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Stephen Hall

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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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In this week’s top stories: Google Chromecast and Home devices are causing wi-fi outages on some routers, an official Google Home Mini wall mount has been released, and Google’s Arts & Culture app can compare your selfies to famous works of art. expand full story

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How to enable the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL’s grayscale display mode

It’s becoming a popular trend to find ways to curb smartphone addiction, and the latest technique involves making your phone as dull- and boring-looking as possible — by enabling its grayscale mode. Enabling grayscale on a Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL is fairly straightforward, although it might not seem that way since there’s no grayscale option in the phone’s accessibility settings.

According to a report out of Reuters this morning, US lawmakers are urging AT&T to further cut commercial ties with China-based smartphone manufacturer Huawei. The report comes on the heels of one of the biggest stories of CES 2018 — namely, that AT&T cancelled plans to sell the company’s Mate 10 flagship at the last minute amid political pressure.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

January 15

How to set up ‘Daily wallpaper’ on Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

Some people like to keep the wallpapers on their phone fresh on a daily basis, and thankfully Google thought of those people when they made the Wallpapers app for Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL.

How to enable ‘Developer options’ menu on Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

You may not realize it, but there are actually dozens of settings for your Google Pixel 2 or 2 XL that are hidden. Most of them are advanced settings that normal users wouldn’t want to touch (much less need to touch), but there are a few in there that might come in handy in some cases. Here’s how to enable Developer options on your Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL.

January 14

In this week’s top stories: Sony is kicking off the year with revamps to its low and mid-range Xperia lineups, Google is testing another search bar redesign for Google Feed, and we show you how to find out if your phone is getting an update against new CPU vulnerabilities. expand full story

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CES 2018 was filled to the brim with Google- and Android-related products, including phones, smart home products, laptops, and more. And this year in particular was a big one for Google — the Mountain View company seemingly bought out all the available ad space on the strip and set up a huge booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Last year, we brought you the inaugural 9to5Google Best of CES Awards to spotlight our favorite products introduced at the show. Once again for 2018, we’ve been pounding the pavement (and hotel carpet) in Las Vegas all week hunting down what’s new. Here are our 2018 picks: expand full story

January 6

In this week’s top stories: Pixel and Pixel 2 devices are experiencing lag after a security update, we take a poll about the new Google Calendar design, and Whitestone Dome Glass is a fantastic screen protector for Pixel phones. expand full story

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When I first heard that Google was working on a larger, Sonos-like Google Home, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’d never owned a nice home speaker until the Google Home Max, because I never really had the need — much less the desire — for a “fancy home speaker”. That changed when I saw the initial ad reel for the Home Max at Google’s event last year in San Francisco, and now I’ve had the joy of using the Max as my primary Home for a few weeks. It’s good.

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