Smartphones just got cool again | Pocketnow Weekly 157

Update: Warning – peaking audio levels at the beginning and end of this podcast. Enjoy!

Yo dudes. This week was gnar, dudes.

First we get word from Commodore that they’re (sorta) back and they’ve got a fleshtone phone to prove it. Then we hear that some kind of modern-day Iron Man is building a phone out of a material called “liquidmorphium.” Then we go hands-on with an all-metal, super-stylized ZTE phone, before hearing that Samsung’s new smartwatch is gonna have a digital crown and a rotating bezel control. And that’s not even half of the geekgasm that was this week in mobile tech.

All that plus your listener mail ahead on episode 157 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So turn on your sensors and warm up your receivers; this podcast is getting ready for a planetside flyby, and you’ll not want to miss it. Watch the video broadcast from 1:40pm Eastern on July 17 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version here. And don’t forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air!

Pocketnow Weekly 157


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July 17, 2015



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Commodore returns with the Commodore PET smartphone

Preorders start July 31 for Turing Phone

Marshall “amplifies” its product portfolio with new smartphone

ZTE Axon goes official with 4GB RAM, dual cameras, HiFi audio support

HTC rolls out new Desires 

HTC officially bringing the One M9+ to Europe

Motorola shares plans for July 28 phone event

2015 Moto G leaks in real-life images

Waterproof Moto G launch rumored

Motorola preparing Moto G MotoMaker?

Bunch of Motos leaked

Is this the 2015 Moto X or an upcoming Droid?

Apparent Galaxy Note 5, 6 Edge+ documents hint at upcoming launch

Samsung Gear A specs leak



Apple, Samsung pushing for e-SIMs to become a thing

Xiaomi talks plans for expansion into US market

Oneplus invite system gets improvements


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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!