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


Truly wireless earbuds have taken the market by storm and Samsung has been no exception. The company’s Galaxy Buds lineup has proven very popular with two similar models, but it appears Samsung has plans to introduce a next-gen model that introduces a complete redesign.

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The coronavirus pandemic has millions of people staying in their homes as much as possible and, more than ever, that has many relying on takeout and delivery to get their daily meals. To help find local options, Google Maps is now highlighting nearby stores that offer takeout and/or delivery.

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April 3

Plex Live TV adds Chromecast support on iOS, new UI on Android TV, Apple TV

Plex is best known as a way to store all of your favorite media, but it also offers a bunch of useful other features including free movies. Another useful Plex feature is the ability to watch live TV and, now, that includes Chromecast support and a redesigned UI on Android TV and Apple TV.

Samsung’s Exynos team is ‘humiliated’ that the Galaxy S20 uses Snapdragon in Korea

Samsung’s in-house Exynos chipset is used in the Galaxy S20 series in some regions, much to the chagrin of some users. Now, a report from Korea reveals that Samsung’s Exynos team is “humiliated” that the S20 doesn’t use an Exynos processor in Samsung’s home country.

While the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses have to try and operate as normal to serve their customers properly. This week, OnePlus has announced some measures it is taking to make this time easier on its customers in need by extending return policies and warranties.

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April 2

[Update: CNN, Discovery] Sling TV pushes free channels during coronavirus outbreak

A whole lot of people are working from home or just stuck at home due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. To give those at home an option to keep informed and entertained, Sling TV is reminding customers that it offers some channels — including both news and entertainment — free of charge.

Breaker social podcast app for Android adds Google sign-in, timeline updates, more

There are a lot of different ways to enjoy your favorite podcasts including Google’s own experience. A unique option, though, is called Breaker, a social podcast app that recently updated its Android app with some useful improvements.

In the midst of the coronavirus spread, Google previously shut down advertising related to the pandemic. Now, a report is revealing that Google is easing restrictions on ads related to coronavirus.

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Samsung is pretty good about regular security patches, especially for newer smartphones. This week, Samsung is rolling out the April security update for the Galaxy S20 series alongside updates for the camera.

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Android TV has expanded its app library heavily over the past few years, totaling well over 5,000 apps on the Play Store. Today, Android TV is gaining another one with the arrival of an official Peloton app.

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April 1

Projectors have become a fairly popular option for watching movies at home on the biggest “screen” possible. Some of them even pack Google’s Android TV platform. Now, Anker has announced that its upcoming Nebula “Cosmos” projector is adopting Android TV.

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Smartphones have gotten really expensive, and that’s become very evident with the latest Samsung Galaxy flagships. The Galaxy S20 series starts at $999 and just goes up from there. Now, Samsung is offering to “buy back” Galaxy S20 models for half of the original cost up to two years later.

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OnePlus is set to debut a handful of new products later this month including its OnePlus 8 series. Now, a fresh leak from Evan Blass is revealing the “OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z,” a new set of earbuds from the company that still aren’t truly wireless.

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Last week, official renders of the OnePlus 8 leaked showing off all three color options the phone would release in. Now, another set of images from the same source — WinFuture — is giving us a look at official OnePlus 8 Pro renders, including a never-before-seen “Ultramarine Blue” color.

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March 31

If you’ve ever looked for a good weather app, Dark Sky was probably on the list of recommendations. That’s well-deserved as the app was well built on both Android and iOS with a clean design, great features, and excellent weather forecasts too. Now, Apple has acquired Dark Sky and killed off the Android app. If, like me, that’s left you wondering what to move on to, here are the best weather apps for Android.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 gets March 2020 security update over four years after launch

It’s all too common that Android devices only get a handful of updates before OEMs start to ignore them and focus on newer models. This is an area where Samsung of all people deserves commendation, with the Galaxy S7 series still getting security updates in March 2020.

We’re just 15 days away from the debut of the OnePlus 8 series, and there have already been many leaks of the lineup to give us an idea of what to expect. Now, in traditional OnePlus fashion, the company itself is officially confirming a few OnePlus 8 specs in a forum post.

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Roku adds voice commands, finally rivaling one of Android TV’s best features

Roku is one of the biggest TV platforms in the US with a good portion of its success coming from a barebones, simple offering. Now, with Roku OS v9.3, the platform is adding wide support for voice commands, something Google’s Android TV has offered for years.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra may get a new color soon, adding life to the boring brick

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra brings a ton to the table, but for an enthusiast phone, its design is rather boring. To give the look some new life, Samsung is apparently adding a new color variant in the not-too-distant future, but we just don’t know which one the Galaxy S20 Ultra will get.

Due to the US government adding Huawei to the Entity List, the Chinese smartphone maker has been unable to use Google apps on its smartphones. As a result, Huawei has been building out its “AppGallery” store for devices like the P40 Pro, but Huawei still wants Google apps in that store.

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