Posts tagged with: Hangouts
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    Update: Happy Halloween! The podcast is early so you can cover your ears with it while being spooked by pop-scares all around town! Motorola builds a shatterproof phone and we put it to the test. Samsung builds a tablet the size of a TV and we look on with concern. And Nintendo finally makes the jump to your smartphone screen ... and we get all nostalgic for Tetris and Toobin'. All this, plus some learning about the 600 MHz spectrum and an eyes-on session with your listener mail, on episode 172 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 3:30pm Eastern on October ...

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    Update: I have exacted my revenge for an opinion that is, I think, well-placed. Enjoy! AT&T launches something pretty cool and T-Mobile makes fun of it. Verizon's prepping a couple of new handhelds and they're called "Droids." OnePlus is cooking up a new smartphone and it's being pretty secretive about it. If I didn't know better, I'd say we've been here before. All this, plus: the BlackBerry Priv finally gets a date, teens roll their eyes at the Apple Watch, and we go eyes-on with your listener mail, on episode 170 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 12:00pm ...

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    Update: Also known as the Sicromoft podcast. Enjoy! Microsoft just hosted a very Apple-like unveiling of some (mostly) compelling products that have us wondering about a future covered in Live Tiles. Apple's newest iPhone uses processors from two different manufacturers that might result in varying battery life across models. And BlackBerry's talking up its new smartphone – while also considering exiting the hardware business. All this plus your listener mail awaits on episode 169 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:00pm Eastern on October 9 (click here for ...

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    Just a couple months back, we saw Google release a significant update for its Google Hangouts app for Android, speeding things up, paring down the UI, and adding some cool Android Wear features. Now it looks like the next collection of big Hangouts improvements is nearly upon us, as sources tease the nearly-ready-to-go Hangouts 5.0 for Android. What can you expect from Hangout 5.0? Rumored changes include some UI tweaks, the arrival of a startup splash screen, and a hell of a lot of lag reduction: we hear that users can look forward to much smoother operation when sending messages and ...

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    Update: Nexus next to us... podcast in front of us. Enjoy! Google's new Nexus phones are here, T-Mobile's customer data is all over the internet, and the new iPhone can double as a submarine. On top of that, LG's looking to revamp the concept of the videophone and the smartwatch all at the same time, Microsoft's about to dump a load of Windows hardware on the world, and HTC is readying a familiar face for a fall launch. All this plus your listener mail awaits below, on episode 168 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So figure out which cable fits your new phone and plug in, because this ...

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    Update: Major update from our pals at SCOTTeVEST.com: they have a 40% off sale going on up until Monday, September 28! Visit http://scottevest.com/pocketnow for the deets and enjoy! Only in the midst of iPhone-and-Nexus season could a week with three reviews, a new smartwatch, and looming launches from huge OEMs be called a "lull." But we'll take the breathers where we can get 'em. On the heels of our Huawei Watch review, a new Pebble joins the fray; on the eve of our OnePlus 2 review, LG teases a weird phone with a weirder video; and as Android Pay finally starts rolling out to US ...

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    Update: Now with more silicon than ever. Hey, do me a favor? Next time you go on down to the Piggly Wiggly, see if they've got them there tablet six packs? I won't have 'em all, I promise; I just want a couple for the road. Yep, things got a little craaaaaazy in mobile technology this week. In the midst of our comprehensive Moto X Pure Edition review and a boatload of hands-ons from CTIA in Las Vegas, we've seen Nextbit announce a cloud-based smartphone, Apple allow an ad blocker into the App Store, and Amazon release, yes, tablet six-packs. And on top of all that, we've got some ...

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    Update: Ruined shoes be damned, it's time to bring on the slop. Enjoy! The muddy morass of tech news is seldom tranquil, even in the wake of a trade show as big as IFA 2015. No sooner had our moon boots touched down on US soil than Apple held a two-hour marathon event to unveil its new iPhones and a giant iPad ... and our keyboards barely had a chance to cool down from that before a Moto X Pure Edition came a'knockin' at our door, just begging to be unboxed. Toss in a hefty helping of backlogged review content (yes, we're still working on that Axon and OnePlus 2 coverage) and we've ...

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    Update: That Huawei Watch gave us the jeebies all through the program. Well, glad that's all uploaded. One of the nice things about the current monoform world of slab smartphones is that there are very few moving parts to break. Until, that is, you decide to defy common sense and stick your brand new Galaxy Note 5's S Pen into its silo backwards. That's when life stops getting funny ... and starts getting real. Join us for a debate on whether this is an example of terminal user stupidity or inexcusable design flaw, and then stick around for all the news of the week in mobile technology, ...

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    Update: And the audio-only cut is live at the download link below. Sorry for the audio quality on this one, folks; we'll all be happy when Jules is back on the producer board! "I am preparing to toast a marshmelon." That's a line from the greatest Star Trek movie of all time, and it's also something we hope to avoid when the official review period for the latest version of Android kicks off. Until then, we'll have to content ourselves with discussing Android Marshmallow's funny new name, followed by all the other mobile tech-talk of the week. And if you watch the live edition of ...

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    Google’s approach to messaging is quite confusing if you account for the amount of services it owns, but it’s safe to say that Google Hangouts has proven to be its most popular offering. We’ve seen the company push updates that continuously merge more and more of its services with Hangouts, so it’ safe to say that this will be the app to rule them all. Today Google has launched major update to the Google Hangouts Android application, pushing it now to version 4.0. Some of the changes are visual, as Google continues to push for its Material Design across all of its services. Other ...

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    Update (8 Aug, 2:00pm Eastern): "Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait." - Charles Dickens The latter ain't the case this week. Enjoy. Sometimes the news comes not in a solid column from a single direction, but as a scattershot shower-spray from every corner of the space. Today's podcast reflects just such a week in mobile technology, with tech news as far-flung and varied as the menu items on an appetizer mixer from Applebee's. All that (plus a larger-than-normal helping of your listener mail) is waiting for your ears on episode 160 of your favorite tech podcast: the Pocketnow ...

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    Update: The podcast has been updated with audio from our Motorola event editorial roundtable. Enjoy! The flagship killer might've just gotten killed by a killer flagship! A new phablet might make former phablets obsolete! Windows Update just updated its last Windows! And your gaming tablet's so hot it's about to catch fire?! You can't get much ... hotter than that. Amirite? The news of the week in mobile technology is up next, from OnePlus to Windows to Motorola and beyond –plus your listener mail– on episode 159 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So say your keyphrase and listen closely, ...

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    Update (July 27, 12:30am): Check out #EditLive on Twitter to see what goes into editing the Pocketnow Weekly. See you next time! True story: as a high schooler spending the night in a new house, I awoke one morning to find my kitchen flooded with water due to a plumbing problem. My parents were out of town and the family friends who were house-sitting were frantically trying to find the shutoff valve ... but due to my terrible academic tardiness record I couldn't stay to help them find it. To ensure I wasn't required to repeat my senior year, I had to leave my family friends ...

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    Update: Warning - peaking audio levels at the beginning and end of this podcast. Enjoy! Yo dudes. This week was gnar, dudes. First we get word from Commodore that they're (sorta) back and they've got a fleshtone phone to prove it. Then we hear that some kind of modern-day Iron Man is building a phone out of a material called "liquidmorphium." Then we go hands-on with an all-metal, super-stylized ZTE phone, before hearing that Samsung's new smartwatch is gonna have a digital crown and a rotating bezel control. And that's not even half of the geekgasm that was this week in mobile tech. All ...

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    Update (July 13, 5:00pm Eastern): Thanks for making three years of this possible. We start Year #4 this week. Hope you'll tag along. Laying off 7,800 people (in addition to the 18,000 from a few months back) and taking a $7.6B writedown on your highest-profile mobile acquisition ever isn't a great way to show your commitment to your smartphone platform ... but that's just what Microsoft did earlier this week, in the "Nadella Memo Heard Round the World." But are things really as gloomy as they seem for Windows Phone? We'll talk about that, plus news from Motorola, OnePlus, Sony and Amazon ...

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    Update (July 7, 6:00pm): Job finally done. Thanks for being patient. There's an Apple patent that might have us all sharing files with handshakes in the not-too-distant future. Sprint's new CEO is finally fed up with John Legere and recently said so on Twitter. Android is running on BlackBerry. And there's a 10,000 mAh (or 10Ah, if you prefer) smartphone out there that, judging from the photos, is not the size of a household refrigerator. All this news demands more than a quick blurb on the front page; it should be immortalized in the halls of podcast history, and that's what we're ...

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    While we're waiting patiently for that long-rumored Hangouts 4.0 Android update to land, we get to watch iOS get all the fun a tad bit early. This isn't much of a surprise, really – iOS saw a Hangouts redesign ages ago that still surpasses the sorry state of the Android app as it stands currently – but it is unfortunate for those of us who have been waiting for a long, long time for this to come to Android. If you're using iOS, though, this is a welcome change, bringing Hangouts some new changes bolstering the user experience. The changes center around the app's user interface for the ...

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    Updated 06/21 01:30am Eastern: Hurry hurry! The podcast is out! What does a smartwatch need to succeed in 2015? Is it a color screen? A digital crown? An intuitive UI? Or is it just the right brand name? We're weighing those factors and more today as we take a look at the latest smartwatch from the people who effectively invented the category. Join us as we talk Pebble Time on the Pocketnow Weekly! The news doesn't stop at watches, of course, so we're also covering all the haps from the week in mobile technology. From the iPad Pro to the 3D Nexus to a Samsung BlackBerry, we're hitting all ...

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    Update: Some scheduling and technical difficulties have not only resulted in some portions of variable audio quality, but also a change in our format this episode. We hope that you can bear with them as we talk about the news of the week as well as a full WWDC 2015 editorial roundtable during the last half hour. Enjoy! Is a vegetarian "hamburger" rightfully called as much, or is it just a vegetable patty? Did Scrubs season nine really count, or were we essentially watching a brand-new show? And where are all these seemingly bizarre questions coming from? We're headed into not-so-uncharted ...

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    The Hangouts app on Android has been badly in need of an overhaul for a while. Google has been working towards a full Material Design overhaul since last September, since it eschewed the drab gray hue of the previous version of the app for a more Material-esque green. Since then, we've seen little improvement in the app. It doesn't meet Google's own Material standards in its current state – and, for context, it was more than a year ago that the Android L developer preview was first launched. Finally, with this new leaked Hangouts 4.0 build (courtesy of Android Police), we're starting ...

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    Update: Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Actually, more of these two-person convos would work out well for editing! See you next week! Barring any surprises, the next big smartphone launch of the year will come from Motorola – and right on time, we've got some potential Moto X 2015 leaks to share. Alongside that sits the Galaxy S6 Plus, a (possible) monster of a Samsung handset recently leaked by none other than MKBHD himself. And alongside all this newness we're taking a moment to pour a little out for the oldness, with the sixth anniversary of Palm's landmark launch date, 20090606. All ...

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    Update: Clocking in at 02:30:34, this is the longest episode of the Weekly to date, thanks in no small part to the addition of the I/O roundtable. Enjoy ALL of it with this distribution and we'll see you next week! The funny thing about the annual Google I/O developer conference is this: the news doesn't stop for it. In fact, the opposite is true; knowing that Google's about to carpet bomb the mobile tech landscape with two days' worth of Android developments, rivals and partners alike kick their PR machines into overdrive, straining to be heard above the din. Add in the lack of our ...

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    Update: The audio podcast is here! Enjoy it while we get to the next one! As any Neil Simon fan can tell you, rumors are pretty funny things. They often appear when they're least expected and they never come alone; rather, they arrive trailing a half-dozen other rumors that first support, then debunk, then ultimately confirm half of what the original was saying (but usually not the obvious half). Mix in about 500 mobile tech sites covering each and every rumor, and things get interesting mighty quick. This week is absolutely dominated by rumors ... and not much else. Considering the ...

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    Update: The HQ audio podcast has dropped! Thanks for listening! We've talked about it endlessly since its official unveiling last September, and now we've finally got one on our wrist. It's time to share thoughts from our two-week Apple Watch review period, and we've brought the biggest iOS expert we've got onto the airwaves to help us do just that (and talk a little iPhone 6s rumors in the process). Technology is more than Apple, of course, and despite our early broadcast time this week we've got plenty of hypermatter for the news reactor. From "the last version of Windows" to the ...

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