This week on the Gadget Lab Podcast, the gang talks Android updates, competing music services and Amazon’s hot new tablet.
Products editor Michael Calore kicks off the show as Gadget Lab editor Jon Phillips shows off the Galaxy Nexus, the latest and greatest in Android phone hardware. Fancier than the handset itself, however, is the shiny new Android 4.0 software, aka Ice Cream Sandwich. With features like Face Unlock and Android Beam — a content-swapping mechanism that works between NFC-capable devices — it’s as sweet as it sounds.
Next up, staff writer Christina Bonnington drops by the studio to fill us in on major developments in the cloud music services world this week, with both Apple and Google debuting major updates to their respective services. Amazon isn’t to be forgotten, of course, as the third major combatant in the music space. It’s a clash of the titans, though Apple remains the clear favorite with its massive 10-year lead on the other companies.
Finally, Jon comes back to the studio with his thoughts on the Kindle Fire, Amazon’s new highly anticipated Android tablet. The Fire started shipping to millions of customers this week, though they may be disappointed by what arrives. Jon was underwhelmed, with performance sluggish and the seven-inch shape not lending itself well to magazine reading (one of the device’s major selling points).
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