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Stephen Hall

@hallstephenj

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.

Stephen 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, TechCrunch, GigaOm, PC World, PC Magazine, as well as newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Stephen’s first story came in September 2014 when he published exhaustive details on Google’s unreleased Nexus 6 smartphone. He followed that with extensive Google Glass reporting, including scoops on the forthcoming “Enterprise Edition” and Google’s plans for its distribution.

In September 2015, Stephen revealed details on Google’s forthcoming 2nd gen Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, as well as Google’s plan to bring Spotify support to the Chromecast. He also revealed Google’s plan to introduce a gold Nexus 6P in the United States.

In March 2016, Stephen exclusively reported that Tesla had tested Google Glass in its Fremont factory. Later that year, Stephen detailed “Andromeda,” an unannounced software project by Google, which would launch on a new Google laptop and tablet hardware. That project was later cancelled.

2018 was marked by extensive reporting on Google’s first-party hardware and software projects. Stephen detailed Android Pie months before it launched, dug up the cause of extensive Pixel 3 leaks, and contributed to those leaks himself through exclusive leaked Pixel 3 camera details. Stephen also exclusively reported on the shuttering of Google Hangouts and Google Allo.

In 2019, Stephen revealed almost all of Google’s forthcoming hardware launches before they happened. That started with exclusive details about the budget Pixel 3a and 3a XL, and continued later in the year with the earliest reports on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google’s second-generation Nest Mini, a new Nest Wifi, and a new Chromebook called Pixelbook Go.

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December 5

This week we talk all about the announcements at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 (including the Snapdragon 865, Sundar Pichai takes over Alphabet, and some Pixel 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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December 4

Qualcomm flew me out and put me up in Maui, Hawaii to sit through a couple keynotes about its new smartphone chips, so here I am telling you about their new smartphone chips. The company announced the Snapdragon 865 and 765 yesterday, and today they detailed them in full. Here’s pretty much everything you need to know about the former — the flagship chip… expand full story

Snapdragon 865 will be first SoC to support on-phone ID card APIs in Android R

Qualcomm and Google announced today at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit that the company’s new Snapdragon SoCs — referring to the new Snapdragon 865 and 765 — will be the first to support the new Android Identity Credential APIs coming with Android R.

It’s day one of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, and we’re on the ground on Wailea, Maui, Hawaii to bring you all the latest. We’ll have coverage throughout the week. If you’d prefer to get the word directly from the mouth of the beast as well, you can stream the main keynotes every day this week — Tuesday through Thursday.

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December 3

Qualcomm unveils new ‘3D Sonic Max’ fingerprint sensor that’s… a lot bigger

Qualcomm has today announced its latest fingerprint sensor, the 3D Sonic Max. This fingerprint sensor is the followup to last year’s 3D Sonic Sensor, and the most important thing that makes it different from last year’s model is that it’s… a lot bigger — 17 times bigger to be exact.

Xiaomi, Oppo, Motorola, HMD confirm devices built on 5G-ready Snapdragon 865

At the Snapdragon Tech Summit here in Maui, Hawaii, several of Qualcomm’s partners have confirmed forthcoming devices that will be built on the new 5G-ready Snapdragon 865 system-on-a-chip. Xiaomi, Oppo, and Lenovo (Motorola) are all confirming the development of flagship smartphones that will pack the Snapdragon 865, while HMD Global also says it has plans for Snapdragon 765-powered devices.

We’re here in Maui, and Qualcomm has today announced its latest flagship smartphone system-on-a-chip, the Snapdragon 865. They also announced a couple of mid-range chips by the names of Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G, respectively. expand full story

December 2

Google Nest deals are sure to make an appearance this Cyber Monday from all the top retailers, which means you’ll be able to snag Nest thermostats, Nest Mini smart speakers, and Nest Hub Max smart displays at some of the lowest prices of the year. Specifically, we’re seeing some pretty large price drops for the original Google Home this year. Keep reading for all the current and expected Cyber Monday Nest deals…

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Cyber Monday is set to bring some of the best Google Pixel deals of the year. The Pixel 4 in particular is set to see big discounts in the form of gift cards from Target and AT&T, while Verizon is looking to offer a BOGO promotion. This is just the beginning of the Google Pixel deals you can expect to find over at 9to5Toys this Cyber Monday, and you’ll find all of the latest updates for Pixel deals below…

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November 21

Google has announced that Cloud Print, its cloud-based printing solution, is being retired at the end of next year. It’s an early heads up, yes, but it’s a necessary one — Cloud Print is pretty widely used. Google recommends that users of Cloud Print “identify an alternative solution.” Which, of course they do.

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November 20

Where did the ‘Reopen Closed Tab’ button go in Google Chrome?

If you’re like me, you’re a serial user of the “Reopen Closed Tab” option in Google Chrome. Whether it be close-tab-happy-fingers or just carelessness, I find myself constantly needing to reopen closed tabs. It was so part of my daily Chrome routine that one recent change was a bit jarring for me — Google decided to move this option.

November 19

iFixit treated the Pixel 4 XL to a full teardown not long after the device’s announcement, but one could say that one was a bit too careful. And professional. The latest Pixel 4 XL teardown from JerryRig is definitely a bit more on the messy and fun side, and gives us another look at various internal components and a clear back. expand full story

The initial reviews of Google Stadia are out as of yesterday, and the consensus seems to be that it works pretty well, actually. But that technical accomplishment is overshadowed by the fact that many of the service’s notable feature promises are half-baked, and others just aren’t here yet. This functional Google Stadia beta is only raising concerns about the platform at a time when it already has little room for messaging error.

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November 14

This week we talk about Chromebooks and how they’re great for school, the RCS rollout is finally happening, Stadia, and Motorola announcing a weird new nostalgic foldable.

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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November 12

PSA: Disney+ errors aren’t your fault — broken on Chromecast, Android, more

Disney+ launched earlier today, and to say the service is struggling to stay online is a bit of an understatement. You can’t say issues were expected, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating for Chromecast, Android, and other streamers who are hoping to get their fix of The Mandalorian

November 7

T-Mobile plans 10 years of free 5G unlimited service for first responders pending Sprint merger

T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, announced today that if the merger with Sprint goes through, New T-Mobile will give free 5G unlimited service for 10 years to first responders.

November 4

How to watch Apple TV+ on Chromecast and Android TV

If you’re primarily a Chromecast and Android TV user like myself, but still want to get your fix on some Apple TV+ shows, you may have hit a snag. While Apple TV (hardware) owners and people with AirPlay-compatible TVs will have no problem popping up Apple TV+ shows or casting them, not all of us are as lucky. Here’s how to watch Apple TV+ on Chromecast and Android TV devices.

November 1

This week we talk about Google buying Fitbit and its (lack of) implications for Wear OS, some followup on the Pixel 4, and the recent RCS fiasco.

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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October 28

Google is today rolling out a redesigned version of the account switcher across its web apps. If you use Gmail, Drive, Calendar or other Google apps on the web (on your personal account, no G Suite accounts yet), you may notice the new design which matches recent mobile designs.

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October 24

This week we talk about everything we missed from Made by Google 2019 — Google Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, Nest Wifi (both Router and Point) and the new Pixel Buds.

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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