Pocketnow Weekly 075: 2K screens, iris scanners, and learning to use a Jolla

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Just what use would an iris scanner be on a smartphone? When will 2K displays take over the smartphone world (and why should we care)? How exactly does one spell “Magotes,” anyway? If these questions have ever crossed your worried minds -and even if they haven’t- the second-to-last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly’s 2013 season is right up your twisted alley, friend.

But even if you’re not interested in such tomfoolery, there’s still plenty here to ping your pong. In this episode we talk headline-grabbing rumors like the Galaxy S 5 and wooden Moto X, yes – but we also spend a lot of time covering lesser-known mobile tech topics. Topics like what it’s like to carry a Jolla for a day, and just what weird thinking is behind Nokia’s phone-naming schemes. Then we tie a bow on everything with some of the best listener mail we’ve had all year, from the best audience a humble little podcast could ask for. So grab a towel, because on episode 075 of the Pocketnow Weekly, it’s laid out like that.

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Pocketnow Weekly Episode 075



 

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Recording Date

12/20/2013

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Taylor Martin

Stephen Schenck

Adam Doud

 

Podcast Rundown

 

Announcements (00:03:51)

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Jolla (00:07:39)

Jolla Hands-On: a day with the new Sailfish flagship (Video)

 

Android (00:26:10)
LG GX announced in Korea, brings 5.5-inch display and Snapdragon 600

Sony Xperia Z1 for China now confirmed; begins to resolve Z1s mystery

Samsung Galaxy S 5 could feature iris scanner as well as 2K display

This is what a 2K smartphone looks like: Vivo launches Xplay 3S

Moto X wood option finally available (with some surprises)

Don’t be surprised if you start seeing some very Apple-looking Samsung stores

Samsung’s 2014 tablet lineup splitting into Pro and Lite flavors? New details rumored

 

Windows (01:03:48)

Lumia “929″ launch date rumored as we reconsider the phone’s name / Wait for Nokia Lumia 929/Icon could be getting even longer

Nokia changes its mind about 8.3-inch “Illusionist” tablet?

Surface Mini tablet to support in-air gesture control?

Lumia 1020 on AT&T now getting Lumia Black update (and RAW support)

 

iOS (01:22:52)

Apple starts season early with 12 days of gifts

Pebble reveals app store plans, launching next year

 

Listener Mail (01:27:53)

Minh Nguyen wonders what the HTC financing program means for the OEM’s relationship with carriers; Rikki Paul laments the loss of tiny phones; and Anthony Nardiello asks us just how to convince his dad to replace old’n’busted with the new hotness for Christmas.

(Special note: due to the flow of this week’s episode, two additional pieces of listener mail, from Phillip Mburu and Thomas Huffmaster, are included in the Android and Windows Phone sections above. Thanks to everyone for writing in!)

Thanks for listening!

Tune in next week for more!

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About The Author
Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA.Read more about Michael Fisher!