Phancast - Android News (general)

The guys talk about the Huawei Mate 10, ZTE Axon M, Pixel 2 first impressions, and the HTC U11 Plus.

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This week the guys talk about Android Wear updates, Google Home Mini spying on people, and Google teaming up with Apple and Amazon for "Movies Anywhere."

Direct download: phancast_10-19-17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT
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This week is all about the Pixel 2 and the Google event. The guys talk about the search bar placement, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, new Google Home devices, first impressions of the Pixel Buds, and cloud storage vs SD cards.

Direct download: Phancast10-6-17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am EDT
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Topics this week include Google's smart jacket finally going up for sale, Apple switching to Google for Siri and iOS search, 4 new Amazon Echo devices, a bogus Ultra Pixel leak, and rumors about a Google Home with a screen.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am EDT
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This week the guys talk about Motorola flip-flopping on Oreo update, a massive Google leak including the Pixel 2, the Moto X4 coming to the U.S. via Android One, and the Google+HTC deal.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm EDT
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This week, the guys talk about the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, the iPhone X and iPhone 8 compared to Android, Pixel 2 being "only on Verizon" again, Google's Pixel 2 teaser, and rumors about the Google Bisto headphones.

Direct download: Phancast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am EDT
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The topics this week include the Bixby Speaker, new Pixel 2 details, Google buying HTC, and the Galaxy S8 Active unlocked model.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT
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This week the guys talk about the ugly Fitbit Ionic, Essential phone drama, Tango being converted into ARCore, the LG V30, and Galaxy S9 rumors.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT
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Long time no podcast. Joe shares an update on what happened to Mobile Roar and details of a brand new show to replace it. Thanks for sticking with us!

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Direct download: Mobile_Roar_update.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT
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We're back! This week, we're talking about everything that happened at Google I/O. Was it a boring show? Is that a bad thing? We also talk about the new stuff in Android O, the HTC U11, and much more!

Top Stories

  • Google IO recap
  • Android O beta

Quick Hits

  • HTC U11 announced
  • LG G6 one month later
  • OnePlus 5 might not have headphone jack
  • Andy Rubin showing something off May 30th
  • Samsung changed storage on Galaxy S8
  • Galaxy S camera comparisons
  • Pokemon GO Pidgey purgatory

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: DJI Spark / Shazam game show + Last straw with Twitter
  • Chris: Galaxy S8 5,000mAh battery case / G6 performance

App Picks

  • Joe: Magikarp Jump
  • Chris: Allo (update)
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_168.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am EDT
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Chris and Joe discuss the multiple issues people have reported with the Samsung Galaxy S8. Are these things worth worrying about? Should we even talk about them? Is it unfair to scrutinize the S8 so much? All that, and much more!

Top Stories

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 issues & bias

Quick Hits

  • Galaxy S8 vs old Galaxy S camera test
  • Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 camera test
  • Google announces when Pixel support will end
  • There will be a Note 8
  • HTC U 11 specs leak
  • Jelly is a tiny LTE Android smartphone
  • Sheeple added to the dictionary

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: I played BotW / FB Messenger is getting laggy AF
  • Chris: Galaxy S8 separate app audio / FB #10concerts thing

App Picks

  • Joe: Google Earth
  • Chris: FaceApp
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01am EDT
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This week on the podcast, Chris and Joe have the Galaxy S8. An excellent phone with no shortage of annoyances. The guys share their honest opinions. Other topics include Snapchat being snobs, Instagram Stories, and Juicero.

Top Stories

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus

Quick Hits

  • Best Android Phones update
  • Snapchat CEO says the app was only supposed to be for rich people
  • Instagram Stories more popular than Snapchat stories
  • Some Galaxy S8 users are reporting a red tint on the display
  • The LG V30 is rumored to include a new curved OLED display panel
  • Android Pay gets PayPal integration soon
  • HTC U announcement May 16th with “Squeeze”

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Samsung goodie box / Samsung blocks Bixby remapping
  • Chris: Double Honor selfie stick / $400 Juicero + Dude gets caught stealing 100 phones at Coachella

App Picks

  • Joe: InstaSwipe
  • Chris:

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Direct download: Mobile_Roar_166.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46am EDT
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Joe has the LG G6 and Chris has the Moto G5 Plus. Two phones on opposite sides of the spectrum. The guys talk about their impressions with the devices and much more.

Top Stories

  • LG G6 & Moto G5 Plus

Quick Hits

  • Andy Rubin teases bezeless phone
  • Apple Carplay vs Android Auto video
  • HTC has shipped 2.1 million Pixel phones, Pixel 3 up for grabs
  • Samsung: Don't expect foldable phones until 2019

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Pebble watches will keep working / Facebook stories
  • Chris: Thinnest cases for the Pixel / Ostrich made Chris cry

App Picks

  • Joe: Precise Volume
  • Chris: All in one Gestures (Bixby remapping app)
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_165.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am EDT
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This is quick episode where Chris and Joe share their first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Topics from the discussion:

  • Weird aspect ratio
  • Why does China get 6GB of RAM?
  • U.S. is only getting three colors
  • Is the black really black or just kinda black?
  • Fingerprint scanner is in a bad spot
  • Are Samsung cameras falling behind?
  • Bixby is more than a gimmick
  • Galaxy S7 Edge still has a bigger battery
  • Hurray for headphone jacks
  • Yay for battery degradation improvements
  • Very expensive phone

We'll be back next week with a full episode!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_GS8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT
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Top Stories

  • Android O is here

Quick Hits

  • Google Home speaking ads?
  • Free google home with LG G6
  • Samsung confirms Bixby
  • LG G6 launching March 30 at VZ, April 7 elsewhere
  • LG hit with lawsuit over bootloops
  • Leaked Galaxy S8 desktop dock
  • Superscreen Kickstarter
  • Weird iPhone case with Android on back
  • HTC U Ultra getting raked in reviews
  • Cyanogen CEO confirms Nintendo approached them about Android on Switch

 

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: HD HomeRun is cool / G5 is crapping out
  • Chris: ZTE Axon 7 is fantastic (who knew?) / but fingerprint sensor sucks
  • Ashley: Nokia phones coming to US / Super Mario Run not fun

App Picks

  • Joe: Boomerang, Klara
  • Chris: BlackBerry Privacy Shade
  • Ashley: Page Flip
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_164.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32am EDT
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In this episode we're recapping Chris' trip to MWC 2017. He shares his thoughts on the LG G6 and the plethora of other new phones. We also debate the merits of software buttons.

Top Stories

  • LG G6
  • Sony Xperia phones
  • Moto G5 & G5 Plus
  • Huawei P10
  • BlackBerry keyOne
  • Nokia phones

Quick Hits

  • YouTube TV announced
  • Google Assistant rolling out to more phones

Software vs Capacitive Debate

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Anker headphones / noise from Bluetooth headphones
  • Chris: Nintendo Switch / Switch issues (plastic screen, stupid USB port placement, etc.)
  • Ashley: Was surprised by the Switch / Rumors Pixel 2 won’t have headphone jack

App Picks

  • Joe: VolumeSlider
  • Chris: Universal Copy
  • Ashley: Swiftly Switch
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_163-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:37pm EDT
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We don't have a full episode this week, but we wanted to make some corrections from the last episode. Thanks to everyone who let us know about the errors. We'll be back next week with a full episode with tons of news from MWC!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_correct.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT
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This week we're talking about the surprisingly awesome ZTE Blade V8 Pro. Other topics include more Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks and rumors, very promising LG G6 info, Pokemon GO Gen 2, and more!

Top Stories

  • ZTE Blade V8 Pro

Quick Hits

  • Verizon brings back unlimited data
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 has on-screen buttons, rumored for April 21, 6.2-inch+
  • LG G6 is about same size as LG G5, rumored for March 10
  • LG G6 has 1:1 shooting mode
  • LG V30 will have Snapdragon 835 and 6GB RAM
  • Samsung could bring back Note 7 as refurb
  • Pokemon Go Gen 2 is here

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: LG G6 isn’t too big / Gym battling in PoGo is still dumb
  • Chris: Moto Z is my new favorite Android device / (no fail)
  • Ashley: LG G6 is looking interesting / Fitbit gave me a rash

App Picks

  • Joe: Daylight
  • Chris: Screenshot Crop & Share
  • Ashley: Search for Reddit
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_162.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EDT
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We're back to talk about new LG watches with Android Wear 2.0, more Galaxy S8 and LG G6 leaks, and the resurgence of wireless charging.

Top Stories

  • LG Watch Style, LG Watch Sport, Android Wear 2.0
  • LG G6 & Samsung Galaxy S8 roundup

Quick Hits

  • Google is killing the Google Now Launcher
  • Snapchat admits to prioritizing iOS over Android
  • Next iPhone may come with wireless charging
  • Verizon has its own Android Wear24 watch
  • T-Mobile is now tied with Verizon in 4G network speeds

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Moto Mod with rainbow LED strip / Need permit to play Pokemon GO in Milwaukee
  • Chris: PhoneSoap 2.0 / iPhone 7 camera gets beat by the Honor 6X

App Picks

  • Joe: Donald Draws, Looxie
  • Chris: Ninja Spinki
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am EDT
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This week we're joined by Andrew Myrick to talk about Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 rumors, the Note 7 investigation, and Donald Trump's Android phone.

Top Stories

  • Galaxy S8 leaks/rumors galore
  • Samsung is hoarding the Snapdragon 835
  • Results from Note 7 investigation
    • Note 8 confirmation

Quick Hits

  • Google Voice gets an update
  • Donald J Trump uses an insecure Android phone
  • Google I/O Dates/Location Confirmed
  • New Pixel 2 rumors
  • HTC is not making an Android Wear watch
  • LG Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatch / Assistant rumored for G6

#tbthursday: When phones were named like cars

Wins/Fails

  • Andrew: “Change is good” - got an iPhone / MWC could be boring
  • Joe: Got a new camera / Sprint buys 33% of Tidal
  • Chris: McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce giveaway / NVIDIA SHIELD TV (no multitasking)
  • Ashley: Budget Pixel phone rumors / S7 Edge Pink Lines

App Picks

  • Andrew: BBTan
  • Joe: Pickle
  • Chris: Snap Swipe Drawer
  • Ashley: Sesame Edge
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43am EDT
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We're finally back! We've got a special guest this week to talk about the best (and worst) from CES 2017. Some of our favorite things include the Honor 6X, white Xiaomi Mi Mix, thin TVs, and random gadgets.

Best of CES

  • Honor 6X
  • White Xiaomi Mi Mix
  • Super thin Xiaomi TV
  • NVIDIA Shield TV update & Spot
  • Honor Magic
  • ZTE Blade V8 Pro
  • Kodak 21MP camera phone
  • SanDisk A1 microSD card
  • Smart Lamp
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro
  • HTC Vive Accessories
  • Random CES Stuff

Worst of CES

  • Withings Smart Hairbrush
  • Spartan Radiation Boxers
  • Alexa enabled “everything”

Non-CES

  • HTC U Ultra & Play

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: VR shoes / fridges with touch screens
  • Chris: The new Google Voice / Hangouts
  • Ashley: Razer laptop with 3 screens / stolen at CES
  • Rob: LG Wallpaper TV / LG Wallpaper TV
  • Rob #2: Self Driving Car / HTC Vive Portable

App Picks

  • Joe: 1600
  • Chris: Always On AMOLED
  • Ashley: Touchscreen Repair
  • Rob: Google Drive Widget
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27am EDT
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Quick update on this week's missing episode and when we will be back. Thank you for your patience!

Direct download: MR-update-1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT
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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 EDT
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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 EDT
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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 EDT
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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 EDT
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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 EDT
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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 EDT
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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 EDT
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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 EDT
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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 EDT
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We've got a lot to talk about this week. Joe wraps up his thoughts on the Galaxy Note 7, we cover all the important stuff from IFA 2016, and should you worry about your Note 7 exploding?

Top Stories

  • Galaxy Note 7 Review
  • IFA 2016 (Moto Z Play, camera mod, HTC One A9s, Huawei Nova)

Quick Hits

  • No Nexus?
  • Galaxy Note 7 exploding issue
  • Android Nougat officially released
  • YouTube adding a Facebook-like feed

#tbthursday: “Android Market”

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Good Lock is a must / HTC 10 drowned
  • Chris: Pokemon GO buddy system / YouTube demonetization “censorship”
  • Ashley: Yoga Book / HTC One A9s

App Picks

  • Joe: Conscient, F---Colors
  • Chris: Night Mode Enabler
  • Ashley:
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am EDT
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This week we've got the brand new Honor 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the house. Chris and Joe share their first impressions of these devices. Other topics include new data plans from T-Mobile and AT&T, Google Duo, and more!

Top Stories

  • Hands-on with Honor 8
  • Galaxy Note 7 first impressions

Quick Hits

  • New T-Mobile unlimited plans
  • AT&T getting rid of overages in favor of throttling
  • Google Duo is here
  • LG V20 modular leak
  • More Nexus sailfish/Marlin rumors
  • Pokemon GO tracker changes, bans

#tbthursday: multitouch/pinch to zoom

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Note 7 blue light filter /
  • Chris: The “L Shot” (Pokemon GO) / Honor’s cringey event
  • Ashley: Matte screen protectors /

App Picks

  • Joe: Sword of Xolan
  • Chris: LeafPic
  • Ashley: GameFans
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am EDT
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This week we're talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 going official. Was there anything we didn't already know about? We also talk about a new batch of Nexus rumors, Instagram's shameless rip off of Snapchat (and why it's a good thing), and the latest Pokemon GO changes.

Top Stories

  • Galaxy Note 7 announced

Quick Hits

  • New Nexus leaks and rumors
  • Instagram Stories
  • Niantic explains Pokemon GO changes
  • LG V20 event September 6th
  • Apple Music for Android leaves beta (non-story)
  • Kim K has run out of BlackBerry Bolds

#tbthursday: OG Note

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Gear 360 is pretty cool / broke my toe
  • Chris: Pokemon Go update / USB Type-C still sucks (Nexus chargers aren’t “spec compliant”

App Picks

  • Joe: Medisafe
  • Chris: Inkwire
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EDT
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This week we're finally wrapping up our OnePlus 3 review. Is it the best phone out there? We also have more details on the Note 7 before the event next week, and dropping iPhone sales continue.

Top Stories

  • OnePlus 3 review

Quick Hits

  • Moto won’t provide monthly security updates
  • Details about the Note 7 iris scanner
  • Google Play Family Library officially launches
  • iPhone sales down for 2nd consecutive quarter
  • Nintendo shares drop when people realize they didn’t make the game
  • Pokemon Go will have trading, training, and breeding

#tbthursday: Layar

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Twitter finally adds Night Mode / LeEco buys Vizio
  • Chris: OxygenOS 3.2.2 update / Glass screen protectors with the “rainbow effect”
  • Ashley: Pokemon Go Plus delayed / BlackBerry DTEK50

App Picks

  • Joe: Poke LIVE/Poke Scanner
  • Chris: Prisma
  • Ashley: Wikipedia
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51am EDT
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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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40am EDT
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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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This week we'll be wrapping up our thoughts on the HTC 10! Is it the new phone to beat? We're also talking about Google's new hardware leader, rumored TV service from YouTube, foldable phones, and much more!

Top Stories
Quick HTC 10 review recap (shipping now)

Quick Hits
Rick Osterloh leading Google hardware
YouTube working on a live TV service
PieMessage brings iMessage to Android
Samsung could launch foldable phone in 2017
Nextbit Robin is $299 for a week
Samsung Galaxy C5 is an HTC clone

Wins/Fails
Joe: New tech turns your skin into a touch screen for your smartwatch / Power Rangers movie
Chris: Google self-driving car in GTA V / Galaxy S7 lens cover
Ashley: Tunisia mobile developer offers real-life cow as prize / My roommate’s niece told me my phone “grew up.”

App Picks
Joe: SoundSeeder
Chris: Google Keyboard (update)
Ashley: Punch Club Sale

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am EDT
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We're back to talk more about the HTC 10, two rumored HTC Nexus devices, poor LG G5 sales, and expensive watch bands from Google. We also discuss Nintendo's mobile plans, Google Play for Chrome OS, and Chris has something he doesn't want to talk about.

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Direct download: Mobile_Roar_134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33am EDT
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We have a lot to talk about in this week's episode. Joe has both the LG G5 and HTC 10. He gives his final thoughts on the G5 and his first impressions of the HTC 10. We also talk about the new update to Android N, texting-friendly movie theaters, and much more. At the end of show, we share our wins and fails of the week and recommend some apps. Thanks for listening!

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Direct download: Mobile_Roar_133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am EDT
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In this episode we're talking about the death of Windows Phone. For real this time. We're also talking about Samsung Good Lock, the huge Snapchat update, Sprint's bad Amazon Prime deal, and much more!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am EDT
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Apple has a new iPhone, and it's very small. For some reason Chris is in love with the new iPhone SE. We can't understand why. We're also talking about the upcoming HTC 10 event, pricing for the LG G5's accessories, and a bunch of new Google projects. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EDT
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We've got a lot to talk about this week. Android N has been released as a developer preview. We talk about all the new features and why Chris doesn't like it. We also wrap up our thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (and why Chris doesn't like it). Other topics this week include the HTC M10, OnePlus on House of Cards, LG G5 launch, and a Galaxy S7 Mini.

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48am EDT
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We're back from MWC to talk about the new flagship phones for 2016. Chris shares his thoughts on the new LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, and some of the other devices you might have missed. We also talk about all the big changes in Android N. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am EDT
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Apple and Google have teamed up against the FBI to protect our privacy. What does this mean for the future, and do we agree with them? We're also talking about whether the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be waterproof, and is the LG G5 ugly? Other topics include new Twitter features, and Kanye being Kanye.

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am EDT
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We've got the Moto 360 Sport in the house this week. Joe runs over the features and tells you if it's worth your time. He also goes over some of the new features in Marshmallow for Android Wear. Other topics this week include more Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC One M10, and LG G5 leaks, self-driving delivery trucks, Verizon's blatant net neutrality violation, and more!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am EDT
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Topics this week include Joe's Huawei Mate 8 review, Marshmallow for Android Wear, wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men, Google being more valuable than Apple the death of Windows Phone, and much more! Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_Podcast_126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT
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Google Glass is officially, officially dead. Maybe. All of the social accounts for Google Glass have been erased. What does this mean? We also talk about the rumors for this year's major flagship devices: HTC One M10, Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, and the iPhone 7. Other topics include new Hangouts features, Nexus discounts, and Kanye West.

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am EDT
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We've returned from our Holiday break with a bunch of great mobile news! HTC is rumored to make two Nexus devices, Verizon has a new FreeBee data program, Uber wants to deliver food, and Chris has big news! Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT
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CES 2016 is officially over, and to wrap things up we've got a special episode of the Mobile Roar Podcast for you. In this episode, we focus on all the phones, gadgets, and random devices we found on the show floor. Some are great, some are terrible, and some are just plain weird. It wasn't a great year for mobile, but that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot to talk about.

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_CES.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT
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This week we're talking about the death of SMS in Hangouts. Is it a big deal? Do you use SMS anymore? We're also talking about a new Hololens demo, the Samsung Galaxy S7's "3D Touch" feature, Android N names, and a little Star Wars. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_Podcast_123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT
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We share our picks for the 2015 Reader's Choice Awards, analyze the new Android emoji way more than we should, and talk about Chris' trip to China. Other topics in this episode include the Google Play Music family plan, HTC doing well again, Apple's ugly battery case, RIP Nexus 6, and much more.

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_122.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT
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In this week's episode, we've updated our Best Android Phones rankings. Which phone comes out on top? Joe wraps up his thoughts on the LG V10, HTC and Motorola have new smartwatches coming soon, Japan makes a phone that can be washed with soap, people love the Amazon Echo, and much more. Also, find out why Chris feels like a dad, and why the new Batman vs Superman trailer sucks.

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am EDT
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Will the Samsung Galaxy S7 mark a return to SD card slots? Should the FCC be okay with T-Mobile BingeOn? Is Black Friday dying a slow and painful death? We answer thos questions, and much more. Other topics include the Samsung Gear VR, Microsoft's latest Android app.

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT
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The LG V10 is in the house. Joe talks about why it feels like the biggest phone ever made, and how useful the second screen can be. We also talk about the return of flip phones? Other topics in this episode include the ASUS Chromebit, Huawei's crazy fast-charging battery, #sprintsuxslightlyless, Star Wars trailers, and what happens when a self-driving car breaks the law.

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am EDT
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This week we're talking about T-Mobile's new BingOn service, sneaky price hikes, and why John Legere is like your drunk uncle. We're also talking about the HTC One X9, Google Play family features, Xiamoi's ultra cheap fitness band, and how OneDrive won an argument for Joe.

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EDT
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On this week's episode Joe wraps up his thoughts on the HTC One A9, and we try to put the Apple vs HTC argument to rest. Android and Phandroid turn 8 years old, and Chris thinks that is "phat." We also discuss the recent Nexus 6P bend tests. Enjoy!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am EDT
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This week, Tony Hannides joins us once again. We're talking about the new Motorola DROID Turbo 2 and DROID Maxx 2. The OnePlus X, HTC One A9, and the rise of "premium mid-range" phones. Other topics include Google Play Podcasts, gigantic Samsung tablets, Nexus 6P delays, and much more!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_116.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am EDT
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This week we talk about Back to the Future and how much Chris loves the Nexus 6P.

Top Stories

  • We have the Nexus 6P and 5X

Quick Hits

  • HTC One A9 official
  • BlackBerry Priv coming Nov 16th for $750
  • Verizon teases Turbo 2, will be on MotoMaker
  • YouTube Red is official at $10 a month ($12 for iPhone)
  • Redesigned Play Store UI rolling out
  • Fossil Q Founder official at $275

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Google customer service + MJF wears real Air Mags on Kimmel / Cubs lose
  • Chris: Nexus 6P’s Snapdragon 810 (insanely fast) / Only received orange Android Mini Collectibles from Jamba Juice/Android Pay promotion  
  • Ashley: Fitbit Charge HR / PocketCasts Web

App Picks

  • Joe: TimeTune
  • Chris: Boomerang by Instagram
  • Ashley: the Sequence
Direct download: Mobile-Roar-115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am EDT
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Top Stories

  • New DROIDs, OnePlus X, HTC One A9, BlackBerry Priv coming soon

Quick Hits

  • Pepsi is making a phone for some reason
  • Samsung will have 3D touch in the S7
  • Facebook is testing a video hub
  • The Asus ZenWatch 2 has a speaker
  • BLOCKS modular smartwatch
  • Giftable Play Music subscriptions incoming
  • Motorola long distance wireless charging?

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: AT&T NumberSync / OnePlus trade-in Samsung for a OP2
  • Chris: LG is first to rollout Android 6.0 Marshmallow (they will be once it starts) / iPhone 6S #10 in DxOMark’s mobile camera ratings
  • Ashley: Spam Blocker app for notifications / G3 keeps crashing repeatedly

App Picks

  • Joe: Robird
  • Chris: AMOLED Burn-in Fixer
  • Ashley: Subterfuge & Fliktu
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_114.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am EDT
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Top Stories

  • Microsoft unveils liquid cooled Lumias, Surface 4, Surface Book
  • Marshmallow rolls out to Nexuses

Quick Hits

  • Verizon cancels the Sony Xperia Z4v
  • Carrier versions of Moto X 2014 won't get Android 6.0
  • Verizon raising price of grandfathered unlimited data plan
  • Facebook rolling out “reactions” alongside Likes
  • Lol

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Cubbies make the playoffs / Verizon go90
  • Chris: Google Translate working in other apps / Chromecast 2015 doesn’t play YouTube videos in 60fps / LG G4 touch screen issues
  • Ashley: Tales of the Borderlands first episode free  / Touchscreen issues on LG G3

App Picks

  • Joe: Tunity
  • Chris: Swiftkey Neural
  • Ashley: Truecaller

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Direct download: Mobile_Roar_113.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am EDT
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On this week's show, we have a special guest! We recap everything from Google's event, and Chris is full of hot takes. Other topics below.

Top Stories

  • Nexus 6P and 5X first impressions
  • New Chromecasts

Quick Hits

  • LG V10 officially announced
  • Blackberry Venice is the PRIV
  • HTC to announce phone with Marshmallow on 10/20
  • Samsung Pay is now working in the US
  • LG announces Watch Urbane 2 with LTE
  • OnePlus X

Wins/Fails

  • Guest: LG V10’s 2nd screen/No Wireless Charging in Nexii
  • Joe: Google Store didn’t crash / Apple declined to add Chromecast support to Apple Music
  • Chris: LG G4 (my new favorite Android phone) / Apple Music is really hard to cancel & Netflix app update
  • Ashley: Nexus 6P Design / Amazon won’t Chromecast and Amazon

App Picks

  • Guest: Mirrativ
  • Joe: AmpMe
  • Chris: Chromecast app
  • Ashley: Deer God
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am EDT
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Top Stories

  • Sept. 29 Nexus event, leaked renders galore
  • Moto 360 2nd Gen impressions

Quick Hits

  • Pebble Time Round is official
  • Amazon selling a 6-pack of tablets
  • Apple didn’t make the Move to iOS app
  • LG G5 rumors
  • Galaxy S7 will still have two models

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Fast wireless charging is actually fast /
  • Chris: Xiaomi Mi 4c / HTC One A9 (Aero) bezel and LG V10 secondary display
  • Ashley: / G4 speaker broken

App Picks

  • Joe: Samsung SideSync
  • Chris: Gauge Battery Widget
  • Ashley: TV Show Time
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50pm EDT
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This week Chris has the new Moto X Pure Edition. He talks about the leather vs plastic backs, and a few problems he's had. We also talk about grandfathered unlimited plans, the release of iOS 9, Cyanogen becoming Microsoft's trojan horse, Snapchat fails, and much more!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_110.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am EDT
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This week is all about Apple. They announced the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and a new Apple TV. Other topics include Android Pay and Samsung Pay, Galaxy Note 5 review, and OnePlus' apology.

Top Stories

  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, etc.
  • Apple TV

Quick Hits

  • New Google Wallet app, Android Pay launches
  • 25,000 people signing up for Samsung Pay every day
  • Leaked LG Nexus 5X, bezel looks huge
  • The Fire Phone is officially gone
  • Galaxy Note 5 Review

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: VR headset cereal box / New Google Now interface
  • Chris: iPhone 6S encourages shrinking battery trend / Verizon logo on Droid Turbo 2
  • Ashley: OnePlus actually apologizes for OnePlus 2 launch / 

App Picks

  • Joe: Poop Fiction
  • Chris: Pokemon Go
  • Ashley: Camera51
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am EDT
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This week is all about new smartwatches. The Huawei Watch and new Moto 360 are available for pre-order, and the Samsung Gear S2 was revealed with a few surprises. It's a great time to buy a smartwatch.

Top Stories

  • Huawei Watch and Moto 360 go up for pre-order
  • Samsung Gear S2 fully revealed

Quick Hits

  • Google gets a brand new logo
  • Nexus event scheduled for Sept 29th?
  • Sony Xperia Z5 family announced
  • Apple TV rumor: universal search, motion controller, $149
  • Moto X Pure pre-orders available
  • Blackberry Venice shows up in real photos

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Double fail: Fingerprint sensor / OnePlus 2 home button doesn’t work when gripped
  • Chris: Instagram landscape / New Google logo 
  • Ashley: Moto 360 2 multiple sizes / (Joe hates the Verizon logo)

App Picks

  • Joe: PAC-MAN 256
  • Chris: The Burger King app
  • Ashley: Lara Croft Go
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_108.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am EDT
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In this episode we're talking about #pengate, leaked Motorola Droid phones, HTC's iPhone copycat, the next Moto 360, and much more.

 

Top Stories

  • #Pengate, Samsung’s response, etc. 
  • Motorola leak (DROID Maxx 2, Turbo 2) 

 

Quick Hits

  • Moto 360 2 pictured in the wilds of Chicago 
  • Android Wear 1.3 with Together watch face (list of 21 interactive watch faces)  
  • YouTube Gaming now available 
  • LG’s new flagship launching Q4 2015 won't be “super premium” 
  • HTC Aero looks like an iPhone 
  • Project Ara failing drop test was just a joke 
  • Bing on Tap 
  • Animated BlackBerry Venice GIF  

 

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: / Note 5 and Edge+ are slippery
  • Chris: Over the OnePlus 2 / Huawei Nexus leak  
  • Ashley: Nvidia Recall / Samsung push notification ads

 

App Picks

  • Joe: Doodle for Messenger
  • Chris: Link Bubble Browser (now free) 
  • Ashley: Mujo

 

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am EDT
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Top Stories

  • Phandroid redesign

Quick Hits

  • Note 5 and S6 Edge+ official

  • M stands for Marshmallow

  • Motorola laying off a bunch of people

  • More Nexus 5 leaks

  • BlackBerry Venice with Android leaked

  • Project Ara delayed until 2016

  • Verizon blocking Android Pay

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Marshmallow preview 3 / Marshmallow statue

  • Chris: Vertical music video / Galaxy S6 and possibly Note 5, S6 Edge Plus

  • Ashley: Kmashi 15,000 mAh power bank /

App Picks

 

  • Joe: Polycon

  • Chris: Smart AppLock (works on Lollipop)

  • Ashley: Fallout Shelter

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT
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This biggest story in tech this week was Alphabet, the new parent company for Google and all of the weird stuff Google likes to do. What will it mean for us? We also talk about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, physical keyboards, HTC's downfall, and much more!

Direct download: Mobile_Roar_105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT
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This week we answer the big questions, like "what state is Arkansas in?" We also talk about actual tech news. More OnePlus drama, HTC ads for bad movies, T-Mobile making moves, and more!

Top Stories

  • Tricking Apple fans with faux iPhone

Quick Hits

  • OnePlus promising another phone before the holidays, AP break up, hacked
  • New LG Nexus 5 rumors and leaks
  • HTC angers users with Fantastic Four ad (Sony too)
  • Leaked images of Microsoft’s next flagship phone
  • Lollipop running on just 18% of Android devices
  • T-Mobile becomes 3rd largest US carrier

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates / YotaPhone 2 not coming to US
  • Chris: Moto X advertised in Moto G video / Galaxy Note 5 battery (3,000mAh)  
  • Ashley: Razer will put Ouya games on Google Play / Stagefright fail

App Picks

  • Joe: Play Music Alarm
  • Chris: TripCase  
  • Ashley: Moon Reader+ 50% off

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Direct download: Mobile_Roar_104.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am EDT
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There was a lot of news in the tech world this week. The OnePlus 2 is finally official, and Chris was at the event. Motorola showed off three new phones: Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and the Moto G 3rd Gen.

Other news

  • KFC Memories Bucket prints photos
  • Sony is building a new custom UI for Android
  • T-Mobile adds Apple Music to its data-free music streaming plan
  • Amazon Dash buttons now on sale for $5
  • YouTube removes Google+ comments and more
  • Razer buys out Ouya - promises to pay indie devs $600k owed

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Windows 10 / Android M “Doze” is actually working
  • Chris: Qualcomm WiPower goes through metal / No Moto 360 2015 announce (although it did pass by the FCC) 
  • Ashley: OnePlus 2 alert slider / HBO Now app sucks

App Picks

  • Joe: WeatherBack
  • Chris: Adventure Time Puzzle Quest
  • Ashley: Linken
Direct download: Mobile_Roar_103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am EDT
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Top Stories

  • OnePlus and Motorola events coming up

Quick Hits

  • Apple and Samsung want to kill the SIM card
  • Toshiba fakes $1.2 billion in profits
  • Google makes it easier to see where you’ve been
  • Sony rolling out Android 5.1

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Stir M1 smart standing desk / Oh yeah, Nexus 5 battery life sucks
  • Chris: YouTube app now shows full-screen vertical videos / Everybody is already using the Snapdragon 810 v2.1
  • Ashley: Nintendo SmartBoy concept / Qualcomm split up

App Picks

  • Joe: Cortana for Android
  • Chris: Trepn Profiler
  • Ashley: Arrow (iOS / Android)

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Top Stories

  • Happy Prime Day
  • Huawei Nexus specs rumored

Quick Hits

  • OnePlus 2 camera samples reviewed
  • Exclusive Android Wear leak
  • Apple refreshes iPod lineup
  • Galaxy Note 5 with 4GB of RAM will be unveiled in August alongside S6 Edge Plus
  • Android M Preview 2 released

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Twitter admits dev policy was a mistake / Snapchat update
  • Chris: ZTE Axon / Snapdragon 810   
  • Ashley: Commodore phone with emulator / reddit fires Victoria

App Picks

  • Joe: Atomas, Agar.io
  • Chris: (I got nothing) 
  • Ashley: Alphabear
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We've hit the big 1-0-0. To celebrate triple digits we brought on a special guest from the early days of the podcast. We discuss the top mobile stories of the week, play a game, and much more. Thanks for listening!

News

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 won’t come with SD card slot, and leak
  • OnePlus 2 will come with 4GB of RAM, cost less than $450
  • Dude rushes Broadway stage to charge his phone
  • Microsoft cuts over 7K jobs in phone business, will focus on less devices
  • NBA player thinks bigger iPhone gave him tennis elbow

The Clickbait Game

Wins/Fails

  • Edgar: Star Trek Communicator / I am on Sprint!
  • Joe: Badly Interrogated developer / Chevy making AC cubby for phones
  • Chris: Instagram fixes Android issues / Galaxy Note 4 $200 rebate offer
  • Ashley: Flesky Free / 

App Picks

  • Edgar: Bristlr, Final Fantasy Records
  • Joe: PassAndroid Passbook
  • Chris: Ticklr 
  • Ashley: Desktop Dungeons

Email Questions

 

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This week marks the return of #sprintsux. What did they do this time? We also talk about someone stealing copper cables from Verizon, the OnePlus 2, Tindr for dogs, and much more!

News

  • OnePlus 2 will have a fingerprint sensor, coming July 27
  • iOS gets new Hangouts update before Android
  • Someone is stealing Verizon’s copper cables
  • Selfie sticks are no longer allowed at Disney
  • Wireless charging is about to get much faster
  • Android 5.1 is rolling out to a slew of devices
  • Massive Pushbullet update

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Swarm gets mayorships again / New Facebook logo
  • Chris: Project Fi / Sprint video throttling (they backtracked)
  • Ashley: Apple Music Radio / Circa app stopped dev

App Picks

  • Joe: Tindog
  • Chris: Opengur
  • Ashley: Current Flow & SmartNews
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MR talks about free music and broken phones.

News

  • Google Play Music adds free radio music streaming 
  • Google Jump VR (16 GoPro) camera rig
  • OnePlus 2 will have USB Type-C, S10 that doesn’t overheat, over $322
  • Pebble Time can be pre-ordered from Best Buy (ships July 22nd)
  • iOS 9 can uninstall/re-install apps to make room for updates
  • LG G4 hasn’t met sales forecast, but is still doing well

Wins/Fails

  • Joe: Android 5.1.1 on Moto 360 / Microsoft puts final nail in Nokia’s coffin
  • Chris: Project Fi invite / Pokemon Jukebox, cracked Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Ashley: Pivotal Living Tracker 2nd gen /

App Picks

  • Joe: Timr Watch Face
  • Chris: Minima/Fracta Live Wallpaper 
  • Ashley: Curated

Listener Questions

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This is one of the few weeks in the year where phones and mobile gadget news is overshadowed by the gaming industry. We still have a few important mobile topics to discuss this week, such as the horrible rumor of Comcast buying T-Mobile, but we also talk about Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Of course, we also share our wins and fails, app picks, and answer listener questions.

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WWDC happened this week, and with it came a bunch of Apple-y news. iOS 9 gets a Google Now competitor, iPads get better multitasking, and Apple Music will be coming to Android. We also talk about pizza boxes, the ugly Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, smart buttons, and much more!

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Android M is here, and there is a lot of new stuff to dig through. We talk about our favorite new features and other goodies from Google IO. Nintendo is in the mobile new again this week, Microsoft acquires another great app, a crazy-fast voice assistant app, and much more!

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The tech world is about to be buried in Google IO news; we make some predictions before the big event. Cortana is coming to Android and iOS, but is that a bad thing for Windows Phone? KFC makes Bluetooth food trays, Periscope arrives on Android, OnePlus is doing something, and more!

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It's always a good episode when something crazy happens to Chris. This week he accidentally left his DROID Turbo in the freezer overnight. We also discuss old Android phone designs, the Asus Zenfone 2, LG G4 launch date, Mad Men finale, and much more!

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It's a bittersweet episode this week. We say goodbye to Kevin, but also say hello to a new member of the podcast. The four of us talk about Verizon buying AOL, Google self-driving car accidents, ads in Blinkfeed, beer machines, Nintendo, and much more!

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This week Kevin is sharing his final thoughts on the LG G4, is it good enough to compete with Samsung and LG? The guys also talk about Galaxy S6 cameras, Project Fi invites, Pebble Time orders, and the death of expandable storage. Also, of course, we talk about Star Wars.

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This week we're talking about the LG G4 in all its glory, the gigantic size of Samsung, Apple Pay, Android and iOS apps on Windows, Google tricks, and much more!

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Google is now a wireless carrier. Is that a good or bad thing? We go over everything you need to know about Project Fi. Chris talks about his Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 comparison, the Xperia Z4 is quietly announced, and how the heck does that BB-8 droid work?

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This week we can finally get some closure on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Chris tells us why he will be getting the Edge despite everything he hates about it. We also talk about Sprint's latest desperate attempt to get customers, the massive LG G4 leak, OnePlus' plans for 2015, and much more.

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This week we've got the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in the house. Chris shares some of his first impressions of the devices. We also talk about the Apple Watch reviews, the device that should have been the HTC One M9, the downfall of Sony mobile, plus wins/fails, and app picks! Thanks for listening!

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On this April Fools Day the guys talk about our HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2 reviews. They also, of course, talk about the silly April Fools Day shenanigans by tech companies. The guys dish on some good old school pranks back when April Fools Day wasn't ruined by #brands. Thanks for listening!

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This week the guys answer one simple question: what are the 5 most important apps/services that every phone needs to have? It's not as easy as you might think. They also discuss early HTC One M9 review, Peter Chou's exit from HTC, Cyanogen drama, and Chris' quest to buy a gold DROID Turbo for some reason.

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Uh oh! HTC launches a new service in April that will allow users of the HTC One M9 to get a free replacement if they break their phone. T-Mobile launches a really cheesy Facebook app for bashing your carrier. Not to be outdone by Apple, Google releases an overpriced laptop. Kevin rants about calling gadgets "sexy." All of that and more in this episode. Thanks for watching!

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We're back after a week off for Mobile World Congress, and there is a lot to talk about. The HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 are finally official, but did the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge steal the spotlight? Apple finally announced pricing for the Apple Watch and a crazy MacBook, but who are these products for? Plus, a rant about Twitter, praise for the HTC Re Camera, Chris' DROID Maxx saga, and much more!

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This week we finally have some new topics to talk about! Pebble announced their next generation smartwatch with a color e-paper display, and it was funded on Kickstart in less than 12 hours. Motorola sent us a press event in a box, and it was really cool. The HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 teasers and leaks are red hot. It was a good week, until...

38 minutes into the podcast everything went wrong. Internet issues caused the live Hangout to end, which is usually not a big deal because we record our audio locally. At least the audio version would be fine, right? Turns out we had some random recording issues with audio too. When that happens we just strip the audio from the Hangout video. Welp. The last 22 minutes are gone forever. Sorry.

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