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The Android podcast for everyone. A weekly show about Android, Google, and the best of mobile technology.

This week, we look at Apple's recent product announcements through the lens of Android users. We talk about what they got right, what they got wrong, and why using an "old" chip isn't a big deal.

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We review the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and check out three new Fitbit products. Lenovo has announced platform-agnostic AR glasses, Twitter has an edit button, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

We've got lots to catch up on in this episode. Tune in for our coverage of the camera system on Galaxy Z Fold 4, a new Motorola Edge, Samsung's deal with Meta, PSP games on Oculus Quest 2, and more.

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

It's a universe of unpacking! We check out the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, and Galaxy Watch 5. Google has also turned out the heat on Apple in their efforts to increase adoption of the RCS messaging standard. RCS is really cool, but not perfect. We explain the pros and cons.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

The Pixel 6a is here! We review it on the show this week and talk about a price increase for Oculus Quest 2, Samsung's $200 credit, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

This week, we talk about Amazon's policy that provides access to Ring user data without a warrant. The gang also discuss the potential Galaxy S22 FE, a new Snapdragon chip for Wear OS devices, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

Nick's review of the Nothing phone (1) is on our site! The podcast crew interrogate him further and try to better understand the phone's role in the market. They also talk about Gen Z's affinity for TikTok and Instagram, new wearables rumors, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

You probably don't need a new phone every year. But where's the fun in that? The gang weigh the benefits of frequent upgrades and talk about protecting yourself from scammers during the Prime Day frenzy. They also chat about the importance of OS updates, lifting of the Facebook account requirement for Oculus Quest 2 users, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

This week, we cover AI sentience, midrange smartphones, our thoughts on Prime Day, and more.

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

In the wake of Apple's WWDC 2022, we have many thoughts and questions as Android users. We also ponder what's going on in the AR space with Google, Apple, and others.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT

Shruti Shekar and Nick Sutrich sit down with Carl Pei to discuss his journey from OnePlus to Nothing, creating meaningful products, and everything in between.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:33am EDT

Huawei and ZTE are banned in Canada. It's a move that's mostly political, and based moreso on their networking hardware than phones. The gang chime in on that, plus a preview of Nothing phone components, Pixel Watch, and more.

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Shruti and Nick sit down with Qualcomm General Manager of Handsets, Chris Patrick, to discuss the chip manufacturer's latest announcements and talk about where the industry is headed. Then, Jerry and Alex join in to share their thoughts on how new processors will benefit the most important people—You!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:23am EDT

Google I/O 2022 has come and gone, and we have SOOOO much to discuss. We chime in on all the software and hardware announcements. We end the episode by paying tribute to our friend and co-worker, Babu Mohan, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. He will be greatly missed as a member of the Android Central family.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

We talk about our exclusive leaked images that seem to show Google's first smartwatch. Accident or intentionally left behind? The gang also offer their take on the Nothing Launcher, trouble at Netflix, and Nick's review of the OnePlus Nord N20 5G. Rounding things out, each of our hosts have $44 billion to spend. What do they buy with their hypothetical money?

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

This week, we talk about killing in VR, sideloading apps, Carl Pei, Galaxy Watch 4, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S22 FE might use MediaTek chips for the first time. The team also discuss privacy and safety issues when it comes to smartphone photography and trackers like Apple AirTags. They also survey the current VR landscape, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

The gang praise the OnePlus 10 Pro, especially as an alternative to Google and Samsung hardware. We also hear more about Nothing, Andrew's S22 Ultra frustrations, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

This week, we take on Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, Google's data collection practices, and why Galaxy Watch 4 was a flop. We also speculate about Nothing as their first Android smartphone is set to arrive this summer.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

Nick and Shruti are joined this week by Chris Wedel and Derrek Lee to talk about Galaxy S22 throttling, the validity of benchmarks, Apple's M1 compared to other processors, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT

This week, we examine Ukraine's role in the tech industry and how Big Tech is responding to Russia's invasion of the country. We also talk about Qualcomm partnering with ByteDance in the VR space. The Nothing phone could be coming in April, Pixel Watch vs. Galaxy Watch 4, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

Jerry, Michael, and Nick are joined by Tom Meyer as they hold a wake for the not-dead-but-not-very-lively Google Stadia. They also check in on some different VR tech, the value of the new Motorola Edge+, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Shruti Shekar and Michael Hicks have entered the chat! Please welcome them into the fold along with Nick Sutrich and Jerry Hildenbrand. This week, we offer up a podcast review of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus and Ultra models.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

This week, we deliver a special edition of the show as Jerry, Nick, Ara, and Michael Fisher share their thoughts on everything released at Samsung's latest Galaxy Unpacked event.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Smartphone season is nearly upon us, which means we have a metric boatload of leaks and rumors to share. Tune in and learn what's coming this year along with other news for Google and Android fans.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

The January 2022 update is available now for Pixel 6 phones. It brings some quality of life improvements for their users. But the the news isn't so good for NVIDIA Shield TV after an Android 11 update. However, NVIDIA says fixes for Plex, Kodi, and more are on the way. The crew also dig into a lot of other news, such as why Airlines have such a bee in their bonnet about 5G, YouTube Premium discounts, scaling back on original content, and lousy trade-in values from Apple for Android phones.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

This week, Ara, Nick, Jeramy, and Chris Wedel survey the smartwatch landscape and offer suggestions on the best ones for fitness. They also talk about Samsung's blown Exynos 2200 launch schedule, Spotify's blown lossless streaming, and how a judge has dealt a blow to Meta regarding an FTC lawsuit.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

We're back! Ara, Nick, and Jeramy check out the first two new phones of 2022: Samsung's Galaxy S21 FE, and the OnePlus 10 Pro. There's also a ton of smartwatch news to explore from CES 2022, plus Chromebook and VR goodness.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

Harish, Nick, Jerry, and Ara check in on the announcements from the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit. Pixel Watch inches closer to reality, and OPPO is sent to release their first foldable phone.

The gang also investigate a week's worth of outages and bugs, including AWS downtime and the inability to dial emergency services.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

Nick and Jerry spend the episode chatting with fellow Android Central-ites Chris Wedel and Andrew Myrick. Chris shares his unpleasant experience with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, plus the gang discuss Motorola's rise to number three smartphone vendor in the U.S. And that's just the tip of the iceberg of everything they cover — check it out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT

Android Central alumni Russell Holly and Daniel Bader join Ara, Jerry, and Michael Fisher for an epic gab session! They chat about Google's Pixel 6 messaging, Meta and the changing shape of the open web, and some of their favorite new tech in 2021.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

Facebook has changed their corporate name to 'Meta', and we have thoughts! The gang chat about this and its impact on Oculus.They also check out some Samsung rumors, One UI 4 beta, and some lingering issues with Pixel 6.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

Ara, Nick, and Jerry each have a Pixel 6 to pinky prop in their hot little hands. Tune in as they share what they love about the phone, and what could potentially be improved.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

In addition to looking ahead at what's certain to be a massive week of tech news, Ara, Alex, and Nick, discuss OPPO's ColorOS 12, a new Pixel Stand, 'Pixel Pass' rumors, new Acer Chromebooks, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

Android 12 is out of beta and will hopefully be rolling out to Pixel phones soon. Nick, Jerry, and Ara dig into that along with the second beta Samsung One UI 4. They also talk about what to expect during the Pixel 6 launch event, Facebook's massive outage, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Our own Jeramy Johnson joins Ara, Nick, and Jerry for an avalanche of Amazon product announcements. The crew also check out the latest news on Pixel 6, YouTube's ban on vaccine misinformation, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

EU legislators are giving Apple some serious side-eye as they propose the standardization of USB-C charging for all phones. But would the law even make sense?

Your Android Central pals also talk about upcoming new Android features, Pixel 6 leaks, the Surface Duo 2 announcement, and more. Be sure you listen all the way to the end of the episode this week!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

Lisa Gade of MobileTechReview is our special guest this week! She hangs out with Jerry, Daniel, and Ara to discuss the Epic court ruling and check out Apple's recent announcements in relation to what they mean for Android users. Plus, the gang offer early impressions of Samsung's One UI 4 Beta, Pixel 6, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

Nick, Ara, Michael Fisher, and Daniel ponder the Ray-Ban Stories, a collaboration with Facebook that includes cameras in a form barely different from a regular pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer frames. Ara reports on the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 detachable, and the Fossil Get 6 is the first Wear OS smartwatch with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100+.

Michael tells the tale of TCL's canceled "Chicago" foldable, Android 12 hits beta 5 but is still buggy as hell, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

Marton Barcza of TechAltar and crrowd joins Daniel and Nick for a conversation about the proliferation of earbuds and Qualcomm's announcement of a lossless Bluetooth audio codec.

The trio also cover some wearables news, speculation about Microsoft's upcoming Surface event, a new camera sensor from Samsung, and Google is rumored to be developing custom ARM silicon to be used in Chromebooks starting in 2023.

Finally, China is limiting online gameplay for children, and Apple will be making some changes to App Store policies as a result of an investigation by the Japan Fair Trade Commission.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

The AC team check out the boot loop and other bug fixes found within Android 12 Beta 4.1 and go hands on with the new Motorola Edge. Nick continues his exploration of the Z Flip 3, Dan reviews the OnePlus Buds Pro, Google teams up with the United States government for purely altruistic reasons, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

This week, we review the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Pixel 5a. Plus, Motorola Edge (2021) offers impressive specs and a promise of software updates at a reasonable price. The team also talk about T-Mobile's data breach, Pixel 6 charging capability, and lots more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EDT

After months of leaks and rumors, Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 are here along with Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. Michael Fisher hangs with Nick, Ara, and Daniel to share their impressions of Samsung's latest gadgets.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am EDT

Pixel 6 has been announced and will be available this Fall. We don't know all the details just yet, but we go deep on what we do know — including the Google Tensor SoC and some very cool color options.

Nick, Daniel, Jerry, and Ara also cover some Nest product announcements and a cargo ship full of rumors about upcoming Samsung devices.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

Our review is in for the Nothing ear (1) $99 Bluetooth earbuds! Intel and Qualcomm have formed a partnership that has Intel building chips for its quasi-competitor. Additionally, MediaTek is coming on strong with the Kompanio 1300T chip for tablets and Chromebooks, Surface Duo 2 alleged leaks show a big ass camera hump, a new S Pen for Galaxy Z Fold 3, and tons more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

Harish, Alex, Jerry, and Ara check out the OnePlus Nord 2 and evaluate continued rumors of a foldable Pixel. They also chat about carrier adoption of the RCS messaging standard and companies like Apple who remain holdouts in favor of their own technology. They finish out with the whys and hows of buggy software releases, including a UK vaccine passport app that caused a giant bag of hurt.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

The team are joined by Nick Sutrich and check out Android 12 Beta 3, fresh rumors about Pixel 6, Z Fold 3, OnePlus Nord 3, Google fines in France, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

Alex Dobie joins Daniel and Ara to help make sense of the Qualcomm/ASUS partnership to create the $1,500 Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders. A big batch of Samsung leaks have also com to light, yet another Google lawsuit, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

Nick Sutrich has joined Android Central full-time, so he helps the crew blast into the long weekend with all the news about Wear OS that came out of MWC 2021. He, Daniel, Ara, and Jerry also talk about some new phones, Galaxy Buds 2, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 Plus, and more.

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

Zac Bowden of Windows Central joins the gang for a conversation about Microsoft's Windows 11 announcement, its ability to run Android apps, thought on Surface Duo 2, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

We've got a roundup of new Bluetooth earbuds this week, followed by more thoughts about the latest Android 12 beta. The gang also talk about Wear OS support, Google's new retail store, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

This week, Daniel and Ara welcome iMore's Joe Keller and Android Developer Chris Lacy of Action Launcher and SwirlWalls fame onto the show. They have an in-depth conversation about Apple's announcements at WWDC 2021 and the latest Android 12 beta from Google.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

In this episode, Ara, Jerry, and Dan are joined by Adam Molina. He's the producer of Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast and a freelance journalist. They nerd out over Bluetooth headphones, lossless music streaming, upcoming Android phones, Led Zeppelin, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

The AC gang kick off the Holiday weekend in the United States with everything we know so far about Qualcomm's new Snapdragon processors and Arm v9 mobile architecture. They also talk about a revision to USB-C and Power Delivery that adds 240W charging.

Additionally, Fuchsia OS finally goes public, Amazon buys MGM for a whole lot of cookies, and introduces a new range of Chromebooks.

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

This week, we check out all of the announcements from Google I/O 2021. There's more news on Android 12, a new design language call Material You, the emergence of Wear, and much more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

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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Direct download: androidcentral525.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09am EDT

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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Direct download: androidcentral524.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

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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Direct download: androidcentral523.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

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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Direct download: androidcentral522.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:15pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

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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Direct download: androidcentral520.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

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

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

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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Direct download: androidcentral517.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

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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Direct download: androidcentral515.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:15pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

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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Direct download: androidcentral510.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:44am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

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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Direct download: androidcentral497.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

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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Direct download: androidcentral496.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:12am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

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: 8:52pm EDT