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Android Faithful

Android 15 Beta Roundup

Ep. 40

The gang is back together as Ron returns to join Huyen, Jason and Mishaal and just in time too since the Android 15 beta dropped and Mishaal's got the breakdown. That plus...a phone made of wood?!?





  • Stephen from Ontario has solved the taking calls while driving with Maps problem
  • Mike from Ohio has discovered a huge drawback to the Google Pixel Watch 2
  • John from Cincinnati, also in Ohio, shares some tech observations while traveling abroad

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