About the Author

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.

Stephen Hall's Favorite Gear

April 21

This week, we talk about Google’s RCS rebrand “Chat” and what it means for messaging on Android and iOS, more chatter about the controversy around gesture-based navigation in Android, Google potentially acquiring Nokia Health, and much more.

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

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April 20

Today we’ve got Chat, which is Google’s new name for its RCS initiative, LG news — please stop referring to the LG G7 as LG G7 ThinQ, please and ThinQ — and Fuchsia Friday from our Kyle Bradshaw. We also have some great deals on Google stuff from 9to5Toys.

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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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

April 19

Today we’ve got a slew of new phones added to the already cluttered lineup of Motorola phones, my thoughts on why this is sad, and Google making a cool change to Chrome OS.

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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Motorola used to be great. And no, I’m not talking about the company’s Motorola RAZR heyday — I’m talking about a much more recent period of greatness. Earlier this decade, under the blessing and curse that was Google ownership, Motorola set out to redefine the Android phone. With its Moto E, Moto G, and Moto X, the company presented a clear vision for products that would meet customers’ needs and, better yet, brought thoughtful design decisions that captivated many, including me…

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April 18

Today we’ve got Android P will remember volume levels for every individual Bluetooth device you use, Pixelbook might get a feature called “AltOS” that could let you run Windows, and Play Store 9.7 bring a nearly all-white UI.

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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While the Pixelbook only runs Chrome OS, its hardware isn’t — technically speaking — entirely locked in to the lightweight laptop (and lately, tablet) OS from Google. In fact, according to some new commits discovered by a Redditor over at /r/ChromeOS, Google is working on an “AltOS” mode that might allow it a bit more flexibility, although for now things are still muddy at best…

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April 17

Today we’ve got an opinion that outlines why an Android TV interface would be great if it merged with affordable Chromecast hardware, Pixelbook bugs fixed, and Safe Browsing coming to WebViews.

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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Casio has long been on the Android Wear (and lately, Wear OS) train, and now the company is doubling down with the release of yet another Pro Trek smartwatch. This one, called the WSD-F20A (good luck remembering that name), brings the slew of unique Pro Trek features at a lower price point. expand full story

April 16

Today we’ve got renders of the new navigation and Recents UI coming in a future version of Android P, Android Things OS is nearing public launch, and Google is interested in acquiring Withings (aka Nokia Health).

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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9to5Toys Last Call: Chromecast from $25, Nest Hello $182, Nest Thermostat $119, more

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We’ve been talking about Android P’s forthcoming navigation revamp here at 9to5Google for about a month, and just last week Google finally let the cat out of the bag itself in a leaked navigation bar in a screenshot on one of the company’s official blogs. Now, based on information from a source who has used the new UI, we have details on how it works and what it looks like.

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April 14

This week, we talk all about what we’ve heard about forthcoming changes to navigation in Android P, a mystery Android TV dongle that passed through the FCC, and Google’s ongoing design changes that many refer to as “Material Design 2”.

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

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April 13

Today we’ve got Android Auto Wireless which is now live for Pixel and Nexus phones, Android P’s new navigation bar is confirmed in a new leaked screenshot, and Fuchsia Friday.

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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April 12

Today we’ve got some Android OEMs that are reportedly lying about implementing security patches, AR Stickers 1.2 which brings a new live carousel preview, and the best Android phones you can for April.

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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