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


These are some of the best truly wireless earbuds for Android users [October 2020]

Over the past two years, the market has been dominated by truly wireless earbuds, and as we move forward, more are hitting the market. If you’re an Android user, what’s the best pair of true wireless earbuds? What integrates and works best with your phone? Here are some of the best options we’ve tried.

Zoom for Android can now livestream to YouTube, but only after you enable it

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom has become an incredibly popular tool for businesses and people alike. In the latest version of its Android app, Zoom has enabled users to livestream to YouTube, but it takes a few settings to work.

As environmental issues continue to cause more and more issues on this planet, some tech companies have been making a point of improving sustainability efforts. Google has big plans as a company for the next few years, and today, the hardware division is announcing its own goals including completely eliminating plastic packaging.

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LG debuts another set of self-cleaning earbuds, this time with active noise cancellation

Truly wireless earbuds have become overwhelmingly popular over the past couple of years and, like many other companies, LG has been developing its own options. This week, LG has announced the new Tone Free FN7 earbuds, a pair of self-cleaning buds that offer up active noise cancellation.

As OnePlus phones have slowly increased in price, it’s created demand for more affordable devices from the company. The OnePlus Nord was the start of that earlier this year in countries around the world, but today the lineup is expanding. The OnePlus Nord N10 5G and N100 are the company’s most affordable smartphones to date, and they’re coming to the United States.

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October 23

As the death of Google Play Music begins, Spotify is making it a bit easier for Google account holders to sign up. You can now use a Google account login to use Spotify.

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Almost since their debut, Google Assistant speakers have featured the ability to make phone calls, but only in that one direction. Now, Google Assistant speakers are gaining the ability to receive calls as well, but only on one telecommunications company for now.

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Google Chrome’s new tab page is clean and simple on computers, but it seems that may soon change. An experiment in newer versions of Chrome shows that Google is working on a widget for the new tab page that would show, possibly among other things, what are essentially shopping ads.

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Just yesterday, Google announced that Fi users would lose access to their messages through classic Hangouts, but the company also teased a new web experience. Now, that updated Messages for Web feature is already rolling out to some Google Fi users.

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October 22

The name “Hummer” has long been synonymous with gas-guzzling SUVs, but last night, GMC announced a revival of the brand with a new electric vehicle. Now, we’re learning that the Hummer EV “supertruck” is actually running an Android operating system that may one day include Google Maps support.

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The new Samsung Galaxy S20 “Fan Edition” is a hit thanks to an affordable price and great feature set, but it seems some early buyers are facing problems. Apparently, the Galaxy S20 FE has a touchscreen issue, at least on some units.

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2020 has been quite a year, but outside of the obvious things, it’s also been notable for the barrage of streaming services that have changed how we consume TV shows and movies online. There have been perks, sure, but it’s only made finding our favorite content more confusing. In steps Google with its new watchlist feature, a new platform, and a brand-new piece of hardware to watch it all on — Chromecast with Google TV.

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The original OnePlus Nord was pretty much a hit when it debuted earlier this year, and now models are coming to the United States. Ahead of the official launch, specs from the US-bound OnePlus Nord N10 5G and N100 have leaked.

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Just about every Chromebook has access to a variety of different perks from free storage to apps and games. Now, the latest perk is a free 3-month subscription to Nvidia GeForce Now, a service that just recently extended support to Chromebooks.

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October 21

Verizon’s nationwide 5G network works on these Samsung and LG smartphones

Last week, Verizon announced that it had opened up its nationwide 5G network after months of only offering mmWave coverage. The latest Apple iPhones support this network out of the box, but some Android phones are also getting support for Verizon nationwide 5G with models from Samsung and LG.

Spotify says adding offline playback to its Wear OS app is ‘virtually impossible’

Google’s Wear OS platform has had a Spotify app for a while, but it’s only ever had the ability to play music on your phone or on connected devices throughout the home. When questioned about why the app can’t store music offline on Wear OS smartwatches, Spotify said it was “impossible.”

‘Ubisoft Connect’ brings stats, leaderboards, and more to players on Stadia and beyond

Ubisoft publishes some of the biggest video games in the world and, today, the company is announcing something new. Ubisoft Connect brings player services and a bunch of features for all of the company’s games under a single roof, and it even works with Google Stadia.

Google Stadia delivers one of the best game streaming experiences out there today, but like GeForce Now and Xbox Game Pass, Apple makes it extraordinarily difficult to get Stadia into the App Store. Luckily, there might be a way through the web. Thanks to a custom browser app, you can get Stadia up and running on iOS in a matter of minutes.

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Chrome bug doesn’t delete data on Google sites despite user requests, fix is coming

A good practice for your online security is to ditch cookies left by various websites on a regular basis. Google Chrome makes that rather easy with options that include deleting data the moment you close the browser, but a bug in the latest versions of Chrome cause data to stick around, at least for two sites.

In just a matter of days, OnePlus is set to bring two more smartphones to the United States. Now, we’re getting a couple of details on one of those devices, the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which will apparently feature a pretty familiar design.

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