Galaxy S7 Nougat, 600MHz Auction, and Battle of the Voice Assistants | #PNWeekly 236

Inexpensive Android One phones are making their way to the United States. The Galaxy S7 is finally (kind of) getting Nougat. The 600MHz TV spectrum is selling way below expectations, and we have a voice assistant showdown!

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January 19, 2017


Juan Bagnell

Adam Doud

Jules Wang


2017 Mid-ranger vs. 2016 Flagship?


We’ve come to the time-honored discussion of whether you should trust your limited mobile technology buying power to a smash hit from last year or a modest package of this year. And it just so happens that our Adam Doud has been tracking this parallel for the past few years

Voice Assistant Battle Royale!


Our own Adam Doud hosted a showdown between phone and home digital assistants. Each member of the Pocketnow editorial team offered up a question to see which assistant could tackle conversational commands better. At the same time we got word from Google that Google Assistant might get an offline mode. Are these digital butlers ready for prime time?


52:28 | Samsung Bixby rumored to get visual search

57:25 | Galaxy S7 Nougat update starting to roll out

1:09:46 | Moto G5 Plus looks to pick up new Qualcomm mid-range chipset

1:16:46 | Moto Z prices slashed at Verizon

1:19:25 | Google to expand Android One program to United States

1:26:52 | Nokia 6 Flash Sale over in under a minute, with over a million registrations

1:35:00 | Tag Heuer sells way more Connected smart watches than anticipated

600MHz spectrum sale ends with $10 billion in sales


The air we use for TV was put up for auction, and the telecommunication companies bids were severely lower than anticipated. This spectrum could help improve signal coverage and reception, so why didn’t it sell better?

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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.