Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 56.
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- Matthew Smith, Host
- Bob Severns, Editor, A/V
- David Ruddock, Co-host
- Cameron Summerson, Co-host
- Eric Ravenscraft, Co-host
- Against all odds, there may be a new version of that popular tablet Google released last year. It will probably be faster. You can pick your jaw up off the floor now.
Android At Arms
- ASUS doesn't admit to any wrongdoing with its crappy GPS in the Transformer Prime, but here's $17 and a dongle so you'll stop saying otherwise.
- Google changes the way it calculates platform distribution numbers and, surprising no one, Jelly Bean's share shoots up.
- Samsung, Mozilla, and Google all break up with WebKit. The latter by forking the project, the former by splitting with it entirely.
- Google Apps Business Quick Office Free. Is all those words excite you, clicky.
- Google Now gets real-time package tracking, more fine-tuned feedback, and faster search results. Which is nothing compared to...
- Location-based reminders, website update tracking, and app ratings are all on the list of things Ron found in his teardown of the new Search APK.
- Facebook invites itself over to your Home, throws Chatheads all over the place and shoves its friends' pictures in front of you. This is to be more "people-centric."
- Just in case it wasn't enough to be able to download this app, you can also buy the HTC First for $99 on contract with AT&T, and get even more Facebook in your Facebook.
- Pre-orders for the Galaxy S 4: U.S. Cellular on April 16th, AT&T on April 16th for $199 (16GB) or $249 (32GB).
- Pre-orders for the HTC One: AT&T live now, $199 for 32GB, $299 for 64GB (an AT&T exclusive), Sprint live now, $199 for 32GB version, $99 for new customers porting in a number.
- Samsung offers a WiFi version of the Galaxy Camera for about $50 cheaper than the LTE version. This. changes. everything.
- Meanwhile, AT&T will sell the Kindle Fire HD for $399, or $250 if you really want a contract on a not-quite-Android tablet.
- Device Updates: T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 updated to Android 4.1.2, ASUS TF700 updated to Android 4.2, AT&T's LG Optimus G updated to Android 4.1.2
- Twitter, bro. Do you even Holo?
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