About the Author

Ben Schoon


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 past few months have been delivering irrefutable leaks of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in astounding quantity. Google’s Pixel 3 XL is easily the most leaked phone ever at this point, and now one of the most reliable leakers has thrown his renders into the pool.

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Google partners w/ uBreakiFix for free Pixel repairs for Hurricane Florence victims

Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas hard last week and the aftermath is still affecting millions of people along the East Coast. Now, Google is working with a long-time partner to fix Pixel devices that were damaged in the storm.

Google Photos testing manual bokeh blur adjustment and Color Pop effect filter

Google has been working on adding a manual blur adjustment setting to Google Photos for several months now, and the popular “Color Pop” feature has also been hinted for a manual release. Now, it appears Google is testing out those features with some users.

We caught our first look at the Nokia 7.1 Plus earlier this week. Now, ahead of an event early next month to launch the device, we’re getting a better look at what to expect with a set of CAD-based 360-degree renders of the phone.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

OnePlus made an open beta program available for Android 9 Pie on the OnePlus 6 just a few weeks ago, and now that phone is the latest to offer a public rollout of Android Pie…

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Huawei mocks Apple’s battery life by handing out batteries to fans camped out for iPhone XS

Huawei has already passed Apple in total market share, but that hasn’t stopped the Chinese giant from aggressively marketing against the iPhone. This week, as Apple’s latest smartphones launch, the company hilariously handed out batteries to fans camped outside of the company’s stores.

We already know pretty much all there is to know about Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 smartphones, but there’s still a lot to learn about what else the company is bringing to its October 9th event. We’ve been keeping an eye on a device known as the “Pixel Stand” for a while, and in a fresh teardown, we’ve discovered a possible first look at the product.

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September 20

Nokia schedules October 4th event to reveal its latest smartphone

Nokia is growing extremely quickly in the smartphone space and we’ve seen some killer releases from the company this year. Now, Nokia is confirming a launch event on October 4th to reveal its latest device.

Before Android 9 Pie’s final release, Digital Wellbeing was one of its most anticipated features. However, it’s never been clear if the feature would ever extend beyond Pixel devices. Today we’re getting our answer, as Wellbeing’s latest update adds support for Nokia 7 Plus users.

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Google’s Pixelbook is a slick, expensive piece of Chrome OS hardware. Odds are, users who pick it up will want to keep it protected when they’re out and about. There are a few sleeves available for the machine, but Tech21 debuted its Evo Adapt case for the Pixelbook not long ago for always-on protection. I’ve been testing it out for a few weeks now, so let’s take a quick look.

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Samsung isn’t slow to embrace new trends in the smartphone industry. Now, after Huawei introduced the technology on its P20 Pro, Samsung is introducing its first smartphone with a triple-camera – the Galaxy A7.

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Nokia has been making a big comeback in recent months with some impressive hardware. This year, one of the company’s most well-received devices has been the Nokia 7 Plus, and today we may be getting a look at its successor, the Nokia 7.1 Plus.

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September 19

Despite the rumors that a second phone is basically dead, Essential continues to put a lot of work into the PH-1. Today, fans hit the company’s latest Reddit Q&A with questions about the Essential Phone, and we’ve gathered together some of the most interesting details.

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Google Assistant’s smart display initiative has so far seen two pieces of hardware with the Lenovo Smart Display and JBL Link View. However, those products aren’t perfect, and they lack some of the finesse we’ve seen from Google’s own Assistant hardware. Now we’ve got our first look at the Google Home Hub, and there are a few places it has a chance to improve on the competition in some big ways.

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Google got into the smart speaker game quite a while after Amazon, but things have been continually getting better for Assistant hardware. During Q2 of 2018, Google Home Mini turned out to be the number one selling smart speaker.

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The month of October is packed with new smartphone releases, and one to look forward to is the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. We’ve already seen some leaks of the company’s upcoming releases, but today a new set of leaks has revealed new details and even a new product.

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Android 9 Pie has been out for a little over a month so far, but outside of Google, OnePlus, and Essential, there haven’t been many updates. This week, we’re getting our first look at Samsung’s take on Pie on the Galaxy S9+ and, well, a whole lot has changed…

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Fortnite v5.41 adds ‘Port-A-Fortress,’ new limited time items and modes, various fixes

Fortnite is the game that took the world by storm, and it’s constantly getting updated with new content. This week, Epic Games is rolling out version 5.41 with some new patches, limited time modes, and a crazy new item.

One of the big releases we’re looking forward to going into the fall season is the OnePlus 6T. The phone is expected to change quite a bit from the OnePlus 6 before it, and today we’re getting a first look at the hardware.

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September 18

Since their debut, the stand-out feature of Google’s Pixel smartphones has been the camera. Google has remained at the front of the race with its Pixel 2 line of devices, but this month Apple tried to challenge the champ with some major improvements on its new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Now that the iPhone XS reviews are in, it looks like Google is still ahead of the curve…

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