Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 48.

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The Cast

  • Matthew Smith, Host
  • Bob Severns, Editor, A/V
  • Cameron Summerson, Co-host
  • David Ruddock, Co-host
  • Eric Ravenscraft, Co-host


Carrier 411

  • First we obliterated this alleged Galaxy S IV render, then someone pointed out it was a fan-made image from months ago. We move on.
  • If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, LG would sincerely like to get sued by Samsung's design lawyers.

Code Google

  • Legends tell, in a land far away, where mortal man dare not tread, there lies a mythical treasure on Pure Mobile: that legendary wireless charging station, the Nexus 4 orb!
  • David turns down our request to read the Android 4.2.1 changelog to us as a bed time story, but you can read it for yourself here.
  • Nexus 4 factory images go all David Blaine on us, disappearing for a while before, voilà! It's back on Google's developer site. (Magician's still say "voilà," right?)
  • The Nexus 4 becomes self-aware and it's tired of taking pictures of your food. On some handsets, if you take too many photos, the camera app stops working until you reboot it.
  • A time to build up, and a time to break down. A time for Gingerbread, and a time for Jelly Bean. To every OS, there is a season. Turn, turn, turn.
  • "Oh hey, is that the new Galaxy?" is replacing "Is that a Droid phone?" as the sentence your friends will say to give you aneurisms.

The Hotsheet

App Updates

In Other News

  • The GameStick gets funded on Kickstarter, achieving 648% of its goal. Still millions below the Ouya's budget, but we'll see.
  • Speaking of, Ouya announced it will release new hardware every year. This makes us feel a little better about buying a game system powered by a Tegra 3 processor.
Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.