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.

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Ben Schoon's Favorite Gear

November 15

Here are four compact battery banks to give your Pixel 4 a boost

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are great devices, but their battery life is admittedly really bad. In fact, the smaller phone in particular probably has the worst battery life we’ve seen in a flagship device in a couple of years at least. Here are some compact battery banks that are easy to carry around with the Pixel 4.

Huawei’s Mate X foldable smartphone was announced just weeks after the Samsung Galaxy Fold, but the two products have had wildly different rides in the time since. Now, after months of delays, Huawei has finally launched the Mate X.

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Hulu Live TV jumps to $55/month making it more expensive than YouTube TV

Hulu has been a big player in the live TV streaming market for a while but this week subscribers are getting bad news. Hulu Live TV is getting a big price jump up to $55 a month.

Sony’s Android 10 roadmap includes 8 devices w/ updates starting next month

Android 10 has seen pretty quick adoption compared to some previous updates and there are many OEMs preparing their rollouts. Today, Sony has announced its Android 10 roadmap for several devices.

We’re now 8 days into the month of November and Google’s latest security update still hasn’t widely rolled out to most users. A growing thread shows that many Pixel 4 owners have yet to get an OTA update with November’s security patch and the improvements it brings.

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In the age of streaming services and cloud backups, it’s not all that often we have to play local files off of a device. However, Google is making that a lot easier with the latest update to its file manager app. Files by Google can now play your locally stored media on a Chromecast display.

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One of the big new features on Google’s Pixel 4 is the Motion Sense feature powered by the Soli radar chip. While its capabilities are somewhat limited, Google has found a clever way to show what its swipes can do. This week, Pixel 4’s Motion Sense was used to control a performance from Latin artist Karol G.

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In August, Google mysteriously disabled a core feature of Assistant for G Suite users: reminders. Four months later, the company is still sticking to its guns with that removal and, worse yet, it’s no longer listening to complaints about the issue.

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November 14

Google Stadia is set to launch next week, but missing features and a tiny launch list of games is hurting the platform’s debut. Today, Microsoft announced that its xCloud streaming service would debut in full next year and, as a kick to Stadia’s pants, the service just added 50 more games too.

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Over the past few years Google has finally been getting better with backups on Android, but there’s a hiccup right now. For the past few months, many Android users have been reporting failed Drive backups on their phones for months.

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How to enable RCS messaging on Google Messages for Android

RCS messaging is finally coming to Android smartphones in the United States after a trial in some other countries. If you want to get in on the action, here’s what you’ll need to do to enable RCS messaging on Android.

This time last year Google Assistant smart speakers seemed to be extremely popular with huge sales numbers and explosive growth. However, a year later things aren’t looking so hot. According to a recent report, Google Assistant smart speakers shipments have dropped dramatically by over 40%.

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‘Montblanc Summit 2+’ apparently in the works as another Wear OS watch w/ LTE

One of the first Wear OS smartwatches to use the Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor was the premium Montblanc Summit 2, and now it appears there’s a revision on its way. According to a public listing, the Montblanc Summit 2+ in the works that includes LTE connectivity.

November 13

Disney+ isn’t working with Vizio TVs using Chromecast built-in

Vizio is one of the few TV makers currently offering a relatively barebones experience on its TVs with a heavy reliance on Chromecast over the past several years. With Disney+, though, Vizio’s TVs are oddly not working with Chromecast on the new service.

Thanks to some updates, Google’s Wear OS has been getting slightly better over the past several months, but not to the extent it needs to. In its latest attempt to improve things, Google has redesigned the Play Store for Wear OS with some welcome tweaks.

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Fitbit’s popular wearables have mostly basic software, but today the company has announced that a coming update will bring some enhancements. Arriving next month, Fitbit OS 4.1 will bring watch face management and more.

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YouTube for Android tests radical comments redesign

YouTube seems to test new UI changes more often on its Android app than most other Google products. Now, we’re seeing a radical redesign to the comments section of the YouTube Android app.

A Google Stadia team member will personally deliver a Founder’s kit on launch day

We’re just a week away from Google’s official launch for Stadia, but many users won’t be getting their kits on that day. In today’s Reddit AMA, one member of the Stadia team committed to a personal delivery for one Stadia Founder’s kit on launch day.

Disney+ app for Android TV has known issues w/ Nvidia Shield TV

Disney+ debuted yesterday and, despite some hiccups, it launched to wide positivity. However, on the Nvidia Shield TV, there are some known issues with Disney+ which have popped up. Here’s what you need to know.

Motorola is hosting an event later today to unveil its first foldable smartphone following a collection of leaks earlier this month. Now, Motorola has confirmed the design on Twitter with a Razr teaser right as FCC images show off the live design again.

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