Pocketnow Weekly 120: Nexus 6 sells out in minutes, DROID Turbo goes ballistic, Microsoft Band sneaks out early

Sat Nov 01 2014 (02:15:57)

If you want your very own huge Google smartphone, great news! Preorders are open right no– oh, never mind; they're sold out already. But not to worry! If you missed out on claiming your own Nexus 6, we've got other mobile happenings to sate your salacious smartphone and smartwatch desires: an Oppo with a motorized camera, a fitness band Microsoft maybe wasn't quite ready to announce, and a new Droid made of something called ballistic nylon, just in case someone shoots you in the pocket this scary holiday season.

Also ahead: a look at whether Quad HD screens really do suck your battery's blood, a video proving Project Ara is no zombie, and an editorial from our Chief News Editor on why mobile payments just can't seem to get out of the grave. And if you thought those Halloween jokes were lame, well ... you ain't seen jack (-o-lantern) yet.

If that's the kind of podcast that shivers your timbers, then you've found the mobile show you're looking for. Join us for Pocketnow Weekly 120 below –either through the live video stream at 12:00am Eastern on October 30 (click here for your local time), or the high-quality audio version available later on– and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!

Pocketnow Weekly 120

 

Recording Date

October 30, 2014

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Taylor Martin

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown

 

Sponsor

(00:03:17)

 

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Announcements

(00:06:01)

Do QHD displays really use more power?

What are Android OS and Android System in my battery report?

 

News

(00:17:21)

Nexus 6 sold out minutes after going on sale

Motorola invite sure looks like an international Droid Turbo launch

Lenovo completes Motorola acquisition

LG kills it with smartphone sales in Q3

Microsoft Band goes official alongside new health service

Fully-assembled Project Ara prototype shown booting Android

Oppo announces new smartphones (Oppo R5 hands-on / Oppo N3 hands-on)

 

Gadgets in Hand

(01:00:29)

 

A segment about sharing the hands-on experience. On today's show, w've got the all-new Motorola DROID Turbo in hand, fresh from our Turbo vs Moto X comparison. It's paired with the just-as-new LG G Watch R, which we unboxed just the other day.

But those videos don't answer every question, and our full reviews are still a few days off! So if you're watching the show live, use the Q&A feature of Google Hangouts to send in your questions, and we'll do our best to answer them live on the air!

 

Dial F for Fail

(01:35:10)

 

A segment from our top news wrangler about injustice, misdeeds, and general foolishness within the mobile industry. Today's topic is all about the money – Mobile Payments: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.

 

Listener Mail

(01:52:53)

E-mailed submissions from Jack Bolton, Jonathan Michael Acha, and Stephen Forbes

 

Music

It may just sound like a ringtone to you, but our transition music track ("Radiation") is a real song, from a real album, by a real artist: Ali Spagnola. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali's website here, visit her YouTube page here, and follow her on Twitter here!

Thanks for tuning in. See you next week!