MobileTechRoundup 387: Super Mario Run, Google WiFi and Ticwatch 2

Matt loves his Pixel XL and Kevin is addicted to Super Mario Run, plus thoughts on Google WiFi, Pebble’s exit and an impressive $199 smartwatch.

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MoTR 387 is 85 minutes long and is a 99 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Matt finally got a Pixel: What does he think?
  • Moto Z Force Droid is another good Android choice for Daydream VR
  • Google WiFi is a hit for Kevin
  • Super. Mario. RUN! Why the replay factor is a big deal
  • So long Pebble
  • Thoughts on the $199 Ticwatch 2
  • The potential of T-Mobile DIGITS

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MobileTechRoundup 373: Moar Huawei, Chromebooks and wearables

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MoTR 373 is 68 minutes long and is a 78 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • ASUS Chromebook Flip and Dell Chromebook 13 arrived: One remained
  • Acer Chromebook 14 and Acer R11 arrive in the Google Play Store
  • Kevin bought a used Huawei Watch – Android Wear 2.0 inbound
  • Samsung Gear Fit2 and IconX devices announced
  • Massive Cricket Wireless outage. Is this still possible in 2016?
  • Thoughts on the Huawei P9 and Mate 8
  • New home, new thermostat – Kevin is switching from Nest to Ecobee

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MobileTechRoundup 372: Google I/O 2016 recap

Our recap of Google I/O 2016, including Android apps on Chromebooks, Android Wear 2.0, Allo, Duo, Google assistant and Google Home plus Android VR and Daydream

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MoTR 372 is 73 minutes long and is a 88 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Matt’s racking up the miles biking to work
  • Android apps coming to Chromebooks
  • Android Wear 2.0
  • What makes Allo & Duo different than Hangouts?
  • Android VR and Daydream

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MobileTechRoundup 347: Google I/O recap, ZenFone 2 here, Android Wear improved

Everything we saw at Google I/O, a first look at the $299 ZenFone 2 and a new Android Wear update that improves the watches.

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MoTR 347 is 63 minutes long and is a 60.9 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Google I/O recap: Android M, Android Pay, Google Now On Tap
  • First look at ZenFone 2
  • Android Wear update makes the watches much better
  • BLU Win HD LTE hands-on

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MobileTechRoundup 325: Windows Phone still has a few surprises left

Windows Phone may get much more interesting with new devices — think Wi-Fi tablets — while the Fire Phone hasn’t sparked our interest.

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MoTR 325 is 68:45 minutes long and is a 61.8 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 brings potential for a wider range of devices
  • Windows Phone Store passes 300,000 apps. Matt keeps using his Lumia 1520, 8.1 and Cyan help make it possible.
  • Moto X+1 leaked benchmarks suggest Snapdragon 801 – looks like this will not be another phone with mid-range specs.
  • Timex Ironman watch with 3G data – what a MotoActv successor should have been?
  • Amazon Fire Phone – not even a spark of interest from either of us
  • HP SlateBook 14 – want Android in a laptop? That’ll be $430, thank you.
  • Apple likely to announced iPhone 6 on 9 September

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MobileTechRoundup 323: Lumia 930 and Ascend Mate2 are a nice pair

This week we have the Lumia 930 and Ascend Mate2 in hand, plus a surprise appearance from…. wait for it…. the BlackBerry Z30.

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MoTR 323 is 57 minutes long and is a 48.7 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Lumia 930 plus Windows Phone 8.1 = superb experience
  • Related: Android apps on Windows – good idea or not needed?
  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 is a good deal at $299 off-contract
  • Matt buys a BlackBerry Z30 and BBM for Windows Phone is here
  • Android Wear gets apps.

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MobileTechRoundup 306: iOS 7, Google Wallet for all, iPhone 5s for some, BBM for none

iOS 7 and the new iPhones are here. So too is — or was — BBM for Android and iOS. And Google Wallet is available for all, but it’s still neutered by the carriers.

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MoTR 306 is 65 minutes long and is a 58 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • More iOS 7 thoughts after some hands-on time
  • Matt stood in line on iPhone 5s day, but didn't buy an iPhone
  • CyanogenMod is a company – whoa!
  • Latest BB news. Big losses predicted, job cuts, out of the consumer market and BBM for iOS/Android gets pulled?
  • Google Wallet now for all Android and iOS, but still neutered by carriers
  • Ubuntu Touch coming out with Ubuntu 13.10 next month (may be worth a try)
  • iOS vs Android: touchscreen speed tests
  • Sprint joins the early upgrade trend, is it actually a good deal?

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MobileTechRoundup 305: iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and… Windows RT?

New iPhone 5C and 5S thoughts, more hands on with LG’s G2 and: Do Windows 8.1 devices negate the need for RT?

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MoTR 305 is 69 minutes long and is a 58.7 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Hello iPhone 5S/5C and iOS 7!
  • Android on Nokia could have pushed the MSFT deal. Oh what might have been!
  • Kevin bought a Moga Pro controller and loves it!
  • With these new devices, why should RT even exist?
  • Hands-on thoughts with the LG G2
  • Xbox Music available for iOS and Android (Kevin is testing Google Play AA, iTunes Radio)

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MobileTechRoundup 302: Moto X in hand, Office Mobile for Android lands

Hands on with the Moto X smartphone: It has a flagship price so far, but who will it appeal to?

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MoTR 302 is 63:45 minutes long and is a 53.8 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Moto X launch, hands on impressions
  • Matt returned one Nokia for another and made a carrier switch
  • Android 4.3 may speed up laggy old Nexus 7s
  • Nexus 7 winner announced!
  • Office Mobile for Android released
  • Experiences with HTC One Mini
  • Ubuntu Edge
  • HP Slatebook X2 looks decent for those wanting an Android tablet/laptop hybrid

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MobileTechRoundup 301: Nexus 7, Chromecasting, new Droids and Lumia 1020

The new Nexus 7 and Chromecast are in hand thanks to stores selling early. New Droids are on tap and the Lumia 1020 has one of the best cameras on a phone.

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MoTR 301 is 70 minutes long and is a 59.2 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Chromecast: a great $35 impulse buy that should get better with age
  • The new Nexus 7
  • Wireless charging woes
  • 2012 Nexus 7 giveaway!
  • How about that Lumia 1020?
  • HTC 8XT for Sprint is a solid device
  • Three new Droids announced for Verizon

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