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Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 52. This marks our one-year anniversary and, to celebrate we had a very special drinking game episode. As such, the show may be a bit more adult than usual, but also tons more fun.

Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The very unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, tangents, and probably a good 5-10 minutes of pre-podcast banter as we prepare. Watch at your own risk!

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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

THE OUTLINE

Rumor Roundup

  • Samsung gives the secrets of the Galaxy S IV to a small boy. Get him!
  • One of those secrets may be a new Eye Scroll feature. Samsung hopes to corner the eye-control market.
  • We also get a glimpse of the specs the new IV might have. Against all odds, it will be slightly larger, slightly faster, and slightly smarter.
  • It will not look like this at all.
  • Google goes full-blown decadent, hopes to launch not one but two music subscription services.

Android At Arms

  • Judge Koh vacates nearly half of the $1b settlement between Samsung and Apple, set to return in the retrial, Samsung v. Apple 2: Return Of The Electric Boogaloo.
  • The President agrees that you should be able to unlock your smartphone, puts his best FCC on the case. Which the FCC was already doing. So cool.
  • Meanwhile, one Senator proposes a two-paragraph bill to solve the problem once and for all, if it can pass.

Code Google

The Hotsheet

Product Reviews

  • Cameron wants very badly to love the ASUS MeMO Pad Smart 10, but can't quite get over that display.

App Updates

  • The Opera beta with that slick new rendering engine goes live on the Play Store. David contains his excitement.
  • The 5th Humble Bundle for Android goes live. Get a bunch of indie games for whatever price you'd like to pay, you cheapskates!
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.

  • Ivan Petkovic

    Epic episode. Got drunk watching it, too - only natural. Love from Russia!
    Oh, in other news, Smart Stay really works, I use it all the time and I missed it on CM10.1, just like a bunch of other touchwizzy stuff. So I rolled back to (almost) stock ROM, and now it's as fast, but everything works (camera was buggy on CM), and then some - some things Samsung does are pretty useful. And they got Quick Settings right long time ago, and they are still better than stock Android - even on 4.2 leaked ROM. Having a N7 I do understand a love for holo purism, BUT sometimes it's not good enough, and looks are not everything, ask 30+ millions of us that got SG3. A few of us are happy with how phone looks, but NatureUX - keep going, Samsung!
    It's a shame your show starts so early in the morning (4 or 5AM, I don't know), I'd like to join irc, but it's just not possible, so I stick to (very) unedited reruns. I do promote your show, but iTunes... sorry. That piece of software is not coming on any of my devices soon. Have fun with your iPads mini, I'm happy with Nexus 7.
    I think I'm gonna d/l this last episode and keep it, it was ... catharsic. Keep up the good work you do on this site and on podcast!

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

      I haven't watched the episode yet, but I had to turn off Smart Stay because on occasion it would keep the screen on permanently. It's a known bug, unfortunately.

      • Ivan Petkovic

        True, it did that on some versions of firmware I used, not very often though. I don't see it on my current ROM. About show - it's awesome, they talk Android while being human. I actually learn more about American culture just listening to their podcast than from reading all those articles I read all the time all over Web. For international audience, that's very rewarding.

  • gspida

    I will ask the same thing here also since this is more up to date. Why are these podcasts not showing up in my You Tube feed? The last one that shows up is episode 49.

    • harvz

      They are not getting put up under APs account but Erics http://www.youtube.com/user/ocentertainment?feature=watch

      • gspida

        Ahh thanks, that seems kinda silly I like it better the other way but oh well.

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

          There is a technical reason for this, unfortunately.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Flexible 1080p display=Check

    Exynos 5 Octa processor in the United States clocked at 1.8ghz=Check

    Wireless Charging=Check

    And the KICKER: The Galaxy S4 will as a bonus have a pad that will enable the device owner to measure blood pressure, and blood sugar levels as well as other signs regarding health. The monitoring of certain physiological signs would definitely represent an useful application for all customers from children to the elderly.

    The overall versatility of the Galaxy S4 will revolutionize the gadget market in 2013.

    The rest I have NO COMMENT.

    • squiddy20

      Idiocy= check.

      To measure "blood sugar levels", you need a way to draw blood from a finger and process it. Good luck selling that idea to the general public that doesn't need this on a regular basis, let alone the health concerns of carrying your blood around on your smartphone. That's why we have these great things called "blood sugar monitors" that are pretty much exclusively given to diabetics who actually NEED them.

      • Athishay

        Ever heard of this magical thing called sarcasm?

        • squiddy20

          If you think what the other guy wrote was sarcasm, you're sadly mistaken. He actually believes all that crap, even though there's not one shred of evidence to support his ridiculous claims.

  • daveloft

    You should be able to unlock your phone anytime you want. Actually they should just come unlocked as what keeps you is the ETF fee. The issue you mentioned with the ETF fee is easy to fix. Rather then a set a standard ETF fee, it should be (( phone discount / length of contract ) * number of months remaining). It's fair to consumer and the carrier.

  • http://twitter.com/segag segag

    This is when i unsubscribe.. If i wanted to listen to a bunch or drunkards talking shit i'd rather listen to my dad

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Awww, c'mon man. We were just having a good time for our 52nd episode, and I'm not sure we talked any more shit than we normally would. We just laughed a lot more on this one.

  • Sootie

    Best podcast ever!

    I was watching it live and in the chat room briefly (username in chat is I_love_bob) but had to leave because I was at work at the time (in Australia so podcast is at lunchtime friday) watched the youtube video as I always do. Keep up the good work