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Stephen Hall

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Stephen is Managing Editor at 9to5Google. You can find more of his current work on the flip side at 9to5Mac, as well as at 9to5Toys and Electrek. If you want to get in touch with Stephen, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Google+. Or, you can send him an email at stephen (at) 9to5mac (dot) com, or an encrypted email at hallstephen j (at) protonmail (dot) com.

 

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Today we’ve got YouTube removed 1.67 million channels in Q3, Chrome OS 71 is rolling out w/ Better Together, and Google Assistant is testing a new interface with ‘Explore’.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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December 12

This week we talk about Google’s messaging mess with the shutdowns of Hangouts and Allo, some followup on the Pixel Slate, Google Chrome, and much more.

Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Play, Google PodcastsiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

December 7

Today we’ve got a catchup episode after the chaos of our reports on both Hangouts and Allo being shuttered, which Google confirmed. Also, a glimpse into the future and some deals.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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December 5

Google will announce that it’s shutting down the shortlived Google Allo chat app “soon,” according to a reliable source familiar with the plan, although the timeline of the announcement may have been delayed by the backlash stemming from our report about ‘Hangouts classic’ being shuttered.

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December 4

Today we’ve got Qualcomm reveals Snapdragon 855, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus renders show it off in detail, and the very first Flutter Live event kicks off w/ SDK version 1.0.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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December 3

Today we’ve got the December security patch rolling out to Pixel and Nexus phones with fixes for RAM issues on Pixel 3, Night Sight comparison, eSIM, and much more.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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December 2

According to source familiar with the product’s internal roadmap, Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020. That’s not surprising at all since Google essentially ceased development on the app more than a year ago. But just know, going into 2019, this is indeed your last year to keep using the beloved (?) legacy chat app.

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November 30

Today we’ve got Google Hangouts getting canned, Google Hangouts Meet now supports 100 participants, and Spotify lets you import music from your Android phone.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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November 29

Today we’ve got some new features arriving on Google home and Smart Displays, Google Translate on the web gets updated with new Material, and Google Fi.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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November 28

Today we’ve got our review of the Brydge G-Type keyboard for Pixel Slate, Google Fi officially drops the ‘Project’ and adds iPhone support, and YouTube Originals will return to ads.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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If you don’t have a Google Home Mini in your bathroom yet, now might be the time to get on that. Google Home Mini is now available in a fourth color, one that Google says is a “blue” — the same color as the “ocean waves.”

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This week we talk about Google Pixel Slate and our review, thoughts, answer some questions, and much more. We also talk about the Brydge G-Type keyboard, Google Fi’s rebranding, and more.

Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Play, Google PodcastsiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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Google Pixel Slate definitely isn’t perfect, but it has at least one big thing going for it: its detachable tablet form-factor means you actually get some choice when it comes to keyboards (unlike with a laptop like the Pixelbook). This also means you’re going to have to buy a keyboard if you want one — whether that be a Google-made one or a Made for Google one. At launch there are a couple options to pick from, and the Brydge G-Type might be the best one you can buy right now.

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November 27

Today we’ve got our review of the Google Pixel Slate, Fast Pair now syncs Bluetooth accessories across Android devices, and Google call for cancellation of Dragonfly.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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Google is known for doing a few different versions of everything. Android Messages and Allo. Gmail and Inbox (by Gmail). Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Take your pick. The strategy is this: Take many versions of an idea seriously and you’re bound to get enough data to point you in the right direction. Intentional or not, that’s what I feel has happened with the Pixel Slate, tablet by Google.

The Pixel Slate is at the same time its own worthwhile — and as I’ll argue, great — device with its own attractive qualities, but also a very familiar user experience that seems grasping for a purpose…

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November 26

Today we’ve got another look at the Pixel 3 Lite ‘Sargo’, Google launches a really cringey Pixel 3 ad campaign, our Damien compares Night Sight to Nightscape, and more.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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November 23

Google makes some of the best and most popular smart home devices on the market. From Google Home Hub to the Nest x Yale door lock, the ecosystem is one of the — if not the — most comprehensive out there. The prices this holiday shopping season, but particularly this Black Friday 2018 weekend, make now a better time than ever to go all-in…

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November 16

Today we’ve got a leak of the so-called Pixel 3 Lite aka ‘Sargo’, which is apparently a mid-range Pixel 3, some deals on regular Pixel 3s, Call Screen on Pixel 2, and Diane Greene departs.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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November 15

Today we’ve got a new Wear OS update version H, Inbox users are being pushed to the new Gmail, and a couple reviews of an Android TV and the Moto Z3.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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November 14

Today we’ve got Google adds messaging to Google Maps, Night Sight is rolling out to everyone, and Google Store Black Friday deals are kinda really good.

9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

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