Android Central 272: Rumors and allegations

This week we round up the latest leaks and rumors regarding the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and HTC One M10 as we edge closer to Mobile World Congress in Spain. Plus we help Phil's tablet dilemma (or not) and answer more of your questions live on air.

  • While Andrew, Russell, and, of course, Phil are great, please figure out a way to Jerry back on your weekly podcasts even if that requires returning to a Friday recording schedule or alternatively Wednesday. Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!
  • Already handled! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Fantastic
  • Jerry doesn't deal with rumors. He's only interested in FACT.
  • At least it's a FACT that there are rumors.
  • Or so you've heard. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good one!! ;)
  • Great show. 1st time listening to the podcast. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Welcome! Posted via the Android Central App
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  • Huzzah! Posted via the Android Central App
  • +2 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, just go ahead and pencil it in as one of your weekly must. Great show guys! Posted via the Android Central App via the LG G4
  • My weekend doesn't even start until I listen to the Friday Android Central podcast. You're going to love it. Android Central is the place to be for sure!!!!! Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • Awesome show guys!!
  • Time to get into the weekend routine. Kick up in bed and listen to the podcast. Posted via the Android Central App
  • While all the comments about internal storage vs micro SD are true and valid points. Nobody mentioned that a 128gb phone will likely cost me £100 more than the base model, where as I already have a micro SD card from my last phone. And when I am finished with the Galaxy S7, I can take that micro SD card to my next phone too. That to me is an important factor of removable storage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not to mention how easy it is to automatically back up a Micro SD Nightly to Google Drive or Dropbox so you don't lose anything. I was off the MicroSD and removal battery train until I could shoot RAW with a decent camera. Now I find both a welcome addition to my phone.
  • You can do this without a micro SD card too though. Not sure that's a selling point necessarily. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It was in response to the apparent rampant MicroSD failure discussed in the podcast. A problem I've never faced in all of my cell phone use, but I'm sure some have. Either way, I don't have to worry about it because the important folders are backed up nightly....
  • I mean seriously how many people actually have a problem with using sd cards on their phones? I have been using them on a number of devices and I have never had any issues except once way back in like 2009-2010. I love that my V10 has the option and especially that LG gave me a 128gb card just for choosing them. The price hike from 32 to 64 to 128 gb configurations that the OEMs (hello Apple) charge is more than the cost of an sd card at the same capacity in almost every case. One picture at a time--LG V10
  • What the guys were saying in their podcast, listen again, is the failure rate of SD cards over time which are mass production stamp outs will essentially kill the phone when used as 'adoptable storage'. Safer and what they recommend is to pay the premium, if available and needed, for additional fixed internal storage which is manufactured to higher quality lower failure rate standards. I appreciate their learned and professional advice over uninformed or confused comments. As for SD cards used as 'removable storage', failure is not consequential especially if backed up.
  • What I actually said, read it again, is that their points were true and valid. I didn't say anything they said was wrong. What I said was, there was absolutely no mention of cost, which is a factor that a lot of people care about. And for what it's worth, I've never had a failure on an SD card. And I plan on using it for removable, not adoptable storage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm sorry I wasn't referring to your post. I'm pointing out the distinction between removable and non removable adoptable that other posters have seemed to not be clear about. You were spot on. I realize you may not have experienced SD card failure. Neither have I. Some get kludgy. Many reduce the speed of rapidly capturing photos. Nevertheless one can save money for swappable storage but if you want best performance and reliability, paying a premium —only £50 more, according to the Android Central editors, is the way to go.
  • Purple Zebra is correct, no mention of cost. I would throw in there that you have more options with expandable storage. Just want to throw two gigs of music on a card and roll with it? No problem. Want to store your library of movies and pictures and blueprints? 200Gb is an option and still costs less than most 32Gb internal upgrades. I'm not sure what the deal is about security when you have card encryption turned on independently of phone encryption. You wanna steal my card and read it? Good luck with that. Regarding reliability, I've been using SD cards since the early days, and I remember when 32 MEGA BYTES was a big deal, lol. I've had some failures, but that was after the equivalent of 5 years of use when the technology was still new. I just pulled out my card collection, and I have 14 memory cards including a 128MB RS-MMC that was in my Siemens S-66. A 12 year old card, still working fine.
  • Reminds me of a friend who has an enormous VCR, CD, and DVD collection that for the most part gathers dust. I've moved on. This is 2016. 'Cloud storage'. Google Play Music all access including YouTube and music videos, unlimited, categorized, and sharable Google Photos, and Google Drive for everything else. Saved and easily retrievable, shareable, or if necessary, downloadable for my eternity. Of course I have fantastic download speeds unlimited / not throttled from my carrier for $70/month. In fact I no longer need cable.
  • Yeah, I have 140 Gigs of cloud storage. I use it for stuff I don't care about, because security. But, regardless of download speeds, having content stored locally is always faster and more reliable.
    PS: What do you do during flights?
  • Sleep—lucky me!
    It's like time travel.
    Wake up and I've arrived—rested.
  • why my contact slow appearing in my s3 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because of reasons.
  • Because you still have an S3 Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Yea i used to have S3 and contacts is so slow. It's time to change your phone to a better one! Its been almost 4 years already. Posted with ❤Love❤
  • Hey Phil, I downloaded Marshmallow for my HTC ONE M8 last night. Its runs and looks Great. just wanted to let you know. Sense 7 and Android 6.0
  • Looking forward to the update on mine. M10 is gonna have to be stellar, or it will be another year for me. Can't complain about the M8 though, as the battery life and audio has me spoiled. I loaded Amazon Music on my iPhone last week and tried to use it instead, and the headphone audio quality just left me underwhelmed. Even in the car.
  • Sound quality much improved, kudos to your 'audio guy'.
  • We're definitely working on it!
  • Andrew, while I value your opinion (normally), why does LG need to prove a need to have buttons on the back of their devices. Did anyone need to prove they belong on the side? I went to LG from Samsung to try the back buttons and love the form factor. I have had G3 and G4 and might get G5 even though it appears to be going away from the rear button. Anyway, great show!
  • I like my USB C cable but it sucks so much that it is basically like a proprietary cable at this point and will takes years before all of my devices can use it. Even then my old devices like my PS3, harmony remotes PS4 and handheld gaming systems will always use the older cables so it will never ever be 100%. It would be nice to have all the tablets, PCs and phones in the house on USB C though since they are the most used devices that need charging the most often. Still that is years away and by then I am sure USB D will come out with an even different plug. I expect this to be an issue forever basically. As far as back buttons I don't like them simply because I use my phone while it is on a table a lot and want access to the power and volume buttons.