Ben Schoon

@NexusBen

Ben is a tech geek with a soft spot for Android, Pixel/Nexus in particular. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones on the 9to5Google YouTube channel and writing up the latest news. Ben also started a small publication called YourTechExplained, which still runs today. You can get in touch with him over on Twitter or by Email.

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The Galaxy S8 is the best phone Samsung has ever made, and it’s easily one of the best Android devices ever made. However, that comes at a cost. For the base Galaxy S8, you’ll need to fork over at least $750, which is no small number for any phone, and that only gets worse when you’re buying a couple within a family. Now, Samsung is making it easier to pick up its latest flagship with an excellent deal on its website.

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Not every smartphone is designed to take a beating, and less expensive phones often leave durability as the least important part of the device. Now, LG is bringing us a rugged Android smartphone which, on paper, seems like a pretty good value — the LG X Venture.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Two of the most important aspects of any smartphone are battery life and durability. For the past few years, Samsung has worked with AT&T to develop a variant of the company’s flagship that enhances both of these areas, and they seem to be doing the same with the new Galaxy S8 Active. Today, we’re getting our first look.

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May 20

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The Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch on the planet, but I don’t use an iPhone, nor do I actually want an Apple Watch. Personally, I use a Gear S3 Classic on the day-to-day (previously a Gear S3 Frontier), and I love it. However, there is one thing I’ve wanted from the Apple Watch, one of its bands, specifically, the “Leather Loop.” Now, I’ve finally found one.

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May 18

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In-car infotainment systems have long been pretty bad. As touchscreens entered the game, things only got worse, especially in the way of applications. Google and Apple both have ways to fix that, but they don’t provide functionality that the car’s system has, such as climate controls.

With the option to build Android into manufacturers own systems, Google is making it easier for car makers to integrate options like Google Assistant and Android apps into vehicles, and at I/O 2017, we’ve gone hands on.

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Livestreaming on the YouTube mobile app can certainly come in handy, as we’ve used it at I/O, but Google has held it back just a bit so only certain users can access it. Now, all requirements for mobile livestreaming are being dropped.

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May 17

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The first developer preview for Android O didn’t bring much to the table, but Google fixed that today at I/O 2017. Now available through the Android Beta Program, the second developer preview of Android O brings a lot more of the features we were hoping to test from the initial announcement. So, let’s take a closer look.

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Google Assistant’s various commands can really come in handy, especially when it comes to casting content to the TV or controlling smart home products. However, some of those commands can become pretty long and tedious, especially if you say them a lot. Now, Google is making it easier to perform commands with shortcuts.

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It can be tough to find a job that’s right for you, and employers face similar problems with trying to find talented potential employees. Today at I/O 2017, Google announced Google for Jobs, a way for job seekers to find jobs in their area.

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At Google I/O 2017 today, Google revealed that it was working with several new partners to release a handful of third-party, Google Assistant powered devices. One of the devices comes from one of Google’s Chinese partners — Mobvoi, in the form of the Tichome Mini.

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Android TV hasn’t seen too much love in the past few months aside from some new hardware, but Google has some new additions in store as they showed off on stage at I/O 2017 today.

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The Pixel’s camera is impressive, and Google just keeps making it better. Using some behind-the-scenes computer wizardry, Google can turn a noisy low-light photo into something gorgeous. There’s also that impressive stabilization, but things are about to get a whole lot more impressive.

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Google Photos is a massive service, with millions of users worldwide uploading over a billion photos a day. Now, Google is improving some of the service’s biggest features, including sharing and more.

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Google Assistant was slow to kick off in terms of availability, with only Pixel users in the US officially supported. Over time, that’s changed with Assistant now available on just about every Android phone, an official SDK out, and more on the way.

Today at I/O 2017, Google has announced that the Assistant is expanding even further, with support for more new languages…

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Today at Google I/O 2017, Sundar Pichai is kicking off the Keynote with updates on a bunch of Google’s products, and the new milestones related to those products are impressive to say the least. Take a look below, and we’ll keep updating things through the event.

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We’ve known for a while that a web view for Google’s Allo is coming, but the company hasn’t given us too many details about when it would actually debut. Recently, Google’s VP of product management, Nick Fox, has given us a more concrete timeframe for when it will make its debut.

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Google I/O 2017 kicks off today, and while our own Stephen Hall, Abner Li, and Seth Weintraub will be in attendance to help bring everything the show offers right here to 9to5Google, you can also tune in live to today’s opening keynote!

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