Ben Schoon

@NexusBen

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 can also be found on the publication he started, YourTechExplained and you can also get in touch with him over Twitter or by Email.

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After being briefly shown off at an event early this month, the Alphabet-owned Boston Dynamics has officially revealed its latest creation, “Handle,” which the company’s founder previously described as “nightmare-inducing.”

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It’s not hard to spend hours upon hours reaching the deepest depths of videos over on YouTube, and I think we can all admit that we’ve found things on YouTube we could have never imagined even existed. Over the years, the amount of content people watch each day has grown more and more, and today YouTube has revealed that users are now watching over 1 billion hours of video each day…

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Google’s Pixel XL is a wonderful phone, and it’s been my daily driver for the past few months. The hardware on this phone is excellent, but whether it’s for added protection or a better look, most of us will add a case to the phone. There is an alternative, however, a skin.

There are several fantastic skin makers on the market today, but which makes the best skin for the Pixel XL? Over the past few weeks, that’s what I’ve been aiming to figure out. I’ve recently tested four different skins from dBrand, Colorware, Toast, and SlickWraps, all for the Pixel XL. Each skin was tested for a minimum of one week. So, let’s take a look.

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Android Wear 2.0 debuted on the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style earlier this month, but Google wasn’t planning on stopping there. The company worked with various Android Wear makers to craft a lengthy list of watches that would also be updated, but so far, no updates have been pushed. Now, ASUS is providing a more specific time frame for that rollout.

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Today at MWC 2017, ZTE has unveiled two new mid-range smartphones from its Blade series ─ the Blade V8 Lite and the Blade V8 Mini. Both offer similar designs to the Blade V8 Pro which was unveiled at CES, but with lesser specifications and price points.

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February 26

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One of the few solid Android tablets we saw in 2016 was the Yoga Book from Lenovo and as we enter 2017, the company isn’t holding back. We already saw the debut of the Yoga A12 earlier this month, and now at MWC, the company is debuting four new tablets that are actually pretty compelling…

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The Android world has been in a bit of a drought over the past year or two in regards to tablets. While we still get a handful of mid-range tablets from time to time, we rarely get any high-powered flagships. Today, though, Samsung is changing that — for now — with the debut of the Galaxy Tab S3.

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After a plethora of leaks, LG has today made its 2017 flagship smartphone official. As the Korean company’s long-awaited followup to the LG G5 (which, as we all know, didn’t do so well), the LG G6 has a lot to make up for. Based on what we’re seeing so far, though, it might just accomplish that…

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February 25

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Today at MWC 2017, BlackBerry and TCL officially unveiled the BlackBerry KeyOne, the device formerly known as the “Mercury.” Since the reveal, the biggest complaint I’ve seen circulating around social media regards the pricing, particularly how high it is. Do you think the KeyOne is overpriced?

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BlackBerry’s “hail mary” just went official, the BlackBerry “KeyOne.” Previously referred to as the “Mercury,” this new device from BlackBerry brings the company’s signature design, including the always available hardware keyboard, along with Android. It certainly grabbed a lot of attention back at CES 2017, but now, we finally know all the remaining details…

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This weekend is pretty much just MWC for those of us in the tech space, but this Sunday will also bring along the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony. Ahead of that event, Google Assistant, both on the Pixel and on Google Home, is predicting winners for a handful of different awards…

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