Stephen Hall

@hallstephenj

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.

Stephen has been covering Apple and Google for four years. He can be often found on the leaderboard of technology news curation website Techmeme, and has been cited by many major publications across the web including Wired, Re/code, Business Insider, CNET, BuzzFeed News, Computerworld, TechCrunchGigaOmPC World, PC Magazine, as well as newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Stephen’s first big story came in September 2014 when he exclusively published all of the details of Google’s unreleased Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone weeks before it was announced.

For several years he closely followed Google Glass and published extensive coverage of the product’s roadmap in early 2015 followed by several scoops revealing details about the forthcoming “Enterprise Edition” hardware in July, as well as Google’s plans for its distribution. These reports were confirmed when Stephen reported in late 2015 that the device had finally surfaced on the FCC website. He was also the first to report that one unit of the new device surfaced on eBay.

In September of 2015, Stephen published details of Google’s forthcoming 2nd generation Chromecast and Chromecast Audio products, as well as details on their companion application. He also exclusively reported on Google’s plan to finally bring Spotify support to the Chromecast.

In December of 2015, Stephen reported that Huawei planned to introduce women’s versions of its forthcoming Huawei Watch at CES 2016, as well as that Google was planning to introduce the gold variant of the Nexus 6P in the United States and begin selling the phone through Best Buy and other online retailers. The women’s Huawei Watch launched at CES 2016, and the Huawei Watch 2 with LTE capabilities launched at MWC 2017 after being delayed.

In March of 2016, Stephen exclusively reported that Tesla had at one point tested Google Glass in its Fremont, California factory, but had since moved to Vuzix hardware. He then published videos proving conclusively that Tesla had tested Glass.

Later in April of 2016, when Google’s Regina Dugan left the company to start an experimental hardware division at Facebook, Stephen detailed the story of her polarizing first meeting at Google. He also reported in 2016 that “Andromeda” an as-of-yet unannounced software project by Google, would launch on a Chromebook “Pixel”-like laptop and a Huawei-made tablet. He published more rumored details about this project in November of 2016.

In February 2017, Stephen shared the very first photos on the web of an LG G6 with its screen powered on, as well as detailed the device’s specs, more than a week before its announcement.

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Today

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The Google Play Store app is notorious for its countless A/B tests, and today we’re seeing yet another. New “Similar apps” and related developer apps sections that some are beginning to see have been revamped to allow for easier, smoother left-to-right scrolling… expand full story

9to5mac 

Yesterday

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We told you a couple weeks ago that Google added some mysterious references to a device type called ‘Bisto’ in the beta 7.0 version of the Google app, and those stuck around even with the couple of minor updates that were pushed out since then. Today, however, with version 7.1.21.21, we can confirm that Google has indeed removed all reference to ‘Bisto’…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

One of a few fallbacks of using a Chromecast as your primary method of consuming television is that not all video services are supported. Most of the mainstream options, like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and others work fine, but there are definitely exceptions to the rule. If you’re trying to stream Amazon Prime Video for example, you have to cast the entire tab from the desktop Chrome browser on a Mac or PC, which until now has resulted in poor performance in most cases.

Well, that’s changing. A new feature recently added to the Dev Channel of the Google Chrome browser basically sends the video stream for these unsupported streams directly to your Chromecast… expand full story

9to5toys 

April 24

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Google started giving away free stuff in airport vending machines last December, and now it appears the company is expanding this perk to more airports throughout the country. San Jose’s airport was one of the first, but now it appears that you’ll be able to find a Fi “Travel Trolley” in 9 different airports.

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electrek 

For a long time now, people on your local WiFi network have been able to mess with your Chromecast session, and it’s all thanks a shared Cast notification feature that started showing up for users last year. This has resulted in plenty of hijinks where users have had their cast sessions annoyingly messed with in certain situations, like when inviting guests over for parties.

Now, it seems Google is aware of this annoyance and is taking some baby steps to help…

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A relatively new startup by the name of Kitty Hawk is showing off its all-electric flying ‘car’ for the first time today, almost a year since we first learned that Alphabet CEO Larry Page is one the startup’s biggest backers. While often referred to as a flying car, it’s obvious now that what Kitty Hawk has been working on for the last couple of years is more accurately described as a human-carrying drone…

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9to5mac 

April 22

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In this week’s top stories: Our look at how to update your Android Wear watch to Android Wear 2.0 manually, Galaxy Note 8 rumored to have a dual-camera design, and Google is being sued over battery issues with the Nexus 6P.  expand full story

April 21

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For this week’s 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away some Samsung Galaxy S8 cases! These are brand new, straight from BodyGuardz, and tough enough to protect your Galaxy S8 (or Galaxy S8+) from some pretty nasty drops. This week we’re giving away a total of 10 cases to five lucky 9to5Google readers…

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The wait for the latest flagship from Samsung has been a long one — we’ve seen some pretty thorough leaks going back several months — but the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch day is finally here. You should now be able to walk into most carrier retail stores and pick one up. But if you’d rather purchase one online and have it shipped to your door, we have you covered…

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9to5toys 

April 20

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Google is today showing off Tabel (via The Keyword), its latest virtual reality experiment. This experiment is actually a short film, exploring themes relating to climate change as a tribute to Earth Day (which is coming up this weekend, if you weren’t aware). But the film isn’t just topically relevant; it’s also an interesting demo of a new kind of VR storytelling…

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electrek 

HTC has today sent the press emails for an event set for May 16th, and it seems — as is usual with HTC lately — that it’s going to be an entirely online announcement. If this event is for the phone we think it’s for, though, we don’t really have any surprises to look forward to…

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April 19

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The Google Play Console — previously known as the Google Play Developer Console — has today received a Material Design facelift. The Play Console serves as a place for app developers to track the status of the Android apps they’ve published to the store, and now it’s just a bit prettier…

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