About the Author

Ben Schoon

@NexusBen

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

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Today

Nvidia’s Shield TV is the most popular option for Android TV and, overall, one of the best pieces of streaming hardware available. Now that the hugely-improved remote for the new Shield has gone up for sale, an update is rolling out to older Shield TV models with support for the new remote as well as the Xbox Elite 2 controller.

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Google’s collection of smart speakers, formerly Google Home, is usually pretty reliable. However, a faulty software update seems to be killing some Google Home units over the past few days for those enrolled in the Preview Program.

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Google Chrome has been one of the most popular browsers for a long time now and recently, Microsoft updated its Edge browser to run on the same Chromium base. In an act of collaboration between the two companies, Google Chrome is preparing to take on a handy tab management feature from Edge.

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Nvidia launched its new Shield TV devices earlier today and one of their best new features is the updated remote. In very good news, Nvidia is going to make that new remote available to older Shield TV models in the future.

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The Motorola Razr was rumored for quite some time, but the quality of this foldable device caught everyone by surprise. However, a delay halted pre-orders and pushed back its release date.

Now, Motorola has confirmed pre-orders for the Razr’s return on January 26, while shipping begins early next month.

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January 25

There are literally thousands of power banks on the market today to give your phone some juice on the go, but once in a while, one pops up with a special feature or two. For the past couple of months, I’ve had the iOttie iON Go on hand for my Pixel 4 XL.

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The past two weeks have seen just about every detail about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S20 lineup leak and, this weekend, things aren’t slowing down. In the latest Galaxy S20 leaks, a pre-order bonus and Samsung’s official cases have been leaked.

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January 24

Cases are a great way to add grip and protection to your phone, but if you only want the former, the trend of “ultra-thin” cases is for you. Lately, I’ve spent some time with thin Pixel 4 cases from Peel and Totallee along with their screen protectors. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering a purchase.

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T-Mobile launches its own line of ‘GoTo’ accessories for OnePlus, Samsung, more

Most people tend to use a case or screen protector with their smartphone, but sadly, a lot of people also massively overpay for those accessories at carrier stores. Today, T-Mobile is launching its own line of accessories called “GoTo” and, for the most part, pricing isn’t too bad.

Google Search is the company’s best-known product — it’s what made Google a household name. Over time, though, the search engine has evolved functionally and visually. Recently, Google changed search results to show icons on different sites, and everyone seems to have a different opinion about it.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series is prepared to kick off the 2020 smartphone season with a bang, and as the event approaches, official renders of the Galaxy S20 have leaked.

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For the past several months, Google has quietly been working in the background on a new feature for Android. Called “Nearby Sharing,” this feature is basically a clone of Apple’s handy AirDrop service for iOS and macOS, except this one works on Android and possibly other platforms. Today, we’re finally getting a look at this new feature in action.

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January 23

Being made of glass, the screens on our smartphones break all too often, and getting that fixed can be an expensive affair. For a limited time, though, Sprint is offering screen repairs on select Samsung Galaxy devices for under $50, even if you’re on another carrier.

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Samsung is preparing to launch its second foldable smartphone next month, and if you can believe it, more leaks are coming out for the device. Courtesy of Max Weinbach, there are more details on the Galaxy Z Flip, including some tidbits about its display.

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LastPass deleted its Chrome extension by mistake, will be back soon

LastPass is my password manager of choice, and recently, the company caused some confusion by accidentally deleting its Chrome extension. Rest assured, though, the extension should be restored any time now.

For years now, OnePlus has been ignoring wireless charging and coming up with pretty poor excuses for not adopting the technology. However, there’s now a rumor going around saying that the OnePlus 8 Pro may adopt wireless charging this year.

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[Update: LG G8 too] LG is taking advantage of Android 10’s underused desktop mode

The ability to carry a single device around but use it in multiple ways is a dream for many, and over the past few years, it’s become a reality.

Not many know that Android 10 has been building out a basic “desktop mode” that not many use, but LG is taking advantage of it as it updates devices.

Over the years, Samsung has built out a software suite on top of Android that brings a lot to the table beyond Google’s own offerings. Now, we’re learning that the Galaxy S20 will apparently see the arrival of Samsung “Quick Share,” a clone of Apple’s AirDrop.

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January 22

Alongside the Galaxy S20 next month, Samsung is expected to debut its second foldable phone. The Galaxy Z Flip folds horizontally unlike the Galaxy Fold, and apparently, that will allow the device to lock at a 90-degree angle for some camera apps.

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One of the key new features coming to Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series is the new 120Hz display, but apparently, Samsung isn’t going to force customers into it. In fact, the Galaxy S20’s display will apparently default to its 60Hz mode.

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