Avatar for Ben Schoon

Ben Schoon


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.

Email: | Encrypted Email:

Connect with Ben Schoon

galaxy watch active features

Latest Galaxy Watch 4 leak points to a slightly larger body for the likely Wear OS-powered watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series is likely only a couple of months away at this point, and as the launch gets closer, we’re learning more little tidbits about the device. This week, the model numbers for the entire lineup were uncovered and, alongside that, the size of the Galaxy Watch 4 as well.

Expand Expanding Close

OnePlus Watch update adds always-on display instead of fixing all of the glaring issues

The OnePlus Watch launched to scathing reviews thanks to its incredibly unfinished software, but the good news is that a lot of its flaws can be fixed in updates. The bad news? OnePlus is taking its time and priorities are… questionable. Instead of fixing the countless issues that just about every user so far has encountered, the latest OnePlus Watch update is instead adding features such as an always-on-display.

Expand Expanding Close

Epic Games has plans to bring the full Rocket League experience to Android, iOS

Rocket League has been one of the biggest hits in competitive gaming in the past few years, and, wouldn’t you know it, it was acquired by the owner of the big hit in competitive gaming, Epic Games. Now, as a part of the Epic vs. Apple trial, documentation has revealed that Epic Games has plans to bring the “full game experience” of Rocket League to mobile devices, including Android.

Expand Expanding Close

Google remembers Android tablets exist, debuts ‘Entertainment Space’ that looks like Google TV

android tablets entertainment space

The iPad has basically taken over the entire conversation when it comes to tablets, and frankly, Google hasn’t done much to fight that battle, even throwing in the towel when it comes to self-made tablets. Today, though, Android tablets are getting a boost with a new “Entertainment Space” experience from Google similar to the “Kids Space” that launched last year.

Expand Expanding Close
google stadia

Several Google Stadia staff members join Jade Raymond’s Sony-backed ‘Haven’ studio

After news broke earlier this week that Google Stadia’s product lead John Justice left the company, it’s been revealed that more names are on their way out. Several more staff members from Google Stadia, and specifically Stadia Games & Entertainment, have left the company to join “Haven,” a Sony-backed studio by their former boss, Jade Raymond.

Expand Expanding Close
walmart onn android tablet

Walmart’s ‘Project Storm’ cloud gaming platform may copy GeForce Now if it ever comes to life

The cloud gaming market came onto the scene in a big way throughout 2019 and 2020 with the debuts of Stadia, GeForce Now, Amazon Luna, Shadow, and Microsoft xCloud, but there was one more contender that didn’t see the light of day. Walmart was working on its own cloud gaming service known as “Project Storm” that, as revealed in new court documents, would have worked a lot like GeForce Now.

Expand Expanding Close

Epic Games apparently offered Fortnite for Stadia in exchange for free access to Play Store


Epic Games launched Fortnite on Android in 2018 without putting the game in Google’s Play Store; you know, that place where it’s safe and easy to get apps on any Android phone. The reason was that Google, like Apple and others, takes a cut of revenue for in-app purchases on apps and games within the Play Store. As it turns out, Epic Games was considering methods of bargaining with Google about the Play Store cut that, apparently, meant Fortnite for Stadia was at one time an actual possibility.

Expand Expanding Close

Samsung officially ends Android support for Galaxy S8 four years after its release

samsung galaxy s8

It still feels weird to say, but Samsung is still the best of the best when it comes to Android updates nowadays, and long-term support is what really seals the deal. Tonight, though, we can pour one out for a Samsung favorite. The bearer of thin bezels is officially laid to rest as Samsung has ended Android update support for its Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Expand Expanding Close

Google engineer calls out Apple for holding back the web w/ ‘uniquely underpowered’ iOS browsers

The big battle between Epic Games and Apple comes to a head today as the court case starts. One of Apple’s key arguments in the case is that developers have choice and can distribute “apps” for iOS through the web, but a Google engineer has recently spoken out against Apple’s practices on the web, calling iOS browsers “uniquely underpowered.”

Expand Expanding Close

[Update: Watch Active 2] Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Watch update brings Wi-Fi and messaging fixes

Samsung is pretty good about supporting its smartphones, and arguably it’s even better when it comes to smartwatches. This week, Samsung has rolled out an update to both its 2020-released Galaxy Watch 3 and the 2018-released Galaxy Watch with some Wi-Fi and other fixes in tow.

Expand Expanding Close

Shadow PC game streaming service under new ownership after declaring bankruptcy [Updated]

Cloud services have expanded pretty massively over the past few years, and game streaming has seen that boom over the past year too with products such as Google Stadia and Amazon Luna drumming up interest in the space. Shadow by Blade takes a different but useful approach to game streaming, but a boom in popularity of the service may be the company’s downfall as it’s forced Blade to file for bankruptcy due to debt.

Update 4/30: Blade has been acquired.

Expand Expanding Close
ticwatch pro 3

[Update: LTE, too] TicWatch Pro 3 Wear OS update improves tilt-to-wake, adds notification sounds

Easily the best Wear OS smartwatch you can buy today is Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3, and this week the watch is getting a fairly big update. Rolling out starting today, firmware version PYDA.200427.080.MRB.210114.001 brings a slew of enhancements including the ability to use notification sounds on TicWatch Pro 3.

Expand Expanding Close