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Stephen Hall

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Stephen is Managing Editor at 9to5Google. You can find his current work at 9to5Google, 9to5Mac, 9to5Toys, and Electrek. If you want to get in touch with Stephen, be sure to follow him on Twitter. Or, you can send him an email at stephen (at) 9to5mac (dot) com, or an encrypted email at hallstephenj (at) protonmail (dot) com.

 

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August 14

Alphabet Scoop 067: Q&A – Pixel 4, Pixel Watch, Pixelbook 2, and more

This week we talk about all the questions we’ve received from listeners this week. Topics include: Google Pixel 4, Pixel Watch, Pixelbook 2, 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.

August 8

This week we talk about our exclusive full leak of the Google Pixel 4 specs, the latest additions and changes with Android Q Beta 4, the launch of the Note10, and a lot 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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August 7

The physical appearance and some headlining features of the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL have already been confirmed by Google itself, but there are still plenty of specs that Google still hasn’t said anything about. A reliable source has now provided us with detailed specifications for the forthcoming devices, including mention of some features not reported until now…

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August 6

Google’s little-known ‘Follow Your World’ app for tracking satellite imagery shuts down next month

You’ve probably never heard of it, but Google announced that it is shutting down another app today. This one was called “Follow Your World”, and it launched many years ago to allow you to track new satellite imagery in Maps.

August 5

We dropped the news that Pixel 4 would sport the long-in-development Project Soli chip from Google a couple of months ago, and, well, we know how that went. In line with Google’s recent habit of just throwing in the towel on secrets, the company just went ahead and confirmed it. It’s intriguing to say the least, but I’d argue that a second-gen Google Home would make even more sense for Soli…

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July 21

[Update: Confirmed fake] This Google Pixel 4 front ‘leak’ is just a decent photoshop job

We’ve seen renders and more renders of the Pixel 4, and we’ve also gotten to feast our eyes on real-life images of the back. Now, one person is claiming to have the first real-life image of the front of the Google Pixel 4. The only problem is that it’s not real.

July 11

Google is certainly on one end of a spectrum in its approach to app development. If another software maker is conservative and careful about the features they add to their apps and when, you could say Google is… the opposite. It’s long established that A/B testing is a deep part of the company’s culture, and its consumer-facing apps are no exception.

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July 5

This week we talk about an early build of Android Q that leaked out, Google Camera 6.3 and what it tells us about Google Pixel 4, and some exclusive rumors about the Pixelbook 2.

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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June 27

This week we talk about some questions you have for us. Want to know our thoughts on something? Let us know in the livestream chat on YouTube.

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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June 20

This week we talk about Google cancelling its tablet plans in the wake of the Pixel Slate, some more Google Pixel 4 chatter, and the first Google Stadia livestream which brought new details.

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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June 14

Change logs on the Play Store have been a mess since forever. As long as I’ve been covering Google and Android (which is admittedly not as long as many in this niche), they’ve done absolutely nothing to help me as a user. Nor have they helped me help people understand the changes that are happening to the apps they depend on daily.

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June 12

This week we talk about the Google Pixel 4. Lots of rumors this week left Google with only one option — to show off the phone themselves on their own Twitter account.

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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June 11

First announced at Google I/O 2015, Project Soli is a Google ATAP endeavor based on radar hardware, most notably for device control via subtle hand movements. Whether you’re using a watch, phone, or tablet, this miniature radar sensor can, among many other things, differentiate between very fine motions to perform various platform-specific functions. Now, we’re told that 2019 might be the year that Soli finally shows up in Google’s hardware products…

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June 10

Let the games begin. Notorious leakster Onleaks is back at it again, sharing our very first early look at the Google Pixel 4 in new renders (via Pricebaba). As you can see in the images above and below, based on “early prototyping schematics,” the Google Pixel 4 will seemingly sport a glass back, a huge camera bump, and perhaps yet another notch.

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June 6

This week we talk about  the latest features and changes with Android Q Beta 4, today’s Stadia Connect with details on the game streaming platform, and we chat about WWDC a bit.

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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Today’s first Google Stadia Connect livestream brought a lot of new information about the forthcoming game streaming service and hardware, and you can find everything we now know about Stadia below — pricing, availability, and more…

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Last October, when Google introduced the Pixel Slate tablet, it was available in 5 different variants: a pair with Celeron processors (that were exclusive to the Google Store), one with an Intel M3 processor, one with an i5, and on the top end, one with an i7. Now, the two low-end models are gone forever.

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June 5

Android Q Beta 4: Date and weather widget on Pixel homescreen is subtly bolder

The date and weather widget on Pixel devices is subtly bolder than it used to be. You can see this extremely minor change in the image above — on the left is Beta 4 while the right is Beta 3.

June 4

YouTube comes under fire once again for turning a blind eye to harassment

Harassment and cyberbullying have been problems for YouTube since day one, but the latest controversy is definitely a unique case. One Carlos Maza, in a tweet thread that’s now gone viral, explains how right-wing commentator Steven Crowder has, among other things, made “repeated, overt attacks on [his] sexual orientation and ethnicity.” Now, YouTube has publicly responded to those concerns and deemed the comments not out of line with the site’s policies.

May 30

This week we talk about some updates on the Huawei situation, the Galaxy Note 10 going without jacks and buttons, and some more Made by Google things.

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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