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Google Feature Hokey Pokey

Ep. 25

It's the first episode of the new year and if you thought Android news was light due to the holiday break, think again!

Featured in this episode:


  • Google and Samsung might merge Quick Share and Nearby Share
  • Beeper says it’s done dealing with Apple over iMessage for Android app issues
  • Global premium smartphone market sees record sales in 2023
  • Android may soon estimate phone battery life expectancy
  • Patron News Story Pick: Google Maps Driving Mode on Android might disappear in 2024


  • Samsung hosting Galaxy S24 Unpacked event in San Jose
  • More Galaxy S24 series renders leaked
  • Galaxy S24 series AI and camera features leaked
  • Nothing Phone (2a) specs and pricing leaks
  • Carl Pei tweets teasing a “New Year, New Phone"
  • OnePlus 12R specs aplenty


  • Android Auto now syncs phone wallpaper to display
  • Google Clock gets Pixel-inspired weather forecast redesign
  • Microsoft brings Copilot AI assistant to Android


  • contacts sync issues from Google Contacts to Mac
  • Google's Find My Device tracker launch is still in progress
  • Green bubble complaints signify the need for new friends

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  • 41. The Great Google Un-Silo-ing

    We're into the quiet period before Google I/O, but that doesn't stop Google from doing a massive re-org that affects Android dramatically. Huyen, Jason, Mishaal and Ron break it all down and get a little emotional about saying goodbye to Hiroshi Lockheimer.NEWSGoogle shares the future as they build it with AI and reorganize their divisonsMishaal shares even more Android 15 previewsMeta rolls out the Horizon OS, based on Android, for more third party partnersThe Patron Pick highlights the new AI tool in YouTube is pretty helpful!HARDWAREHands on with the Nothing Ear (a) in bright yellowImproved performance looms for the OnePlus Pad 2Introducing the Pura 70 line from HuaweiGlobal manufacturer Tecno goes in on camera functionality with the Camon 30 PremiereAPPSTikTok Notes is the upstart rival to InstagramGoogle Messages is rolling out Selfie GIF functionality and even more features coming for Google PhotosEV drivers get some cool functionality in Google MapsCOMMUNITYTimothy writes in to defend the Google One VPNMike from Ohio was able to change the ringtone on his Pixel Watch 2!Andrew from Ontario celebrates the new Google Home Controls screensaver
  • 40. Android 15 Beta Roundup

    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?!?NEWSAndroid 15 Beta has arrived!Samsung overcomes Apple in market share according to IDCGoogle Gemini and OnePlus are working together in a confusing fashionSamsung brings Galaxy AI to more Galaxy devicesThe Patron Pick shows that Google listens as Google Messages brings back the single-line text field after getting complaintsHARDWAREPixel 9 line developments as a new modem brings emergency satellite connections and perhaps the Pixel Fold gets renamed?Leaked looks at the Sony Xperia 1 VIMotorola rolls out the Edge 50 series, featuring a wood backing plate (again!)APPSAll Google Photos users are getting AI editing tools Sadly, Google One VPN is dyingCOMMUNITYStephen from Ontario has solved the taking calls while driving with Maps problemMike from Ohio has discovered a huge drawback to the Google Pixel Watch 2John from Cincinnati, also in Ohio, shares some tech observations while traveling abroad
  • 39. Premium Upper Mid-Range

    Welcome Ben Schoon of 9to5Google to the show as we've got a lot going on with Android 15 developments and Google's rollout of the Find My Device network, finally!NEWSWe got some amazing photos of the solar eclipse yesterday!Mishaal's got the latest rundown of what's coming to Android 15Google is finally rolling out the Find My Device Network - whoo hoo!The Patron Pick is a hoot with a new device that lets you run Samsung Dex on your car screen!!HARDWAREThe rumored Motorola Edge 50 has been announced!The Samsung Galaxy S25 will stick Exynos and Snapdragon APPSBeeper was acquired by Automattic!! In more messaging news, Sunbird is coming back, rising like a phoenixOnePlus is rolling out AI Eraser and some rumors about Google's Magic EraserCOMMUNITYOwen from Ottawa, Canada checks in on Chrome tabsChaim from Crown Heights in Brooklyn) wants to know if Android's Earthquake Detection actually works?Jakob shows off how he watches Android FaithfulThanks to Ben Schoon for joining us - check out all his great work at 9to5Google!
  • 38. RIP Google Podcasts

    JR Raphael of The Intelligence returns to the show to join Jason, MIshaal and Ron to discuss the latest in Google and Android updates plus some hands-on Gamer gear and some rumors of the Pixel 9 line.Sign up for The Intelligence today and get $25 off your membership with the code: iloveronrichards - has a bunch of updates to Shopping, Maps and Circle to SearchLatest in the upcoming Android 15 is protection from stingray devicesGoogle may be bringing Gemini to phones but it's going to be a RAM hogRCS is coming to iPhones this Fall, according to GooglePatron Pick: Android 15 could revamp the volume panel and make it collapsible and plus, Android 15 prepares revamped status bar and Mishaal isn't having it!HARDWAREPixel 9 rumors and leaks are heating up and it looks like there might be three phones in the lineThe Vivo X Fold3 is the lightest book-style foldable yet - it's so thin!Mishaal is hands on with the GameSir X2s Type C mobile gaming controllerIf you like photography then you'll want to check out the Xiaomi 14 Ultra photography kitAPPSGoogle Podcasts is going away, make sure you find a new podcast app!Gemini now automatically starts Google Maps navigationGot too many Chrome tabs? They've got a fix for thatCOMMUNITYDan M. is having a hard time with audio on the OnePlus Watch 2Jon and Eric write in with Maps while on the phone solutionsMike S. has a tip for battery drain on the Pixel 7AThanks to JR Raphael of The Intelligence for joining us, check out all his great work over at The Intelligence -
  • 37. Apple Gets Beepered By the DOJ

    Juan Bagnell of SomeGadgetGuy returns to the show for a spicy week of Android discussions as Jason, MIshaal and Ron preview Android 15 and get hands-on with some new hardware!Want your own Android Faithful T-Shirt? You can get yours at Threadless - https://androidfaithful.threadless.comWould you want to come to a LIVE recording of Android Faithful during Google I/O? Let us know at 15 Developer Preview 2 is out and Mishaal breaks down what's new in this latest releaseThe Department of Justice is suing Apple for monopolistic behavior. What does it mean for Android?Samsung Galaxy A55 5G gets Seamless UpdatesThe Samsung OneUI 6.1 Update starts rolling out this week!Patron Pick: Google Contacts is making it easier to set custom ringtones for individual contactsHARDWARERon is hands on with the Nokia T21 Table from HMDJason reviews the OnePlus Watch 2 - Go watch his full review on YouTube!Details on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3, featuring (surprise, surprise), AI!APPSThe Epic Games Store is coming to Android!Google Wallet requiring device unlock for paymentsGoogle Photos library can now appear in OnePlus and Xiaomi's gallery appsCOMMUNITYAlpan23 on Patreon wonders if Android/Google Play is really as insecure as Apple makes it out to be?Daniel C. shares why he's Team Pixel all the wayDavid, akak Panzer_Z has another tip for locking your screen on Google Maps Thanks to Juan Bagnell for joining us, check out all his great work over at
  • 36. Searching for Circle to Search

    Ron, Mishaal, Huyen, and Jason are so excited to share some big news for the show (a long time coming!) Plus, its that time of the year when Google blesses us all with the date for an event that always gets us giddy!Get your Android Faithful Merch!Would attend an Android Faithful meetup during Google IO!Featured in this episode:NEWSGoogle I/O 2024 takes place on May 14Android 15 will let you find your Pixel 8 even when it's offHere's a first look at Android 15's built-in app archiving featureThe golden age of Nintendo emulators on Android is overPatron News Story Pick: Android phones with Gemini Nano could gain another handy on-device featureHARDWAREMishaal's Zenfone 11 Ultra reviewASUS Zenfone 11 Ultra Photo SamplesASUS Zenfone 11 Ultra Video SamplesMotorola’s new Moto G'sSnapdragon 8s Gen 3 arrivesSamsung going back to square wearables?Google Pixel 8a boasts 120Hz displayAPPSYouTube Music rolling out song searchYouTube Music trims the silenceSpotify comes for YouTube Music with music videos in select countriesGoogle Wallet may get .pkpass support!COMMUNITYLinda loves pinch to zoom in Android MessagesRichard has a problem with Google Maps for Android.Chris wonders what he'd miss if he switched away from Pixel
  • 35. Consistently Inconsistent Assistant

    Ron, Huyen, Jason, and Mishaal have a hard time sifting through the sheer volume of big Android news this week, but have no fear: There's an exclusive piece of news that Mishaal breaks on the show complete with a shiny new breaking news bumper and the gang celebrates a little too hard.NEWS@MishaalRahman: Here is what's new in Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2Android 15 might let you send text messages via satelliteGoogle finally enables display output on the Pixel 8, here's what it could mean for a DeX-like modePatron News Story Pick: SpaceX says its satellite service aced tests on Android and iPhoneApple is working to make it easier to switch from iPhone to Android because of the EU@MishaalRahman: Google also announced yesterday that they will begin showing "additional choice screens" for users setting up an Android device in the EEA.@MishaalRahman: Google has shared details on its new external offers program, the program they created to comply with the EU's Digital Markets Act.To comply with DMA, WhatsApp and Messenger will become interoperable via Signal protocolHARDWAREPixel 8a will be more expensive: colors, prices, memory of the new Google phoneGoogle confirms Pixel 8a is coming with Android’s new battery stats@mishaal_rahman: Gemini Nano won't be coming to the Pixel 8 because of ""some hardware limitations"" but will be coming to more high-end devices in the near future according to Terence Zhang, a Developer Relations engineer at Google, during #TheAndroidShow.Samsung's Galaxy A55 and A35 are official with 6.6" OLED screens, focus on securityNo April Fools' joke: OnePlus will launch a new Nord on April 1Exclusive Leak: Motorola Edge 50 ProJason's Boox Palma hands onAPPS[Exclusive] Google says the IETF's ongoing work on the unwanted tracker detection spec doesn't impact its launch timeline for the Find My Device network@MishaalRahman: Google has announced that movie tickets and boarding passes will automatically be added to Google Wallet when you get a confirmation email in Gmail!"COMMUNITYTimothy, Hilton, and Robert have PLENTY to say about Assistant routinesMichael says we've seen Circle to Search beforeChuck is having Samsung RCS issues
  • 34. Pixel Drop Or Pixel Dribble?

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  • 33. Chonky Watches: Inside Wear OS 4 on the OnePlus Watch 2

    Bjorn Kilburn, VP of Wear OS at Google joins Jason Howell, Mishaal Rahman, Ron Richards, and Huyen Tue Dao to talk about the new Hybrid Architecture features of Wear OS 4 and the new OnePlus Watch 2. Plus, it's a super-sized episode with all the biggest gadget news from Mobile World Congress 2024!Featured in this episode:NEWS9 new Android features to help you stay productiveWear OS 4 interview with Bjorn KilburnHARDWAREIntroducing OnePlus Watch 2: A Dual-Engine Flagship Smartwatch Powered with Wear OS by GoogleGoogle Pixel Fold 2 360-Degree Video And 5K Renders Reveal; No More Horizontal Camera VisorXiaomi Debuts Xiaomi 14 Series Internationally with Next-Generation Leica Optics, Powered by Xiaomi HyperOSXiaomi Adds an Exciting Array of Smart Living Products to its International AIoT LineupQualcomm Redefines Connected Experiences with FastConnect 7900, the First AI-optimized Wi-Fi 7 SystemQualcomm Unveils the World’s Most Advanced 5G Modem-RF System, Harnessing Integrated AI to Enable the Next Generation of 5GZTE Devices at MWCHonor Magic 6 ProHMD - Barbie Flip phone and Modular PhonesMotorola’s Rollable Concept phone laughs at your silly foldableMORE NEWSPatron News Story Pick: Androidify strikes back: Google now lets you create a custom Android ‘Bot’New One UI 6.1 Update Brings Galaxy AI to More Galaxy DevicesSimplifying our payment apps in the U.S.