About the Author

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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October 15

After months of leaks, Google has today announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, the latest additions to its smartphone lineup. These are the first phones with Google’s Soli chip, they have the fastest face unlock on a smartphone, and they bring 90Hz displays.

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It’s October 15th and Made by Google 2019 has finally arrived. 9to5Google’s Google Event Live Blog + News Hub will be updated regularly throughout the day with the latest announcements from Google. The event kicks off at 10 am ET/7 am PT, so read on for quick links to our roundup coverage over the last few weeks, tweets from the ground, and all the latest news as it develops…

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October 14

In its fourth year, Google Hardware is launching maturing followups to five major products. Our sources say to expect Google’s latest flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, as well as a Pixelbook Go laptop, a second generation version of its Nest Mini and Nest Wifi connected home devices, and a followup to the Pixel Buds. We’ve been tracking these products extensively for almost a year, and you’ll find everything we know — and some new tidbits — below…

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October 10

We told you everything there is to know about the Pixelbook Go last month, but now we’ve got the goods. Thanks to a source we trust, we’ve now had a chance to go extensively, fully, completely hands-on with the Google Pixelbook Go. Here’s some thoughts on the hardware design and aesthetic, and some broader ideas about just how excited you should be about the newest Google laptop.

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October 8

We’re less than a month away from Made by Google 2019, where Google is expected to unveil its latest flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4. As has been the case every year, however, Google will be showing off far more than just a smartphone — Google itself admits that we should also expect some connected home devices. So what do we know about the Pixel 4 event so far? More than you might think…

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October 3

This week we talk about the crazy deluge of Pixel 4 leaks we dropped this week, Pixel Buds 2 are happening, and Microsoft’s Surface Duo.

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 1

Google will soon introduce second-generation Pixel Buds 2 earbuds, according to a source familiar with the plan. The followup to 2017’s first generation Pixel Buds will likely be announced at Made by Google 2019, the hardware showcase that the Mountain View company has held annually since 2016.

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I love my Pixel, and I love my AirPods — both of them are essential parts of my everyday carry. But both being wirelessly-chargeable, I needed a wireless charging solution that could handle both at the same time. I decided to check out Nomad’s Base Station as one option, and so far I’m pretty happy with it.

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September 30

Levi’s and Google have today announced the latest additions to the Jacquard-enabled smart jacket lineup. These new jackets are available in two new styles (for both men and women), they bring the latest version of Google ATAP’s Jacquard tech we saw on the Cit-E backpack, and they’re available at more accessible prices than ever…

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September 27

This week we talk about our exclusive details on the Pixelbook Go, lots more Pixel 4 leaks, and more.

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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Our roundup of Google apps that have adopted dark mode is one of our most popular posts of the year, so we got the message loud and clear: You want dark mode on 9to5Google.com! Well, today I’m happy to announce that dark mode (night mode, dark theme, whatever you want to call it) has arrived — just in time for Android 10 and next month’s Pixel 4 launch.

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September 25

We just got some renders for a second gen ‘Google Home 2’ in our tipbox, and they’re almost definitely not the real deal. But they are really well done, and just for fun, we couldn’t not share them. In the gallery below, you’ll see an artist’s concept of a second generation followup to 2016’s Google Home, packing a display up top, Soli radar, and a contactless charging dock…

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September 24

Last week, we shared evidence of some Pixel 4 price leaks, as well as corroboration of color names, further evidence of the 2nd generation Nest Mini, and more. The headline of that article specifically called out these prices as unreliable, and that’s because they are. Here’s why you should take the Pixel 4 price leaks like this with a huge grain of salt…

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Everything you need to know about Pixelbook Go in 2 minutes [Video]

Yesterday, we told you about Google’s forthcoming Pixelbook refresh, the Pixelbook Go. While it was long rumored to be a proper refresh of the first Pixelbook (a “Pixelbook 2”), it’s definitely more of a departure from the original Pixelbook and Pixel Slate than we expected. Here’s everything you need to know about the Pixelbook Go in a short two minute video…

September 23

Google plans to launch a new Pixelbook at next month’s “Made by Google” hardware showcase, according to multiple sources familiar with the plan. Don’t call it a “Pixelbook 2,” though; the Pixelbook Go, our sources say, will be something of a followup to the original Pixelbook while also leaning towards a more traditional take on Chromebooks…

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The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are thoroughly leaked at this point, but the stream of information just keeps coming. Now, a site by the name of Nextrift has given the Pixel 4 XL in ‘Clearly White’ the full hands-on treatment, detailing many aspects of the phone that we haven’t gotten much attention thus far…

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September 20

An Irish retailer called Elara has posted a variety of listings for unannounced Google products and their associated model numbers. The site lists the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL in both 64GB and 128GB models, as well as three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. Early Pixel 4 prices appear, as well as four Pixel 4 cases. The site also lists the forthcoming “Nest Mini” in two colors.

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Google is planning to launch the Pixel 4 and 4 XL at an event next month, but you probably already knew that. Almost everything about it has leaked at this point, but there are some minor details still to come. Now a pair of sources have told us what to expect for the three Pixel 4 color variants. They’ll be Just Black, Clearly White, and… drum roll please… “Oh So Orange.”

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September 19

This week we talk about our exclusive details on the Nest Wifi with built-in Assistant speakers, the canned Pixel Watch, and a third Pixel 4?

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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Ah, the Pixel Watch. While I wouldn’t declare Google’s ambitions of ever launching a smartwatch completely dead, I would argue that if there’s a spectrum between one coming soon and the ship having sailed entirely, things are leaning in the latter direction. That’s because I believe there was not one, but two cancelled smartwatch projects that neared bearing the Pixel name.

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