Pocketnow Weekly 143: Edging out the Galaxy S6, blossoming the LG G4 and more

Fri Apr 10 2015 (01:48:53)

Sometimes, 3500 words and a 12-minute video isn't enough. When a smartphone is a truly big deal, sometimes you just need more. And more is exactly what we're bringing you on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, phones destined to change the Android landscape in 2015. We've got an S6 in one hand and an S6 edge brought by the angel of tech herself, and we're taking your questions live on the air as we try to get to the bottom of what's hot – and what's not.

Of course, the news doesn't stop for Samsung's new releases; in fact, quite the opposite is true. The competition has turned up the heat in both smartphone and wearable news this week, and we're gonna (try to) get to all of it, from the early reaction surrounding the Apple Watch to the intentional LG G4 leak deluge to the next build of Windows Phone.

All of the above, plus listener mail and a truly terrifying story about how smartphones are creating the worst place on planet Earth, lies ahead. Pocketnow Weekly 143 is on the pad, the sound-suppression system is active and the hydrogen sparklers are lit off – so take your eyes off the countdown clock and witness it blast off. Watch the recorded video broadcast from 6:30pm Eastern on April 9 (click here for your local time), or the high-quality audio version right here, and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you next time!

 

Pocketnow Weekly 143 Recording Date

April 9, 2015

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Erica Griffin

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown

 

Sponsor

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Gadgets in Hand: Samsung Galaxy S6 / Galaxy S6 edge

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Our full review of the Galaxy S6 is finally here, and our coverage on its edgier sibling starts very soon! In the meantime, we're taking your questions on the world's newest Android flagships – and we're inviting a special guest to do it. YouTube's Erica Griffin joins us, Galaxy S6 edge in hand, to answer all your questions on the latest Samsung flagships!

If you're watching live, use the Q&A Feature within Google Hangouts to send your questions during the broadcast. If you're unable to join us for the live show, toss your question to us the old-fashioned way: podcast AT pocketnow DOT com.

Context: Galaxy S6 Review [Pocketnow] / Galaxy S6 edge initial review [Erica Griffin]

Additional content: Samsung addresses Galaxy S6 "bendgate" claims with video / Galaxy S6 owners reporting weird flash bug / AT&T preparing for Galaxy S6 Active release /

 

News

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Smartphones

LG to give out 4000 G4 units before launch as part of consumer experience campaign

LG shares early preview of LG UX 4.0

LG G4 camera module announced: f/1.8, 16MP, 80% more light

Motorola recruits its fans for insider Moto Maker exclusive group

HTC One M9+ official

T-Mobile US quietly dumps the Xperia Z3 after just 5 months

Apple launches iOS 8.3 with long list of improvements

Next Windows 10 phone preview finally gets an ETA

Alcatel Onetouch reveals super affordable Idol 3 preorder details

 

Wearables

 

Apple Watch pricing leaked ahead of official availability

Google announces newly curated Android Wear collections

Samsung's round-screened smartwatch gets a rumored name, new hardware details

 

Listener Mail

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E-mailed submissions from Nokia Fanboi and Adeel Farooque (a.k.a. Christopher McDowski)

 

Weekend Reading

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We all love our mobile technology, but we too often forget the cost associated with manufacturing it. Join the BBC on a trip to the worst place on Earth, a dystopian lake fueled by the world's tech lust.

Excerpt: After seeing the impact of rare earth mining myself, it’s impossible to view the gadgets I use everyday in the same way. As I watched Apple announce their smart watch recently, a thought crossed my mind: once we made watches with minerals mined from the Earth and treated them like precious heirlooms; now we use even rarer minerals and we'll want to update them yearly. Technology companies continually urge us to upgrade; to buy the newest tablet or phone. But I cannot forget that it all begins in a place like Bautou, and a terrible toxic lake that stretches to the horizon.

Thanks for watching! See you next week.