Update: The podcast is up! We’ll see you Wednesday for our special Thanksgiving Weekly.

The first “real” Windows Phone in 20 months landed on our doorstep earlier this week, and we’re finally allowed to talk about its crazy Continuum transforming act. While we’re sticking close to Windows 10 Mobile for the duration of today’s show, we’re also making time for the news, from the bizarre cancellation of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition to the 40-hour BlackBerry Priv giveaway on Good Morning America. All of the above –plus your listener mail– awaits on episode 175 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So flip over your Live Tiles and fire up your iris scanner, because we’re about to send a big Windows Hello right to your eyes and ears.

Watch the video broadcast from 1:00pm Eastern on November 20 (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 175



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November 20, 2015



Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Adam Z. Lein



Jules Wang


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Gadgets in Hand


Lumia 950 hands on thumb

We’ve already seen the new Lumia 950 Windows Phone up close, back at Microsoft’s New York City launch event. What we hadn’t seen (until recently) is how well it performed on the big screen.

In addition to the Lumia 950 itself, Microsoft bundled a Display Dock and keyboard with our review device. When joined with an HP monitor and Arc Mouse the whole assembly becomes much more than a smartphone: it becomes a very good approximation of a Windows 10 PC. The result is a hands-on video unlike any other.

We’ve got a Lumia 950 in the house and memories of our Continuum test fresh in our minds, so hit us with your hottest Windows Phone questions in the Hangouts Q&A and we’ll get to as many as we can before time runs out!

Context: Lumia 950 hands-on | now available from AT&T | XL will come with free Display DockMicrosoft talks progress on Bridge




Market report: Huawei on the rise, Windows in freefall

LG cancels Watch Urbane LTE (after it goes on sale)

Pepsi Phone P1s goes up for sale in China, shamelessly seeks crowdfunding

BlackBerry Priv giveaway during 40-hour-long “Good Morning America”

Listener Mail



E-mailed submissions from Jonas, Ryan and Unicorn

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