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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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