Pocketnow Weekly 080: HTC M8 x, Galaxy Note 3 Neo, a $50 Motorola smartphone & a resurgent BlackBerry

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 “Our revels now are ended, Kirk.”

That’s a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the “Kirk” bit) it’s a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood – and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it’s a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain’s ship out from under him. In both cases, it’s a kind of farewell. And in today’s example, it’s also a goodbye – to the old times.

That’s a pretty dramatic way of saying that we’re finally, officially past the post-CES slump – and full-on immersed in the news fires of the new year. The buzz of the trade show has faded into the background, and today’s speculation and leak traffic revolves instead around devices not yet seen, from the HTC M8 (and M8x) to the Galaxy Note 3 Neo to a temporarily rejuvenated BlackBerry to the (sorta) dual-platform Android/Windows Phone device … and beyond.

All that, plus a rallying wrist-load of wearable news and more coherence than you’ve come to expect, await you on episode 080 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So turn the volume up and rip the knob off: we’re here to talk mobile tech, and it’s gonna get weird (in all the right kinds of ways). Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Google Plus to stay apprised of the latest episodes. Tell your friends about the show so we don’t have to do a telethon to stay on the air. Join our forums to offer topic suggestions and more. And thanks for listening!

Pocketnow Weekly Episode 080


 

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Recording Date

01/22/2014

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Jaime Rivera

Taylor Martin

 

Podcast Rundown

 

Android (00:04:19)

Sony launches WiFi-only Xperia Z Ultra

Rumored Xperia Z2 screenshots appear to confirm hardware details

Motorola aiming for $50 smartphone

Moto X wooden options finally available

HTC “M8x” appears in gov’t database

Galaxy Note 3 Neo renders arrive

New Samsung UI looks a lot like Magazine UI

 

Windows (00:48:08)

Microsoft-Nokia deal finally ready to wrap up?

Microsoft disputes rumor of billion-dollar WP8 payments

Dual-mode Android-Windows Phone(ish) handset a reality

What is Windows 8 Embedded Handheld and how is it different from WP8?

Microsoft “Cortana” may actually feature the Halo character’s voice, beta in April

 

iOS (01:04:48)

Is this what iOS in the Car will look like?

 

BlackBerry (01:09:24)

As BlackBerry attempts to find its footing, government interest looks strong

 

Wearables (01:14:28)

One month with Pebble – chronicles of a nonbeliever

Smartwatch keyboard concept looks pretty usable

Partial Galaxy Gear compatibility comes to Nexus 5

 

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!