About the Author

Ben Schoon


Obsessed with all things tech, Ben has a soft spot for Google’s products from Pixel to Android TV and more. He can be found writing news daily on 9to5Google and creating videos and reviews for the site’s YouTube channel. Before starting at 9to5, Ben ran a small publication which a friend now owns. He also married his wife Melissa in June of 2019.

Ben is active on Twitter, but you can also directly reach him for questions or tips through email.

Email: schoon@9to5mac.com | Encrypted Email: benschoon@protonmail.com

Twitter: @nexusben | Instagram: @nexusben

Ben Schoon's Favorite Gear


How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Taking a screenshot is a core part of any smartphone, and usually one that’s easy to do. On the Galaxy Note 10, however, taking a screenshot is a bit different compared to other Android devices. Here’s how it works.

Google Stadia brought its second Connect and a handful of new games to Gamescom 2019 this week, but it also showed up on the show floor. Here are a few shots of the Google Stadia Gamescom booth from those who attended the annual event.

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With recent leaks and rumors floating around, OnePlus has today confirmed some details about its coming TV. The OnePlus TV is going to debut in September, and it’s launching in a few major markets, too.

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True to its word, Google is starting to migrate Nest accounts over to Google accounts. While that’s a positive change in some ways, IFTTT is warning Nest users that Google account migration will break their integration in a way that can’t be reversed.

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Casio has been on the Wear OS train for quite a while, and today, it’s announcing another new option. The Casio ProTrek WSD-F21HR carriers a lower price tag, similar rugged design, and finally, a heart rate monitor.

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Grammarly is on a mission to help everyone improve their writing skills, and that extends to smartphones. In its latest update, Grammarly keyboard for mobile is adding a new synonyms picker on both Android and iOS.

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Nokia 3V arrives on Verizon this week for $168 w/ 6.26-inch screen, Assistant button

Nokia’s budget portfolio expanded earlier this year with the Nokia 3.2 and 4.2, and now the former of those devices is getting a carrier variant. Nokia has just announced the Nokia 3V for Verizon, a $169 mid-range smartphone going on sale later this week.

August 19

BLOCKS modular smartwatch canceled after 4 years, refunds unlikely for backers

A few years ago modular tech was the source of a lot of excitement, but almost none of it actually took off. This week, another casualty has been confirmed. The BLOCKS modular smartwatch is dead, and backers are probably out of luck with the money they invested.

PSA: Google sign-in is currently down, some other services affected

There are a ton of Google services that we rely on daily, and this afternoon some users are seeing problems arise. If you’re seeing outages on Google services, especially Google sign-in, you’re not alone.

Google Stadia is announcing its second set of new titles for the platform at Gamescom this week, and Orcs Must Die 3 has been revealed as one of the platform’s latest exclusives.

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The Google Play Store is the biggest, and safest, way for users to get apps for Android devices. For that reason alone, developers are keen to get their apps in the store, but Google first has to vet those applications in a review process. In the past week, Google has quietly increased the amount of time it takes for a new Android app to go through the Play Store approval process.

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[Update: Gear Sport] Latest Samsung Galaxy Watch update improves alarms and swim tracking

One of the best smartwatches you can buy for an Android phone doesn’t actually run Android, but Tizen. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch has proven a stellar option for many, and this week it’s getting updated with improved swim tracking and more.

Huawei has been operating for the past three months on a “general license” that gives it the ability to continue limited work with some US companies. As Huawei is still on the US Entity List and that license has just expired, the US Government has confirmed a 90-day extension that will prevent a full ban on the company.

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At its investor day conference, Disney officially revealed a ton of new details regarding its streaming service, Disney+. Amongst the barrage of new shows and movies coming to the platform, the company also confirmed that Disney+ would support Chromecast, and possibly even Android TV.

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It’s been a few months since the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro hit the scene, so it’s about time to release a new device, right? As is usually the case for OnePlus, rumors are swirling around regarding the annual “T” launch, and apparently, the OnePlus 7T will be official in late September with a launch event in India.

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[Update: Available, but OTA paused] Original Razer Phone gets Android Pie in the ‘coming weeks’

Due to a lack of updates, the original Razer Phone looked all but abandoned with its second-gen on the market. Thankfully, though, Razer has confirmed that the original 2017 Razer Phone will be getting Android Pie in the next several weeks.

August 17

Android TV is growing quickly, but it’s rare to see on a consumer device that’s not a full-size TV. After a long delay, the JBL Link Bar hit the market as the first Android TV soundbar and I’ve spent the past couple of weeks using it in place of my Nvidia Shield. For $399, is it for you? Let’s take a look.

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August 16

The minuscule Palm Phone has gone from a Verizon companion device to a standalone mini-phone. Starting today, the Palm Phone is available unlocked for all carriers, and US Mobile is offering exclusive plans that cost just a few bucks a month.

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YouTube’s copyright system can sometimes be a double-edged sword. For some YouTube creators, the use of brief music clips in their videos has seen copyright holders and music companies become the source of lost revenue. Now, YouTube is making changes to prevent that.

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Ultra-wide cameras are becoming more popular in the Android world, and Motorola’s latest device is taking full advantage of that. The Motorola One Action has just gone official, being advertised as the first smartphone with a built-in action camera.

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