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

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.

  • Sootie

    Drinking game for next week, shot every time eric clears his throat. Would be even better if he is drinking something that burns like a mofo so with each shot it gets worse!

    This weeks podcast was awesome as usual, and there is never too much bob

    • Bob Severns

      Thanks for the compliment. But I can assure you, there definitely is a limit to the Bob people can handle. lol