Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 54.

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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

  • AT&T launches data plans for people with huge data needs and Scrooge McDuck-style skyscrapers filled with money.

Code Google

  • There's a shiny new version of the Play Store running around and it's got cards.
  • Eric Schmidt says that putting the guy who runs one OS in charge of another OS is not a sign that they will merge.
  • Motorola's new CEO will speak at D11, probably confirm that the X Phone is coming, will be free, have a 700 Gigapixel camera made by Nikon and be constructed of titanium rainbows.
  • The most important thing you need when preparing for a baby is a Nexus 10.
  • Google Keep is real and kind of fantastic.
  • Too bad you can't use it because no one can ever trust anything Google does ever again after it murdered Reader in its sleep. Or maybe not.
  • Gmail now lets you archive emails directly from the expandable notifications. Maybe Google isn't entirely evil.
  • Currents also gets an update that improves the audio features like listening to podcasts. Hint hint.

The Hotsheet

App Updates

  • Minuum is a squished-down keyboard that gives you most of your screen back.
  • Frontline Commando: D-Day uses Eisenhower's speech to the troops that were about to invade Normandy to promote a game with a bunch of IAPs. Which is weird.

Developer News

In Other News

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.