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    • 4.5 • 176 Ratings

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

    Space Lasers

    Space Lasers

    This week, we examine the new Space Race and rural connectivity. We also talk about why Apple doesn't try to compete with Android OEM's when it comes to wearables, Pixel 7 leaks, the Pico 4 VR headset, and more.
    Links: Apple doesn't try to compete with Android OEMs, and that's why it's far more successful | Android Central The new Space Race is all about your smartphone | Android Central The T-Mobile and Starlink partnership has me hopeful for my rural connectivity issues | Android Central New Pixel Watch teaser video showcases design and new watch faces | Android Central Pixel 7 and 7 Pro prices leak, and we're pretty stoked | Android Central The Pico 4 is better than the Oculus Quest 2, so why isn't it coming to the U.S.? | Android Central Sponsors Indeed: Choose Indeed and join 3 million companies worldwide who use Indeed to hire great people and help grow their teams faster. Get started right now with a free $75 sponsored job credit at indeed.com/acp. Offer valid for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Calling it now, it's gonna be iFold

    Calling it now, it's gonna be iFold

    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.
    Links: Dynamic Island is what Android should have done with hole-punch cameras years ago | Android Central iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island might soon see its Android version on Xiaomi phones | Android Central Is Apple waiting too long to make a foldable phone? | Android Central Apple using an "old" chip in the iPhone is a good thing for everyone | Android Central Google and Apple are paving the way with digital wallets, even if some places are slow to catch up | Android Central PICO XR on Twitter: "The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for you. Stay tuned on 22nd September 2022, 14:00 GMT+2 #PICO https://t.co/KYD03VTeTE" / Twitter Sponsors Indeed: Choose Indeed and join 3 million companies worldwide who use Indeed to hire great people and help grow their teams faster. Get started right now with a free $75 sponsored job credit at indeed.com/acp. Offer valid for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    A Pro Move

    A Pro Move

    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.
    Links: Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro review: Heavy is the watch that wears the crown | Android Central Fitbit Versa 4 and Sense 2 arrive with more advanced health tracking and Google apps | Android Central The Fitbit Inspire 3 launches as a fun motivational tracker with a color display | Android Central Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro review: Fantastically comfortable | Android Central Lenovo’s platform-agnostic AR glasses will make a virtual display for almost any device | Android Central Twitter is finally launching an edit button — but there's a big caveat | Android Central Whistleblower calls out Twitter for spambots and mishandling user data | Android Central Sponsors ExpressVPN: If you really want to go incognito and protect your privacy, secure yourself with the #1 rated VPN. Visit expressvpn.com/android, and get three extra months for free.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Your Data for a Tripod

    Your Data for a Tripod

    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.
    Links: Samsung won't fool me a third time with the Galaxy Watch 5 | Android Central Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 camera review: They really are better! | Android Central Android 13 is now rolling out to Google Pixel phones | Android Central Google clarifies confusing Android 12 update amid Android 13 rollout | Android Central Motorola Edge (2022) hands-on: Lessons learned from past mistakes | Android Central Someone is porting PSP games to the Oculus Quest 2 and they look amazing | Android Central Samsung's new partnership with Meta is a deal with the devil | Android Central Sponsors Indeed: Choose Indeed and join 3 million companies worldwide who use Indeed to hire great people and help grow their teams faster. Get started right now with a free $75 sponsored job credit at indeed.com/acp. Offer valid for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Big Thumbs and Discount Keanu Reeves

    Big Thumbs and Discount Keanu Reeves

    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.
    Links: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022 live blog: Z Fold 4, Flip 4, Watch 5 are here and we have all the info | Android Central Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hands-on: Flippin' gorgeous | Android Central Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 hands-on: The fun-size foldable | Android Central Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 hands-on: Should you go Pro? | Android Central Why I'm trading the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic for the Watch 5 Pro | Android Central Here's what you can buy instead of Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 4, Watch 5 Pro, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro | Android Central Dear companies: Stop removing features people actually like | Android Central Google pressures Apple to stop being stubborn and adopt RCS — and you can join in | Android Central You have the right to be forgotten, but the internet really is forever | Android Central Sponsors ExpressVPN: If you really want to go incognito and protect your privacy, secure yourself with the #1 rated VPN. Visit expressvpn.com/android, and get three extra months for free. Indeed: Choose Indeed and join 3 million companies worldwide who use Indeed to hire great people and help grow their teams faster. Get started right now with a free $75 sponsored job credit at indeed.com/acp. Offer valid for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    An Expensive Quest

    An Expensive Quest

    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.
    Links: Google Pixel 6a review: Look ma, a small phone! | Android Central The Pixel 6a is further proof that you don't need expensive camera parts in your next phone | Android Central Early Pixel 6a users report big security issue with the fingerprint sensor | Android Central Meta increases price of the Oculus Quest 2 by $100 | Android Central Meta Q2 revenue goes down as it raises Quest 2 prices, deals with VR lawsuit | Android Central Samsung's $200 credit isn't enough to get some fans to reserve its next Galaxy devices | Android Central The Galaxy Z Fold 4 could be the next exciting foldable, but our readers are pretty meh | Android Central Sponsors Indeed: Choose Indeed and join 3 million companies worldwide who use Indeed to hire great people and help grow their teams faster. Get started right now with a free $75 sponsored job credit at indeed.com/acp. Offer valid for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
176 Ratings

176 Ratings

perdant01 ,

Please get rid of Ara

This is great podcast when Daniel(I realize he left for AP) hosts and Ara is not on the show.

ohdembein ,

Downhill Fast…

The new host, who is also the managing editor of Android Central doesn’t even use Android, she’s an iPhone user! That should tell you all you need about how terrible this podcast has become since Daniel Bader departed. I wish Android Police would poach Jerry for their site and new podcast (with Daniel Bader) so this horrible podcast could be put to rest.

sujo0201 ,

Needs an actual host and facilitator

This used to be my favorite Android/tech podcast. But since Daniel Bader left the site, the podcast has gone downhill quickly. Prior to Bader leaving, Ara was my least favorite panelist because she comes across SO snotty; she’s full of attitude, seems to always want to argue, and how she ends a lot of her snotty remarks with a grunt (“Ehhh…”) just kills the conversation. She also tends to interrupt and derail things… especially when she blanket replies to something with something like “Do they really though?”. Annoying. Insert Ara grunt here ->______.

Now that I’ve gotten that rant out of the way, Ara is still functioning more like a panelist than a host. The shows aren’t nearly as organized, the discussions don’t flow well, and she seems to be more interested in getting her opinion out than facilitating discussion. I used to be bothered by how Bader would sometimes be a wet blanket in terms of making the group move on to a new topic, but I now have a greater appreciation for that because I realize it was necessary to eventually pull the plug on a topic and move on from it.

If AC gets a good host in place to focus things, I may continue to subscribe, As is though, I am “this close” to unsubscribing. I don’t finish most episodes nowadays. I just can’t handle the attitude and lack of focus.

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