This week we're talking about our review of the Moto Z Droid Edition for Verizon. Droid Does modular, but will anyone care about it? We also rant about how the Pokemon GO launch has been a disaster.

Top Stories

  • Moto Z Droid Review (available now for pre-order)

Quick Hits

  • Niantic is blowing it
  • Android Nougat DP5 with cat game Easter Egg
  • Leak shows Galaxy Note 7 without curved display
  • Moto Z Play to have headphone jack
  • Everyone can apply for Twitter’s blue checkmark
  • New BlackBerry devices being announced next week

#tbthursday: before curved displays were cool

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Bubble zoom for Play Books / Niantic
  • Chris: / OnePlus 3 GPS issues and video audio recording
  • Ashley: Amazon’s $60 BLU phone is okay (for a certain type of person) / 3 Step Bug Pokemon Go

App Picks

  • Joe: Flytube
  • Chris: SNOW
  • Ashley: Messenger for Pokemon GO
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_145.mp3
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We have to talk about the phenomenon that is Pokémon GO, but don't worry, we don't talk about it for too long. Other topics include Google's leaked sexy smartwatch, the Galaxy Note 7 launch, Facebook's battery testing, and viral games back in the day.

Top Stories

  • Brief Pokémon Go discussion

Quick Hits

  • Google’s smartwatches leak
  • LG working on the LG V20
  • Galaxy Note 7 event August 2nd
  • Facebook tries to save battery
  • Galaxy S7 is outselling the iPhone 6S in the US
  • Moto E3 announced

#tbthursday: Angry Birds

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Bycle bike mount / Pokemon Go cheaters
  • Chris: HANGOUTS FINALLY LETS YOU SEND VIDEO / NES console
  • Ashley: NES Console / Pokemon Go sucks in rural areas

App Picks

  • Joe: Wakey
  • Chris: Stitch & Share: big screenshot
  • Ashley: Walli
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31am EDT
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This week we're talking about the latest HTC Nexus leak. We have an actual image to look at. Chris calls it the HTC "Sexus." We're also talking about what it's like to play Pokemon Go, Android 7.0 Nougat, Snapchat Memories, and much more!

Top Stories

  • First look at HTC Nexus

Quick Hits

  • Pokemon Go is a go
  • Nougat is Android 7.0
  • Huawei uses Canon EOS for fake P9 sample
  • Snapchat Memories
  • Moto Z DROID coming July 14th
  • Amazon Echo allows you to pick Spotify or Pandora for default
  • Correction: AT&T actually didn’t copy T-Mobile

#tbthursday: 1GHz processors

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Pokemon Go is pretty fun / Snapchat updates are the worst
  • Chris: OnePlus 3 RAM fix update / Google dropping local guides
  • Ashley: Square Cash is amazing /

App Picks

  • Joe: ASAP Launcher
  • Chris: Final Fantasy VII
  • Ashley: PixBit Icon Pack
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am EDT
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N is for Nougat! We finally have the official name and a less than amazing statue. We're also talking about AT&T ripping off T-Mobile, HTC Nexus rumors, the Galaxy Note 7, phones with ads, and 3.7-inch displays.

Top Stories

  • Android Nougat

Quick Hits

  • AT&T shamelessly rips of Tmo Tuesdays
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will have curved display
  • YouTube gets live streaming from the app
  • Amazon discounting phones with lock screen ads
  • HTC Nexus rumors

#tbthursday: 3.7-inch displays

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: W/F: Google My Activity page
  • Chris: Android Mini Collectibles Series 6 / OnePlus 3 Alert Slider means no auto schedules
  • Ashley:  OK.Google.io  / Capital One still not supporting Android Pay

App Picks

  • Joe: Simply
  • Chris: Always On AMOLED - BETA
  • Ashley: Mekorama
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01am EDT
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This week we're talking about the OnePlus 3. Did OnePlus actually make a "flagship killer" this time? We're also wrapping up our Galaxy S7 Active review and sharing memories about trackballs.

Top Stories

  • OnePlus 3 first impressions
  • Galaxy S7 Active review

Quick Hits

  • Peter Chou leaving HTC
  • Android apps arriving on Chromebooks
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 could have 4K display
  • Huawei working on its own OS

#tbthursday: trackballs

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Shield TV is fun / scratched my Pebble
  • Chris: (Double fail)T-Mobile Get Thanked promo is still having difficulties / Motorola’s design lead leaves after 12 years

App Picks

  • Joe: Facebook secret soccer game
  • Chris: Dango
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am EDT
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We are joined by Tony Hannides this week to recap all the news from Motorola, OnePlus, Apple, and much more!

Top Stories

  • Moto Z and Moto Z Force with Moto Mods
  • Phab 2 Pro
  • iOS 10 and Watch OS 3 announced
  • OnePlus 3 launches

Quick Hits

  • Android N DP4 rolling out
  • Pokemon Go will be available in July
  • AT&T brings Wifi calling to Android
  • Project Fi to include US Cellular

#throwbackthursday: Task killers

Wins/Fails

  • Tony: Apple Lets You Remove “Stock” Apps from Homescreen/It doesn’t remove it memory
  • Joe: / Moto Z kills 3.5mm headphone jack + Domino's fails at one job

App Picks

  • Tony: VISR
  • Joe: Flamingo
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am EDT
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This week we're talking about the story that comes around every year: Google is taking more control over the Nexus line. Is it for real this time? We're also talking about the OnePlus 3, iPhone 7 and no headphone jack, Snapchat confusion, and more!

Top Stories

  • Google says they’ll be ‘more opinionated’ with Nexus hardware (again)

Quick Hits

  • OnePlus 3 to launch without invite system
  • Renders of Lightening-to-headphone adapters leak
  • Phonebloks founder takes issue with where Project Ara is heading
  • More people use Snapchat than Twitter
  • ASUS Zenfone 3 announced

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: U of M ForcePhone tech / Kickstarter launch windows suck
  • Chris: 72 new emoji have been finalized / HTC 10 battery life is terrible
  • Ashley: Xiaomi MiBand 2 announced

App Picks

  • Joe: Big Hunter
  • Chris: Samsung Good Lock (updates)
  • Ashley: Templar Battleforce RPG Demo
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT
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The big stories this week revolve around modular phones. Moto's "Mods" have leaked in press renders, and Project Ara is still very alive. More alive than we hoped. Other topics include the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (yes 7), new Pebble watches, and more!

Top Stories

  • Moto Z to replace Moto X, mods leak
  • Project Ara not dead

Quick Hits

  • Pebble 2 and Time 2 announced
  • Google could release list of best and worst OEMs
  • Samsung to skip Note 6 and go to Note 7
  • Galaxy S7 Active to have 4,000mAh battery
  • Samsung shows off flexible display
  • Chromebook sales overtake Mac
  • Microsoft guts phone business and lays off hundreds

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: YouTube Red deal+good samaritan / Facebook is forcing trending on me
  • Chris: Android N’s hidden DPI setting / HTC 10 camera performance (auto-focus)

App Picks

  • Joe: Third Eye
  • Chris: USB Check
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am EDT
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This week is ALL about Google I/O! We're talking about Google Home, Google Assistant, the two confusing messaging apps (Allo and Duo), Android N updates, and much more!

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: I played with Oculus Rift / IO is still slightly scary
  • Chris: Android Auto will work without connecting to car / I/O’s outdoor venue is a bust
  • Ashley: Moto 360 vs Fitbit comparison

App Picks

  • Joe: Poncho
  • Chris: Google Keyboard from Android N
  • Ashley: Curiosity
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EDT
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This week we're talking about the rumored Moto X 2016. Apparently Motorola is going to take a shot at a modular phone. We're also talking about Google's Amazon Echo competitor, OnePlus' HTC clone, and much more!

Top Stories

Moto X 2016 leak (modular, super thin, 2 different models)

Quick Hits

3D Touch won’t arrive in the first Android N, but in an update soon after
Google working on an Amazon Echo competitor (codenamed Chirp)
Google’s standalone VR headset is called “Android VR”
OnePlus 3 looks like an HTC
WhatsApp releases a desktop application for Windows and Mac
YouTube messenger is rolling out for some
Still have $5 promo codes for reversible micro USB cables

Wins/Fails

Joe: Pebble adds health data to app / Instagram’s new look
Chris: HTC 10 camera update / Google paying $20 per hour to test Self-Driving Cars
Ashley: Fitbit is falling apart / Moto 360 is much nicer

App Picks

Joe: 99 Rockets
Chris: Gboard (Google Keyboard for iOS)
Ashley: Feel the Wear
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Direct download: mobile_roar_136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT
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