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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.

    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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Android 11 launch, Pixel 5 rumors, and Surface Duo vs Fold 2 vs Razr 5G

    Android 11 launch, Pixel 5 rumors, and Surface Duo vs Fold 2 vs Razr 5G

    This week we talk about the stable launch of Android 11 and everything around the release, as well as the latest Pixel 5 rumors. We end by discussing the merits/downsides of the Microsoft Surface Duo, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, and Motorola Razr 5G.
    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:

    Google launches Android 11, rolling out now to Pixel phones
    Pixel Feature Drop brings AR location sharing in Google Maps Live View
    Android 11 statue can be viewed in AR, complete with a red velvet cake recipe
    Google keeping Android Beta Program open for pre-release Android 11 updates
    Oppo will debut ColorOS 11 based on Android 11 next week, beta released today
    Xiaomi and Realme open limited Android 11 previews
    OxygenOS 11 open beta w/ Android 11 is now available for OnePlus 8 series
    [Update: Supported vehicles] ‘AAWireless’ dongle aims to bring Android Auto Wireless to your car
    Android 11 brings wireless Android Auto to all phones
    Google Pixel 5 leak shows off speckled rear, ‘5s’ possibly distinguishes between 5G models
    Ex-Pixel camera lead Marc Levoy on using the same sensor, working at Google, and what’s next
    Surface Duo review roundup: An expensive multitasking mixed bag
    Moto Razr 5G first impressions roundup: A slightly improved novelty

    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/3spz3bpyf6k

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Fold 2 & 'Sabrina' Android TV dongle pricing, Stadia games

    Fold 2 & 'Sabrina' Android TV dongle pricing, Stadia games

    This week we talk about one confirmed and one leaked price: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 and the ‘Sabrina’ Android TV dongle, respectively. We also take a look at what features are coming next to Stadia and new games.
    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:

    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 brings better design, Snapdragon 865+, and more for $1,999
    Google’s ‘Sabrina’ Android TV dongle appears at major retailers suggesting $49-$59 price
    Stadia 2.32 adds final prep for messaging, UPlay+, improved recruitment system, more
    Google Stadia for Android TV ditches forced portrait as it optimizes sign-in
    Review: Super Bomberman R Online is a blast and a half… when there’s enough players
    Marvel’s Avengers by Square Enix is now available on Google Stadia

    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/VndtXILT3DU

    • 48 min
    Living with the Pixel 4a, Pixel 5 leaks, and Fitbit

    Living with the Pixel 4a, Pixel 5 leaks, and Fitbit

    This week we share our extended Pixel 4a thoughts, and preview what the Pixel 5 is going to offer. We then take another look at the Pixel Buds, which just received its first update, while closing on Samsung and everything Fitbit announced.
    Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Play, 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 4a Review: Superb smartphone on a budget, and a formula Google should remember
    Google Pixel 4a comes w/ ‘Eclipse’ live wallpaper that puts battery life front and center
    Future Pixel phones will not include Playground AR stickers, starting with Pixel 4a
    Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 w/ 4,000 mAh battery leak in live image with alleged specs
    Some Pixel 5 specs leak w/ 6-inch, 90Hz display, ultrawide camera, ‘considerably larger’ battery
    First Pixel Buds feature drop adds bass boost, Attention Alerts, and disabling touch controls
    Google Pixel Buds are now available in Just Black, Oh So Orange, and Quite Mint
    Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra gets the formula right at the wrong time [Video]
    Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 take Google Assistant beyond Wear OS
    Fitbit Sense debuts w/ ECG, advanced health tracking, Google Assistant for $329
    Fitbit Versa 3 hits the scene w/ Google Assistant, faster charging, speaker, $229
    Where to buy Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, and Inspire 2 and how much they cost

    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/XQRCo6PE1o0

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Gmail's bold redesign, Pixel 4a, and the Google Store

    Gmail's bold redesign, Pixel 4a, and the Google Store

    This week we take a deep dive into Google's bold plans for making Gmail the new "home for work." In centralizing G Suite into one app, the company risks overcrowding, but it could gain a proper Slack competitor in the process. We also have a brief discussion about everything the Google Store is doing (sales) and leaking (Pixel 4a).
    Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Play, 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:

    Stephen Hall
    Abner Li

    Links:


    Big Gmail redesign with side-by-side Google Docs, Chat, and Meet calling gets early reveal
    Gmail is Google’s new ‘home for work’ following big Rooms upgrade, currently G Suite only
    Official Google Pixel 4a render appears on the Google Store ahead of launch
    Google Store kicking off month-long ‘Daily Special’ deals series tomorrow
    Today’s Google Store ‘Daily Special’ is $50 off Nest Hello/Hub bundle [U]
    Google launches 2nd-gen Pixel Buds in 9 countries, colors arriving next month
    Are you buying Google Pixel Buds now that they’re in your country? [Poll]

    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=1U6uRJsKuJw

    • 35 min

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