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Last Updated: March 20th, 2012

No, you didn't miss the memo - Android Police has been working, in secret (well, kind of secret), for nearly 2 months to bring you our first-ever podcast series. And we're calling it... The Android Police Podcast. Clever, I know. We've been diligently crafting it to make sure we get this right, and our first release episode is now ready for your listening pleasure (at least we hope it's pleasurable).

Seeing as this is our very first episode, we're especially interested in your feedback. All of it. I mean down to the nitty-gritty-borderline-OCD level. We want to hear the full spectrum - good, bad, and ugly. Really. This podcast is for you, our readers, and we want to make sure you're actually getting something out of it. Because if you're not, what's the point?

With that in mind, let me introduce two of the newest members of the Android Police team - Matt Smith and Bob Severns. Matt is our host-in-chief for the podcast, and will be doing most of the legwork getting everything organized for the show's content. Bob is our A/V man (well, just "A" man right now), working the soundboard and ensuring the show runs smoothly. You'll hear him chime in from time to time, as well. I (David) am acting as a cohost on the show every week, and you'll see other members of the Android Police team rotating in out of the lineup.

This week, we have as guest hosts Eric Ravenscraft and Cameron Summerson, two members of the AP team you should be quite familiar with at this point if you're a regular reader.

Anyway, let's get down to brass tacks. Right now, the show will remain a pre-recorded, audio-only endeavor, but we're aiming to go live sooner rather than later (starting with audio) so we can get all of you in on the fun as well. Topics this week include (but are definitely not limited to):

  • Google Play
  • Apple offering settlements to Samsung, Motorola
  • Temple Run, Instagram
  • OverSkreen
  • Mika Mobile

And of course, a whole lot more. So get listening! And let us know what you think in the comments (we'll definitely be reading all of them). Just in case, here's a direct link if the widget isn't working for you. If you're unable to download the podcast from SoundCloud, here's an alternate mirror.

Subscribe to the Android Police Podcast:

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Brian

    Sweet! The number of times I've checked to see if you guys are doing a podcast yet! Will be listening to it in a couple of hours, great work :)

  • http://someaudioguy.com SomeAudioGuy

    As much as Android is competing against iOS for supremacy, the Google Play change over really looks like a clear shot at Amazon. Out of all the devices fighting for mindshare, Kindle is taking a huge chunk of the awareness, especially since Amazon features a better content and media infrastructure.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    I'm sure at least somebody will hate me for mentioning it, but a great thing to throw on the to-do list for the future is to put these podcasts up on iTunes and the Windows Phone Marketplace as well. I use an iPhone for all of my podcasts because (and it's hard to deny) the podcast subscription management through iTunes is pretty nice and I don't want to burn up battery on my android phone just for listening to 2-3 hour long podcasts.

    I've got it downloaded and I'll be checking it out shortly, can't wait!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It'll definitely be at least on itunes. I am figuring out permanent podcast hosting right now. It's truly shocking how shitty most podcast sites are.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

        I've noticed, I've taken a look around a couple of times in the past without finding anything that stood above mediocrity.

        Just to kick in my own comments about the episode. The first 1/3 (or so) felt a little too newsy to me. For regular followers of the site it's redundant and for anybody who hasn't heard the news there's still a fair bit of pertinent information that they are missing out on.

        I am probably being a bit nit-picky but there were a couple things during the segment on AIDE that made me want to just chime in to say, "wait, that's not quite right"...but I know some of that was referencing comments made on the site that were themselves incorrect (or at least poorly thought out).

        I really preferred the content after about the mid-point when it swung away from just reporting news with quick comments to a more discussion-oriented show about news items. I'm sure other people would like to see it go the other way (perhaps that might suggest 2 podcasts, one for rapid-fire news of the week and the other being more discussion/commentary).

        Most of the sound clips were great, the preparation was obvious (in a good way), and everybody has the right energy level. Sound quality could probably benefit from some fine tuning (maybe different mics or better acoustics). I know some people are dying for video, I gotta say I'm not too interested in it myself because it seems so many other video podcasts aren't done as well because there's too much attention on the video. Overall, clearly the start of a winner.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          I definitely cringed around the AIDE discussion, which was one of the primary reasons I wanted to join regularly in case more technical bits need 2 cents from a developer's point of view and experience.

          It's hard to run a fluid podcast with too many people though, so we'll have to figure out how to make that work and have enough people to get us out of certain situations, but it should be all uphill from here.

  • jeremy

    been waiting for a podcast for a long time.
    please make it like 75min!!!

    • David Ruddock

      Our current target length is around 45 minutes - we find that anything longer may actually discourage people from listening.

      • HawkiesZA

        I totally agree with this.

  • Vicky

    comments/suggestions (written as i was listening)

    1. awesome intro music & segment-switch sound effects
    2. i know it's coming... but definitely needs video (recorded google hangout maybe??)
    3. on the segment intros: BREATH. "read" punctuation marks. otherwise everything sounds like a huge endless thought. pauses and voice inflection are very effective, especially when we just have sound and no visuals.
    4. Someone occasionally sounds like a robot… can’t figure out who, but please fix
    5. On that note, it is kinda hard to figure out who is who after a while…
    6. LOVE the patent war commentary. I specifically read AP for this. would probably listen to an hour of just this stuff.
    7. sarcasm does come across :)
    8. for future reference: please don’t say “s-x-s-w,” just say “south-by-south-west” … you can write SXSW, but when an acronym & name share the same number of syllables, just say the name [super nit-picky I know, but I’m from Texas]. “es-ex-es-dub-el-uo” is actually more syllables anyway, so not really a shortcut. (you did a good job with this in the second half!)
    9. How are you doing this every week AND going to law school?? Seriously, you’re my hero. Great job to everyone really. Looking forward to the next one!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks for your feedback!

  • Raiden

    I like the Humor mixed with the Seriousness. Solid info + a laugh every now and then.

    I wonder if Android Police realizes that by creating this podcast it will cause people to stop visiting their website and reading their articles in favor of listening to this podcast once a week.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Not worried about that at all. We'll concentrate on good content and you guys pick a consumption method you like the most. If we thought that way, we wouldn't have created AP on Pulse and Currents either, for example.

  • Christopher

    RSS feed for the podcast?

    • Christopher


      • Cameron Summerson


      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Check out the RSS info at the bottom of the article now.

  • http://www.shepy.co.uk Shepy

    Agree with Christopher, needs an RSS feed so can be added to Doggcatcher etc.

    • Christopher

      I didn't notice the end of the post "We plan to make a subscription available in the near future". I stopped listening to podcasts a few years ago but I think I'll subscribe to this one

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      RSS is now available.

  • Jaymoon

    Awesome job for a pilot episode!

    I must say that the show was well planned beforehand. You guys stick to the topics, there are no long pauses or the impression of anyone "stalling for time" while they gather their thoughts, and the segments seem to just flow together naturally.

    I'm not sure if pauses or gaps were removed after the fact, but the tight-ness of everything certainly stands out over other "pilot" podcasts.

    As mentioned above though, it is tough to figure out who is talking when. Maybe whoever the "host" is can toss a segment to a person, and say "OK David, now let's talk about ______". Also mentioning each others names throughout the show wouldn't be a bad idea either. I noticed a couple times when names were mentioned towards the middle of the show, it was easier to connect the name with the voice. I think it's just the VOIP sound which makes all of your voices sound the same.

    But again, great job on this show. As a loyal TWiT fan, it's a fresh feeling to listen to a show that gets right into a targeted topic (Android), and I don't feel out of the loop, or as if I'm listening to "last weeks news".

    • David Ruddock

      Indeed, even Artem had a hard time figuring out who was who, and he's listened to the last four pilots. We'll try to be more specific when we hand off to another person, but the only real way to solve this problem is to add video, which we definitely plan to.

  • http://sneakily1.com sneakily1

    Sounds good, only suggestion is use the stereo pan spectrum to separate the speakers so we can distinguish who's who a little better. Thank god you guys actually have some personality! Keep up the good work. BTW look into Stitcher for syndication, they make it easy as hell to keep up with my podcasts.

    • David Ruddock

      Thanks, we'll look into it. As for the identification issues, we'll try to indicate who's who a little better next time. Of course, video will eventually make this problem go away.

    • Bob Severns

      I do like the idea about using panning to establish spatial references. I believe this will help immensely in discerning who is speaking. Thanks for the tip sneakily1!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Submitted to Stitcher as well, thanks for the suggestion.

  • Noreen

    Thanks, Android Police! I'm looking forward to your podcasts! (Bring it on!) :-)

  • Solomon

    Ive been waiting a long time for a podcast from you guys, this is my favorite website and I can't wait to listen to your podcast. I got out of podcasts for a while but I've found they're great to listen to while working out.

  • John

    I definitely like where this is going. Keep it up AP!

  • Joseph

    "Wherever You Go, We'll Be There"
    You're beginning to sound like Google (or other ad-serving cookie-tracking companies) :)

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That was a silly joke in the end which actually turned out quite funny. Cliffhanger, I know!

  • Ryan B

    I might be missing something, but it doesn't appear to download, only to stream. Also, I'm echoing the call for RSS.

    • David Ruddock

      There is an alternate download mirror linked in the article right above the widget.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      RSS is up now.

  • joe

    Not a big podcast listener myself but listened to your show because I really love the site. Show was very well done and the length was just right. Great job & the puns used were corny yes but funny.

    Keep up the good work..

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks for the feedback, Joe.

  • Perry Ahern

    Congrats on your new APP!

  • Torstein Molland

    I personally think the podcast was well done. I don't usually listen to podcasts, but this one had humor and the voices were comfortable to listen to while doing other work on the pc. The length was also great, not to long and not to short. I could definatly get used to listening to a podcast from androidpolice once in a while.

  • Harry Taylor

    I think you should go live with a recorded backup for those who can't sit in on the podcast. Then you could add a live chat and see in real time what everyone is saying about what your putting out there. Good first time! Will be watching and listening for more!

  • thedude

    I enjoyed the first one. I am sure it will get better with time.

  • mcstraun69

    Really enjoyed the pod, reminded me of the Buzz out Loud Podcast, except this one is based on everything android. The timing was excellent about 45 mins. I love the humor mixed with sound factual information.

    Couple suggestions.

    1.) On your site there are lots of articles about new innovative apps everyday, so maybe you should spend five more mins talking about new apps. (only the floating browser was heavily mentioned)

    2.) A female voice would be welcome just to add some gender balance.

    But great job keep it up. Awaiting the RSS feed so I can add you guys on my Doggcather app.

    Good Luck.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      RSS is up.