Pocketnow Weekly 086: @evleaks

“What would you say to the people who think that what you do is illegal?”

” … I would tell them that I don’t want to answer this question.”

When you’re interviewing the world’s most notorious phone leaker, he’s bound to duck a question or two. But cautious though he is, Evan Blass –formerly of Pocketnow and currently known across the web by his pen name @evleaks– is also a fountain of insight into the shadowy craft of being a professional spoiler. On today’s episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, Evan shares the ups and downs of the underworld he’s come to dominate, and gives us a glimpse into the man behind the brand – including some somber reflections on life with Multiple Sclerosis.

“This is much more personal than I usually get. If you’re listening to this show you’re one of the rare people who are hearing me … sort of open up about my personal life … more so than I’ve done under the guise of @evleaks before.”

Before that, of course, we’ve got the usual news of the week, including Samsung-vs-Apple, a rather shady All New HTC One leak, a horrifying LG G Flex video, and (sigh) the first few trickles of Nexus 6 speculation. Also, Taylor Martin and I argue over the Galaxy S 5, only to find surprising common ground in our views on the Lumia Icon. It’s all waiting for you on episode 086 of the Pocketnow Weekly, so 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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Michael Fisher

Taylor Martin

Stephen Schenck



Evan Blass (@evleaks)




Announcements (00:02:24)

Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 and 8.4 in the house


Android (00:05:22)

Apple fails to convince court of need for Samsung ban

All New HTC One leaks in pretty rough video

HTC revenues keep sliding

Verizon intros LTE-powered NotePRO 12.2

LG’s new G Flex ad is pure nightmare fuel

LG G3 coming in June?

Google Nexus 6 rumored as LG G3 lite

Has Samsung become the new Apple?


Windows Phone (00:00:00)

Dual-booting WP/Android handsets to launch this year

Cortana gets featured in video hands-on

Nokia Lumia Icon review rebuttal


iOS (01:16:19)

iPhone 5c keeps disappointing, almost 3M units in inventory

TouchID may soon start working a lot better


Wearables (01:29:20)

Samsung Gear line pricing leaks

Samsung patents “Galaxy Glass,” and it’s close to what you think

Pebble Steel review: a smartwatch in disguise


Feature: @evleaks


A 45-minute sit-down with Evan Blass of @evleaks, covering everything from legality to morality … to babysitting Stephen Schenck. And that’s no typo.

(To support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or just to get more information on the disease, visit the Society’s website.)


Listener Mail (01:35:49)

Tom Bosch asks for our opinion on high-end dual-SIM phablets; DeathMetalMods wants to know how Evan ever picks a phone; and Thomas Sibrian wonders just what happened to that old Nexus 10 render from a few months back.



This episode marks the debut of Pocketnow’s new transition music between its News and Feature segments: 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!

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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!