Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 61.

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The Cast

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


Code Google

  • There are nearly a billion Android devices activated. Next, the world!
  • Samsung is gonna sell a Galaxy S4 with stock Android for $650 on the Play Store. In case plastic, LTE, and a micro SD card slot are worth $350 extra to you.
  • Google Play Games brings achievements, game sync, and leaderboards to your device without an OS upgrade. The not-so-subtle implication is that Play Services is more important than Android and Google will thank you to stop talking about slow updates.
  • Hangouts doesn't really unify anything yet, but it is pretty neat if you like sharing pictures more than you like making phone calls from your desktop.
  • Hangouts had quite a few problems at launch, though. Several of them are resolved now, but historians will refer back to this chronicle for future snarky remarks about botched Google launches.
  • Meanwhile, Play Music finally brings a subscription service, and it's two bucks cheaper than Spotify if you get in now.
  • You kinda want to get in now. The app isn't immediately easy, but it's well worth taking the time to get used to it.
  • Voice Search gets reminders, which ought to be enough to keep your attention, but there's other cool stuff too.
  • Oh and Maps is fucking beautiful.
  • The Play Store can now sort apps by which ones are designed for tablets. Though the definition of "designed for tablets" is tenuous at best.
  • As if Play Music wasn't enough, you can also upload your own books to Play Books and sync them across all your device. Neat!
  • The physical Google Wallet card is dead. There's a new Wallet API, though. That's kinda cool. Oh, and you can send money to people with Gmail!
  • Developers also got a bunch of new toys for rolling out apps on the Play Store.
  • To no one's surprise, leaked internal videos at Microsoft show Microsoft taking extensive liberties with things like "truth" or "accuracy".

Rumor Roundup

  • There may be a white Nexus 4 running around with Android 4.3. Maybe.

The Hotsheet

  • The NVIDIA Shield gets a price and pre-order date. The price: expensive. The date: one of two possible days depending maybe kinda.

App Updates

  • Blackberry is finally bringing BBM to Android and iOS now that you've finally given up and switched to another messaging app.
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.