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In this episode, Alex, Andrew, Jerry and Daniel talk about the post-Pixel releases of the year: Google Home, Chromecast Ultra, Daydream, and the new (and improved) Android Auto! There's so much to like, but many of the feature feel like half-measures. 

Also, Nougat is on the verge of getting released broadly, other than the Pixel and a couple recent phones you won't find it beyond beta.

Finally, the Mate 9 is coming soon, but did Huawei do enough to make EMUI usable? Oh, and the HTC Bolt — a Sprint exclusive, but also a good indication of HTC's carrier-focused future.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

This week, Alex, Daniel and special guest, MrMobile himself Michael Fisher, talk about Huawei's massive-in-a-few-ways new flagship, the Mate 9. 

How much will Huawei benefit from the Note 7's absence in the market, and will the Mate 9 come to the U.S.? (A lot, and probably!) 

Settle in, this is one you don't want to miss!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

This week, Jerry, Daniel and Andrew dive deeper into the Pixel and Pixel XL, discussing the phones' best and worst features after two weeks of use. It's also good news on the earnings front as Google pulled its most profitable quarter ever while LG and Samsung get hit hard.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

The Google Pixel is here, and Daniel, Andrew, and Alex dive deep on the Google Phone. From the resemblance to the iPhone (overstated), to the camera (totally amazing) to battery life (good on the Pixel, great on the Pixel XL), there's a lot to discuss, so join us!

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT

Andrew, Alex, and Daniel dive headfirst into the fiery depths of the Note 7 cancellation.

How much did Samsung know before the phone was widely released, and why didn't the company catch what was causing the first batch of phones to overheat before sending replacements? And, ultimately, how will this affect the way people look at Samsung as a company, and its future products?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:51pm EDT

We're live from the Google Pixel launch event in San Francisco! Andrew, Russell and Flo are on hand to talk about their first impressions of Google's new Pixel phones, along with Daydream View, the Google's first VR headset, and Google Home, Wifi and the new Chromecast Ultra!

Lots to talk about this week, so dig in, it's a good one.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

This week, Alex, Jerry, Daniel, and Flo talk about the Google event happening on October 4, and how Google's Pixel phones need something truly special to make a mark on the industry in ways the Nexuses never could.

And BlackBerry is no longer making its own phones. Is that a big deal when the company pledged years ago to be a software company first?

Finally, Android Wear 2.0 has been delayed. Boo! But its scope is much bigger than when it first debuted earlier this year, so when smartwatches finally are released with it, we'll actually have some pretty cool new stuff to look forward to.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT

In episode 307, Andrew, Jerry, and Daniel chat about Allo, Google's smart, AI-powered messaging app. After so much hype, does it live up to our lofty expectations, and how does Google capitalize on its ambitious bot strategy?

Plus, replacement Note 7s are here, and with it the "safe" green battery icon. But will it make a difference to Samsung's battered reputation?

And the new Xperia X Compact is one of the best small phones on the market, but what's with its $499 price? Come on, Sony.

Finally, Jerry walks us through the things to look for when buying a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

Andrew, Alex, Jerry and Flo (two appearances in a row!) talk about returning exploding Note 7s, how Samsung has handled another week of the ordeal and just who's at fault for the poor return rates up to this point.

With the expected upcoming Google event, we break down the latest Pixel phone leaks, and talk about the future of Android software with Nougat and beyond. Also, what the heck is going on with Android Wear right now? It kind of feels like it's in a holding pattern.

The group also talks about Sony's recent uptick in mind share since IFA, and how that relates to HTC's current dismal state of affairs.

Thanks to this week's sponsor, Harrys, for supporting the show!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm EDT

This week, Daniel, Andrew, Jerry and Flo chat about — what else? — the Galaxy Note 7 recall. What Samsung and carriers have done well, and how they've let us down. Trust us, there's a bunch of both.

Plus, the LG V20 is a great big phone, but will it be a great big success for LG when the company really needs one?

And there was another "courageous" phone announcement this week. The team dives into things.

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