When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication’s teamwide chat records, you know it’s been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we’re grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today’s show.

But the news doesn’t stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung’s rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we’re starting to catch wind of Nokia’s plans for MWC 2014 in Barcelona next month; and the wearables sector continues to buzz with developments in Pebble’s app store and Samsung’s … interesting approach to augmented-reality headgear.

Plus, it’s interview time! Ryan Negri, the founder and former CEO of Negri Electronics, stops by to tell us what it’s like to start a wireless retail company from nothing, about where he sees the future of wearables going, and just what he thinks about carriers trifling with smartphone pricing.

He ... would do things differently.
He … would do things differently.

All that and more awaits you on episode 081 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 weird (in all the right kinds of ways). Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Google Plus to stay apprised of the latest episodes. Tell your friends about the show so we don’t have to do a telethon to stay on the air. Join our forums to offer topic suggestions and more. And thanks for listening!

Pocketnow Weekly Episode 081


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Michael Fisher

Anton D. Nagy

Taylor Martin

Ryan Negri (Negri Electronics)




Lenovo-Motorola acqusition (00:01:28)


In confounding twist, Lenovo purchases Motorola from Google

One big reason a Lenovo-Motorola acquisition makes sense

What the Lenovo Motorola purchase means for Project Ara


Android (00:15:23)

Samsung planning far-reaching Android changes under Google pressure?

Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader, 3D gestures confirmed by leak?

Galaxy S5 test photo confirms 16MP shooter – is it the ISOCELL kind?

HTC will miss US One KitKat update schedule


Windows (00:31:41)

Windows Phone 8.1 devices expected from Nokia at MWC, including Lumia 1820, 1525, 1520V


Wearables (00:34:20)

Hands-on with Pebble app store (Video)

Samsung’s answer to Google Glass rumored for IFA debut

Galaxy Gear 2 with bendable screen coming in March/April at London event?


Listener Mail (00:44:27)

Casey Dudek wants a high-end “microphone phone,” Ben Chung asks us to speculate on the possible demise of Google’s Nexus line; Justin from Arizona wonders if OIS should be a priority in his device shopping; and Vijay asks if his mother-in-law will ever come around to the idea of a smartphone.




Music credit: “Radiation” by Ali Spagnola, available here.

pocketnow weekly ryan negri

Ryan Negri, founder and former CEO of Negri Electronics joins us to talk about the ins and outs of starting and running one of the biggest destinations for mobile technology on the web!


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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.

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