Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.
On this week's episode: Upcoming MWC announcements (Galaxy S7, LG G5), new Alcatel phone rumors, our review of the Blu Vivo XL, Predator 8 tablet, and appraisals of two wonderful Android smartphone antiques. Read More
Google has a three albums on sale today, including titles from Coldplay & Skrillex as well as a cast recording of a Broadway musical. The three should blend together into a really solid mix for patriotic 15 year high school reunion where everyone does acid. Here are the links.
- Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams - This is Coldplay's 7th album and was released just last December.
- Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack U - This is the début studio album by dance duo Jack Ü, known individually as Skrillex and Diplo released last month.
- Hamilton - The complete Broadway recording of the musical Hamilton, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton, by historian Ron Chernow.
Sticking a Chromecast dongle is one of the cheapest ways to teach a dumb TV how to stream your favorite content. The downside is that Google's little media stick is heavily tied into the company's ecosystem. If your Android device lacks Google Play Services, you're not casting.
Here in the States, only a minority of Android devices have this issue. The majority of them are Amazon Fire tablets, with a few belonging to folks who either try to avoid or can't install Google Play Services for one reason or another. Then there are all those Chinese phones and tablets that get apps from alternative app stores. Read More
Owners of the LG G4 on T-mobile were starting to get annoyed at the lack of Marshmallow for their phones. Well, no longer. Some users have reported receiving the update via LG's update tool. And T-Mobile has added OTA information to its website. Read More
My largest WhatsApp group has 6 members (as seen in the image above) and we can barely manage it when we're all being active at the same time. So forgive me for not being overwhelmingly excited by this new update to WhatsApp's beta channel that enables groups up to 256 members. The previous limit was 100, so if you ever wished you could grow your 100-member group larger, there are now a lot more people you can invite in on the conversation.
The change seems to be triggered by WhatsApp's version 2.12.437, though some users on this exact release aren't seeing it yet. Read More
The Play Books update from a couple of days ago turned up the first sign of life for the Family Library we've seen since mid-November. At the time, I made a quick prediction that matching strings would pop up fairly soon in Google's other content apps, and Play Movies & TV is the first to follow through. But this wasn't just a mirror image of the same strings, there's actually a bit of new information regarding movies sold as a bundle and seasons of television shows.
In case anybody is curious, this update doesn't have anything in the way of notable new features. Read More
Google's Snapseed got a big v2.0 update last year, and continued to get some update love on a regular basis after that. Now, it's getting another notable update to v2.3. Google was even gracious enough to provide us with a changelog. Stop, Google. You'll spoil us. Read More
Verizon is not traditionally known as a good carrier for those on a budget, but the strong growth of T-Mobile has encouraged Big Red to make some changes. The latest tweak to Verizon's offerings comes in the form of extra data for prepaid users. You can get a 1GB boost for enabling auto-pay. Read More
Few would consider the G Flex 2 the most exciting phone of 2015, but it was unique. The Snapdragon 810-powered follow-up to a slightly curved phone from 2013 lost some of the weight its predecessor (or rather, the people who bought it) carried around. Read More
Google's always experimenting with new ways to drive app downloads, and the latest involves a layout tweak in the Play Store device client. Some users are seeing app videos stuck right in the main page layout, which really stand out amidst all the thumbnails. Read More