Stephen Hall

@hallstephenj

Stephen is Senior Editor at 9to5Google. You can find more of his current work on the flip side at 9to5Mac, as well as at 9to5Toys and Electrek. If you want to get in touch with Stephen, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Google+. Or, you can send him an email at stephen (at) 9to5mac (dot) com, or an encrypted email at hallstephen j (at) protonmail (dot) com.

Stephen has been covering Apple and Google for four years. He can be often found on the leaderboard of technology news curation website Techmeme, and has been cited by many major publications across the web including Wired, Re/code, Business Insider, CNET, BuzzFeed News, Computerworld, TechCrunchGigaOmPC World, PC Magazine, as well as newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Stephen’s first big story came in September 2014 when he exclusively published all of the details of Google’s unreleased Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone weeks before it was announced.

For several years he closely followed Google Glass and published extensive coverage of the product’s roadmap in early 2015 followed by several scoops revealing details about the forthcoming “Enterprise Edition” hardware in July, as well as Google’s plans for its distribution. These reports were confirmed when Stephen reported in late 2015 that the device had finally surfaced on the FCC website. He was also the first to report that one unit of the new device surfaced on eBay.

In September of 2015, Stephen published details of Google’s forthcoming 2nd generation Chromecast and Chromecast Audio products, as well as details on their companion application. He also exclusively reported on Google’s plan to finally bring Spotify support to the Chromecast.

In December of 2015, Stephen reported that Huawei planned to introduce women’s versions of its forthcoming Huawei Watch at CES 2016, as well as that Google was planning to introduce the gold variant of the Nexus 6P in the United States and begin selling the phone through Best Buy and other online retailers. The women’s Huawei Watch launched at CES 2016, and reports surfaced in 2017 corroborating Stephen’s reports of an LTE Huawei Watch in the works.

In March of 2016, Stephen exclusively reported that Tesla had at one point tested Google Glass in its Fremont, California factory, but had since moved to Vuzix hardware. He then published videos proving conclusively that Tesla had tested Glass.

Later in April of 2016, when Google’s Regina Dugan left the company to start an experimental hardware division at Facebook, Stephen detailed the story of her polarizing first meeting at Google. He also reported in 2016 that “Andromeda” an as-of-yet unannounced software project by Google, would launch on a Chromebook “Pixel”-like laptop and a Huawei-made tablet. He published more details about this project in November of 2016.

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Today

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LG’s forthcoming G6 flagship isn’t much of a secret anymore, and it seems the Korean firm wants to make sure that there’s absolutely nothing we don’t know about it when it launches at MWC next week. Now, LG has come out with a couple short and sweet teaser videos making it clear that the phone will feature water and dust resistance.

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Honor has today taken the wraps off of two new smartphones for China: the mid-range Honor 8 Lite and the flagship-level Honor V9. While there’s no word yet on a US release for either of these devices, today’s announcements might at the very least gives us an idea of what the Chinese company might be bringing to the US in the future…

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Yesterday

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Hiroshi Lockheimer, the sitting Senior Vice President of Android at Google, has always been a bit of a tease. Whether it’s teasing potential names of 2018’s Android release or potential names for last year’s Android release, the guy just doesn’t stop. Now, he has hit Twitter with perhaps his most blatant tweet yet regarding the name of the forthcoming Android release…

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9to5toys 

There’s an as-yet-unreleased app for the Samsung Galaxy S7 floating around called Secure Folder, and it appears that the app may have accidentally leaked the form factor of the Galaxy S8 (again). As you can see above, a graphic that can be found in the app shows a device with a large display with rounded corners and very small top and bottom bezels…

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February 17

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We showed you some more hands-on images of the LG G6 earlier today, and they got me thinking a bit more about LG’s coming MWC launch event, where the company will show us the successor to its unfortunate failure of an attempt to make modular smartphones mainstream.

In short, I can’t help but wonder why the LG G6 exists. It’s basically just a rehashed LG V20, and that makes the G6 even more boring than it would have already been if the LG V20 never existed.

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electrek 

The LG G6 is far from being a secret at this point, with LG itself going as far as to confirm its ‘FullVision’ 18:9 5.7-inch displayoffer a peek at the new LG UX 6.0 software, and send out a few teasers to various media outlets suggesting that it will feature ‘resistance’ and ‘reliability’. LG has also itself confirmed that the phone will have a 32-bit Quad-DAC like the LG V20.

But we haven’t seen all that many photos of the phone in the flesh, so we thought we would share a couple images we recently obtained from a source.

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9to5mac 

February 16

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Astro Teller, the head of Alphabet’s X unit, is today holding a press conference to discuss the ongoing progress of the Mountain View company’s Project Loon initiative. Among other things, Teller said that Loon is ditching the idea of having a “constant stream” of balloons floating around the globe…

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9to5toys 

Sprint started the trend in the US last fall, and Canadian carrier Rogers followed soon after. Now, Telenor has jumped on board with Google’s RCS solution in Messenger, bringing the feature to its customers across India, Thailand, and a variety of European nations (via The Keynote)…

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electrek 

February 15

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