Daniel Bader is the go-to guy for news, analysis, reviews and commentary on the Canadian mobile and telecom industry, he is a writer, TV host, podcaster, managing editor at Mobile Nations and host of Android Central Podcast.
Daniel and Jerry go one-on-one for a conversation about Z Flip's 'Ultra Thin Glass' display that is actually covered by an integrated plastic screen protector. They also look at images from the Galaxy S20 Ultra's camera array. In the second half of the show, they go over new features found in the first developer release of Android 11. Links: The Galaxy Z Flip's 'Ultra Thin Glass' display may not be glass after all Samsung Galaxy Z Flip initial review: A foldable that instills confidence, despite fresh durability controversy The Galaxy Z Flip is 'slightly' easier to repair than the Motorola RAZR The Galaxy Z Flip controversy: Is it glass or isn't it? Here are our first Galaxy S20 Ultra camera samples: Samsung's best-ever photos Android 11: Everything you need to know! Top 10 features in Android 11 you need to know about right now
Galaxy Unpacked took place this week in New York City, marking the official unveiling of the Galaxy S20 series phones and the Galaxy Z Flip. Mobile World Conference 202 has been cancelled due to health and travel concerns related to Covid-19. It's a massive blow to exhibitors, attendees, and the host city, Barcelona. The battle between Huawei and the United States continues, and it's possible the government was aware of backdoors as long ago as 2009. Finally, an alleged Pixel 5 render has leaked and it's pretty ugly. Links: Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra hands-on preview: Samsung's biggest camera bump in 4 years Galaxy Z Flip hands-on preview: Samsung just killed the RAZR Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus hands-on review: Hearing the future MWC 2020 is dead, so what happens now? The U.S. government has reportedly had proof of Huawei backdoors since 2009 U.S. DOJ indicts Huawei for racketeering and stealing trade secrets Huawei to make up for the Play Store by pre-installing apps on its phones The U.S. could prop up Huawei's rivals Nokia and Ericsson to make 5G cheaper - Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are teaming up to challenge the Play Store Sponsors: Indeed: Indeed gives you the smart tools to make hiring decisions quickly, and to be confident that you’re making the right hire for your team. Post your job today at indeed.com/acp and get a free sponsored job upgrade on your first posting. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Offer valid through March 31, 2020.
Android Central writer Joe Maring swings by for a report on the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power after attending a recent event showcasing the phones in Chicago. He, Daniel Bader, and Jerry Hildenbrand also talk about the viability of Motorola RAZR. The flip phone reincarnate is not off to a good start. The team eulogize BlackBerry devices after TCL announced sales of smartphones bearing the licensed brand name will cease in August. The BlackBerry influence on mobile technology was immeasurable. Pour one out as they ride off into the Canadian Sunset. Links: Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power hands-on: The budget Galaxy Note is here Motorola RAZR initial review after 48 hours: A creaking disappointment Motorola RAZR camera review: Don't buy this phone for its photos Motorola RAZR battery life review: Fast to charge, faster to die Goodbye, BlackBerry, the zombie phone maker BlackBerry smartphones are dead, sales officially ending in August Ericsson pulls out of MWC 2020 as Coronavirus concerns intensify Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
Samsung's Galaxy S20 will be officially announced soon, but there are plenty of rumors and leaks to whet our appetite. A Huawei exec claimed the company will 'never' go back to using Google apps on its phones. The company has since walked back that statement, but it raises an excellent question: Does Google need phone manufacturers more than phone makers need them? Links: The Galaxy S20 might be my next phone if Samsung can fix its cameras The Galaxy S20 will be released on March 6 Samsung Galaxy S20: News, Leaks, Release Date, Specs, and Galaxy S11 Rumors! Samsung One UI 2 review: The best (and worst) Android 10 features Huawei says it will 'never' go back to using Google apps on its phones [Update: Actually, not true] Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.
It's a precarious balance between security, privacy, and convenience. A report from Reuters that Apple dropped plans for end-to-end encryption of iCloud backups after the FBI complained helps frame a conversation between Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader about the differences in approach between iOS and Android backup strategies. High value hacking targets such as Jeff Bezos also highlight security vulnerabilities. The crew also discuss backlash against Sonos regarding use of legacy products along side newer devices. Finally, they look at a leak of Android's competitor to AirDrop: Nearby Sharing. Links: Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources Did the FBI get Apple to kill iCloud backup encryption? iMore show 689: E2E encrypted iCloud, iPad Turns 10 Apple may have ditched encrypted backups, but Google hasn't Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's phone was allegedly hacked by Saudi crown prince in 2018 Sonos CEO responds to backlash, will continue to update legacy products Android AirDrop competitor Nearby Sharing gets shown off in hands-on video Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated.