About the Author

Ben Schoon

@NexusBen

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

Yesterday

After months of leaks, Google finally announced its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL today and they’re already available for pre-order. Here’s where to buy the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

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Google’s Pixel 4 brings a bunch of new software tricks to the table, and there’s one really useful one that was never officially announced. With Pixel 4, Android updates can be automatically installed overnight.

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Google’s collection of smart home devices are arguably the company’s most successful products, especially in the case of the Google Home Mini. Today at its media event in New York City, Google announced an updated version of that product in the Google Nest Mini and we’ve had a chance to get our hands on it.

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Google’s first generation of Pixel Buds proved a decent offering, but they paled in comparison to the likes of Apple’s AirPods. Now, Google has announced a new take on its smart earbuds with the Pixel Buds (2nd gen).

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At today’s big hardware event, Google unveiled its new Pixelbook Go laptop. While it’s not a direct successor to the premium Pixelbook from 2017, it does deliver some of that laptop’s best features at a much more affordable price. Here’s our take after spending some time with it.

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Google’s Pixel 4 series of smartphones leaked extensively ahead of their launch today, leaving basically no surprises at the launch event. Now, we’ve finally got our hands on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

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RIP Pixel Buds. To make way for the new variant coming next year, Google has officially killed off its original wireless earbuds, the Google Pixel Buds.

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If you’re a Google One member planning to pick up some new hardware, you’re in for a nice surprise. Google has recently added a new perk for Google One members that offers up to 10% “cashback” on Google Store purchases.

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Over the weekend a source at Best Buy told us that the Pixel 4 XL could start at an eye-watering $999. Now, just a day before the launch event, a new report claims much more reasonable pricing for the Pixel 4 series.

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October 14

Remember Google’s Blogger platform? If not, we’d understand, but tonight Google has started rolling out a major refresh to the Blogger app for Android in its first update since 2016, weirdly on the eve of its big hardware event.

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Sling TV launches free content for Android, Android TV apps

Sling TV, one of the biggest YouTube TV competitors, has just announced that it is bringing free content to its apps on Android and Android TV.

YouTube TV is quickly becoming one of the most popular options for live-streaming traditional TV channels, but it appears to have just lost the ability to run its subscription through Apple’s iTunes.

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We’re in the last 24 hours leading up to Google’s official Pixel 4 reveal, but details are still leaking out. This morning, new renders of the Pixel 4’s fabric cases have leaked out showing off some tweaks to the options from past years.

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[Update: Fixed] Vudu for Android TV is limiting playback on Shield TV to 720p

A recent update to the popular Nvidia Shield TV broke 4K streaming for some apps. As a result, Vudu had to limit playback quality and, now, another update to Vudu’s Android TV app is limited playback on the Shield TV to just 720p SD.

October 12

Google’s Pixel 4 is coming on October 15th and tons of information about the device has already been leaked. However, pricing details have been both scarce and unreliable so far. Today, we’re getting some new details on the Pixel 4 XL and Nest Mini pricing.

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October 11

Samsung has two variants of the Galaxy Note 10 already, one at a more expensive price and one just a bit lower. Now, reports claim that Samsung is looking to target an even lower price point with upcoming “Galaxy Note 10 Lite” and “S10 Lite” models.

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One of the biggest features in Android Q (or Android 10) is its system-wide dark theme. Everything from notifications to the settings menu has been given a dark overhaul, but apps are also going to be a huge part of that as well. The majority of Google apps support this system-wide toggle, but few third-party developers have followed the company’s lead. Here are some non-Google apps that support Android 10’s dark mode toggle.

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Android 10’s rollout is one of the fastest we’ve seen, and today OnePlus confirmed a further rollout to some older devices. Starting later this month, the OnePlus 6 and 6T, OnePlus 5 and 5T will get Android 10 updates.

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Earlier this month we shared a ton of new images and videos from the Pixel 4 from Google’s marketing materials from the device. This morning, Evan Blass has another brief gallery of images to offer.

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October 10

It’s still not entirely clear when eager users will be able to get their hands on the Android 10 beta for Samsung devices, but some users have lucked out on getting it early on their devices, and it reveals some interesting changes. expand full story

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