Geared (360) for the Galaxy S8 | #PNWeekly 246

We’re not gonna lie: you might need to strain your ears a bit as four tech talkers crowding around an overheating 360-degree camera and one microphone might not produce the best results in audio. It’s especially the case after a day of taking notes, an afternoon of crafting video and a night of chewing up Manhattan through noodles, lager, a little competitive Pac-Man and some Oreo mousse.

Ricky Villacrez of GSMArena joins us to discuss as much as we can surmise about the Galaxy S8. We barely get through dealing with the all-new Samsung Gear 360 to even record the video for this show, — ’cause we like to be special — but audio podcast streamers will be able to get the more “polished” version and a “bonus” episode of random clips from throughout the evening.

It’s time to get charged and ready (unlike the four of us) for the Pocketnow Weekly!

Watch the video recorded from 1:45am on March 30th (coming soon), or check out the high-quality audio version right here.

Continue the conversation on Twitter and other social media by using the #PNWeekly hashtag and send listener emails to [email protected] for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air the following week!

Pocketnow Weekly 246

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March 30, 2017


Juan Bagnell

Jaime Rivera

Jules Wang

Ricky Villacrez (GSMArena)


This week’s episode of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast is made possible by:

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Galaxy Unpacked


Yep, this pretty much takes up our whole show… well, almost. Check out our complete coverage of the Galaxy Unpacked show with text and video pieces from Pocketnow.

Galaxy S8 with our hands-on video | Galaxy S8+ with our hands-on video | Bixby | Pricing and availability posts | New Gear 360 | Gear VR with Controller availabilityGalaxy S8 Microsoft Edition | Samsung DeX details and pricingThe Look Ahead

More videos: S8 vs. LG G6 | S8+ vs. iPhone 7 Plus | S8 vs. S7 | S8 vs. S8+ | Camera Tour

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.