What exactly qualifies as a “remix?” How deluded do you have to be to believe in all these “Prime” rumors? Why are we so transfixed by the notion of lasers on smartphones, and so easily taken in by a smartphone commercial, if it’s shot like a trailer for Inception?

We tackle these questions, and the biggest announcement section in the history of the podcast, in episode 096 of the Pocketnow Weekly. No, that’s not bragging – it’s just an unavoidable symptom of a month packed with unboxings, hands-ons, product launches, and reviews (both forthcoming and already-published). But even in the midst of all this news, we also make time for listener mail. Because that’s how much we care.

Enough nonsense. Everyone knows this text is just here to clear the ad block on the left anyway. Go listen, and then have a weekend you can be proud of come Monday. Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle 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. And thanks for listening!

Pocketnow Weekly episode 096

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Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Adam Doud



Podcast Rundown


Announcements (00:02:30)

Are third-party battery saving apps worth it?

Guess which smartphone took these photos?

Moto E hands-on

Moto E vs Moto G

HTC One mini 2 hands-on

Sony Xperia Z2 review

Galaxy S5 (Verizon) review

How to get Qi wireless charging on your Galaxy S5


iOS (00:31:24)

Apple’s acquisition of Beats reportedly delayed

New iMessage bug brings trouble to those switching from iPhone?


Android (00:37:41)

Galaxy S5 Prime, Google Play edition appear to get Bluetooth certification

Galaxy S5 sales have reached 11 million units

HTC releases new Gary Oldman spot for One M8

Mysterious HTC One Remix to be Verizon’s One mini 2?

LG G3 leak: “laser” gets new explanation

LG G3 teaser officially posted by the manufacturer


Windows (01:05:58)

Microsoft to launch Surface Pro 3 next week along with Surface Mini?

(Update: Microsoft has since invited us to this launch event, so disregard our grumbling here)

Windows Phone 8.1 first software update incoming

Lumia 630 hits shelves this week, complete with Windows Phone 8.1 and Cyan


Listener Mail (01:20:44)

Greg Vogt asks what effect the BlackBerry Z3 might have on the low-end market; ppomares wonders why Samsung doesn’t offer customizable backplates for the Galaxy S5; Frank in NYC wonders whether we’ll ever see a high-end Motorola smartphone again; and both Justin Eades and Ganesh from India have “Inside Baseball” questions on the behind-the-scenes action at Pocketnow. 



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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