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Vergecast: Galaxy Z Flip review, Android 11 preview, and a ‘house of brands’

Vergecast: Galaxy Z Flip review, Android 11 preview, and a ‘house of brands’


Friday podcast vibes

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The Verge’s flagship podcast, The Vergecast, was split up into three parts this week: we cover the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review, a streaming wars update, and the upcoming Android 11.

In the first part of the show, executive editor Dieter Bohn discusses his review of Samsung’s new foldable phone and how it stacks up against other Android phones — especially with its specially developed “Ultra Thin Glass.”

Verge reporter and resident streaming wars correspondent Julia Alexander joins the show in the second half to discuss CBS revamping its streaming app to compete with other services, Dish Network’s tease at merging with DirecTV, and HBO being added into YouTube TV’s catalog.

Part three gets into the other big tech news of the week: software updates! The developer version of Android 11 is out, and the crew discusses what early changes have been made to the operating system so far. On the Apple side of things, the company is reportedly considering letting users set third-party apps as defaults in iOS. The ‘cast discusses how this could happen with Apple maintaining control of its product.

There’s more sprinkled into this week’s show as well — like Paul’s weekly segment “Top 10 LCD betrayals” — so listen through here or on your preferred podcast player to hear it all.

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