25 episodes

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

Alphabet Scoop 9to5Mac

    • Technology
    • 4.0 • 21 Ratings

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

    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

    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.

    • 54 min
    Alphabet Scoop 108: Stadia gets Cyberpunk 2077, Ubisoft+, and iOS support, Home Max discontinued

    Alphabet Scoop 108: Stadia gets Cyberpunk 2077, Ubisoft+, and iOS support, Home Max discontinued

    This week we talk about Stadia’s trio of big launches from Cyberpunk 2077 to Ubisoft+ and iOS support. We then say goodbye to the Google Home Max, but end on a happier note with some major developments for Android, Fuchsia, and CloudReady OS.
    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:

    Ubisoft+ arrives on Google Stadia starting today
    Cyberpunk 2077 is now available on Stadia
    How well does Cyberpunk 2077 run on Google Stadia? [Video]
    After bumpy start, Stadia handles demand for Cyberpunk 2077, while PC players wait on patch
    Cyberpunk 2077 finally lets Stadia prove itself as last-gen hardware struggles
    Google closes Stadia’s Cyberpunk 2077 hardware giveaway early due to ‘overwhelming’ demand
    Google Home Max officially discontinued after going out of stock
    Google thoroughly redesigns Assistant Routines with easier set-up/editing & sunrise/sunset triggers
    Google acquires CloudReady OS that turns old PCs into Chromebooks w/ plans to make official offering
    Google is opening Fuchsia OS development to the public
    Google, Qualcomm lay the technical groundwork for 4 years of Android updates

    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/ivgChxjoTFs

    • 50 min
    Alphabet Scoop 107: All about the December Pixel Feature Drop

    Alphabet Scoop 107: All about the December Pixel Feature Drop

    This week we talk all about the December Pixel Feature Drop and the slew of features that it brought to the Pixel 5. We then touch on the intersection of Android and Google Assistant, as well as some messaging issues that users are facing.
    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

    Links:

    December Pixel Feature Drop: Adaptive Sound, Connectivity, Charging, and better GPS for Pixel 5
    December Pixel Feature Drop: Hands-on with all the new additions [Video]
    Pixel 5 and 4a 5G first to get Android’s ‘spectacularly’ improved GPS accuracy in cities
    Pixel 5 gets ‘Conveyor Belt’ background with Pixel Live Wallpaper update
    Google bringing Barely Blue Pixel 4a to one more country this month
    Google Pixel phones now take screenshots instantly, just like Samsung and iPhone
    [Update: OTA in progress] Google rolling out the final Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL update
    [Update: Rolling back] Carrier Services update seemingly breaks SMS on some Android devices
    [Update: More widely available] Google Messages rolling out end-to-end encryption to beta users
    Google Assistant routines can now be added to your homescreen, rolling out now [U]
    [Update: Rolling out] Apple Music is now available on Google Assistant speakers
    Gboard rolls out updated default theme for beta users w/ new font [U]

    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.

    • 29 min
    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.


    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.


    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

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Jim Survak ,

A great start to the Google ecosystem!

After getting in a slump over “This Week in Google’s” one-sided politics, I was thrilled to find Alphabet Scoop! Stephen & Abner have done great work on their inaugural episodes. The pair have a wonderful talent to go from strictly reporting on new tech, developments, & rumors, to sharing their biases, and then speculation on the future of Google. And these two are conscious enough to criticize Google in their shortcomings (Ep1: Apple Watch vs the languishing Android Wear). They are not Apple fanboys, by any stretch; they’re simply damned good hosts who are doing their best to cover all the angles they can think of. And it doesn’t stop their: Chrome OS, Fuschia, Android code updates & breakdowns: they’ve really done a lot of hard work and it seems they’re dedicated to making “Alphabet Scoop” a success.

My one criticism, and this is purely subjective, is that the hosts seem a little stiff in their interactions. In time, I think this will get ironed out, but in these first two episodes the pair halfway feel like they’re reading from a script and halfway having a conversation.

Overall a great podcast start, I am excited for the next episode!

¡cristiano! ,

Good from A to Z

A welcome member of the excellent 9to5mac network.

il-buono ,

Always delayed

The audio episodes arrive so late. By the time they’re released, it’s very old news.

Top Podcasts In Technology

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by 9to5Mac