Pocketnow Weekly 088: Moto 360, Android Wear, and hacking a path to Inbox Zero


Inbox Zero. It’s become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you’ve got a mountain of mail it’d take a whole episode to get through.

So that’s just what we’re doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we’re devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We’ll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn’t as new a concept as we might think. And that’s just scratching the surface.

Before that, we delve into the meat of the week’s news: the new Android Wear platform – and in particular the Moto 360 watch that we’re all dying to strap on. All that and more awaits on episode 088 of the Pocketnow Weekly … so mash those cans on, turn the volume up and rip the knob off: we’re here to talk mobile tech, and it’s gonna get awesome.

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Pocketnow Weekly episode 088


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Michael Fisher

Taylor Martin

Stephen Schenck

Jaime Rivera




Reviews of the week (00:01:28)

Nokia Lumia 2520 Power Keyboard review (Video)


Android Wear (00:03:10)

Google releases Android Wear developer preview

LG G Watch announced for next quarter

Motorola Moto 360 watch announced for summer 2014

Moto 360 makes me regret my Pebble Steel order


Misc news (00:21:20)

LG’s weird slap bracelet stylus pictured

Exactly when will the HTC One be available for purchase?



Listener Mail



James Tallon asks for our thoughts on smartwatch display technologies

Imran Ahmad: is Apple the new BlackBerry?

Eric L asks if the new Android Wear product family endangers (or even eliminates) Pebble

Michael Neumann:  Will Samsung drop Tizen for Android Wear if the platform succeeds?

Chingiz Saidov: is Android Wear the future of home automation?

Frank Reid, Jonathan Michael, and Vivek Sharma ask about the Blackphone and its relationship to privacy

Jimmy Westerberg thanks us for his new writing career!

Guilherme asks about dual-SIM phones … and sociology

Gary Holly: is our long global mini-phone nightmare at an end … or no?

Jon Luck wonders: do Sony smartphone cameras still suck?

Cooper Dahle: what’s your favorite third-party UI/Android skin?



The Pocketnow Weekly’s transition music (the track used between its News and Feature segments) is a track called “Radiation” from the talented Ali Spagnola.

You may recognize the tune as one of the preloaded ringtones from your Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, or Nexus 4 – but it’s a real song, from a real album. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali’s website here, or visit her YouTube page here!

Thanks for listening!

Tune in again next week!

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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!