Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 51.

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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


Rumor Roundup

  • Google took our advice and started talking with music labels about a subscription option for its music service.
  • Samsung also listened to our suggestion about releasing more phones. Most folks thought this smartphone thing was just a fad but we're pretty sure there's more money to be made.

Android At Arms

  • Much like the helpless retail employee who starts plotting to overthrow his middle-management boss, the FCC chairman is going to investigate the phone unlocking ban and maybe do something, possibly, if he can.

Code Google

  • Google I/O Registration starts March 13th for $900, will end promptly 15 minutes later when tickets sell out.
  • Andy Rubin says Google has no plans for a retail store. Everyone wants Andy Rubin to be wrong.
  • Matias Duarte suggests lightly stroking your smartphone for maximum pleasure.
  • Google's CFO says that Motorola's products don't "wow" by Google standards. You're just teasing us now, Mr. CFO.

The Hotsheet

  • Samsung is making an 8" Galaxy Note. It's pretty much exactly what you would expect.
  • Samsung also made a Google TV competitor that was nice enough to impress David, so we should love it.
  • If Samsung and Apple were rappers, Sammy-S would've straight jacked A-to-the-Pple's beats when it completely copied Passbook.
  • Finally, Samsung reveals KNOX, a kind of virtual fort, if you will (eh? eh? ...I'll show myself out) for certain Android phones to make BYOD policies easier.
  • Huawei announced a new phone with a 720p description. That's not the p we're looking for, Huawei!
  • LG announces the Note II-err, I mean Samsung made the Optimus G Pr-dangit, I mean LG announced a 5.5" Optimus G Pro with TouchW-ugh. Whatever. LG copied the Note II.
  • And so did ZTE. Minus the stylus.
  • ASUS wat r u doing. ASUS. Stahp.
  • ASUS Padfone Infinity and Fonepad are devices that may be lovely, but by the branding you'll ever really know.
  • Sony keeps making some tablets that look pretty good, but might be priced a bit too high.
  • Cameron has used every tablet known to man and several known to monkeys. Cameron is not impressed with Lenovo's new tablets, which means you probably won't be either.
  • Guys, I'm really not trying to be so negative but even HP came out with a sub-par tablet. I need a light at the end of the tunnel already.
  • Oh, there it is. Reference designs for the Tegra 4, 4i, and Phoenix. Keep in mind that the reference designs for the T3 were what led to things like the Nexus 7 that were extremely powerful and cheap. This is a very good thing.
  • HTC is going to upgrade the One X, One X+, One S, and Butterfly to Sense 5. Presumably by taking all the old icons and flattening them with an iron.
  • Meanwhile, leaks of 4.2.1 for the Galaxy S III show up in all their TouchWiz glory, look as Natural and UXey as ever.
  • Device Updates: Jelly Bean (4.1.2) for AT&T's Sony Xperia TL, Jelly Bean coming soon for Verizon's Galaxy Stellar.

App Updates