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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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