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A weekly podcast discussing the latest in Google and Alphabet. Hosted by 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall.

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A weekly podcast discussing the latest in Google and Alphabet. Hosted by 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall.

    New Nest Hub with Soli and Pixel 5a rumors

    New Nest Hub with Soli and Pixel 5a rumors

    This week 9to5Google's Abner Li, Ben Schoon, and Kyle Bradshaw discuss new Pixel features, rumors for Pixel 5a, the new Nest Hub, and more.
    Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and through our dedicated RSS feed.


    New episodes of Alphabet Scoop are recorded every Thursday afternoon at 4-5 PM ET and published on Friday mornings. Subscribe to our podcast in Google Play or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they're available.
    Hosts

    Abner Li
    Ben Schoon
    Kyle Bradshaw

    Links

    March Pixel Feature Drop: Underwater photos, Gboard Smart Compose, and more
    Here’s what underwater Pixel 5 photos look like [Gallery]
    Purported ‘Pixel 5a’ renders suggest Google’s next phone is basically the Pixel 4a 5G
    Sources: Google launching a new Nest Hub in 2021 that uses Soli for sleep tracking
    Sources: New Nest Hub looks like the original, Soli sleep tracking tied to Google Fit
    Nest Hub and Smart Display ‘Photo Frame’ loses ‘experimental’ Facebook, Flickr sources
    Google releases three new Nest Hub and Hub Max clocks

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    • 41 min
    Android 12 so far

    Android 12 so far

    This week 9to5Google's Abner Li, Ben Schoon, and Kyle Bradshaw discuss the changes seen in the developer preview of Android 12. Changes to notifications, what new settings there are, new gestures that are in, and those that are coming.
    Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and through our dedicated RSS feed.


    New episodes of Alphabet Scoop are recorded every Thursday afternoon at 4-5 PM ET and published on Friday mornings. Subscribe to our podcast in Google Play or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they're available.
    Hosts

    Abner Li
    Ben Schoon
    Kyle Bradshaw

    Links

    Google launches Android 12 Developer Preview for Pixel phones
    Notifications redesigned w/ bigger icons, dedicated snooze button
    Notifications to gain ‘Automatic’ option for whether or not to alert
    Privacy toggles can block camera and microphone with a tap
    Markup tool now lets you add emoji and text to screenshots
    You can now edit any image with the Markup tool meant for screenshots
    ‘Reduce Bright Colors’ button tones down screen brightness
    Navigation gestures work instantly in fullscreen apps
    Dark theme on Pixel is no longer AMOLED black
    Wallpaper-based theming tool showcased ahead of release [Gallery]
    Settings app gets revamp with new search bar
    Here’s a look at One-handed mode in action [Video]
    Lockscreen readies redesign with larger clock
    Scrolling screenshots are here, but disabled for now
    Lockscreen and notification shade media player gets UI redesign
    Pixel 5 readies ‘Double tap’ gesture, doesn’t work yet
    Android TV 12 preview is now available, months ahead of previous releases

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    Transcription
    Abner Li: And welcome to alphabet scoop episode one theme. This week, we are discussing everything. The thing about Android 12, which launched last as they unexpected which is a day or eight compared to the past five years or so. But we had a week to live with Android 12 and. We've we we've dived a lot into it.
    Android 12 Developer Preview launches
    [00:00:31] So just to get, to get out of the way, this is starting with a developer preview, there will be three of them followed by full betas and then the before final release, but Android 12 live now, as it is every year is just for developers. And this year Google with. And like 12, what for developers? They want to give them new tools for building great experiences for users.
    [00:01:03] That's the official quote. And we're definitely seeing that in notifications, for example, that may have been completely redesigned with bigger icons, the, a bit more friendly. Google has the, we arranged everything again. And. I think for the most part it's well, in the case of the media player, I like how they went back to enlarging the cover art after shrinking at this with Android, you Evan.
    [00:01:35] So there's some nice peaks, all lounge. We won't get to appreciate any of the changes until active app has stopped updating the apps, but so far so good. 
    [00:01:47] Kyle Bradshaw: I don't know though. It seems interesting with the, that this that they're talking about tools to give to developers for, for great experiences.
    [00:01:54] And it just doesn't feel like that's the, that's not what I would describe as what we've seen with Android 12 so far, that seems to be the promise of Android 12, but it doesn't feel like what we've seen so far. None of the, the headline changes to Android 12 feel. Like their developer empowering or, or experience driving, 
    [00:02:17] Abner Li: you know, I can see that, but I, I think in some ways what they mean about when they get…

    Previewing Android 12

    Previewing Android 12

    This week 9to5Google's Abner Li and Kyle Bradshaw discuss the leaked Android 12 mockups, what new features are possibly coming, App Pairs, return of "Columbus", and more.
    Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and through our dedicated RSS feed.


    New episodes of Alphabet Scoop are recorded every Thursday afternoon at 4-5 PM ET and published on Friday mornings. Subscribe to our podcast in Google Play or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they're available.
    Hosts

    Abner Li
    Ben Schoon
    Kyle Bradshaw

    Links

    Android 12 design mockup leak reveals radical visual overhaul, first features [Gallery]
    Android 12 working on in-depth theming system that can even recolor apps
    Android 12 set to revamp split screen with ‘App Pairs’
    Android 12 should mark return of ‘Columbus’ double tap gesture for Pixels
    Google updates Android Beta Feedback app ahead of Android 12 Developer Preview

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    Transcription
    Kyle [00:00:02] Hello everybody, and welcome to Alphabet Scoop Episode one hundred and twelve the 12th, they're being surprisingly appropriate as you'll learn more in a minute. And I'm joined here with Avner this week. Then Ben will not be joining us as he is a bit under the weather, but feeling better? I haven't watched you jump on into what we can't count on with Android 12.
    Leaked Android 12 mockups
    Abner [00:00:27] So, yes, on Tuesday, we had a rather unprecedented week of what looks to be Android 12. So before the start of any developer preview, Google shares, of course, they share this stuff with their partners. And apparently one of the documents that highlights the high level changes in Android 12 was Thelo a screenshot and made public. And this gave us what by all by all accounts, is what Android is going to look like. So starting on this, the. Bold screenshot of a new home screen that for the most part, it looks like the pixel launcher on Android, you happened today, but there it is a stark difference in that it is themed. The wallpaper is theming the rest of the system. And one of the reasons we think this week is very much authentic is because just last month we had a our own reporting about such a feature, which Kyle is going to dove into. 
    Kyle [00:01:56] Right. 
    Android 12 in-depth theming system
    Kyle [00:01:56] So we found that Android 12 is going to expand the work that's got started with Android 10, where Android introduced the idea of light theme and dark theme. Android 12 seems to be adding this much deeper, far more colorful theming system where you can choose one of a few preset colors. So don't go thinking you can choose one of a million different colors. It's you got presets, but if you can choose one of a few preset colors or have it be chosen for you based on your wallpaper, and the majority of Android is going to recolor itself to that theme, to the point that even even third party apps, if they so choose, can use that theme. Which is really bold and interesting and it. 
    Kyle [00:02:58] It's the. 
    Kyle [00:03:00] The cornerstone, really, of all of these screenshots is these leaked mockups is this this color system, it's unavoidable even in the camera app. 
    Abner [00:03:11] So one of the examples of that extending into third party applications is in this mock up. Anyway, we see the dock with full apps, the phone app, the clock app and the camera, everything but the Web browser. It matches the wallpaper. And that the background is is the same color that matches these mountains and hills that's in the wallpaper. And everything is just themed around t…

    • 38 min
    The ghost of Stadia’s past, present, and future

    The ghost of Stadia’s past, present, and future

    This week 9to5Google's Abner Li, Ben Schoon, and Kyle Bradshaw discuss the shut down of first-party games for Stadia and the impact this might have on the future of the platform.
    Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and through our dedicated RSS feed.


    New episodes of Alphabet Scoop are recorded every Thursday afternoon at 4-5 PM ET and published on Friday mornings. Subscribe to our podcast in Google Play or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they're available.
    Hosts:

    Abner Li
    Ben Schoon
    Kyle Bradshaw

    Links:

    Google shuts down efforts to publish first-party Stadia games as Jade Raymond departs
    Is Stadia dead? Not quite
    How to export & download your game saves from Google Stadia
    What is the future of Stadia without first-party games?

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    • 50 min
    Alphabet Scoop 110: Galaxy S21 hands-on, everything at CES 2021, and Fitbit

    Alphabet Scoop 110: Galaxy S21 hands-on, everything at CES 2021, and Fitbit

    This week we recap everything announced by Samsung today at the Galaxy S21 event from the trio of phones to new earbuds and a tracker. We then highlight the top things announced at an otherwise quiet CES 2021.
    Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and through our dedicated RSS feed.


    New episodes of Alphabet Scoop are recorded every Thursday afternoon at 4-5 PM ET and published on Friday mornings. Subscribe to our podcast in Google Play or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they're available.
    Hosts:

    Abner Li
    Ben Schoon
    Kyle Bradshaw

    Links:



    Galaxy S21 unboxing and first impressions: No charger, but a whole lot of phone [Video]
    Samsung Galaxy S21 series goes official w/ Snapdragon 888, S Pen, $200 price drop
    Galaxy Buds Pro can cancel out or amplify ambient noise, switch between devices for $199
    Samsung ditches microSD card support on all Galaxy S21 models
    Samsung is bringing SmartThings to Android Auto
    Samsung Galaxy SmartTag works like a Tile tracker, available from $29
    Google Messages is ‘native’ on Samsung Galaxy S21 as Discover is default feed
    Asus Chromebook Flip CM5 goes Ryzen with gaming-centric keyboard
    Acer Chromebook Spin 514 launches next month with AMD Ryzen, starts at $479
    Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 cuts costs w/ $549 starting price, mid-range specs
    TCL adopts Google TV in 2021 models starting in the United States
    Sony embraces the new Google TV interface on 2021 ‘Bravia XR’ lineup
    TCL and Alcatel launching trio of Android tablets, including one w/ color E Ink competitor
    Google completes acquisition of Fitbit, reiterates privacy promises
    Fitbit says Google deal won’t affect third-party services
    Google Store marks Fitbit acquisition closing with prominent banner message

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Alphabet Scoop 109: Nest Hub w/ Soli coming, new Cams, and our 2021 Made by Google predictions

    Alphabet Scoop 109: Nest Hub w/ Soli coming, new Cams, and our 2021 Made by Google predictions

    This week we talk about our report of a new Nest Hub that will feature Soli-powered sleep tracking, as well as the upcoming line of Nest security cameras. We then preview and make predictions about what we want to see in the Made by Google 2021 roadmap.
    Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and through our dedicated RSS feed.


    New episodes of Alphabet Scoop are recorded every Thursday afternoon at 4-5 PM ET and published on Friday mornings. Subscribe to our podcast in Google Play or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they're available.
    Hosts:

    Abner Li
    Ben Schoon
    Kyle Bradshaw

    Links:

    Sources: Google launching a new Nest Hub in 2021 that uses Soli for sleep tracking
    New Google device passes through FCC, possibly a Nest Hub with Soli
    The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is officially out of stock
    Google Nest will release a new line of security cameras in 2021
    Leaked Android document points to Google Pixel 5a, foldable Pixel, and more in the pipeline
    Google ‘Pixel 5a’ makes first appearance in AOSP days before Pixel 4a launch

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    • 54 min

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