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

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Using your location data, Google Maps produces a Timeline that can show places you’ve visited. Now, Google is giving the Maps Timeline a new feature that allows it to show what movies you’ve seen in theaters.

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Report: LG G9, or whatever it’s called, launches May 15

According to the latest report out of Korea, LG has big plans for May. Apparently, the company is gearing up to launch the LG G9 — or whatever it’s called — on May 15.

Microsoft made a surprising move last year when it decided to rebuild its browser based on Chromium, the same foundation as Google Chrome. Now, that move has paid off big as Microsoft’s new Edge is now the second-most popular desktop browser.

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Back at CES 2020 — probably the only major tech event we’ll see in 2020 — Samsung debuted its completely unexpected high-end Galaxy Chromebook and, starting today, you can finally buy it.

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OnePlus is set to debut a handful of new products later this month including its OnePlus 8 series. Now, a fresh leak from Evan Blass is revealing the “OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z,” a new set of earbuds from the company that still aren’t truly wireless.

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Back before all the madness that is the coronavirus pandemic, TCL had announced its new 10-series smartphones at CES 2020 without any pricing or specs. Now, TCL has announced pricing for the TCL 10 Pro, 10L, and 10 5G, as well as complete spec sheets.

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April 4

Truly wireless earbuds have taken the market by storm and Samsung has been no exception. The company’s Galaxy Buds lineup has proven very popular with two similar models, but it appears Samsung has plans to introduce a next-gen model that introduces a complete redesign.

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The coronavirus pandemic has millions of people staying in their homes as much as possible and, more than ever, that has many relying on takeout and delivery to get their daily meals. To help find local options, Google Maps is now highlighting nearby stores that offer takeout and/or delivery.

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April 3

Plex Live TV adds Chromecast support on iOS, new UI on Android TV, Apple TV

Plex is best known as a way to store all of your favorite media, but it also offers a bunch of useful other features including free movies. Another useful Plex feature is the ability to watch live TV and, now, that includes Chromecast support and a redesigned UI on Android TV and Apple TV.

Samsung’s Exynos team is ‘humiliated’ that the Galaxy S20 uses Snapdragon in Korea

Samsung’s in-house Exynos chipset is used in the Galaxy S20 series in some regions, much to the chagrin of some users. Now, a report from Korea reveals that Samsung’s Exynos team is “humiliated” that the S20 doesn’t use an Exynos processor in Samsung’s home country.

While the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses have to try and operate as normal to serve their customers properly. This week, OnePlus has announced some measures it is taking to make this time easier on its customers in need by extending return policies and warranties.

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April 2

[Update: CNN, Discovery] Sling TV pushes free channels during coronavirus outbreak

A whole lot of people are working from home or just stuck at home due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. To give those at home an option to keep informed and entertained, Sling TV is reminding customers that it offers some channels — including both news and entertainment — free of charge.

Breaker social podcast app for Android adds Google sign-in, timeline updates, more

There are a lot of different ways to enjoy your favorite podcasts including Google’s own experience. A unique option, though, is called Breaker, a social podcast app that recently updated its Android app with some useful improvements.

In the midst of the coronavirus spread, Google previously shut down advertising related to the pandemic. Now, a report is revealing that Google is easing restrictions on ads related to coronavirus.

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Samsung is pretty good about regular security patches, especially for newer smartphones. This week, Samsung is rolling out the April security update for the Galaxy S20 series alongside updates for the camera.

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Android TV has expanded its app library heavily over the past few years, totaling well over 5,000 apps on the Play Store. Today, Android TV is gaining another one with the arrival of an official Peloton app.

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April 1

Projectors have become a fairly popular option for watching movies at home on the biggest “screen” possible. Some of them even pack Google’s Android TV platform. Now, Anker has announced that its upcoming Nebula “Cosmos” projector is adopting Android TV.

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Smartphones have gotten really expensive, and that’s become very evident with the latest Samsung Galaxy flagships. The Galaxy S20 series starts at $999 and just goes up from there. Now, Samsung is offering to “buy back” Galaxy S20 models for half of the original cost up to two years later.

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Last week, official renders of the OnePlus 8 leaked showing off all three color options the phone would release in. Now, another set of images from the same source — WinFuture — is giving us a look at official OnePlus 8 Pro renders, including a never-before-seen “Ultramarine Blue” color.

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March 31

If you’ve ever looked for a good weather app, Dark Sky was probably on the list of recommendations. That’s well-deserved as the app was well built on both Android and iOS with a clean design, great features, and excellent weather forecasts too. Now, Apple has acquired Dark Sky and killed off the Android app. If, like me, that’s left you wondering what to move on to, here are the best weather apps for Android.

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