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 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.

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Ben Schoon's Favorite Gear


Stadia now works w/ controllers on Android TV as it inches towards official support

Google Stadia has been expanding its list of games and features rapidly as of late, but Android TV support has still remained pretty quiet. Recent updates made gameplay possible, and now another new version is making Stadia on Android TV play better with a controller.

Literally months after it was supposed to arrive, the sequel to Google’s hit Pixel 3a has arrived. The Pixel 4a is here, but not shipping for a few weeks. If you’re looking to get a pre-order in, here’s what Pixel 4a reviews are saying.

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Google’s Pixel 4a is finally here and with a killer value for its $349 price tag. Here’s where to buy the Pixel 4a.

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Android Automotive will run natively on vehicles from Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot, more

With its Android Automotive OS, Google has been helping to offer a more powerful, modern infotainment system to car manufacturers. That system has only debuted on a few models to date, but it’s going to make an expansion in the next few years as Android Automotive is being adopted by Groupe PSA.

August 2

2020 has been a weird year for the Google Pixel lineup, and as we’ve learned more, things have only felt more complicated. Today, a leaked teaser image is giving us a bit more context on Google’s plans, as this “Pixel 5G” teaser hints at two phones packing the connectivity.

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July 31

Netflix is rolling out playback speed controls on Android, coming to iOS, web soon

Netflix has been preparing the ability for users to control the playback speed of TV shows and movies for a while, but never rolled it out widely. Today, the company has confirmed that Android users are first in line to get access to the new feature.

Philo’s affordable live TV streaming now works with Chromecast devices

Live TV streaming services are a big deal nowadays, though most are raising prices constantly. Philo TV is one of the most affordable at just $20/month, and now it’s adding support for Chromecast.

Google’s Chromecast has been one of the most popular streaming devices ever, but it doesn’t get major updates too often. This week, Google has detailed a handy update coming to Chromecast devices that offers more reliable controls and persistent volume.

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Set to arrive at Samsung’s August 5 event next week, the Galaxy Watch 3 has already leaked several times so far. Today, though, another massive leak of the Galaxy Watch 3 has confirmed the spec sheet, the sizes, and more.

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Microsoft Edge fixes issue that caused the browser to crash when using Google Search

Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser has exploded in popularity since its debut, and further updates have only improved it. In a recent update, though, many users noticed that a simple Google search could crash Microsoft Edge. Luckily, that’s been fixed.

In a support post this week, YouTube has confirmed some unfortunate news. In September, YouTube’s community caption/translation features are being removed from the platform.

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The impact of COVID-19 has messed with the normal schedule for tech this year, but perhaps the biggest change has been to the release of the Pixel 4a. We know the phone was originally supposed to arrive at Google I/O, but what feels like an eternity later, it’s finally debuting. The question is, though, did Google wait too long to launch Pixel 4a?

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There was nearly a Google-branded Flip Video camera before YouTube deal in 2006

Back in the mid-2000s before we all had smartphones in our pocket capable of recording videos, there was the iconic Flip Video camcorder which was often used for recording videos on the fly. Ahead of its YouTube acquisition, Google was apparently in talks to have its own Flip Video camera produced.

AirDrop is admittedly one of the best features of iPhones, especially because it works with nearby Macs too. Google has been slowly building out its own version of that feature for a while now with Nearby Sharing and, as it rolls out more widely on Android, the feature has also arrived on Google Chrome. Well, sort of.

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July 30

Google 3D animals and objects: Which ones are available and how to use them

At its I/O conference in 2019, Google announced that it would be adding augmented reality objects to Search. Over the year since, Google has a bunch of 3D animals you can view in Google Search using AR — here’s the full list that we’re constantly updating.

Google Play Services hits 10 billion installs, the first Android app to do so

Being pre-installed on most Android devices, Google’s apps rack up quite a lot of downloads and cross milestones on occasion. Now, for the first time ever, an Android app has crossed 10 billion installs on the Play Store — Google Play Services.

Google Search has ads that are often useful to customers, but it’s understandable that many are frustrated by them given how much dominance they can have over certain queries. Now, Google is testing bigger ad formats in Search.

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With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Google hasn’t been shy about sharing safety tips for users. In another positive change to Google Maps, the company is now showing a banner that encourages people to wear a mask when they go out.

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Here’s another look at Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Buds Live, Watch 3, and Tab S7 [Gallery]

Samsung’s collection of upcoming products has been thoroughly leaked, as well as officially teased. Now, Evan Blass has shared another collection of Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Bud Live, Watch 3, and Tab S7 images to Twitter, with most showing off the Mystic Bronze colorway.

Google announced late last year that it planned to purchase Fitbit to bolster its wearable portfolio, but the deal has been under scrutiny from the EU since day one. Several months later, it’s now looking like Google’s Fitbit deal will undergo a full investigation from the European Union.

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