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 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


Samsung’s efforts in cameras have evolved quite a bit over the past few years, but nothing has helped them take the top spots away from the likes of Google, Apple, and Huawei. Now, it seems Samsung’s Galaxy S20 is going to kill off the dual-aperture tech after just a couple of years.

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Google’s YouTube TV, despite some hiccups, has proven to be one of the better streaming options for live TV. Now, engineers for the platform are teasing official PlayStation 4 support for YouTube TV right around the corner.

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The market for truly wireless earbuds has exploded over the past few years, thanks in part to the death of the headphone jack. Ahead of its Galaxy S20 reveal, Samsung is also preparing to launch a new set of Galaxy Buds, the Galaxy Buds+, and some renders have leaked this week to show them off.

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Poco F1 gets its official Android 10 update w/ MIUI 11

The Poco F1 took the Android community by storm in 2018 and it’s looking like a second-generation is finally right around the corner. Before that arrives, however, the original Poco F1 is finally getting its official Android 10 update.

Google has a powerful suite of tools for digital wellbeing built into the past couple of versions of Android, but now the company is experimenting with other ideas. Today, the company has launched 5 new digital wellbeing experiments on Android and they’re all available as apps for you to try.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 goes official on February 11th and, so far, we’ve learned a ton about these devices. This week, another Galaxy S20 leak is potentially telling us the prices for Samsung’s next flagship lines as well as when you’ll be able to buy it.

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Acer has been a big player in the Chromebook space with an ever-increasing presence in the education market. Today, the Acer Chromebook 712 (C871) has been announced with an affordable price, several years of automatic updates, and a 3:2 display that’s great for productivity.

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January 20

LG G8 ThinQ gets Android 10 update in the US, starting w/ Verizon, Sprint

LG’s track record with updates lately has been pretty awful, but the company is currently working to “recover trust.” As of today, the Android 10 update for the LG G8 ThinQ is now available in the United States, and it’s starting with users on Verizon and Sprint.

[Update: ‘Not supported’] Android Auto’s support for Google Assistant routines has been broken since 2018

Google Assistant routines are a handy way to automate some tasks, but the feature doesn’t work everywhere. Technically, it’s supposed to work on Android Auto, but Assistant routines have weirdly been broken for over a year on the platform, with no fix in sight.

Huawei is still in a tricky spot when it comes to launching new devices, but that hasn’t stopped the company from supporting what’s already on the market. This morning, Huawei is announcing its official update schedule for EMUI 10 and it starts rolling out this month.

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January 17

Throughout the life of Google’s ambitions with smartwatches, perhaps the most iconic release has been the Moto 360. From its first-generation that caught everyone’s attention, to the second which, well — didn’t — the Moto 360 has been the one Wear OS watch everyone seemed to love. Now, in 2020, the Moto 360 is back, and it’s a serious contender for Wear OS’ best offering. Here’s what you need to know.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series is going official in just a few short weeks and this week we’ve learned pretty much all there is to learn about the entire collection. Today, another Galaxy S20 leak details the full specs on all three main models.

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Basecamp to testify against Google’s ‘monopoly on internet search’ to Congress

Google is the biggest name in internet search by a long shot and, sometimes, companies have an issue with that. In a Congress hearing Friday, Basecamp is set to testify against Google’s “monopoly on internet search” (via Reuters).

Chromebooks are great devices for getting things done on the go, but traditionally they’ve lagged behind when it comes to gaming and other areas. Today, a new report claims that Google is working to bringing official Steam support to Chrome OS, potentially opening a huge library of new games to Chromebooks.

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January 16

Leaks of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 have been hitting the web all week, but there’s one I couldn’t be more excited about. After five generations of madness, Samsung is ditching curved screens on the Galaxy S20.

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It shouldn’t really come as a surprise, but in a recent interview, OnePlus confirmed some good news. In a future smartphone that’s actually released on the market, OnePlus will use the disappearing camera trick from the OnePlus Concept One.

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YouTube is one of the largest platforms in the world for video streaming, but it’s also a social network of sorts. In an effort to “build connections,” YouTube is launching a new feature called Profile Cards that houses a shortcut for a user’s channel in the comments section, as well as their comment history.

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[Updated: Resolved] Google disables Xiaomi camera integration after Nest Hub shows random homes

Smart security cameras can be an extremely useful tool, but they can also be a cause for concern when it comes to privacy. This week, a potentially serious security issue has appeared with Xiaomi’s smart cameras when viewed through a Google Nest Hub.

Chrome for Android prepares Google Assistant integration for voice search

Google Assistant has taken over many of the company’s products to replace previous forms of voice search. Now, it seems Google is finally preparing to integrate Google Assistant into Chrome for Android to replace the old voice search function.

High refresh-rate displays are going to be showing up everywhere in 2020, and for OnePlus, there’s an upgrade in-store. This week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau is showing off just how big of a difference a 120 Hz display makes on a smartphone.

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