Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 45.
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- Matthew Smith, Host
- Bob Severns, Editor, A/V
- Cameron Summerson, Co-host
- David Ruddock, Co-host
- Eric Ravenscraft, Co-host
- T-Mobile is ready to launch its LTE network pretty soon in Las Vegas. It's betting heavily that it can still make headway in a crowded market and gambling never goes poorly in Vegas.
- Sprint has more LTE markets, for a malleable definition of the word 'market.'
- AT&T, feeling bored by its successes is considering taking up a hobby, like parasailing, or buying/merging with a European carrier.
- There's this thing that looks like an HTC phone. Could just be a render, but it seems legit! And pretty. Very pretty.
- Larry Page is unimpressed by Apple's thermonuclear war, downright disdainful of Facebook's products.
- An LG rep confirms what we kinda already figured: that Google ordered way too few Nexus 4s. Things should be back to normal by the middle of February, though. You can lower your torches and pitchforks now.
- AT&T is offering an optional subsidy on its Nexus 7 3G variant. $100 off now as long as you promise to pay for that tablet for two years. Sounds legit.
- T-Mobile, however, is not offering a subsidy on its version of the 3G Nexus 7 in the Play Store. Which it now has.
- Google is going to fix that obnoxious Bluetooth A2DP streaming bug in the next release. Bluetooth gets mildly less crappy.
- ASUS gives us all déjà vu by announcing a budget-conscious MeMO tablet. This one will be aimed more at 'emerging markets' and less at 'being retooled into a new Nexus'.
- Punit Soni promises Moto will start keeping its promises, basically lives out the first act to Jingle All The Way.
- Sony's CEO won't be making any cheap, cheap phones either. Posers. HTC was promising to make phones that don't suck before it was cool.
- Samsung has sold more than 100 million Galaxy S devices globally. No, that doesn't include the Notes, yes that's staggering.
Eric gets his hands all over Redbox Instant, then promptly washes them vigorously. He was last seen muttering, "Out, damned spot."
Temple Run 2 is coming to Android. It's even more two-er than the last one! Plus a bigger monkey.
In Other News
This wireless charger is awesome, and it's coming out on April 1st for $70. I promise, that's not a joke.