Ben Schoon

@NexusBen

Ben is a tech geek with a soft spot for Android, 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 can also be found on the publication he started, YourTechExplained and you can also get in touch with him over Twitter or by Email.

schoon@9to5mac.com

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Nvidia’s new Shield TV is a fantastic piece of hardware that we love using, but you’ll only get the most out of it when you really make it your own. To do that, there are four main things to do as soon as you get your Nvidia Shield that help out with the experience.

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There hasn’t been hardly anything exciting in the tablet world for a while now, but Lenovo’s recent release of the Yoga Book actually caught our attention with new features and a pretty solid overall value. However, it wasn’t anywhere near perfect. Now, it looks like Lenovo is giving the form factor another shot with a new Yoga Book model, this time with a larger display and more affordable price point.

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Chromebooks are already useful machines, but as we’ve noted several times before, Android apps are a game changer. Or at least, it will be once they roll out. At this point, it’s been over 6 months since Google initially announced Android apps for Chrome OS, but we’ve only seen a few models updated with compatibility. Now, Google is confirming that new arrivals in the Chrome OS market will ship with Android apps out of the box.

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January 20

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January 19

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Looking for a new smartphone? There are dozens upon dozens of great options on the market today, but finding the best of the best can be a bit difficult. We’ve seen some great launches through the year and more should be coming soon too, so let’s take a look at the best Android smartphones you can buy as of January 2017.

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There’s a lot to look forward to on Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but one of the more interesting additions is Samsung’s own AI assistant currently known as ‘Bixby.’ We already know a pretty good deal about what this assistant will be capable of, but according to an exclusive report from SamMobile, Bixby is going to be able to use the S8’s camera for visual search and text recognition as well.

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Over the past few days, many Galaxy S7 users have had the official, stable build of Android Nougat become available for download as an OTA, but today Samsung has finally officially confirmed the update.

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January 18

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Samsung’s next smartphone, the Galaxy S8, has been the hot topic of the rumor mill for the past several weeks as we approach its debut. There are a lot of things that are unclear about the device. One thing that seems pretty definite, though, is that Samsung isn’t slouching on the design of this device as it prepares to launch a phone with nearly non-existent bezels, shown in the panels below.

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Security is always an important discussion on Android. If you stick to the Play Store, odds are you won’t run into issues, but some apps aren’t available through Google’s official portal. Rather, they have to be sideloaded as APKs, and that’s where holes open up.

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One of Google Home’s greatest strengths is its ability to cast content from YouTube, Spotify, Google Play Music, Netflix, and more to a TV or set of speakers just using your voice. However, that functionality can be just a little bit touchy at times, not always working on every device. Now, Vizio has announced that its collection of SmartCast products are all now compatible with Google Home.

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January 17

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Google Maps is one of the most useful services on our smartphones and as it matures, it only seems to get better. Google adds and tests various features on Maps on a pretty regular basis and while some are desired more than others, they are all appreciated. Right now, Google is testing out a new feature within Maps which can show users what kind of parking they should expect at their destination.

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Over the course of 2016, ZTE opened up Project CSX, an opportunity for the company to flip the way smartphones are made, giving the consumer control over the device’s unique features. After a few months of submissions, the community decided that a smartphone with eye-tracking capabilities and a self-adhesive back would be one of ZTE’s next phones, and at CES 2017, the company made that a reality in the form of the “Hawkeye.”

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