a leaks.

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Joe, Jerry, Ara, and Daniel discuss the last bits of Android 12 rumors, leaks, and speculation just prior to the official announcement. Pretty much everything they say holds true to the legit info, so we hope you enjoy the conversation.

They also chat about Nothing scraping up the remainders of Essential. Plus, there's news regarding Xiaomi, LastPass, Sonos, and more.

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Daniel goes one-on-one with Juan Carlos Bagnell, aka SomeGadgetGuy! Tune in for their chat about new phones, upcoming phones, and the inner game of gadget reviews. They also discuss resisting the tendency to grade on a curve, WandaVision, and more!

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As a supplement to last week's show all about the current state of 5G, Daniel and Jerry got to talk to Qualcomm's Ignacio Contreras about the new Snapdragon X65 modem RF system and the FUTURE of 5G. It's actually pretty exciting.

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Daniel and Jerry explore the promise and reality of 5G with expert Sacha Segan. They also get on the line with David Jagneux to discuss the state of Google Stadia.

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Hayato, Daniel, Joe, and Ara tackle the regular Galaxy S21 and 100% do not offer GameStop, GameSpot, or any other stock purchase advice.

They also look at financial results from big tech companies, Sony’s new $2500 Xperia flagship, and Carl Pei’s venture into Nothing.

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The FCC has a new Acting Chairperson, Jessica Rosenworcel, and reviews are in for Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra. As well, Hayato, Jerry, Ara, and Daniel share some Chromebook news and discuss the disparate landscape of messaging apps.

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Alex Dobie, Hayato Huseman, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Daniel Bader dig deep into the Galaxy S21 series of phones. Daniel reviews the excellent Galaxy Buds Pro, and the crew are keeping tabs on the Galaxy SmartTag trackers.

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Joe, Jerry, Daniel, and Ara discuss WhatsApp requiring its users to share data with Facebook. They also touch on Facebook's ban of President Trump before moving on to a massive preview of phones, Chromebooks, and other devices being announced at CES 2021.

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Captain Daniel Bader is joined by Joe Maring, Ara Wagoner, and Hayato Huseman for our final episode of 2020. The crew talk about the partnership between Google and Qualcomm to offer four years of Android updates, wear OS and the Fitbit acquisition, and continued antitrust woes.

But the biggest topic this week is YOUR questions. So grab your favorite Holiday beverage and settle in for a toasty warm show!

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Hayato, Ara, Daniel, and Jerry embark on a journey into the FTC lawsuit against Facebook, Google's AI ethics controversy and ridiculous handling of a personnel situation.

In phone news, they check out Google's latest Pixel feature drop, Galaxy S21 leaks, and the Samsung One UI 3.0 update. The crew also consider AirPods Max—and why anyone other than someone heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem might buy them.

They wrap up with Google's efforts to counter election and anti-vaccine misinformation, and OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei's enigmatic new audio company.

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On this week’s show, Daniel and Jerry sit down with Ziad Asghar, who manages Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Roadmap and Application Processor division, to discuss the new Snapdragon 888. They start the conversation going through the various improvements the Snapdragon 888 makes over last year’s Snapdragon 865, and then jump into the broader industry and how Qualcomm plans to compete with companies like Apple in the increasingly competitive ARM processor space.

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Ara Wagoner and Jerry Hildenbrand commandeer the Android Central virtual podcast studio for a chat about Android updates, emoji, Chromebooks, and pretty much anything else they feel like!

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If rumors are to be believed, the Galaxy Note series may have run its course. Hayato, Ara, Joe, and Daniel talk about the possibility of life after Note for the S Pen, Google Stadia, and a limited edition Pixel 4a.

There's also a new incarnation of Google Pay, a faster version of Chrome, and the crew try to understand the appeal of the new Twitter feature: Fleets.

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The ghosts of Android Central past, present, and future descend upon the 500th episode of the podcast! Daniel Bader is joined by Hayato Huseman, Jerry Hildenbrand, Ara Wagoner, Alex Dobie, Joe Maring, Phil Nickinson, Harish Jonnalagadda, Russel Holly, and Andrew Martonik to share their favorite phones and features of 2020. They also examine how technology is helping them navigate through life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It was a pretty good year overall for Google on the hardware front, although Daniel, Jerry, and Joe weigh in on the Pixel 5 display gap and latest iteration of Nest Thermostat.

Samsung is rumored to be working on Galaxy Buds Beyond, plus Daniel reviews the Elite 85t earbuds from Jabra.

T-Mobile is making good on paying back $200 million in debt to taxpayers, and Dish Network is sidestepping its 2020 5G timeline.

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Pixel 5 is now available! Jerry makes the case for why it's a good thing that Google is no longer playing the flagship game. He, Dan, and Ara also check out the budget-minded OnePlus Nord N10 5G and N100.

The gang rail against new icons, say goodbye to Google Play Music, and compare Google's subscription bundle options to Apple One.

Chromebooks powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chips are on the way. How will they compare to their Intel counterparts with regard to battery life and performance?

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Daniel and Hayato welcome special guest Raymond Wong of Input for an in-depth conversation about iPhone 12 and his direct comparison to the Google Pixel camera system.

There's also a segment about OnePlus. The underdog has historically placed customers and value first, but some of their decisions have made us wonder if they are losing their way.

Foldable phones partially serve as a new product category. Rectangular slabs will still be around for quite awhile, but they are making mobile devices a lot more interesting. And they're definitely starting to justify their existence.

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Google's Pixel 5 is their best model yet, but it's not the best phone available. Daniel Bader, Hayato Huseman, and Joe Maring are here with a full review! They also discuss the OnePlus 8T, which has proven to be an extremely well-balanced phone.

Apple announced their lineup of iPhone 12 models. Joe is particularly a fan of the iPhone 12 mini as he makes the case for Android makers to embrace smaller size options.

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Daniel, Jerry, and Ara bring you fresh reviews of Chromecast with Google TV, Nest Audio, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, and the LG Wing. They also chat about a huge update to Google Assistant for Android and discuss the current state of antitrust allegations against Google and other companies in the tech sector.

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It was Google's time to shine as they officially unveiled Pixel 5, Nest Audio, and Chromecast with Google TV. Daniel Bader, Hayato Huseman, Art Wagoner, and Joe Maring convene for a discussion about these new gadgets as we roll full stream ahead into Techtober.

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Daniel Bader is joined by Nick Sutrich and Jeramy Johnson to sift through the deluge of product announcements from Amazon. They also examine upcoming Google product leaks, including the Pixel 5. Oculus Quest 2 is on the way from Facebook. It's not without controversy, but it could end up being a solid Holiday gift choice this December.

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Daniel and Jerry are joined by Alex Dobie and Joe Maring to make sense of the impending (at the time of recording) TikTok and WeChat bans in the U.S. The crew also preview the LG Wing and discuss Apple's recent Watch and iPad announcements in comparison to Android-compatible watches and the Galaxy Tab S7.

Alex also reports on the rumored Pixel 5s. Plus, the next-gen consoles are coming into focus with pricing and release dates for PS5 and Xbox.

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The reviews are in for Galaxy Fold 2 and Surface Duo. But there's another entry into the dual screen phone market — the LG Wing is coming soon!

Russell Holly helps Daniel and Hayato navigate pricing and differences between the two next-gen Xbox consoles, Game Pass, and Google's Stadia service.

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Daniel, Hayato, Jerry, and Harish convene for a look at the OnePlus 8T and the entry-level OnePlus Clover. The government in India sucks the fun out of smartphones with a ban on PUBG Mobile (along with Alipay and Baidu). The crew also talk about the TikTok situation and a fresh roadblock over algorithms.

Hayato reports on his first impressions of the Galaxy Fold 2 — the good news is Samsung seems to have addressed many concerns from the infamous first version.

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Daniel shares his Surface Duo unboxing experience with Jerry and Hayato as they survey the landscape of current and future foldables. There are also fresh rumors about Pixel 5 and the official release of Android 11 is inching closer.

Daniel also sits down for an interview with journalist and best-selling author Peter Nowak to chat about the current state of the Internet as a source for good, the telecom industry, and his new book: 'The Rise of Real-Life Superheroes and the Fall of Everything Else'.

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Daniel, Jerry, and Hayato break down all the chest thumping in Epic's crusade against Google, Apple, and app store policies. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is in the hands of reviewers, and a new company has licensed the right to produce a BlackBerry phone in 2021.

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You get two Dans for the price of none this week as Daniel Rubino from Windows Central joins Daniel Bader and Jerry Hildenbrand for a dive into the how and why of Microsoft's Surface Duo.

They maintain a focus on Microsoft's involvement with the Android/Google world by also discussing their partnership with Samsung, Xbox Project xCloud, and efforts to purchase TikTok.

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Daniel and Andrew are joined by Joe Maring and Hayato Huseman to cover every product from Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2020 virtual event. They also talk about the value of Google's own announcement this week: the $349 Pixel 4a.

Finally, we say goodbye to Andrew Martonik as a co-host of the podcast and Executive Editor of Android Central. Andrew, like Poochie, has decided to go back to his home planet. We will miss you very much, but already look forward to having you back on as a guest.

"Always recycle... TO THE EXTREME! BUSTED!"

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Google's CEO testified before the United States Congress House Judiciary Committee along with the leaders of Facebook, Apple, and Amazon. Jerry, Andrew, and Daniel evaluate the hearing and possible outcomes.

They also engage in a significant amount of phone talk, thanks to leaks about the upcoming Galaxy Note 20. Huawei supplants Samsung as the world's largest smartphone maker (at least for now), and Qualcomm is very successful despite the pandemic.

And in our new tradition, we close out the episode by sharing what's making us happy. What's making you happy? Let us know on Twitter, the web, or via email!

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Alex Dobie joins Daniel, Andrew, and Jerry for a show jam-packed with news. Ex-Googler Marc Levoy is headed to Adobe to make a universal camera app. Android Go may become the required operating system for low-end phones.

The gang also talk about the mid-priced but flagship-class OnePlus Nord as well as the OnePlus Buds. In the Samsung corner of the universe, there are significant leaks of the upcoming Galaxy Note S20 Ultra.

They finish with a review of the ASUS ROG Phone 3, and share some things that are making them happy.

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Daniel, Andrew, and Jerry touch on the recent Twitter hack before diving into OPPO and Realme's ludicrously fast 125W charging speeds. There's more to say about OnePlus Nord, thanks to an exclusive video from the amazing Marques Brownlee.

Pixel 4a is still on the way, and there is a ton of other Google news to cover this week. Dig in!

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Jason Howell of "All About Android" and many other shows on the TWiT network joins Jerry and Daniel to examine all the new features in Android 11 Beta 2. They also talk about Microsoft's first foray into an Android phone, the Surface Duo. It's certain to be a niche product, but will it be too niche? And for that matter, will it be any good? This episode is chock full of Google-y goodness!

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Russell Holly joins Daniel and Jerry for a chat about Google's purchase of AR glasses company North. Dell's new Chromebooks with 10th Gen Intel processors could gain Steam support, which could help win the hearts and minds of gamers.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 4100 is on the way. The company says it could provide an 85% performance boost to Wear OS smartwatches, with 25% better battery life. The gang are skeptical but optimistic about these claims.

The OnePlus Nord is now official. It's a strange name for an interesting phone that will sadly not be available in North America.

Finally, Daniel introduces a new segment to the show: "What's Making Us Happy"!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm PDT

Daniel Bader is joined this week by fellow Android Central cohorts Joe Maring and Harish Jonnalagadda to discuss what Apple has "politely stolen" from Android for iOS 14. On the flip side of that coin, they talk about what missing and different in the Android world compared to iPhone.

Harish also provides an exclusive peek at OnePlus Nord, including its dual 32MP + 8MP front cameras.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm PDT

Michael Fisher stops by for a chat about the amazing series of videos on his Mr. Mobile YouTube channel: 'When Phones Were Fun'. He, Daniel, and Andrew also discuss why many developers give preference to Apple's App Store over Google Play, despite Apple's onerous and inconsistent rules.

They share thoughts on Sony's Xperia 1 ii, the camera in Huawei's P40 Pro Plus, Jelly 2, Google Pixel Buds, and more. Overall, this episode is packed floor-to-ceiling with phone geekery!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm PDT

Alex Dobie joins Andrew Martonik and Daniel Bader for a detailed conversation about the major new features found in Android 11 Beta 1. Alex also reports on the extraordinary picture making capabilities of the Huawei P40 Pro Plus. As he describes in the show, it sets a new bar for secondary sensors in smartphone cameras.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm PDT

Google has postponed their Android 11 event and beta, but there is a feature drop for Pixel phones that brings new features along with vague battery life promises.

Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader also examine rumors of a new Android TV dongle and the current state of streaming devices. OnePlus 8 Pro is difficult, if not impossible, to find. So that makes it hard to recommend this otherwise excellent device.

Daniel wraps the episode with an abbreviated review of the Sonos Arc.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm PDT

Daniel Bader is joined by analyst Anshel Sag and our own Android Central writer, Nick Sutrich, for a special episode examining the current state of VR gaming and applications. They also look ahead towards the future as consumers continue to embrace affordable, portable VR devices.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:05pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm PDT

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.

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:19am PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm PDT

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:51pm PDT

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?

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm PDT

Marton Barcza stops by the show for a chat with Jerry Hildenbrand and Daniel Bader about the best and worst tech of 2019.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:44pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am PDT

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: 8:08am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:36am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:57am PDT

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: 8:23am PDT

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: 10:32am PDT

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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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm PDT

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: 8:39am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm PDT