Pocketnow Weekly 180: Pipin' hot smartphone news!

Fri Dec 25 2015 (01:08:56)

You may have mentally checked out for the holidays, shoving a pile of "to-do" paperwork back into a shadowy corner, or said "so long" to exams and headed home from school on winter break, but the mobile electronic world keeps right on moving, and even with big launches right around the corner as the early-2016 expo season looms, there's been a heck of lot happening - and we're looking forward to sharing it all with you. It may have only been a handful of days since we last came to you with some podcast action, but we've got a lot to discuss, including a stupid-slim iPhone, some next-gen rumors from Google, and a cold, hard look at exactly what Microsoft thinks it's doing over in Window 10 Mobile-land.

All of the above –plus your listener mail– awaits on episode 180 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 4:30pm Eastern on December 23 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air!

Pocketnow Weekly 180

 

Recording Date

December 23, 2015

 

Hosts

Stephen Schenck

Adam Doud

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown


 

Sponsor

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News

(00:05:37)

 

2016 Moto X leaks again, shows off what appears to be an internal heat pipe for cooling.

Google's next messaging app could be chock full of interactive chatbots.

Forget two-factor authentication: what if you never had to enter your Google password again?

Google Play would love to save you some cash on all sorts of apps and media this holiday season.

ZTE's all "check out my mid-range phablet action with this Axon Max biz, while Samsung fires back with an "I can do that too: Galaxy A9 - recognize!" of its own.

Project Ara, eat your heart out: the Fairphone 2 is here, and it's finally shipping.

 

With as long as Microsoft had to work n Windows 10 Mobile, why does it still feel like users are participants in a beta test? But dammit if its fans aren't loyal to it.

Microsoft goes full taksies backsies with Android “Hey Cortana” hotword support.

Why didn't the Lumia 950 look as good as these unofficial Lumia 650 renders?

 

2016's most prolific smartphone feature could be 3D Touch-like tech.

Apple Music could start sounding a bit better to the ears of you audiophiles, but what would it look like if your iPhone 7 headphone options really went Lightning-only?

 

Listener Mail

 (00:48:34)

E-mailed submissions from Robert, Lukas, and Unicorn Workhorse

See you next time!