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The Android Authority Podcast – discussing topics in Android every week. Tech nerds and Android enthusiasts unite each week on the Android Authority Podcast. If you are looking for an entertaining overview of recent technology news and culture, join Joshua Vergara, Jonathan Feist, Joe Hindy, Andrew Grush, Nirave Gondhia, John Dye and other guests from around the tech community and from within our family at Android Authority, TabTimes and SoundGuys. If you've never heard the terms #joerant or #niraveegg, you're totally missing out. You'll need to listen in for these and more shenanigans on the Android Authority Podcast. The Android Authority Podcast is recorded each Thursday. Brought to you by Android Authority, your source for all things Android. Check out androidauthority.com for all the best news and reviews for your favorite phones and tablets, then join our community forums to join in on the discussion. Don't forget to hit our YouTube channel for even more. We are also represented by TabTimes, a tablet enthusiast site, allowing our team to expand beyond Android a little, and SoundGuys, reviewing all the best mobile audio gear.
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Jul 27, 2016

Joshua Vergara is joined by Joe Hindy, Jonathan Feist and are happy to have Lanh Nguyen partake in the shenanigans as they round out a short discussion, possibly ending our long running topic of Pokemon. Once that was out of the way, Josh asked the team about their desires for Comic-Con, leading back to a quick chat about messaging applications. Snickers have nougat. Finally, our discussion on the new Motorola (Lenovo) Moto Z line turns into an existential conversation on the review process, USB Type-C audio and how great or terrible mods and customizations can be on the Moto phone.

Thank you for joining us. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe to the channel on your favorite podcast app, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Finally, a huge welcome to VR Source, the home of all our virtual reality coverage, from gear to games, check out VR Source for all kinds of reality. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

Also be sure to check out our Crowdfunding project of the week series, put out by Edgar Cervantes every Sunday.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Jul 19, 2016

Joshua Vergara leads the team through a lengthy introduction, where Joe Hindy talks Pokemon Go, Nirave Gondhia talks about returning home to the UK and Jonathan Feist is hanging out in downtown Portland for a while. Discussion turns to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, we have plenty to say, particularly expanding our conversation to talk about modern smartphone needs, features, competitive edge and more. We round out the show with a lively discussion about USB Type-C audio, as opposed to the old 3.5mm jack. Then Nirave fell asleep. In his absence, we discussed Amazon Prime Day for a moment, where Josh shopped for a 1GB hard drive.

Thank you for joining us. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe to the channel on your favorite podcast app, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Finally, a huge welcome to VR Source, the home of all our virtual reality coverage, from gear to games, check out VR Source for all kinds of reality. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Jul 12, 2016

That's what he said. In a super chill, but overly thoughtful episode, Joshua Vergara, Joe Hindy and Jonathan Feist muse over the release of Pokemon GO in North America and discuss another strong game title hitting Android, Final Fantasy VII is ready for download. Finally, the discussion turns to the ups and downs of beauty mode as a feature of front facing cameras, this after Mel Wells lost all her freckles to a Selfie.

Thank you for joining us. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe to the channel on your favorite podcast app, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Finally, a huge welcome to VR Source, the home of all our virtual reality coverage, from gear to games, check out VR Source for all kinds of reality. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Jul 6, 2016

Joshua Vergara is back, safe and sound, and is joined by Joe Hindy, Jonathan Feist and Nirave Gondhia. Tune in to listen to our ramblings on Brexit, just a little, but only after we dive into the fancy new name for Android N - Android Nougat - but how do you pronounce that now?!?! Final Fantasy Brave Exvius takes the stage for a bit, before we discuss the recent leaks of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and its expected, but maybe not appreciated, iris scanner. 

Thank you for joining us. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe to the channel on your favorite podcast app, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Finally, a huge welcome to VR Source, the home of all our virtual reality coverage, from gear to games, check out VR Source for all kinds of reality. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Jun 27, 2016

Our best wishes go out to Josh, his family and his neighbors as they deal with a forest fire dangerously close to their homes in California.

Jonathan Feist leads a wildly off topic episode while Joe Hindy, Andrew Grush and Nirave Gondhia help keep the laughs rolling. We eventually get down to the leathery hot mess that is the naming schemes of the X and Z for Sony and Motorola. The Sony Xperia X line, as well as the Lenovo Motorola Moto Z line, offer all the right specs, but you'll have to listen to find out if we are still underwhelmed with the devices or ready to drop cash on these new phones. In the final moments, Joe is allowed to address the somewhat ridiculous idea that the Android app market is in decline, come analyze some data with us.

Thank you for joining us. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe to the channel on your favorite podcast app, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Finally, a huge welcome to VR Source, the home of all our virtual reality coverage, from gear to games, check out VR Source for all kinds of reality. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Jun 18, 2016

Coming live from E3 2016 in Los Angeles, Josh is joined by Jonathan Feist and heads of VRSource Android Grush and John Velasco (for his first ever podcast!) to talk video games and VR from the trade show floor. Well, not really, because they couldn't record among the different game vendors and displays but instead had to sit in the South Hall Lobby as the final day of the show winded down.

With VR taking the spotlight at this year's E3, this episode of the podcast becomes basically a VRSource podcast, but the antics are about as #AAPodcast as it can get. John Velasco fits right into the talks as he recounts experiences with the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and Playstation VR! The rest of the guys also share the fun they had escaping from the real world and embracing all kinds of reality!

Head over to VRSource for all the best news on all kinds of reality - and keep it here for the Android Authority Podcast, discussing topics in Android every week.

Jun 15, 2016

With a large group of our team meeting up in Los Angeles for a few days, Josh Vergara, Andrew Grush and Jonathan Feist stole a few minutes away to record a few words for you. We have so much exciting news for you and a great week of videogame content headed your way, so a few minutes is all we stole away. Join us for a quick word on what we're up to (hint: VR Source,) looking forward to sharing all of our E3 experiences with you as well, so be sure to check in next time.

We also want to say a quick word of condolences to all that have been lost to violence in the last short amount of time. Josh, in particular, shares his feelings on the senseless act that ended the life of the young YouTube artist, Christina Grimmie. For her and all lost in Orlando this past week, our thoughts are with you.

Thank you for joining us. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe to the channel on your favorite podcast app, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Jun 7, 2016

Jonathan Feist and Joe Hindy get to ask Nirave Gondhia and Lanh Nguyen all about Computex on this episode of the Android Authority Podcast. Virtual reality was a major player at the technology event held in Taiwan, Captain America themed hardware also made an impact on the team, but laptops, tablets and other computer hardware aside, the guys have more to say about the weather and food than anything.

Thank you for joining us. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe to the channel on your favorite podcast app, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

May 31, 2016

Josh Vergara, Joe Hindy and Jonathan Feist are joined by Nirave Gondhia for another great episode of the Android Authority Podcast. As is usually the case, our goal to rehash our thoughts on Google I/O is totally sidetracked by talk about ES File Explorer, new Pebble devices and the worst phone names of all time. We wanted to remind you that current Nexus devices will get future updates, just in case there was confusion.

Thank you for joining us, and thank you to each and every one of our 2 million YouTube subscribers. We are proud of this landmark and look forward to growing our community, we love Android and we're excited to share that passion with you. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

May 23, 2016

Josh Vergara is joined by Lanh Nguyen and Kris Carlon for a special episode of the AA Podcast from Google I/O 2016. As the Google fanatic event of the year, Google I/O announced a slew of new apps and services that we are all excited for, join the team as they discuss their experiences at the event and opinions of the announcements. Particularly, the guys chat Google Home, Google Daydream and where Google is taking us next.

For a really special treat, you can head to the YouTube channel to watch this podcast LIVE in 360!

Thank you for joining us, be sure to check out our partner sites - SoundGuys covers the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

May 17, 2016

Josh Vergara, Joe Hindy and Jonathan Feist are joined by John Dye, at least until security pulls him out of his old school, for a pretty chill episode of the AA Podcast. We'd ask you to schedule us in, but all the good calendars are gone, we'd ask you to download our show to listen later, but our favorite file manager has gone rotten, at least VR is hitting homes and we're excited to see what the Vive and other contenders accomplishes next. Finally, we spend more than a few minutes debating if tech bloggers are out of touch with the average user, or if we think the average user is out of touch with technology as a whole.

Thank you for joining us, be sure to check out our Gary explains series, bringing you an in-depth look at hardware and Android development topics ranging from system cache to what limits the size of the microSD card on your phone. See it all here on the site or see all the Gary explains on our YouTube, tune in to check it out. Also check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

May 10, 2016

Keeping things chill, Josh Vergara, Joe Hindy and Jonathan Feist keep it real on this episode of the AA Podcast. A quick chat about navigation apps has us joking about T-Pain, Joe thinks the new Baywatch has smart casting, The Rock Clock rocks Josh's morning, Intel having some issues in mobile, then we argue for half hour about what is missing in stock Android?

Thank you for joining us, be sure to check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

May 4, 2016

Josh Vergara, joined by Joe Hindy, Nirave Gondhia and Jonathan Feist are excited to welcome John Dye to the latest episode of the AA Podcast. More than one laugh was shared as the extended check-in revealed more behinds the scenes info than it really should have, giving you insight into what makes us tick. Tangents aside, we talk cooking and trade shows, then we talked a little about tech: batteries don't just explode, at least not normally, Uber is making some financial changes, and in no real surprise, Google killed the Nexus 9, what does that mean for Google I/O?

Thank you for joining us, be sure to check out our partner sites - SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Apr 25, 2016

Andrew Grush returns to join Josh Vergara, Joe Hindy and Jonathan Feist for the latest episode of the AA Podcast. Joe's spirited discussion on what makes a flagship smartphone stand out continues this week, moving the topic more to the software side of things. We didn't talk about Google bringing app awards to the Google I/O conference this year, but we did talk about what we do and do not like about some phones, we think the Motorola Citrus with a Nexus Live Case or DBrand skin wouldn't make the phone any better, but that certainly made us talk about physical buttons.

Thank you to AJ for his continued awesomeness in our forums, we hope we answered your questions with grace. Thank you for joining us, be sure to check out our partner sites, with SoundGuys covering the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talking all things tablet. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Apr 20, 2016

Josh Vergara leads the way for Joe Hindy, Nirave Gondhia and Jonathan Feist to chat about Android stuff. With the goal of chatting about the HTC 10 and TV commercials, Joe gets the panel debating flagship devices and what makes them great, or not great, either way, outrage over all phones being made for the average user prevails. Storage space is the name of the game, as it turns out.

What does make for a flagship? Has the Chromebook ruined manufacturer's expectations of user needs? We try to answer these things, but it may be that 16GB or 32GB of internal storage is here to stay for a while. Be sure to visit AndroidAuthority.com for links to the stories and more Android coverage.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Apr 12, 2016

Josh Vergara returns from his trip to San Francisco for the Microsoft Build conference and has a few things to say about it. Joining him are Joe Hindy and Jonathan Feist to also talk about Kingdom Hearts Unchained X, the finally released official Reddit app and our opinions on reviews in the Google Play Store, plus we chat the LG G5, again, and a bit about cameras and the future value in modular phone design. 

We'll be back in less than a fortnight with more; for now, we hope you enjoy episode 058 of our show, and remember, painted metal is still, technically, metal, will that change your opinion of LG's new phone? Be sure to check out our post on Android Authority for links and details.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Apr 5, 2016

With Josh away, Jonathan Feist, Joe Hindy and Nirave Gondhia get up to all sorts of April Fool's Day inspired trouble. This episode is not available in SnoopaVision, there is no Nokia A1 in the works, at least not that we know of, and the best smartphone ever, well, we still think we're on to something.

Joins us as we chat about Nintendo's first attempts at an Android game, Mittomo, we talk about our favorite April Fool's Day pranks as well, but one of our own gets us really thinking, what do we really want out of our ideal Android phone? You had the chance to answer that on the site, and our discussion continually turns to the LG G5, does that mean we think the LG G5 is the ideal phone? Listen on to find out, but one thing is for sure, we know where we stand on the plastic vs metal conversation.

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The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Mar 29, 2016

Getting back to our normal routine, for one week, Joshua Vergara hosts as Joe Hindy and Jonathan Feist record on a Saturday. We concede that some of the biggest news from the week is the announcement of the new iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7, both of which we don't think will disrupt the market at all, but we're looking forward to the iPad coverage over on TabTimes. 

Talking about Pokemon Go leads to a quick discussion on AR vs VR technology - some of us think AR is the way of the future, others think VR will win out, but we all agree, there is room to grow. Finally, Joe has to go clean his back yard... No, that's not it, we talked about display technology, we think we like the fact that AMOLED panels can now be produced at a lower cost than LCD, but that is dependent on the resolution.

Sponsor: We are happy to announce that we have a sponsor for our show, a huge thank you to ExpressVPN, the official VPN of Android Authority. Not only do we recommend it, we also use it. If you travel like we do, you'll appreciate the security provided by ExpressVPN with 256 bit SSL servers, as well as the ability to connect to the same services that you would from home. ExpressVPN has apps across all your devices, and 24/7 customer support. Save 35% on a yearly plan and try out ExpressVPN risk free for 30 days from androidauthority.com/vpn.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Mar 22, 2016

The Android Authority team goes outside of their general zone and visits SXSW, the film/music/tech festival held in the wonderful city of Austin, Texas! After a few days of getting to know the show itself, Joshua Vergara was joined by co-founder Darcy Lacouvee and Managing Editor Nirave Gondhia to attend a number of panels teaching the in and outs of virtual reality and 360 video. The gist of the panels focused on storytelling, the application of VR for more than just the entertainment business, and the future of the next big thing in content creation.

In this podcast, however, the three were joined by a native Texan now hailing from Louisiana, writer John Dye. Many of you fans of Android Authority have probably read John's writing on the website and enjoyed his way with words.

So, without any further ado, listen (and watch on YouTube) the guys gush about VR cameras and videos!

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Mar 15, 2016

What was supposed to be a thorough discussion on Android N, turns into Joshua Vergara, Joe Hindy and Jonathan Feist catching up, talking about apps, Amazon and sharing some strange theories before getting on point. Android N is packed with plenty of cool new features, we explore a few of them, including our strong opinions on the App Drawer. Josh was happy to be home from MWC and an extended trip to the UK, only to find himself on the road to Austin for SXSW before this podcast could be produced for your listening pleasure.   

Be sure to check out the written companion for more details and links to the topics we discuss at androidauthority.com.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every single week.

Mar 7, 2016

Joined by fellow London correspondent and returning podcast guest Robert Triggs, Josh and Nirave manage to get a live podcast recorded and filmed in a random hotel lobby in Central London. As Josh tries to handle having two Brits flank him on the podcast, Nirave has a slew of newly appointed royal names for the regular hosts of the podcast and Triggs brings a calm and collected opinion to an otherwise topic-filled episode of the AA Podcast. Join them as they talk about the ongoing S7 vs G5 debate, the potential impact of RemixOS, and the possible implications following the loss of the app drawer in future versions of Android. All coming to you live from London!

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

Feb 28, 2016

It took way too long to get this episode out, but the spotty WiFi connections across Barcelona and the 5+ GB size of the original YouTube edition kept Josh from getting this special podcast out to you earlier. So sorry, but not too much because this episode is still EPIC.

Coming to you live from 'the other side of the pond,' Joshua Vergara is joined by a great group of special guests to bring you this MWC 2016 special episode. Nicole Scott (@nicole_scooter), Jaime Rivera (@jaime_rivera), Michael Fischer (@Captain2Phones) and Myriom Joire (@tnkgrl) all recount their first days of the show in Barcelona, Spain. Talk about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 lead to a spirited discussion on the Launcher situation on Android. Check in to see how these five feel about the idea of removing the app drawer and so much more on this 90 minute special episode. 

Our regular hosts will have plenty to say about MWC next week, but for now, enjoy the party atmosphere from the show, and be sure to watch the YouTube version for even more fun. Don't forget to check out the written companion at androidauthority.com.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every single week.

Feb 16, 2016

Officially celebrating our One Year Anniversary of the FDP... sorry, I mean the Android Authority Podcast, join our full panel as we answer your questions and again reminisce our favorite moments of the last year worth of shows. Joshua Vergara leads the crew as Andrew Grush, Joe Hindy, Jonathan Feist and Nirave Gondhia take to your airwaves to talk tech, even when you asked us not to, and share more than a few laughs in our longest episode to date.

We can't thank you enough, our faithful listeners, your questions and comments made this episode possible, and your continued support keeps us on the air. It is a pleasure serving you, we look forward to sharing with you the next 56 weeks. Don't forget to check out the written companion at androidauthority.com.

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every single week.

 

Feb 9, 2016

Host Joshua Vergara returns as host this week and is joined by Jonathan Feist, Joe Hindy, and Nirave Gondhia to focus upon a few of the best topics from the week's news. On the docket this week, we have Microsoft buying (and potentially dooming) Swiftkey), the USB Type-C debacle, and a wistful discussion about users' needs versus actual smartphone progress. It's another fun-filled podcast episode, so hit that play button!

ALSO, next week marks our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY episode! 52 whole weeks of the AA Podcast have been done for your listening pleasure and in celebration of this milestone, the guys are going to field YOUR QUESTIONS in a Mailbag episode! Make sure you visit AndroidAuthority.com and our social media pages to find where you can put your own questions in, potentially to be answered on the podcast!

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every single week.

Jan 31, 2016

In Josh's absence this week, it was only fair that we poke fun at him for his pink iPhone. Jonathan Feist, Joe Hindy and Nirave Gondhia take the stage for discussion on the upcoming Final Fantasy IX release on Android, Marshmallow on the Samsung Galaxy S6, a new approach for the Galaxy S7 and then ramble on about Launchers, skins, phone distribution philosophy and more.

In one of our more on-topic podcasts in a while, and certainly one of our longest shows, join us for some fun then check out the links to these stories and more over in the show notes at AndroidAuthority.com!

The Android Authority Podcast - discussing topics in Android every week.

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