The Vergecast

The Vergecast is the flagship podcast from The Verge about small gadgets, Big Tech, and everything in between. Every Friday, hosts Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz hang out and make sense of the week’s most important technology news. And every Wednesday, David leads a selection of The Verge’s expert staffers in an exploration of how gadgets and software affect our lives – and which ones you should bring into yours. 

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Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked August 2022 biggest announcements
The Verge's Nilay Patel, David Pierce, Alex Cranz, and Richard Lawler to discuss all the announcement from Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event this past week. Further reading: HBO Max will be replaced next year by a new service combined with Discovery Plus Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked August 2022: the five biggest announcements The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 gets a little extra polish, but it’s still $999 The new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a little better and still too expensive Here’s how the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 compares to last year’s Z Fold 3 Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked is a foldable party of one Samsung still hasn’t given us a good reason to buy a foldable phone  Samsung goes big on battery with the Galaxy Watch 5 series  Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: more comfortable design and hi-fi audio Google tries publicly shaming Apple into adopting RCS Disney Plus’ Premium streaming price is rising to $10.99 per month Disney Plus’ ad-supported plan will launch in December Disney Plus and Hulu are getting steep price hikes Gmail is now officially allowed to spam-proof politicians’ emails Ethereum’s big proof-of-stake blockchain switch could happen on September 15th Apple’s next iPhone might be more expensive AirPods cases with USB-C could be in the cards for 2023 Battery percentage finally returns to iOS 16 and it’s hideous Sonos has delayed the release of its next product — likely the Sub Mini LG Display’s 97-inch OLED panel vibrates to create ‘cinematic’ 5.1 sound Call 866-VERGE11 (866-837-4311) to ask The Verge about this week's Samsung announcements. We may answer them on Wednesday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Published Friday
Amazon buys Roomba, non-watch wearables, and the best cheap(er) phones
David Pierce taps into The Verge's reviews team to explore where we're headed with smart home gadgets, wearables, and midrange phones. 01:56 - Verge smart home reviewer Jennifer Pattison Tuohy comes back to the show to break down the news of Amazon acquiring iRobot, maker of the ever popular Roomba robot vacuum. 24:46 - Verge wearable tech reviewer Victoria Song joins David to explore the fascinating world of non-watch wearables: rings, earbuds, sports bras, and sleep trackers. Afterward, we hear from Whoop CEO Will Ahmed about his approach to wearable technology. 53:40 - Verge mobile reviewer Allison Johnson and David discuss the ideal version of a mid-range smartphone, and what are the best trade-offs for the price. Further reading: Amazon to acquire Roomba robot vacuum maker iRobot for $1.7 billion Amazon bought iRobot to see inside your home The best sleep tech you can buy right now Whoop 4.0 Review Oura Ring Gen 3 Review Google Pixel 6a review: midrange parts, Tensor smarts Apple's new iPhone SE is a modern phone stuck in yesterday's design Apple should have followed Google’s Pixel 6A playbook with the iPhone SE OnePlus 10T review: call it a comeback Nothing Phone 1 review: something else Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published Wednesday
HBO Max might get maimed, Apple might remove the headphone jack from the iPad
The Verge's Nilay Patel, Alex Cranz, and David Pierce discuss this week in tech news — including what's happening with HBO Max, Apple iPad rumors, some handheld gaming updates, and this week in EVs. Further reading: Apple might remove the headphone jack from its next entry-level iPad Apple might delay iPadOS 16 launch Apple says Mac sales are getting hit hard by supply constraints  OnePlus 10T review: call it a comeback OnePlus’ 10T launch was a weird return to in-person events The Pixel 6A is getting an immediate update to make sure it’s moddable Logitech announces a new dedicated cloud gaming handheld device Nintendo reports Switch sales dip as chip shortage continues to bite The Orion looks like if Kirby swallowed your Switch    The megamerger killed Batgirl HBO Max might get maimed  A TikTok Music app could challenge Spotify and Apple Roku has a problem — its buttons aren’t printing enough money Lucid Motors will barely make any EVs this year as it slashes production goals again Tesla is the latest company to be drawn into the Elon Musk-Twitter legal mess Forget those Tesla crashes: GM says you can trust its autonomous vehicles GM’s Super Cruise will cover 400,000 miles of roads in North America, doubling coverage Twitter v. Elon Musk trial date set to start October 17th Google Meet meets Duo Meet, with Meet in Duo but Duo isn’t going into Meet A mysterious battery-powered Google device appears in FCC filings Sony InZone M9 review: impressive but flawed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 08/05
Work from anywhere: sailboats, solar generators, and Starlink
David Pierce hosts a special "work from anywhere" episode of The Vergecast while he is on vacation. 02:33 - CEO of Rove Jonah Hanig chats about his approach work-friendly travel. Reflect's Alex MacCaw shares his experience working from a sailboat in the middle of the ocean. 17:12 - Verge deputy editor Thomas Ricker talks about his review of the Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro, as well as his experience of working remotely in Europe. 36:28 - Verge policy editor Russell Brandom and senior reporter Loren Grush discuss the state of using satellites like Starlink to access the internet in rural areas. Further reading: Starlink’s Dishy McFlatface internet now available for Boaty McBoatfaces — just $5,000 per month Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro review: letting flex-workers flex Starlink RV review: the dawn of space internet to go Ventje VW Campervan review: 'work from home' from anywhere How Starlink and other satellite services are changing the shape of the internet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 08/03
Microsoft Q4 earnings, Spotify’s subscribers rise, and Instagram walks back its changes
The Verge's Nilay Patel, David Pierce. and Alex Cranz discuss the quarterly tech earnings from Apple, Microsoft, Spotify, and more.  Further reading: Meta and Apple in ‘deep’ competition to build the metaverse, Zuckerberg tells staff Yes, it’s weird for the two-year-old Meta Quest 2 to go up in price Meta might let anti-vax posts back onto Facebook and Instagram  Instagram walks back its changes Microsoft Q4 2022 earnings: Windows and Xbox fall in $51.9 billion quarter Meta reports revenue decline for the first time in Q2 earnings Here’s where to buy the Meta Quest 2 before it costs $100 more Alphabet Q2 2022 earnings show profits dropped compared to last year Comcast’s broadband business stopped growing for the first time ever Spotify’s subscribers rise to 188M amid podcasting setbacks Spotify amps up fiction podcasts with new leader of scripted content Spotify paid $123 million for audiobook company Findaway Spotify has stopped making its Car Thing dashboard accessory Apple’s latest iOS 16 beta ensures you can’t hide your mistakes with an edit Apple’s new Home app in iOS 16 is better but still half-baked SpaceX says Dish’s 5G plan would be ‘detrimental’ to millions of Starlink users You can re-watch Game of Thrones in 4K on HBO Max next month President Biden’s awesome video conferencing setup starts with a $7,000 Zoom gadget Asus’ compact Zenfone 9 comes with incredible gimbal-like camera stabilization Email us at, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 07/29
Instagram is TikTok now, BeReal is everywhere, and the Vergecast Hotline is back
02:30 - The Verge's David Pierce talks with deputy editor Alex Heath about how Meta is pivoting Facebook and Instagram away from your friends and more towards short form video from creators. Mark Zuckerberg braces Meta employees for 'intense period' Facebook is changing its algorithm to take on TikTok, leaked memo reveals Adam Mosseri confirms it: Instagram is over Instagram is making almost all videos Reels and will show them to way more people Facebook doubles down on algorithms in the main feed Facebook puts news on the back burner as it continues to push video and creators Listen to Land of the Giants: The Facebook / Meta Disruption 24:04 - Casey Newton chats with David about the social media app BeReal, and whether it's able to succeed among social media titans. Why BeReal is breaking out 40:55 - The Vergecast Hotline is back! Experts at The Verge answer your tech questions. Call our Vergecast Hotline at 866-VERGE11 (866-837-4311). Email us at, we'd love to hear from you. Find us on Twitter: Alex Heath is @alexeheath Casey Newton is @caseynewton Monica Chin is @mcsquared96 Dan Seifert is @dcseifert Becca Farsace is @BeccaFarsace David Pierce is @pierce Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 07/27
Netflix wants linear TV to die, Thread border routers are Matter-ready, and Tesla sold most of its Bitcoin
The Verge's Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz run discuss Tesla earnings, Netflix's next move, and an upgrade to smart home standard Thread. Further reading: Tesla’s run of record quarterly deliveries comes to an end thanks to China’s COVID shutdowns Elon Musk now says Tesla could start Cybertruck deliveries in mid-2023 Tesla sold 75 percent of its Bitcoin BMW starts selling heated seat subscriptions for $18 a month  The First-Ever Blazer EV: Electric SUV | Chevrolet  BMW Wants to Charge for Heated Seats. These Grey Market Hackers Will Fix That. 75 Percent of Car Buyers Don't Want Features Locked Behind Subscriptions Netflix’s CEO is ready for TV to die Netflix subscriber count in the US and Canada dropped by 1.3 million over the last three months  Netflix's ad-supported tier won't have everything at launch Netflix is partnering with Microsoft for its new ad-supported tier Netflix's latest anti-password sharing test lets users 'buy' additional homes  Amazon is giving Prime Video its biggest redesign in years Eve’s new motion sensor is the first with Thread Amazon says Matter will make Alexa smarter If you have one of these Thread border routers, your smart home will be Matter-ready  Samsung’s August 10th Unpacked will definitely feature at least one foldable Samsung confirms August 10th Unpacked event date with ‘cryptic’ puzzle  Google Pixel 6A review: midrange parts, Tensor smarts  Google’s prototype augmented reality glasses are going outside Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover trial set to start in October Apple will settle butterfly keyboard lawsuit for $50 million Internal documents show Facebook and Google discussing platform strategies The new Google Wallet is now available to all users Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 07/22
Project Gene5is adventures, Congress takes on VPNs, and Nothing Phone 1 review
02:30 - The Verge's David Pierce talks with tech reporter Mitchell Clark about what it took to get service from Project Genesis and they conclude a FOIA may be the only way to get the facts. I became a Dish influencer to get a 5G NFT 20:21- David talks with senior policy reporter Makena Kelly about US lawmakers suddenly discovering that VPNs are a thing that exists and that they aren't very honest about their business practices. Lawmakers push FTC to clean up the VPN industry 41:50 - And finally, reviews editor Allison Johnson and news reporter Jon Porter go deep on Nothing Phone — our review, the hype leading up to its launch, and the reality of it now that we got our hands on it. Nothing Phone 1 Review Hot and Hyped: Inside the strange launch of the Nothing Phone 1 Email us at, we'd love to hear from you. Call our Vergecast Hotline! 866-VERGE11 (866-837-4311) Find us on Twitter: Mitchell Clark is @strawberrywell Alex Cranz is @alexhcranz    Makena Kelly is @kellymakena Jon Porter is @JonPorty Allison Johnson is @allisonjo1 David Pierce is @pierce Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 07/20
MacBook Air M2 review, Elon Musk tries to bail on buying Twitter, and Apple beta software preview
06:32 - The Verge's Nilay Patel, Alex Cranz, and David Pierce chat with deputy editor Dan Seifert about his review of Apple's M2 Macbook Air. 34:45 - Verge senior correspondent Liz Lopatto joins the show to discuss the latest in the Elon Musk's Twitter battle. 59:27 - The crew preview the beta software for macOS Ventura, iPadOS 16, and iOS 16. Further reading: Apple MacBook Air M2 (2022) review: a whole new Air-a Elon Musk officially tries to bail on buying Twitter Twitter says it’s going to sue Elon Musk for trying to back out of the deal Twitter tells employees not to tweet about Elon Musk deal Elon Musk proves he’s the wrong man to save the world iPadOS 16 preview: jack of all trades, master of some watchOS 9 preview: all about fitness and personalization  Hear me out: the new iOS 16 lock screens rule macOS Ventura preview: the march to continuity continues Nothing officially announces flashy Phone 1, starting at £399 There’s something familiar about the Nothing Phone 1  The Verge's Accessibility Week I became a Dish influencer to get a 5G NFT Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 07/15
The JWST's first space images, YouTube TV's bundle bet, and the Vergecast Hotline Q&A
Last week, we put a call out to people on Twitter about our new Vergecast Hotline, a phone line we set up for anyone to leave a message about a tech-related question they may have — whether it’s how to find your next router, when Spotify HiFi is actually coming, how to track when all of your favorite shows have new episodes, or whatever — so we can answer them on The Vergecast. We plan to do this about once a month, so if you missed it, that number is 866-VERGE11 (866-837-4311). It’s still open, and you can call at any time. We have a ton of great questions already, so we picked out a few voicemails we liked for today’s episode. Our colleagues — Verge reviewer Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, Hot Pod reporter Ariel Shapiro, Verge writer Cameron Faulkner, and managing editor Alex Cranz — help answer these questions on the show. You can hear that segment at around 31:00 in the episode. There’s a lot more in today’s episode as well. David starts the show with senior science reporter Loren Grush to chat about what it took to get those beautiful images from the James Webb Space Telescope we saw this week. In the middle of all of this, David spends some time on the show talking about YouTube TV — the video platform that is trying to make the cable bundle model work for streaming. Christian Oestlien, VP of product management at YouTube, talks about the goals for YouTube TV and its approach to bundling packages. You can listen to that segment around 20:44 in the episode. Email us at, we'd love to hear from you. Call our Vergecast Hotline! 866-VERGE11 (866-837-4311) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 07/13
Land of the Giants: The Facebook / Meta Disruption
We’re sharing the trailer for the new season of Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption. Our friends over a Recode along with The Verge explore how the social media juggernaut has arrived at this unprecedented moment of transition. Senior reporters Shirin Ghaffary of Recode and Alex Heath of The Verge speak with top Meta executives and some of its biggest critics and ask how the company has shaped our lives, and what lies ahead.  Subscribe to Land of the Giants to get new episodes starting Wednesday, July 13th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 07/08
This week in EVs, Starlink's wireless battle with Dish, and Sony announces gaming monitors
The Verge's Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz chat with transportation editor Andrew Hawkins about EVs, trucks, Tesla, and Starlink. Segment 1 - 02:07 Hyundai gives first look at Ioniq 6 EV as market share surges  Electric vehicle companies have a serious quality problem Segment 2 - 23:44 Tesla reportedly doesn't have enough desks after Musk threatens to fire remote employees Tesla lays off nearly 200 Autopilot employees who help train the company's AI Uber drivers are liking the Teslas Tesla reportedly doesn’t have enough desks after Musk threatens to fire remote employees Starlink RV review: the dawn of space internet to go SpaceX asks Starlink customers for support in wireless battle with Dish  Segment 3 - 46:27 Google's worst hardware flop was introduced 10 years ago today  Sony announces InZone gaming monitors and headsets for PC and PS5 Samsung M8 Smart Monitor review: the good enough of both worlds Arm's Immortalis GPU is its first with hardware ray tracing for Android gaming  Apple says iPads will keep working as home hubs in iPadOS 16, but there's a catch The Future Of trailer: The Verge’s first Netflix show about the future of everything Email us at, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 07/01
Privacy risks in post-Roe USA, the internet's recommendation problem, and our Asus gaming laptop guide
The Verge's David Pierce and Alex Cranz chat with health technology reporter Nicole Wetsman and senior privacy and cybersecurity reporter Corin Faife about the privacy vulnerabilities for people seeking abortions in a post-Roe United States, and how people can protect their information. 29:28 - David reports on why the internet is so bad at recommendations, with insights from executives at Yelp, Pocket, Pinterest, and Likewise. 46:27 - Senior reviewer Monica Chin explains the confusing names behind Asus' ROG gaming laptop line, and which laptop may be the right for you. Email us at, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 06/29
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 updated review, Solana's Saga phone, and the M2 MacBook Pro review
Nilay Patel and Alex Cranz chat with Verge senior reviewer Monica Chin about her review of Apple's Macbook Pro 13" with the M2 chip. Alex, David Pierce, and Dan Seifert continue the show, focusing on this week's tech stories from The Verge: Nothing's Phone 1, Solana's Saga phone, and a second look at Microsoft's Surface Duo 2. Further reading: Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) review: new chip, old threads There has to be a better way to binge Netflix cuts around 300 jobs after losing subscribers Microsoft’s weird Surface Duo 2 has surprisingly become my favorite device of the year Here’s what the Nothing Phone 1’s rear lights can actually do Nothing’s Phone 1 isn’t coming to the US Nothing Phone will be invite only like original OnePlus phones Solana is making a crypto phone with help from former Essential engineers Juul’s e-cigarettes can’t be sold in the US, FDA says Twitter confirms it’s working on a built-in Notes feature Amazon shows off Alexa feature that mimics the voices of your dead relatives Email us at, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 06/24
Meta's VR prototypes, the best earbuds for phone calls, and our dream E Ink device
The Vergecast is now the flagship podcast of twice-a-week podcasts. Our new Wednesday episode digs even deeper into The Verge’s reporting and the products you care about. And it launches today! 03:00 - David Pierce talks with Adi Robertson about Meta's VR prototypes she previewed. 19:44 - Chris Welch tests a bunch of wireless earbuds to find out which has the best phone call quality. 40:44 - Alex Cranz and David discuss what their dream E Ink device is, and why it still doesn't exist. We’re going to do a lot of experimenting on this show, so I hope you’ll tell us what you like and don’t like. Email us at, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 06/22