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Ben Schoon

@NexusBen

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Ben Schoon is a Senior Editor at 9to5Google, working for the publication as one of its primary news writers for the past 5 years. In 2013, Ben helped start an independent tech publication where he learned the skills used at 9to5Google including writing, product photography, and videography. He is located in the city of Winston-Salem in North Carolina where he lived with his wife Melissa, married in 2019.

He primarily covers Android products, including Google Pixel devices, Samsung Galaxy smartphones, as well as devices from OnePlus, Oppo, LG, Motorola, and more. Beyond just covering news about these products, Ben also spends time using these products himself, speaking from experience with the articles he writes. Some of Ben’s most recent hands-on reviews include; Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, Fitbit Versa 3, Nest Thermostat, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and Fitbit Sense.

Ben is also a leading source for information about Google’s Android TV, diving deeply into important parts of the platform including its powerful Operator Tier, explaining future changes to the platform, and reviewing its products such as Chromecast with Google TV, Nvidia Shield TV, and more.

In 2019, Ben leaked one of the first in-person photos of the Pixel 4 before later revealing the Recorder and Pixel Themes apps months ahead of launch. In 2020, Ben also reported on multiple upcoming Pixel devices including Pixel 5a and the first report of Google working on a foldable Pixel smartphone. That same month, he was also the first to correctly report the $49 price point of what became the Chromecast with Google TV.

Ben Schoon is active on Twitter, @nexusben, but can also be found on Instagram and LinkedIn. For questions or tips, you can email him directly, and his portfolio is also available online.

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Ben Schoon's Favorite Gear

Yesterday

The Nest Doorbell (wired) supports a traditional doorbell chime, but you can now buy one as an add-on to your system to make things a bit more flexible.

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After months in preview, Google has finally launched Android 13 for Android TV OS. It won’t be available on any devices you have for a while, but here’s what it brings to the table.

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Earlier this week Google widely confirmed that refunds for Stadia hardware would be available within the next two weeks, and just a couple of days later refunds are already starting to arrive.

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Samsung will update these Galaxy devices to Android 13

After launching on Pixel phones earlier this year, Android 13 is now headed to Samsung Galaxy devices outside of a beta program. Here’s what devices have already received their update, and which ones will probably get it over the coming months.

December 1

Hello Engineer, a Stadia exclusive, will arrive on PC via Steam next year

Google Stadia will shut down next year and bring some exclusive games with it, sadly, but some will escape. This week, Hello Engineer has been confirmed for a release on PC via Steam next year.

Ahead of the platform’s January shutdown, Ubisoft has delivered the last update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on Google Stadia.

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You can now keep track of what accounts you use Google sign-in on with 1Password [Video]

Using your Google account or social accounts to sign in to other sites is a convenient option, but it can be easy to forget which accounts are using the option. In one of its latest updates, 1Password is now able to keep track of what accounts are using sign-in from Google and other social accounts.

Eufy caught lying about local-only security cameras with footage sent to cloud, accessible in unencrypted streams [U]

Home security cameras have gotten a lot better in recent years, but the security of your footage has always been a concern. Anker’s Eufy brand claims to keep data local, but a security researcher has exposed that the claim is far from true, with footage not only going to the cloud, but remaining visible even after it was supposed to be deleted.

The Google TV app is starting to roll out a neat new trick, with the ability to cast TV shows and movies from multiple streaming services from one location, as well as a revamped remote for Android TV OS devices.

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November 30

As the holiday season arrives, Google is rolling out a selection of ringtones for Nest Doorbells starting this week. Here’s what you’ll have to choose from.

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Huawei is building a smartwatch with built-in earbuds [Video]

Truly wireless earbuds and smartwatches have become a whole lot more popular in recent years, and it seems like Huawei wants to merge the two as shown off in a new teaser.

As 2022 moves to a close, more information is coming out on the Galaxy S23 and its release date. Here’s what we know.

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November 29

Sapphire glass is something we usually only see on the most expensive smartwatches, but the Galaxy Watch 5 brings the scratch-resistant glass down to a cost of under $300. And surprisingly, the quality of Samsung’s sapphire glass on the Galaxy Watch 5 beats out the Apple Watch Ultra, which costs nearly three times as much in a new test.

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The cloud gaming market has been hit pretty hard following the death of Stadia and other roadblocks, and it seems Amazon’s Luna is going through some tough times too. Over the course of December 2022, Amazon Luna will lose nearly 50 games, on top of several others that left earlier this month.

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Pixel Buds are some of the best earbuds you can buy for an Android phone. The Pixel Buds Pro offer a premium, ANC-equipped experience with useful features while the Pixel Buds A-Series have excellent sound and even better value, but all models ship with the same white case. Nomad offers up leather cases for Pixel Buds Pro and Pixel Buds A-Series and they just get better with time, as I’ve found over the past several months of use.

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November 28

Wear OS has a lackluster past, but things are finally starting to look up with Wear OS 3. Fossil’s first smartwatch running that platform out of the box is the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition, a $300 Wear OS 3 smartwatch that’s, well, disappointing.

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November 27

Google’s Project Zero this week highlighted the “gap” in getting security patches out the door and to affected users, and in doing so also revealed that millions of Android phones are at risk of an active security vulnerability.

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November 26

Zoom finally defaults to its Progressive Web App on Chromebooks

Zoom for Chromebooks started off without many of the features as the same experience on Windows and other platforms but finally caught up thanks to the debut of its Progressive Web App (PWA) last year. Now, Zoom finally defaults to the PWA on Chromebooks.

November 25

Managing timers on Nest Hub and other Google Assistant speakers has always been a bit inflexible, but there’s a new feature coming. For some, the At a Glance widget on Pixel phones is now rolling out the ability to control timers from Nest Hub and other Google Assistant speakers.

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You can upgrade from Pixel 6 to Pixel 7 for just $20 right now

Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are already some of the best values in a flagship smartphone today, but their Black Friday prices just make that even better. Plus, thanks to a trade-in deal, you can upgrade from a Pixel 6 to a Pixel 7 for just $20, or even less.

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