Pocketnow Weekly 154: OnePlus 2, no Galaxy Note Edge, and the ZTE Axon

Mon Jun 29 2015 (01:33:09)

Who ever said that summer's a bit of a slow period in mobile tech circles? In the space between WWDC and IFA, nothing much happens, right? Luckily for you smartphone and tablet fans out there, that couldn't be further from the truth, and there's been a busy week chock-full of interesting developments that we're just aching to sift through, chew up, and feed to all of you, momma-bird style, on this week's Pocketnow Weekly.

Life used to be so simple. Phones made phone calls and little more. And you could tune in to the Pocketnow Weekly podcast each week and look forward to some engaging discussions led by Michael Fisher. These last few weeks we've been turning everything on its head, shaking things up, and daring to do things just a little differently. For the second time this month, we call upon Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck to take the mic from Mr. Fisher and lead us through another week of news, questions, and opinions on mobile technology.

Of course, this isn't a one man show, and with the help of stalwart producer Jules Wang and recurring Weekly guest Hayato Huseman, we've got all the chambers loaded for this week's show.

You can watch our video broadcast from 5:30pm on June 26 (click here for your local time). You can also download our high-quality audio version here. Join us live next time on Google Hangouts to ask your questions on the air, or send us some listener mail at podcast@pocketnow.com.

Pocketnow Weekly 154 Recording Date

June 26, 2015

 

Hosts

Stephen Schenck

Hayato Huseman

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown


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News

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Devices

Moto G 2015 specs leaked in video, first real life picture emerges

European HTC One M9+ availability rumored for Q3 2015

OnePlus confirms USB type C for OnePlus 2 – but what about USB 3.1? / OnePlus 2 launch date set for late July (with a VR twist)

Samsung Galaxy S7 launch happening this year? / Samsung Galaxy S7 launch not happening this year?

No Galaxy Note Edge 2 this year, claims report / Purported Galaxy Note 5 case designs reveal S6-like changes (including no rear speaker)

Amazon Echo personal assistant appliance becomes available for anyone to order / Amazon opens Alexa voice service; time to build your own Echo?

Meizu MX4 gets a software overhaul, becomes the next Ubuntu smartphone

Upcoming Axon phone gets 4GB of RAM and dual rear cameras, but why is it hiding its ZTE roots?

A curved iPhone is reportedly planned, just not for now

Developments

Did Microsoft just change its mind on free Windows 10 for testers?

BlackBerry CEO John Chen comments on Android development rumors

Windows 10 Mobile preview releases could start getting much better, quite soon

Google Play Music introduces new ad-supported streaming radio option

iOS 8.3 untethered jailbreak for iPhone and iPad released

Satya Nadella lays out Microsoft mission statement in company-wide email

Apple removing some apps that use the Confederate flag

 

Listener Mail

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E-mailed submissions from Ryan Field, Jan Strasky, and Jonathan Michael Acha

Thanks for tuning in, see you next week!