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We've got the Samsung Gear VR in this house for this episode. Kevin talks about all the cool stuff it can do and why he loves it. The guys also discuss their picks for the top tech stories of 2014. Other topics include T-Mobile 8.0, Nest watching your every move, the Sony hack, and the neverending GIF vs JIF debate.

Happy Holidays!

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In this episode we're talking about the new Android Wear watch faces and Google's royal screw up. We also cover Iowa's plan to use phones as driver's licenses, the YotaPhone 2, and Chris's return to the HTC One M8.

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There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The first crop of Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors have popped up, and the guys roll their eyes at them. Other topics this week include the HTC Hima, CAPTCHA, Candy Crush, and of course STAR WARS!

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This week the guys are giving thanks for their favorite technology. What tech are you most thankful for? They also discuss Nexus 6 bloatware, Samsung not matching high hopes, Google Glass stores shutting down, and more!

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This week the guys are talking about Kevin's Nexus Player review, Apple's war on "freemium" titles, Nokia's weird (but cool?) Android tablet, SnapCash, and Chris may have found "The One."

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It's a Googley week here on the Mobile Roar Podcast. The guys discuss Android Lollipop finally rolling out to Nexus devices, new apps from Google, a YouTube music services, and Android Wear updates. Other topics include LG's weird new phones, Kim Kardashian, and Mountain Dew.

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Chris was finally able to make it out of the Verizon store to join us this week. He shared some early thoughts on the Nexus 9 tablet, and Kevin unboxed the Nexus Player live on the show. The guys also discuss their thoughts on Material Design now that more apps have it. Other topics include a new design for the Galaxy S6, Lollipop for current devices, and much more!

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Apple Pay has brought mobile payments to the mainstream, but is the mainstream ready yet? A service called "CurrentC" is blocking Apple Pay and Google Wallet are many retail stores. What gives? Motorola has rekindled their relationship with Verizon to pump out another DROID, but we wonder why the DROID Turbo was not the Nexus 6. All that, and much more, in this episode.

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Hey bro, you got any invites? That's the question being asked across the internet this week as Google introduced a brand new email app called "Inbox." We talk about this new app and how Google is changing the way we use email. Happy Birthday to the T-Mobile G1! We remember the phone that started Android's dominance, and share stories about our first smartphones. All of this, and much, much more in this week's episode. Thanks for watching/listening!

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This week Google dropped a NEXUS BOMB on the mobile tech world. Three new devices were announced: the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. We were also treated to Android Lollipop, and a big new marketing campaign for Android. Apple was also in the news this week with a very boring iPad event full of terrible Dad jokes. All of that, plus tons of viewer questions, in this week's episode! Thanks for listening!

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It's HTC's turn to dominate the news this week. They announced the HTC RE, a crazy GoPro-like periscope camera, and the Desire Eye, a super selfie phone. Will anyone buy these devices? We also talk about Apple's upcoming iPad event, the beastly DROID Turbo, the Nexus 9, and much more!

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This week we're talking about LEAKS. So many LEAKS! The Nexus 6 hype has reached critical mass as leaks, renders, and mock-ups are pouring in. We're also talking about the Moto 360 update that fixes everything, #GapGate, webOS watches, and more!

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This week the mobile world was saturated with Apple drama, and it even seeped into our podcast. #bendgate is real, but does it matter, and should Apple even care? The iOS 8.0.1 update was a disaster, and Chris had major issues with his iPhone 6 and Macbook. In non-Apple news we finally posted our Moto X review, the gigantic Nexus 6 has leaked again, and DROID is making a comeback. Thanks for listening!

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It's still Motorola Mayhem™ around these parts. We share our final thoughts on the Moto 360 and Moto G after putting them through the paces in our full reviews. Apple news is still coming in hot and heavy after the release of iOS 8. Did you get the U2 virus on your device? We have the solution. Other topics this week include a sidewalk for phone zombies, Galaxy Not3 4 pre-orders, and much more! Thanks for watching/listening!

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It's been two weeks since the last episode, and EVERYTHING has happened since then. Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and some other gadgets. Motorola annouced the new Moto X, Moto G, and finally released the Moto 360. Apple announced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. Phew. We had a lot to talk about. Thanks for listening!

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The age of the round smartwatches is finally picking up steam. The Moto 360 is less than a week away, and so is a round Android Wear device from LG. The Amazon Fire Phone is in the news again, but not for good reasons. Same can be said about OnePlus' "explosive" phone. Other topics this week include Apple's Septemper 9th iPhone post, Swing Copters drama, and much more! Thanks for listening!

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Bezels. They're everywhere. Your TV, computer, tablet, and of course phone. Manufacturers are trying their best to rid the world of bezels. This week Sharp unveiled one of the best attempts yet at a bezel-less phone, the Aquos Crystal for Sprint. We also talk about the HTC One M8 with Windows, crazy Moto 360 pricing rumors, a death in the Framily, and much more! Thanks for listening!

Topics: Google, Android, Moto 360, Sharp, Sprint, Verizon, HTC One, Cortana, Microsoft, Apple, iOS, iPhone, Samsung, YouTube, Secret, Swing Copters

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OnePlus has a knack for providing content for the podcast. This week they had good intentions to get more women involved with their OnePlus One invites, but it went terribly wrong when they asked forum members to rate the women. Other tidbits from this episode include the huge Motorola event coming up in September, selfie phones, Samsung's need to to copy Apple, the Ice Bucket Challenge, and much more! Thanks for watching/listening!

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Every family has its own drama, but this week we saw some Framily drama in the mobile world. Sprint, the carrier that we all love to hate, made some big changes, including the removal of CEO Dan Hesse. Who is steering the Sprint ship now? We also talk about the Samsung vs. Apple patent war ending outside of the U.S. (woohoo!), the upcoming Apple iPhone 6 event, scammy Kickstarter videos, and much more.

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This week we discuss Kevin's Amazon Fire Phone review, but more importantly, is the Fire Phone a "true" Android device? What does a device need in order to feel like a real Android device? We also discuss the rumors of a 5.9-inch Motorola Nexus "Shamu" device. When the codename for a device is a whale you might want to consider making it smaller. Other topics include flammable Samsung devices, things Joe misses from Windows Phone, and much more!

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"Dude. where's my phone?" We've all muttered a similar phrase at one time or another. Losing or having your phone stolen is a big fear these days. We share some of our stories of phone theft, and what we do about it. Other topics include the Xiaomi Mi4 having a very difficult name, the Fire Phone and soccer moms, Samsung marketing, and much more!

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Chris is back from the land of Technical Difficulties to join us this week. We talk about his brief time as an owner of the OnePlus One, and all the recent drama involving the device. We also discuss the current landscape of Android Wear apps and why they could be better. Other topics include Microsoft lay-offs, Nokia being done with Android, the Galaxy Alpha, and much more!

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Mobile Roar 53: Samsung Black Hole

This episode started with three guys, but finishes with just two. Despite some glitches the gang is able to hold it together for a great show. Topics include Samsung's declining numbers, the TSA powering on your phone, Inspector Gadget, and much more!

Topics: Samsung, Google Play, TSA, Android Wear, Coolest Cooler, LG G3, Avast, Cortana, Xperia Z1 Compact, Android L

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Three cheers for the red, white, and blue. On this weeks special Fourth of July edition of the Mobile Roar podcast we continue to examine the impact of last week’s big Google I/O announcements, particularly what soon-to-be-released Android Wear devices mean for the future of the platform. We also talk Google’s Songza acquisition, the T-Mobile cramming scandal, and fireworks safety.

Topics: Android, Google, Apple, Carplay, Microsoft, Windows Phone, Moto 360, T-Mobile, John Legere

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"Android is everywhere." Everone always says that, but this year at I/O it was demonstrated on stage. They showed it on watches, TVs, cars, phones, tablets, and even PCs. We talk about all of this, plus Android's new design, and why protestors hate Google. It's a Googley good time.

Tags: Android L, Android TV, Android Auto, Material Design, Google IO 2014, Google Fit, Moto 360, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live

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50 EPISODES!!

As Alicia Keys once said: "this phone is on fire!" Okay, maybe those weren't her exact words, but it fits for this week. Amazon has offically announced the Fire Phone, and we're not sure if it's cool or lame. T-Mobile and John "Legend" Legere are shaking up the industry with some new anti-net neutrality features. Samsung totally didn't just unviel the Galaxy S5 Prime. All that, plus much more. Enjoy!

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Joe and Chris hold down the fort this week while Kevin is away at a Samsung event. The guys talk about the infamous Samsung Galaxy F and Samsung's continued battle with LG. They also talk about "Quantum Paper" and Google's plan to unify the internet. Hopefully next week we will be back at full strength for episode 50!

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The terrific trio is together again just in time to disect WWDC 2014. The big mobile news from the event was, of course, iOS 8. The guys discuss whether or not it matters that many features were "borrowed" from Android. Other topics include Sprint buying T-Mobile, the best phones of June, and more!

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With Joe away on his honeymoon, Chris and Kevin discuss the launch of the LG G3 and its QuadHD display, Google's self-driving car and its peculiar smiling face, and Apple's upcoming WWDC 2014 keynote plus more on the Beats Audio acquisition. 

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Has Google gone sour? The guys talk about the rumor that YouTube is interested in buying Twitch, and the negative reactions to that news. They also talk about Google passing Apple in brand value and the the Moto 360 costing $250. Plus, they play a new game called "What's the app?"

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This week Motorola announced their brand new ultra-affordable Android phone, the Moto E. It received much fanfare, but what makes this device different than the dozens of other low-end phones on the market? The guys discuss that, OnePlus One contest winners receiving empty boxes, the iPhone 6 rumored screen resolution, Beats Music, and much more. Thanks for watching/listening!

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The gang is back together again as Chris returns from his appendectomy. He shares his experience from the first time he was ever put to sleep for a surgery. The guys also talk about Android malware (not "mall-wear") and why you really don't need to install an anti-virus app. Other topics from this week include new device leaks from HTC and LG, some fun Sprint news, and much more.

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Appendixes? Who needs 'em! Chris is out this week getting a part of his body removed, but Joe and Kevin hold down the fort. They discuss the OnePlus + Oppo conspiracy, using the Galaxy S5 on a bike trip, the best phones and apps for this month, and more!

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The hypebeast has finally been slaughtered. The infamous start-up phone maker, OnePlus, finally revealed their "flagship killer" this week. We discuss the OnePlus One and wonder if they can follow through with their promises. Other topics this week include Google Glass getting kicked off a plane, Apple device sales dropping, and much more!

Guest: Edgar Cervantes - MobileGeeks.com

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Despite all of our warnings, Chris still went out and bought a Samsung Galaxy S5. How does he like it? Let's just say if you've got a HTC One M8 to trade he is interested. When you buy from a company that doesn't need to impress you anymore you're going to be disappointed. We also talk about some of the weirdest phone names to ever exist, Google's awesome new camera app, Wins and Fails of the Week, and our App Picks.

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Project Ara was a cool concept, but we were skeptical it becoming a real thing. This week Google showed us that this is much more than just a concept. We're excited. Android TV got leaked and it looks like the idea of Google TV is dead. We also talk abuot the 5 types of Android users and Samsung's craziest devices.

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Amazon has finally made their move to take over the living room. The guys discuss Fire TV and compare it to the competition. They also talk about Microsoft conforming to the competition, April Fool's Day jokes, and much more! You can find links to everything discussed on the show at Phandroid.com.

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The guys finally talk about the HTC One (M8) officially. Did it live up to the hype? Will it be destroyed by the Galaxy S5? Also, Facebook bought Oculus Rift, but you shouldn't worry too much about it. Other topics include Google I/O, millions of iPhones, Windows Phone 8.1, and Edgar selling his beloved G2. Thanks for listening!

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Google interupted a pretty boring week with some big news for wearables. The guys talk about Android Wear, the Moto 360, LG G Watch, and even the iWatch. They also give Chris a hard time for becoming a Samsung fan. Lastly, they finish things off Wins and Fails, and give you their App Picks of the week. Thanks for listening!

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Mutant Android and Windows Phone devices are coming, whether we like it or not. We share our thoughts on the prospect. iTunes Radio has surpassed Spotify in popularity here in the US. What streaming apps do we use? We also play THE PHONE NAME GAME, and share app picks. Thanks for listening!

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This week the guys are back from MWC to talk mobile news. Apple makes iOS in the car official with "CarPlay," Microsoft's Siri-competitor leaks on video and makes it onto The Tonight Show, and Samsung steals The Oscars. All of that, and more, in episode 35 of the Mobile Roar Podcast!

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Chris and Edgar join us live from Barcelona, Spain to talk about everything that went down at Mobile World Congress! Galaxy S5, Nokia X, Sony Xperia X2, Gears, and wonder how Apple won an award without showing up. We also share our winners and losers from MWC. Thanks for listening!

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Mobile Roar 33: WhatsApp with Facebook?

WhatsApp with Facebook? Do they think they can just buy everything? Well, yes, they probably could. Terrible puns aside, the guys talk aboutt this recent acquisition. They also share predicitons for MWC next week. In a new segment the guys play "The Link Bait Game," and then the show is concluded with favorite app picks and Wins/Fails of the week. Thanks for listening!

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This week we recap the Rise and Fall of Dong. Of course, we're talking about the developer of Flappy Bird. We also talk about the latest iPhone 6 leak and hoax, the dozens of Windows Phone 8.1 leaks, and Verizon latest shady move. Thanks for listening!

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Flappy Bird has taken the world by storm, and the Mobile Roar Podcast is not immune. The guys talk about this insanely popular new game, share highscores, and talk about why it is so addicting. Is it the worst game ever made? They also discuss Woz' love for Android, the new Chromecast SDK, and why Microsoft's new CEO sounds like a super villain. You don't want to miss this episode!

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This week on the podcast we talk all about Google, Motorola, and Lenovo. What does this mean for the future of Android? We also talk about Apple latest financial results, which weren't as great as usual. Plus, all the other mobile goodness you could want, and our Wins and Fails of the Week. Thanks for listening!

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The gang is back together again as Edgar returns from his trip to court. Why was he at court? Tune in to find out! We also discuss the latest iPhone 6 rumors, Nintendo and their dinosaur approach to mobile, Samsung's new Windows Phone-like UI, and so much more! Check out our live Hangout on the Phandroid YouTube channel!

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We're back from CES and ready to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly from this year's show, but first there is the little matter of a Google Glass traffic case. The trial of the century? Hardly, but important nonetheless. We also talk Sprint's recen service plan changes, Apple's FTC settlement, and more. 

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The guys are back from a short break to talk about the big SnapChat data leak, the Apple and Samsung fued maybe ending, the Nokia Normandy spotted with Android, and much more. Chris, Edgar, and Kevin will be at CES next week so they talk about what to expect. Last, but not least, the guys share their favorite phones from 2013. Enjoy!

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