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This week, Andrew Martonik and Jerry Hildenbrand discuss a universe of Android news, including ‘Andromeda’, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Bixby Voice, Bluetooth fixes, and more!

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Galaxy Note 8 is coming

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This week, we invited our homebody friends, Mikah Sargent and Phil Nickinson, to chat about smart homes and how they're changing the way we live.

Should you buy a Google Home or an Echo or, if you're into Apple, should you wait for the HomePod, which is hatching later this year? And what about ecosystems and standards? What *is* a Zigbee, anyway? All of these questions are answered — or at least acknowledged — and more!

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This week, Daniel, Flo, Alex and Jerry discuss the latest Pixel 2 rumors — will it be made by HTC, LG or both? — and what that means for the future of the Pixel program.

Also discussed:

- HTC did good with the U11

- Apple's WWDC announcements: Is the iPad the best Google tablet around?

- Bixby sucks. When will it be good?

- The OnePlus 5 is coming, but is it a lot of hot air?

- Locked phones will be banned in Canada this year. How does that change things, and how does it compare to other countries like the U.S. and the UK?

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We're quickly nearing a new release of Android, and Daniel, Andrew, and Jerry are excited af! Well, maybe not af but definitely a bunch!

Along with a new release of the Android O developer preview, we learned that the new version will be version 8.0 — but the number was not the only new thing! The guys dig deep into the new release.

And in addition to talking about their reviews of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Moto Z2 Play, the guys dig into all the latest juicy rumors of the OnePlus 5, which has an official unveiling date.

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This week, Daniel, Andrew and Flo close the door on Google I/O and open it to the OnePlus 5. And while they're at it, they talk about Motorola's newfound confidence, and whether the HTC U11 can make up some ground.

Oh, and there's some OnePlus X reminiscing ❤️

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This week, it's Daniel, Jerry, and Alex tackling HTC U 11, OnePlus 5, and Google I/O, plus some surprises (and one bad joke) along the way. Stick around!

It's not an under-11 soccer team or a Nazi submarine, but a new phone. The HTC U 11 is coming soon, and while we don't know much about it, we do know that it will try to bridge the gap between the HTC 10, an underrated phone, and the U series that began earlier this year with the U Ultra and U Play. 

The OnePlus 5 is probably going to be one of the most exciting releases of the year, but with component prices increasing rapidly, can OnePlus maintain its "affordable flagship" tagline?

And Google I/O is next week! The guys break down what to expect, and what they want, from Google's annual developer conference!

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This week, your hosts Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand and Andrew Martonik talk about what's new in the world of smartphones, and the regulators that influence the carriers we pay to get cellular service for those phones.

1. Andrew gives his thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the team talk about whether the new phone is a foundational phone that has problems — more like the Galaxy S6 than the Galaxy S7.

2. The BlackBerry KEYone is coming soon, but who is this phone for, and should you care? Daniel and Jerry give their thoughts.

3. The FCC is moving to repeal Title II, removing specific clauses from so-called net neutrality mandates that protect consumers from having "fast lanes" imposed on the internet. This is a big deal.

4. AT&T launched a "5G Evolution" network this week, but it's more of the same — both in terms of technology (nothing new) and deceptive marketing (same old, same old).

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It's here! Daniel, Florence, Michael Fisher (MrMobile), and special guest David Ruddock of Android Police have all reviewed the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and go in-depth about what's good and what's not so good.

Why did Samsung ship Bixby half-finished, and was the oft-criticized fingerprint sensor going to be somewhere else until a last-minute change forced Samsung's hand? And are the cameras better because they're more accurate, or in spite of it?

Join us as we answer these questions and more!

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The Galaxy S8 is really real and officially official! We're live in New York hours after the big reveal chatting about Samsung's Next Big Thing!

Join Daniel, Andrew, Derek, Phil (Modern Dad) and Michael Fisher (MrMobile) as they talk about, and pass around, the Galaxy S8!

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