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#183: A Year Without Android

December 28th, 2018 · 61 minutes

Time to play a game! Below are the instructions. Follow along to learn how to play, then tweet us or email us your choices and we'll feature them in our first episode of 2019.

You have to GIVE UP one of these Google things and not use it in 2019. Which do you choose to give up? You’ll get it back after a year.

  • Android
  • Google Assistant (includes smart devices but you can keep your Android phone, Chromebook, etc. if you disable Assistant)
  • Chrome and ChromeOS
  • All Google-branded hardware (you can keep your Samsung Android phone, HP Chromebook, etc.)
  • Google Search

Same group, but this time you can only KEEP one for 2019.

  • (And remember, “Google-branded hardware” would necessarily exclude “Android”; you’re keeping Pixelbook, Google Home (as a multiroom Chromecast speaker system), Google Clips (ha!) BUT you’re still cut off from Android, Assistant, ChromeOS...you’re only keeping ONE of the five)

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