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Direct download: MR-update-1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09pm EST
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This week Chris shares his final thoughts on the OnePlus 3T review. Is it really the best Android phone right now? We also talk about Verizon's refusal to kill the Galaxy Note 7, Amazon drone deliveries, and much more!

Top Stories

  • OnePlus 3T Review
  • Reader’s Choice Awards

Quick Hits

  • Verizon refuses Note 7 update
  • Google releases dev preview for Android Things
  • Evernote employees can see your notes
  • Amazon completes first drone delivery
  • Instagram gets live video

#tbthursday: Galaxy Nexus

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Games in FB Messenger / Mario Run needs internet connection
  • Chris: POKEMON UPDATE / Pebble’s officially dead (but smartwatches aren’t)
  • Ashley: No Moto smartwatch in time for Android Wear 2.0 / S8 may not have a headphone jack

App Picks

  • Joe: Zombies Chasing Me
  • Chris: Pixoff: Battery Saver
  • Ashley: Google Santa Tracker
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47am EST
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This week we're talking about an old friends return to Android, Pixel outperforming the iPhone on Black Friday, Galaxy S8 rumors, and OnePlus 3T impressions.

Top Stories

  • Nokia looks to get in the Android game (rumored specs)

Quick Hits

  • Google Pixel was more popular than the iPhone during Black Friday
  • Galaxy S8 may be released with 6GB RAM, 256GB of storage, and Snapdragon 835
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be released on December 6th
  • Fitbit rumored to buy Pebble
  • Next iPhone could have curved display
  • Chris has a OnePlus 3T

#tbthursday: Chrome to Phone

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: HTC 10 Nougat update / Allo growth has stalled
  • Chris: Wireless charging on the Pixel (win) / Still can’t catch Ditto (fail) / Google Live Cases still suck (fail)
  • Ashley: Netflix finally launches offline playback / SwiftKey themes now free

App Picks

  • Joe: Wallpaper Modder
  • Chris: (Needs help)
  • Ashley: Quality Time
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EST
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We're back! In this episode, we're talking about the Daydream View, LeEco Le Pro 3, Snapchat Spectacles, and much more!

Top Stories

  • Daydream View Review
  • LeEco Le Pro 3
  • Snapchat Spectacles

Quick Hits

  • OnePlus 3T is official
  • Apple may release 2 Plus models next year
  • Apple working on AR glasses
  • Exclusive hands-on with Project Ara phone

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: HTC 10 is still great / Apple Peach-gate
  • Chris: Puffy Paint / Pokemon GO Plus replacement straps

App Picks

  • Joe: Android Auto
  • Chris: Google PhotoScan
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54am EST
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We have a lot of devices on hand this week. Chris shares his thoughts on the Pixel and Pixel Xl, Joe shares thoughts on the LG V20 and his first ever experience with an iPhone. Other topics include the future of the "Note' series, bezel-less phones, and more!

Top Stories

  • Pixel review
  • LG V20 review

Quick Hits

  • Samsung won’t kill the “Note” line
  • T-Mobile offering deal on the Pixel, delayed 3 weeks
  • The Pixel can survive water, but it’s not waterproof
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix is insane
  • Twitter is killing Vine

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Pokemon GO Halloween event + iPhone thoughts
  • Chris: Pixel with black front / Halo effect
  • Ashley: Nintendo Switch / ZTE Axon 7 is pretty great

App Picks

  • Joe: WiFi Prioritizer
  • Chris: AppsIUse
  • Ashley: The Greedy Cave

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Direct download: Mobile_Roar_155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am EST
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Joe and Chris eulogize the Galaxy Note 7 and discuss where it lands on the list of Worst Android Phones Ever. Other topics include Verizon Pixel updates, Google Assistant Easter eggs, and more!

Top Stories

  • Galaxy Note 7 is done
  • Is it the worst Android phone of all time?

Quick Hits

  • Google will handle updates on Verizon Pixels
  • Google Assistant runs fine on Nougat devices
  • Duo replacing Hangouts in mandatory apps
  • Android 7.1 Developer Preview coming later this month
  • Samsung could ditch home button in Galaxy S8

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Google Assistant Easter eggs /
  • Chris: Pokemon GO update / Pokemon GO Plus died in 25 days (not 100) and it sucks that I need it

App Picks

  • Joe: Climendo
  • Chris: Flychat
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am EST
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This week is all about the Pixel phones and Google's big event. Chris shares his first-hand experience with all of the new devices. What do we think of Google's direction? Will we be buying any of the new stuff?

Top Stories

  • Pixel and Pixel XL
  • Google Home, Chromecast Ultra, Google WiFi

Quick Hits

  • What is Andromeda?
  • A replacement Note 7 caught fire

#tbthursday: Nexus One

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Bragi Dash headphones
  • Chris: Pokemon GO update (type medals increase catch rates) / Pixel camera doesn’t have OIS and didn’t wipe the floor with the iPhone 7 camera
  • Ashley: Really Blue phone with white face / Daydream View: Leggings for your head

App Picks

  • Joe: OurHome
  • Chris: Candid
  • Ashley: Volume Timer
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am EST
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This week Joe and Chris talk about Allo. Does it suck? Is it awesome? Why does it exist? So many questions need to be answered. Other topics include Google's hardcore marketing for the Pixel phones, safe Note 7's, and more!

Top Stories

  • Google Allo finally released

Quick Hits

  • Google Pixel phones get date and marketing
  • Pixel phones will be priced premium
  • Safe Galaxy Note 7’s finally available (update out, battery color)
  • Nougat Multi-Window works with any app
  • HTC Bolt is smaller HTC 10 without headphone jack
  • Comcast plans to launch mobile phone service in 2017

#tbthursday: Google Wave

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: I used Android Pay! / HTC Uh Oh...
  • Chris: MEGA FAIL: Pokemon Go Plus connection issues

App Picks

  • Joe: KinScreen
  • Chris: Nextdoor
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am EST
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Nick Gray joins us on the podcast this week. We talk about the leaked Pixel Launcher and Google's design changes for the upcoming Pixel phones. We also talk about iOS 10's rocky start and iMessages NSFW problem. Thanks for listening!

Top Stories

  • New Pixel Launcher and Pixel rumors
  • iOS 10 now available, off to rocky start, iMessage is surfacing porn GIFs

Quick Hits

  • New Amazon Dot priced at $50
  • Nexus 6 & 9 will get Nougat in coming weeks
  • Major Android OEMs quiet on Android Wear
  • Mysterious HTC Bolt headed to Sprint
  • Galaxy Note 7 poll results and round-up

#tbthursday: Flash

Wins/Fails

  • Nick: IFA / Samsung proprietary headphone jack
  • Joe: LG G5 / Samsung can’t get new Note 7’s fast enough
  • Chris: Pokemon GO will eventually support Android Wear / Careful buying glass screen protectors for the LG V20

App Picks

  • Nick: Muviz
  • Joe: Energy Bar
  • Chris: Screen Balance
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31am EST
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It's everyone's favorite time of the year: Apple Event! /s That means we get to rip on Apple for "courageously" ditching the headphone jack. Other topics this week include the Galaxy Note 7 recall, Nintendo mobile apps, Pixel phones, Nexus 7 rumors, and more!

Top Stories

  • iPhone 7, Apple Watch
  • LG V20 is official

Quick Hits

  • Super Mario Run coming to iOS/Android
  • Pixel phones could launch October 20th
  • Huawei-made “Nexus 7” rumors
  • Pokemon Go Plus on sale September 16th
  • Galaxy Note 7 keeps exploding

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: HTC Uh Oh / tried to exchange Note 7
  • Chris: Apple Plug / Turing Phone
  • Ashley: Rose Gold Highlights / iPhone 7 no 3.5mm jack

App Picks

  • Joe: Remote Android TV
  • Chris: HomeBot
  • Ashley: Overlays - Float Everywhere
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_150.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am EST
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