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Google Gemini Rollout Rollercoaster - Android Faithful Episode #31

We're unimpressed by the rollout of Gemini as an Assistant replacement and look at a leak of the Pixel Fold 2, and Android 15 is likely days away from release!

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Google Gemini Rollout Rollercoaster - Android Faithful Episode #31

Ron, Jason, Huyen, and Mishaal are unimpressed by the rollout of Gemini as an Assistant replacement, MIshaal shows a reputable leak of the Pixel Fold 2, and Android 15 is likely days away from release!

Featured in this episode:

NEWS

  • Bard AI chatbot replaces Google Assistant, available in new Gemini app and Google Assistant headphones
  • Gemini can save conversations for up to 3 years
  • Android 15 to make phones easier for baseline users to use
  • Pixel Fold might get a fancy trick from the OnePlus Open
  • Pixel phones may get auto touch sensitivity based on the environment
  • First look at Android 15's chat bubbles on Pixel Tablet
  • Google tackling Android phishing problems
  • Android 15 preview coming this week
  • FCC may investigate Apple over Beeper Mini shutdown
  • WhatsApp planning interoperability with other messaging apps
  • Patron News Story Pick: YouTube Music testing Cast redesign on Android

HARDWARE

  • OnePlus 12 and 12R unboxing, 12R available now
  • Exclusive first look at rumored Google Pixel Fold 2
  • Nothing Phone 2A launches March 5th in US with limited release
  • Nothing announced Glyph developer kit
  • Xiaomi Watch 2 with Wear OS for half the Pixel Watch 2 price

APPS

  • Google Maps redesigning directions search, dropping fullscreen
  • Google Maps Android now shows weather
  • Cloud photos available in Android photo picker

COMMUNITY

  • Email 1: Blake switched from Galaxy to Pixel 8 Pro, misses Samsung Routines to change settings like Bluetooth volume.
  • Email 2: Dave was impressed with Pixel 7's Photosphere features, providing an example of a seamless Photosphere they took.
  • Email 3: Another Dave asking what the word is before "Android" in the AF theme song.

 

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