About the Author

Ben Schoon


Ben is a tech geek with a soft spot for Android, Pixel/Nexus in particular. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones on the 9to5Google YouTube channel and writing up the latest news. Ben also started a small publication called YourTechExplained, which still runs today. You can get in touch with him over on Twitter or by Email.


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May 25

Moto G6 now available from Verizon Wireless for $240

Motorola’s G lineup of smartphones has always included some of the best options as far as affordable devices go, and the company’s Moto G6 family looks like no exception. Today, Verizon Wireless is opening up sales of the Moto G6 on its network.

You can now pre-order the LG G7 ThinQ at Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint

After its unveiling earlier this month, pre-orders for LG’s latest flagship, the G7 ThinQ, have now officially opened up at multiple US carriers. Here’s what you need to know.

OnePlus 3/3T pick up Face Unlock, May security patch in latest OxygenOS update

OnePlus is one of the few companies doing a decent job updating their devices. Now, the OnePlus3 and OnePlus 3T are picking up new security patches and features in a new update.

Google’s ‘Find My Device’ tool updated w/ IMEI information for reporting lost/stolen phones

Losing your phone is a nightmare, but luckily there are tools available for recovering it. On Android, Google has offered “Find my Device” for that exact purpose. Now, that app is being updated with a handy new addition.

May 24

BlackBerry’s Keyone was a surprisingly great phone last year, and now the company is charging up to release its successor. Today, we’re getting our first official sneak peek in a teaser video.

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Huawei will no longer offer bootloader unlock codes for its Android devices

Most OEMs are pretty bad about supporting their software in the long run, but Huawei does do a pretty solid job of giving its users options. For a while now, the company has given its customers the option to request a code to unlock their device’s bootloader, but now, that program is coming to an end.

Google appears to be bringing Chromecast’s ‘Backdrop’ wallpapers to Chrome ‘New Tab’ page

If you’ve ever had a Chromecast, you’re probably familiar with that array of gorgeous wallpapers that show up when the device is idle. Google calls that “Backdrop,” and new code suggests that it could be coming to the company’s Chrome browser at some point…

Qualcomm revealed earlier this year that, in addition to its other chipset lineups, a new 700-series line of Snapdragon processors would be coming soon. Today, the company has officially announced the first chipset in that collection with the Snapdragon 710.

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Ready to try the Pixelbook?

YouTube for Android adopts collapsed video mini-player from iOS app, rolling out now

Google is constantly messing with the formula on its various applications, and YouTube seems to be one that is always under work. Today, YouTube for Android is picking up a new minimized view for videos.

If you had to pick one thing as the weakest point of Wear OS, it’s definitely the battery life. Most Wear OS devices barely last a day, and there’s not much OEMs can do to fix that. Mobvoi, however, seems to have found a unique solution with its upcoming TicWatch Pro.

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LG V35 ThinQ leaks out in alleged live image, reported debut in June alongside LG X2 and X5

The LG V30 was one of the most underrated Android smartphones of last year, and earlier this year it got an upgrade with the LG V30S. Rumors have been floating around for the past few weeks surrounding the LG V35, and today, the first live image has seemingly leaked alongside some new details.

Android TV got a new UI over a year ago at I/O ’17, but OEMs never adopted it. It was odd to see even the typically reliable Nvidia not updating its Shield TV hardware, but now, Android Oreo is finally rolling out to that device with the new UI in tow.

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Smart speakers have exploded in popularity for the past couple of years, and Google has seen a lot of growth, particularly this past year. Now, new market research suggests that Google has outsold Amazon for the first time ever…

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May 23

May security patch rolling out now to Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8 users on T-Mobile, Verizon [Update]

Android’s monthly security updates have done a great job in helping keep devices secure from the plethora of bugs that pop up from time to time. However, some are pretty slow about rolling them out. Today, T-Mobile and Samsung are rolling out May’s security patch to some devices.

Gboard’s spell checker hasn’t been working properly for many users

Typing on a touchscreen isn’t ever going to be the most natural thing in the world, and that results in a ton of inaccuracies. Thankfully, keyboards have gotten pretty good at autocorrecting typos made in daily use. Currently, though, Gboard’s spell checker is not working…

Samsung didn’t deliver on a ton of new things with the Galaxy S9 family, but one notable new feature was AR Emoji. The feature launched with largely negative feedback, but its one shining feature is the ability to let you pretend to be another character. Now, Samsung is continuing its Disney partnership with characters from The Incredibles.

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‘Trusted Places’ removed from Android’s Smart Lock in latest Play Services update

There are a ton of different ways to unlock your Android smartphone, but one of the most convenient before the days of biometric authentication was common was Smart Lock. Over the years, Google has added to the feature and also taken parts away. Now, in the latest Play Services update, Google has removed the “Trusted Places” option.

YouTube TV is being added to Nielsen’s local audience ratings

As more and more users switch from traditional cable to streaming solutions, it’s getting more difficult for broadcasters to get information on viewers. Now, Nielsen is furthering its integration with YouTube TV to include local ratings.

Earlier this week some rumors hit the web surrounding Samsung’s future for wearables. Specifically, that Samsung was switching to Wear OS for the Gear S4. While it’s easy to disregard those, a tweet from Evan Blass suggests that they might hold a bit of weight.

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Vivo’s all-screen, pop-out camera ‘Apex’ smartphone teased for June 12th

Remember back at MWC when Vivo showed off that crazy concept Android smartphone, the Apex? It wasn’t expected that Vivo would ever actually deliver the phone to market, but now, it looks like June 12th will see its official unveiling…

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