Bumpy batteries and Star Wars Droids | Pocketnow Weekly 178

Update: BB-8 is overr8’d. See you next week!

An Android tablet that doesn’t quite belong. HTC news on both sides of the good/bad divide. An ugly-as-sin Apple accessory. And a Droid Turbo 2 that looks like Star Wars’ own BB-8! Where are you going to find talk like this anywhere else on the internet? If you answered “anywhere I look,” you’re right indeed … but you ended up here so welcome to the party. All of the above – plus your listener mail – awaits on episode 178 of the Pocketnow Weekly!

Watch the video broadcast from 1:30pm Eastern on December 11 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version. And don’t forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air!

Pocketnow Weekly 178


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December 11, 2015



Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Jaime Rivera



Jules Wang


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Today’s episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is made possible by:

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As a company, TCS handles up to 670 billion messages per year. That’s an average of 1.8 billion messages per day! Their CMC REST API allows you to send messages for alerts, reminders, and order updates. You can also use it to send SMS marketing campaigns to drive app downloads or to increase user engagement. The REST API allows you to perform messaging functions such as: sending, receiving and scheduling messages, securing delivery receipts, and creating groups and contacts.

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Double Priv-away!


BlackBerry Priv Review Michael Fisher

We’re giving away a pair of Blackberry Privs, thanks in part to AT&T and in celebration of 5,000 videos on our YouTube channel!




Pixel C now at Google Store starting at $499 | evidence suggests Android was an afterthought

Google confirms Android split screen in the works, possibly for Android N

Verizon Droid Turbo 2 Star Wars designs come to Moto Maker today

Could the first Snapdragon 820-powered Windows Phone be this HP Falcon?

Windows 10 Mobile Insiders getting free hardware to test Continuum

HTC explains Vive delays | enjoys revenue rebound

HTC Perfume allegedly en route with Android 6.1

ASUS and LG poke fun at “bumpy” iPhone battery case / Tim Cook defends it


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E-mailed submissions from R S, Chris from Buffalo, and Ian

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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!