Monthly Archives: February 2019


413: Death by 5G

Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik are joined this week by Android Police managing editor David Ruddock! They discuss Amazon’s acquisition of mesh Wi-Fi company, Eero, and why David thinks 5G might be the death of some smartphone companies.

They also look at Samsung’s 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S5e and rumors about several new Galaxy wearables. There are also rumors about Pixel Watch from Google and some not-so-great realities when it comes to the current state of Wear OS.

Rounding things out, the crew discuss the harm caused by clickbait tech sites that publish bad/fake rumors alongside “aggregated” articles from legitimate sources.

Show Notes and Links:


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  • eero: Life’s too short for bad WiFi. Never think about WiFi again – To get $100 off the eero base unit with 2 beacons package, and 1 year of eero Plus, visit and at checkout enter ACP.



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Latest SwiftKey Beta adjusts navigation bar color to match your keyboard

The latest SwiftKey Beta is now rolling out to the Google Play Store, and it’s bringing a feature that’s going to please a ton of customization enthusiasts. Microsoft has been working to keep SwiftKey as a good alternative keyboard to someone that maybe just isn’t happy with their default keyboard or Gboard, and they’ve done […]

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Samsung accidentally reveals all of their 2019 wearables in their own app

We already know everything there is to know about the Galaxy S10, but Samsung apparently has some wearables behind the curtain to show us at Unpacked 2019. At least, they did have some surprises left, but Samsung’s own Gear Wearable app has accidentally revealed all of that stuff early. Samsung has to be doing this […]

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What is an MNVO anyway?

If you’ve followed us closely as of late, you know we’ve been profiling different wireless service providers. These carriers, such as Mint Mobile, Republic Wireless, and Freedompop, are known as mobile virtual network operators — or MVNOs. What is an MVNO and what does that really mean?

While most American consumers are familiar with the names like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, there are dozens more available. Who are they? What are the benefits or drawbacks?

Our latest podcast is up in which we discuss the very topic of MVNO. Learn more about who the various names are in the MVNO space and why you should consider one — or stay away.



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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S5e tablet is official with a 10.5-inch AMOLED display and $399 price tag

It’s just over six months since Samsung launched its flagship Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S4, complete with S Pen and a premium price tag. Earlier today the Korean company officially took the wraps off of its newest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S5e, complete with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 670 processor, and […]

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Xiaomi Mi 9 will launch next week with a holographic design and triple cameras

Xiaomi is set to release a new phone later this month, and it looks like it will appeal to the crowd that likes sleek paint jobs and tons of cameras. The Xiaomi Mi 9, as seen above, is showing up in some more-or-less official press renders that look like they’re designed to heavily showcase the […]

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Samsung announces new midrange Galaxy Tab S5e tablet for $399

Samsung continues to show they haven’t given up on the tablet market with the announcement of their new midrange Galaxy Tab S5e tablet. The new 10.5-inch tablet shares a striking resemblance to the 2018 iPad Pro but without the high price tag coming in at only $399.

With a starting price of only $399 the Galaxy Tab S5e is clearly aimed at the midrange tablet market. It even shares a similar naming scheme with the Samsung Galaxy S10e which will be the midrange model of the highly anticipated new Galaxy S10 series.

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The Galaxy Tab S5e will be powered by a Snapdragon 670 SoC with a choice of either 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage or 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. If you find yourself needing more space then no worries as both will support a microSD card up to 512GB.

The display is a gorgeous Super AMOLED 10.5-inch screen in the 16:10 format with slim bezels offering 81.8% screen to body ratio. While the four AKG made speakers will feature Dolby Atmos sound making it perfect for consuming media. There is even a four month trial to YouTube Premium and three month trial to Spotify Premium included for new users.

With all that media you’ll be happy to hear Samsung squeezed a 7040mAh battery inside of the Tab S5e. Between the large battery, Snapdragon 670, and the 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen Samsung promises up to a whopping 14.5 hours of battery life.

Just like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 the new Tab S5e offers facial recognition to unlock the tablet. However, the Galaxy Tab S5e also offers a fingerprint scanner housed in the power button on the side. A big upgrade in my opinion, as I found myself wishing for a fingerprint scanner after reviewing the Galaxy Tab S4 and struggling with the facial scan unlock.

The Galaxy Tab S5e will come out of the box running Android 9 Pie with One UI. Samsung’s recent UI overhaul in Android Pie has garnered mostly positive attention and the Galaxy Tab S5e will give us a first look at how One UI handles a larger screen.

The Tab S5e is also the first tablet to come with Bixby 2.0 and it has Dex support when used with the keyboard dock that is sold separately. However, there will be an included USB-C headphone dongle as the Galaxy Tab S5e does not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.

As of now, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is expected in the second quarter of 2019 at a starting price of $399. It will launch in the US, Germany, and other countries in three different colors including Black, Gold, and Silver.


Samsung Leaks Entire New Wearable Line

Nothing seems safe anymore from the monster that is the open web. Samsung has mistakenly unveiled full renders of its new Gear wearables for all to see via the Gear mobile application. Leak season is officially upon us again here in 2019! It gives us our first “official” look at the new Gear Watch Active, Gear Fit E, and the Galaxy Buds.

While the Unpacked for this year’s Galaxy, and presumably Gear, models is set for next week on February 20, I’m sure Sammy would have loved to have kept this information to themselves until the actual event. The leaks were spotted by longtime XDA user Mishal Rahman via Twitter.

The Gear Watch Active looks like a pretty straight forward refresh of the Gears of old, but it is worth noting that the bezel looks much slimmer and may have eliminated the rotating crown. We are all for a better-looking screen with slimmer trim, but I think this may be a step back for a functional option to navigate the UI without smudging a small footprint touchscreen.

The new Gear Fit and Fit E leave some question on what the E stands for, but the rest seems to also be a general refresh of the Fit lineup that Samsung already has. The slender curved device is for the fitness-minded who don’t need a fully-functional smartwatch. Samsung needs a Fitbit competitor and the aptly-named Gear Fit will cover that space.

Lastly, we get our first glimpse of the new completely wireless audio device from Samsung. Design-wise they look much like the Gear IconX before them, but rumors point to some updated internals and features. The assumption is that these will bring with them Bluetooth 5.0, 8GB of storage, and a new Powershare option to charge the buds wireless using the new S10 phones.

Of course, these leaks are all conjecture and assumptions, but I’d say we are far off from what these devices will really be. Either way, stay tuned here on the site for our coverage of the Samsung Unpacked 2019 event next week.