When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it’s rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we’ll be damned if it’ll do so now.

So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we’re banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. YOU’RE WELCOME.

JKLOL. In reality, we’re very excited to sit down for a Weekly full of corporate shakeups, OEMs suing newspapers, UI redesigns, bundled wireless chargers, and thousand-dollar smartwatches … not to mention a heaping helping of mispronounced names along the way. It’s all here on episode 091 of the Pocketnow Weekly, so fire up your favorite podcast app and get to downloading: Springdor Fableflex is back from 2034, and he’s got many tales from the all-ZTE world of the future.

(Sorry for the audio peaking early in this week’s episode; it works itself out after a few minutes.)

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Pocketnow Weekly episode 091

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Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Jaime Rivera



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Announcements (00:01:51)

Reviews on the way:

Galaxy S 5 review coming soon!

Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit review coming soon!

Nokia X review/giveaway on the horizon!

Oppo Find 7a review coming soon!


Reviews already here:

ZENS Qi Wireless Stereo Dock review

ZENS Qi Car Charger review

HTC M8 Verizon review

BlackBerry 10.2.1 review: ten pounds of upgrades in a five-pound bag (Video)


Android (00:11:13)

Samsung takes legal action over camera problem reports

Samsung wonders, “what if we just put a hole in a tablet?”

Motorola Mobility names new president

LG G3 leaked screenshot shows UI changes

Sprint’s HTC One M8 may secretly be a Harman/Kardon special edition

Facebook moves to start forcing all IMs through Messenger app

A working Project Ara prototype could be just weeks away

How Chrome, HTML5 and multitasking might intersect to change the Android experience


Windows (00:46:36)

Windows Phone to start flirting with super-thin handsets?

Nokia to start pushing wireless charging via bundled Qi chargers

Windows Phone 8.1 Dev Preview slated for “early next week”

Samsung ATIV SE up for preorder


iOS (01:04:46)

Two iWatches, both fashionable, one costing thousands of dollars?


The Pocketnow Weekly’s transition music (the track used between its News and Feature segments on some episodes) is 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!

Tune in again next week!

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