Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik are joined by fellow Android Central writer and Smartwatch aficionado Joe Maring to talk about everything that's new in wearable tech and Google Wear OS. Nike has announced a new pair of self-lacing shoes, and Withings has a $70 watch that boasts 18 months of battery life. Mobvoi and Kate Spade have new watches as well. Most significantly, Google has announced a 40 million dollar investment in tech from Fossil, and has acquired part of their R&D team. Is this a harbinger of a Pixel Watch, or just an example of Google helping build momentum behind Wear OS? Show Notes and Links: : All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
409: Live from CES 2019
It's another live, beer-infused, cavalcade of stars on this week's show! This time, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Alex Dobie, Michael Fisher, Russell Holly, and Lory Gil come to you from CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They talk about many of the gadgets from the show floor and explore the overall trends in products coming later this year. There aren't many new phones, but there's a continued push towards voice assistants, home automation, and Smart-Pretty-Much-Anything-You-Can-Think-Of devices. Join us as we separate the wheat from the chaff so we can have some more tasty beers. Cheers! Show Notes and Links: : All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
408: Lowered Expectations
Daniel Bader is joined this week by Carolina Milanesi, an Analyst for Creative Strategies. During their one-on-one conversation, they place a light on the broader smartphone market in relation to Apple — especially as it relates to Apple's poor performance in mainland China. Apple is no longer the benchmark against which all others are judged. Many players have emerged as smartphones have transitioned from to luxury to commodity items. Additionally, ecosystem lock-in diminishes in value due to features/services that are geographically restricted. They also talk about Samsung, AKA the "Apple of the Android World" and what's happening with them around the world. Finally, they look at what you should (and should not) expect for CES. Show Notes and Links: : All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
407: Being Well Digitally in 2019
Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly are joined by Lory Gil, Managing Editor of our sister site iMore! She and the crew have a ton of terrific insight about digital wellbeing and their tech predictions/hopes for 2019. They also discuss the adoption (or maybe lack thereof) when it comes to gesture based navigation on Android. Don't miss our year-end roundtable! Show Notes and Links: : All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
406: 48 Hour Outrage Cycle
Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly are here for the penultimate episode of the show for 2018! AT&T has officially launched their 5G network — albeit in portions of only 12 markets. T-Mobile's John Legere has chimed in with plenty of snark, but maybe he should keep his opinion to himself for once. Facebook continues to rationalize their insidious disregard for user data. They gave unfettered access to Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix. Meanwhile, Sundar Pichai schooled Congress on exactly what Google does (and does not do) with regard to user data and perceived bias in search results. Finally, the crew share their favorite gadgets of 2018. Happy Holidays! Show Notes and Links: : All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.