iPhone build costs, say hello to Allo, and a Comcast MVNO? | Pocketnow Weekly 219

How much does it REALLY cost to build an iPhone? Can any software truly be intuitive? Why is Comcast getting into the carrier game? We say hello to Google’s Allo messenger, and we have a BUNCH of smartphone announcements to chat about from Huawei, LeEco, and Blackberry! These stories plus your questions, so make sure you’re charged and ready for the Pocketnow Weekly!

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Pocketnow Weekly 219

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September 22, 2016


Juan Bagnell


Enobong Etteh (Booredatwork)


Jules Wang


Can software REALLY be “intuitive”?




12:55 | Google’s Primetime Pixel TV ad!

22:41 | Hardware Hoedown: HTC BoltLeEco Le Pro 3Blackberry DTEK60Huawei Mate 9

32:47 | Google Allo is now available!

42:45 | Will Comcast and Verizon join forces for a new MVNO?

48:17 | Could HTC deliver a truly button-less phone?

53:12 | Tweeters rejoice! Media links no longer count against your 140 character limit!


No, the iPhone doesn’t cost $224.80 to make…


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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.