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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.

    Alphabet Scoop 106: Snapdragon 888, Pixel 4a 5G review, and more

    Alphabet Scoop 106: Snapdragon 888, Pixel 4a 5G review, and more

    This week we talk about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip that will power next year’s flagship devices. We then check in on the Pixel 4a 5G and why it’s the surprise of this year’s lineup before closing on what’s new with Stadia. 
    Alphabet Scoop is available Google Podcasts, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.
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    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:

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is 2021’s flagship Android processor, 25% better performance [U]
    Pixel 4a 5G review: The price-perfect Pixel [Video]
    2020 Pixel buyer’s guide: Which is the right Pixel for me? [Video]
    Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 4a 5G: Which is the right affordable Pixel for you? [Video]
    Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 5: Which is the right choice for you? [Video]
    Hands-on: Outcasters is a quick, fun, and surprisingly addictive Stadia exclusive
    Journey to the Savage Planet is coming soon to Stadia w/ exclusive content

    Feedback?
    Drop us a line at gtips@9to5g.com. You can also soon rate us in Google Play, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or recommend us in Pocket Casts to help more people discover the show.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQuiCzwYFGw

    • 39 min
    Alphabet Scoop 105: Assistant Driving Mode, new Google Pay, E2EE RCS in Messages, and Stadia’s birthday

    Alphabet Scoop 105: Assistant Driving Mode, new Google Pay, E2EE RCS in Messages, and Stadia’s birthday

    This week saw Google announce an absolute flood of news from Assistant Driving Mode and end-to-end encryption for RCS in Messages finally happening to a brand new Google Pay. We then talk about everything the Stadia team announced for the streaming service’s one-year anniversary.
    Alphabet Scoop is available Google Podcasts, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.
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    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:

    Assistant Driving Mode in Google Maps arrives, but only as ‘early preview’
    Google releases limited edition ‘Barely Blue’ Pixel 4a
    New Google Pay app is now available in early access w/ redesign, rewards, more [Gallery]
    Google Pay launching ‘Plex’ bank accounts with Citi, other partners next year
    Google completes global RCS rollout as Messages starts testing default end-to-end encryption
    Review: One year later, Google Stadia is still a diamond in the rough
    Stadia will be playable on iOS via Safari in the coming ‘weeks’
    Stadia set to expand to ‘more EMEA regions’ later this year

    Feedback?
    Drop us a line at gtips@9to5g.com. You can also soon rate us in Google Play, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or recommend us in Pocket Casts to help more people discover the show.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkD5I7pfy7Y

    • 53 min
    Alphabet Scoop 104: Free Stadia Premiere bundles, Google Photos backup changes, more

    Alphabet Scoop 104: Free Stadia Premiere bundles, Google Photos backup changes, more

    This week, we talk about Google giving away free Stadia Premiere Edition kits to YouTube Premium subscribers. We then swing to the other end of the spectrum and dive into Google Photos no longer offering unlimited High quality backups.
    Alphabet Scoop is available Google Podcasts, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.


    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:

    YouTube Premium subscribers in US, UK can claim a free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle [Updated]
    Stadia adds player profile pages w/ share button, game and friend lists
    You can now easily share Stadia screenshots and clips
    Stadia adding support for capturing voice chat during video clips
    Destiny 2 is leaving Stadia Pro after a year of being free to claim
    Destiny 2: Beyond Light is available now on Google Stadia
    Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is now available on Google Stadia
    Google Photos ending unlimited free backup next year, cites ‘growing demand for storage’
    Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will count toward storage caps, new auto-delete policies announced
    Pixel 5 and older phones will retain unlimited ‘High quality’ Google Photos backup
    Is Google Photos still worth it without unlimited free storage? [Poll]
    How to export your pictures and videos from Google Photos

    Feedback?
    Drop us a line at gtips@9to5g.com. You can also soon rate us in Google Play, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or recommend us in Pocket Casts to help more people discover the show.


    https://youtu.be/G2dVxUDCsPE

    • 41 min
    Alphabet Scoop 103: Living with the Pixel 5 and new Nest Thermostat impressions

    Alphabet Scoop 103: Living with the Pixel 5 and new Nest Thermostat impressions

    This week, we have extended Pixel 5 thoughts from the team and take a crack at the screen-body gap that Google says is normal. We then have impressions on the new Nest Thermostat, and then wrap up on other hardware happenings.
    Alphabet Scoop is available Google Podcasts, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.


    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:

    Pixel 5 Review: An exercise in compromise [Video]
    Some early Pixel 5 buyers are seeing a small gap between the display and frame
    Pixel 5 teardown reveals wireless charging cutout, use of clips to attach screen
    Google says Pixel 5 screen and body gap is ‘normal part of the design’
    Google Store running ‘Pixel 5 $5G’ sweepstakes with $5,000 Google Pay prizes
    Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 5: Worth the upgrade? [Video]
    Google brings HVAC monitoring, early warnings to all Nest Thermostats
    Unused marketing hints at using Nest Audio as ‘home theater sound system’ for Chromecast with Google TV
    Sundar Pichai teases Google’s ‘deeper investments in hardware’ and roadmap next year

    Feedback?
    Drop us a line at gtips@9to5g.com. You can also soon rate us in Google Play, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or recommend us in Pocket Casts to help more people discover the show.


    https://youtu.be/PBdXnWDjzms

    • 52 min
    Recapping the Pixel 5, Chromecast with Google TV, and Nest Audio

    Recapping the Pixel 5, Chromecast with Google TV, and Nest Audio

    This week, we talk about everything Google announced at Launch Night In. It was a tight 31-minute show that saw the Chromecast with Google TV, Nest Audio, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5. We've also had time to go hands-on with the new Chromecast, so send us your questions!
    Alphabet Scoop is available Google Podcasts, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.


    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
    Stephen Hall

    Links:

    [Update: Netflix too] Google Store sells out of ‘Sky’ and ‘Sunrise’ Chromecast with Google TV
    Google will sell an Ethernet adapter for its new Android TV-powered Chromecast
    The $30 Chromecast won’t be discontinued, but Chromecast Ultra will only be sold w/ Stadia
    You can use a USB-C hub with the new Chromecast for Ethernet and more, but it’s not easy
    The new Chromecast’s remote can remap its YouTube button to YouTube TV, Music, and Kids
    Chromecast with Google TV comes with color-matching AAA batteries
    Google’s new Chromecast is built using recycled plastic, with no black model as a result
    Stadia won’t be on Google Chromecast at launch, but it’s coming in the first half of 2021
    Chromecast with Google TV is available today for $49 with a remote, Android TV OS
    Google launches Nest Audio speaker, successor to Google Home, available Oct. 5 for $99
    Google Pixel 4a 5G officially launches w/ 5G connectivity, $499 price
    Another Pixel 5 hands-on reveals ‘audio zoom’ for video, revamped camera UI [Video]
    Pixel 5 turns off face retouching by default as part of Digital Wellbeing in Google Camera
    Google confirms that Pixel 5 drops the Pixel Neural Core chip
    Pixel 5 and 4a 5G come with free Stadia Pro, YouTube Premium, storage, and Play Points
    Pixel 5 & 4a 5G camera samples show off Night Sight improvements, ultrawide, more [Gallery]
    Here are the official Pixel 5 wallpapers [Download]
    Someone in the UK unboxed a Google Pixel 5 retail demo unit [Video]
    Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G will be able to watch Netflix in HDR
    Google Pixel 5 uses a hole in the aluminum and a ‘bio-resin’ to enable wireless charging
    Pixel 5’s new ‘Hold for Me’ uses Google Duplex to distinguish between recorded and live humans
    Google Pixel 5 won’t ship in the US until October 29
    Google announces Pixel 5 with wide-angle lens, 8GB RAM for $699 on October 15



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjROz4B13CE

    Previewing Google's 'Launch Night In'

    Previewing Google's 'Launch Night In'

    This week, we preview the Made by Google 2020 event -- AKA “Launch Night In” -- taking place at the end of September. We recap the Pixel 5, 4a 5G, Nest Audio, and the Google Chromecast with Google TV.
    Alphabet Scoop is available Google Podcasts, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

    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
    Stephen Hall

    Links:

    Google confirms September 30 launch for Pixel 5, Chromecast, new Nest speaker
    Pixel 5 and 4a 5G rumors: Everything we know about the next Google phones [Video]
    [Update: More live ‘5s’ images] Google Pixel 5 leak shows off speckled rear
    Retailer suggests that ‘Sabrina’ dongle could launch as ‘Google Chromecast with Google TV’
    Google’s Android TV-powered Chromecast shown off in new images w/ revised remote layout
    Google Home app reveals ‘Nest Audio’ speaker brand, work on Home/Away Routines, and more
    Nest Audio product images leak in ‘Chalk’ and ‘Charcoal’ [Gallery]

    Feedback?
    Drop us a line at gtips@9to5g.com. You can also soon rate us in Google Play, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or recommend us in Pocket Casts to help more people discover the show.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iuHDxnyIts

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