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Hands-on with the Note 8, Android Oreo, and Verizon’s sad new data plans

Hands-on with the Note 8, Android Oreo, and Verizon’s sad new data plans


Plus Space Craft episode two with Loren Grush

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This week on The Verge, Dieter was able to get his hands on the new Galaxy Note 8. So on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go over the first impressions of Samsung’s latest product and what the pricing will mean for future smartphones.

Next up, Loren Grush returns to the show to talk about the second episode of Space Craft, as well as her experience seeing the eclipse this week in Nashville.

There’s a lot more in between, like Android Oreo’s name announcement, Verizon’s new unlimited data plans, and some new smart speakers on the horizon, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

02:43 - Note 8 specs and features

17:06 - Apple reportedly planning $999 price for new iPhone

26:36 - How I outran clouds to get the perfect eclipse photo with Loren Grush

34:12 - Space Craft episode two with Loren Grush

44:34 - Android O is now officially Android Oreo

47:40 - Google may take on the Echo Dot with a mini Google Home

51:26 - Samsung confirms it’s working on a smart speaker

52:13 - Paul revisits Intel’s new chip announcements

57:41 - Verizon’s good unlimited data plan is now three bad unlimited plans

1:09:38 - Paul’s weekly segment YotaPhone 3; still Yota-ing

1:12:07 - Apple TV is losing badly to Roku and Amazon in the living room, survey finds

1:13:28 - iOS 11 Safari will turn Google AMP links back into regular ones when sharing

1:19:34 - Nikon’s new D850 has 45.7 megapixels and enough features to tempt Canon shooters

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