Pocketnow Weekly 117: Apple revision, Sony regurgitation, HTC RE-invention

Sat Oct 11 2014 (01:48:57)

Apple's about to drop the world's thinnest tablet with the iPad Air 2, HTC's branching out to build more than just smartphones with the HTC RE, and Sony's ... well, Sony's sticking to its guns with the Z3v smartphone. Last year's guns, to be precise.

Amid all this, the rumor mill continues churning forth. Motorola isn't done shedding secrets, with the Nexus 6 and Droid Turbo leaks coming fast and furious in the lead up to a presumably imminent launch. The Note Edge is promised to go on sale this month even as Samsung's year-over-year profits crash into the basement, and Microsoft has plans to foster a brand new messaging platform even as Google Voice finally decides to take MMS seriously.

If all this sounds like the perfect marshmallow in your hot chocolate this blustery autumn Friday, you're in the right place. Join us for Pocketnow Weekly 117 and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. Enjoy!!

Pocketnow Weekly 117

 

Recording Date

October 10, 2014

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Nick Gray (HTCSourceAndroid and Me)

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown

  Sponsor

(00:01:25)

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Announcements

(00:03:29)

Z3 Compact vs One M8

Z3 Compact vs Galaxy S5

Here's what the Z3 Compact camera can do

Xperia Z3 (non-compact) review about to drop

Joe Levi unboxes the Kyocera Hydro Life

Camera phone shootout: how does the iPhone 6 Plus compare?

 

HTC Double Exposure: HTC RE and Desire EYE

(00:07:30)

HTC RE hands-on: something different from HTC

HTC Desire EYE hands-on: party in the front, party in the back

HTC brings Zoe out of beta

HTC execs discuss smartwatch delays

 

News

(00:48:52)

Apple makes iPad event official for next week

iPad Air 2 to be the world's thinnest tablet?

Motorola Droid Turbo guide leaks, reveals specs like monster 21MP camera

Motorola Droid Turbo might have a tablet-sized battery

Galaxy Note Edge will be out before the month is over

Samsung's Q3 profits sink 60% over last year

Apple's sapphire partner files for bankruptcy

Microsoft launches XIM, a cross-platform photo sharing service

 

Dial F for Fail

(01:12:33)

A segment from our top news wrangler about injustice, misdeeds, and general foolishness within the mobile industry. Today's topic: "Sad-sack Sony's Stateside Stumbles." (Sony announces Xperia Z3v for Verizon)

 

Listener Mail

(01:29:17)

E-mailed submissions from Bud Ervin, Ganesh S, and Arjun P C

 

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 listening. See you next week for Episode 118!