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Checking out the new Gmail, Spectacles 2.0, and some recent tech rumors

Checking out the new Gmail, Spectacles 2.0, and some recent tech rumors


This week on The Vergecast

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This week on The Vergecast, Dieter, Natt, and Paul are still without Nilay but there’s a whole lot to talk about.

Google made some big changes with Gmail, which is now live, and Snap surprised us this week with yet another edition of Spectacles — but what makes them different from the original model?

Also, there’s a whole bunch of Amazon news and rumors this week, including a very real Echo Dot for kids and maybe an Alexa robot for your house?

Of course, in between all that, Paul brings us his segment that he does every week (say it with me) “I’ve carved this for you out of aluminum” — so if you listen to this whole episode of The Vergecast, you’ll be all up to date with the tech news of the week and won’t have to worry about much else the rest of your weekend.

01:20 - Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live

09:49 - Google is finally making a standalone Tasks app

16:38 - Snap’s second-generation Spectacles are more grown up — and more expensive

28:05 - Amazon will now deliver packages to the trunk of your car

32:33 - Amazon’s new Echo Dot Kids Edition comes with a colorful case and parental controls

37:04 - Amazon is reportedly working on its first home robot

40:29 - Amazon teases upcoming Fire TV Cube

43:41 - Paul’s weekly segment “I’ve carved this for you out of aluminum

45:53 - Dieter’s Essential Phone feels

47:47 - There are a ton of sketchy rumors about an upcoming iPhone SE 2

50:44 - The OnePlus 6 is coming on May 16th

52:56 - Spotify launches a redesigned app with on-demand playlists for free users

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