A power play is taking place between Samsung and Verizon over the Note 7. Is Samsung right for disabling the phone, or is Verizon right for preserving consumer choice? Also, Nokia quietly launches a phone. Fitbit hopes to maintain support for Pebble products, and Apple AirPods are pricey to replace if you lose them.

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Pocketnow Weekly 231

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December 15, 2016


Juan Bagnell

Jules Wang


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Samsung VS Verizon: Note 7 Shutdown Showdown


We have a fight brewing between manufacturer and carrier. Samsung will be disabling the Note 7 through a software update. Verizon has decided not to participate with that update. What responsibilities do tech companies have in enforcing consumer protection situations?



32:57 | Will Google Assistant put a stop to Samsung’s Viv?

45:14 | Will Galaxy S8 curved screens drive sales? Probably not…

55:51 | HMD quietly launches a phone which North Americans won’t buy!

59:34 | FitBit “hopes” to keep Pebble running through 2017

1:04:41 | T-Mobile won’t sell the Pixel, but you might be able to buy one at a T-Mobile store?

1:14:36 | Google Keyboard is now GBoard on Android

1:16:07 | Will flexible LCDs beat AMOLED for bendy phones?

1:23:03 | Will phone calls be allowed on airplanes?

1:32:43 | Is the world ready to kill 2G? Singapore shutting it down in 2017

Apple Airpods Saga: Pricey to Replace


A lot of people hoping for some white AirPods to compliment a white Christmas are apt to be disappointed, as there’s still significant delays in shipping the product. We do have more info on warranty and replacement costs though, and if you lose a Pod or the charge case, it’s not going to be cheap to replace…


See you next week!

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