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Stephen is Managing 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.

 

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October 8

[Update: Final renders, details] Everything Google’s debuting at its 2018 ‘Made by Google’ event: Pixel 3, Home Hub, and more

Google’s annual fall hardware event is right around the corner, and that means this year’s rumor season is coming to a close. But thanks to countless leaks, reports, tweets, and information from our own sources over the last several months, we have a really good idea at this point what the Made by Google event 2018 has in store. We can confidently say you should expect to see the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, a Google Pixel Slate tablet, a Google Home Hub Smart Display, and more.

September 19

Gmail’s Smart Reply prototype thought ‘Sent from my iPhone’ was a good response

The Wall Street Journal is out today with a quick story on the rollout and reception of Gmail’s new Smart Reply feature, and it comes with a few interesting bits of information and anecdotes from random users and Google alike — one of which is particularly humorous…

September 12

Google unsurprisingly killing Inbox next year, given overlap with Gmail

With the launch of the new Gmail earlier this year, many questioned the future of Inbox, the company’s experimental email client. Today, Google announced that Inbox by Gmail will be discontinued next year.

March 8

Google launched the first Developer Preview for Android P yesterday, and while you can find extensive coverage of all of its features at 9to5Google, there are several features included that might feel familiar to iOS users. The new release packs support for iPhone X-style notches, a redesigned notifications menu with iOS-like quick settings toggles, and more.

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July 5, 2017

Snapchat just got a pretty noteworthy update. And while the first bullet point in this update’s change log — on-demand geofilters — was introduced at the end of last month, a few of these features are entirely new. Among them are the ability to add links to your snaps, Backdrops, and Voice Filters.

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March 24, 2017

9to5Rewards: iFixit Pro Tech Toolkits [Giveaway]

For this week’s 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away some iFixit swag, straight from the website that’s best known for their teardowns of iPhones, Android phones and other gadgets. This week we’re giving away about a few repair kits to three lucky 9to5Google readers…

March 20, 2017

According to a report today out of The Wall Street Journal, SoftBank has pulled out of a deal to provide Essential with $100 million in funding. Essential reportedly plans to launch a premium smartphone to go head-to-head with the iPhone, and was founded by the father of Android, Andy Rubin…

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March 16, 2017

Update: Full video now available.

We’re here on the ground for SXSW, and as was announced last fall, Creative Director and LA Anchor for Beats 1, Zane Lowe, is giving the Music Keynote.

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February 27, 2017

This week is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and that means almost all of Apple’s biggest competitors are getting together to show off their latest phones, tablets, and other gadgets. Yesterday was the official press day, so let’s take a look at all the devices that were announced by Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei and others…

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December 22, 2016

PSA: The original RollerCoaster Tycoon is now available for iOS

If you have nostalgia for RollerCoaster Tycoon, today might just be your day. Atari, the publisher of RollerCoaster Tycoon games since the release of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for PC, has today released the original RollerCoaster Tycoon for both iOS and Android…

November 18, 2016

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Nest has introduced a pretty substantial update to its iOS and Android apps, bringing Nest Aware customers the ability to easily create, save, and share video clips straight from the Nest app. The iOS app also adds support for Apple TV, so you can quickly check out your Nest Cam feeds straight from your couch…

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October 27, 2016

Twitter is shutting down its Vine mobile apps ‘in the coming months’

It goes without saying that Twitter has been struggling lately, but it looks like there might be a bit of an explanation now for the news shared earlier today — alongside its earnings report for the quarter — that the company is laying off about 9 percent of its workforce. Twitter announced on Medium today that the Vine mobile applications for Android and iOS are being shut down soon…

September 19, 2016

Google Trips mobile app helps you craft the perfect vacation plan and stores everything offline

Google today introduced Trips, a new app that lets you manage and organize everything about your vacations in one place. The app tries to solve a big pain point with international travel — Internet access — by automatically storing all your trip information offline, and it also makes suggestions during your trip based on what’s nearby to craft the perfect day plans…

September 6, 2016

Apple Music for Android hits 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store

After first being announced and previewed at WWDC in June of last year, Apple launched its music streaming platform on Android on November 10th. Now, after almost a year of being available to the public (and only a month since it finally exited beta), the app has garnered more than 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store…

July 14, 2016

T-Mobile is giving Pokemon Go players free, unlimited data (and a free Wendy’s Frosty)

T-Mobile has announced today that for its next T-Mobile Tuesday promotion, Pokemon Go players — in the wake of what has been no less than an explosive launch — will receive free, unlimited data for the mobile game. Set to take effect July 19th, the Un-carrier will give its customers a full year’s worth of data that won’t count against their high-speed plan…

May 27, 2016

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Update: Jawbone says that the report is “unequivocally false”. Read the company’s update at its blog

According to a report this evening from Tech Insider, Jawbone, the company once famous for its Bluetooth headsets and more recently known for its Jambox speakers and fitness wearables, has stopped making the UP line of fitness trackers. This includes three devices that the company has reportedly struggled to sell: the UP2, UP3, and UP4. Another report says that a clinical-grade wearable is coming soon…

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March 29, 2016

According to a report out of The Information today, Facebook has begun preparing several new features for Facebook Messenger, including a new service that allows users to pay for items to be picked up in person, a new “secret” chat feature, and more. If nothing else, these features could be insight into how the company plans to monetize its messaging platform…

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February 10, 2016

According to the latest U.S. smartphone market share numbers from Parks Associates, Apple is still well in the lead compared to competing manufacturers, holding a beefy 40% of the smartphone market. But the latest figures also show that Android OEMs are gaining ground on the dominant Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker. Now, Samsung holds around 31% of the market and LG is next in line with 10%…

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February 1, 2016

Alphabet’s just-released Q4 earnings has seen its stock price rise in after hours trading, resulting in the Mountain View-based company passing Apple to become the most valuable company in the world. The company’s market capitalization was $517.6 billion at close, and while the price is still fluctuating after hours, Alphabet’s market cap will be over $540 billion tomorrow if these prices hold…

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January 25, 2016

According to a report this morning from The Wall Street Journal, Spotify is getting ready to finally launch its video content offerings. The rollout is set to start with the Android app getting video by the end of this week, but the iOS app is following suit by the end of next… expand full story

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