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The smartphone market is absolutely foundering due to coronavirus, unsurprisingly

The coronavirus has led to lockdowns all over the world and left many people with less to no income or in fear of a recession. Combine that with closed factories, and you have a recipe for economic impacts rippling through all industries. The smartphone market is not immune to these effects, either, and worldwide shipments have fallen by 13% year-over-year (YOY) due to coronavirus. Companies moved only 272 million units in Q1 2020, which is the lowest level since 2013.

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Samsung restocking Galaxy Z Flip, launching S20 presales on February 21

Samsung is on production overdrive right now as it aims to meet demand for the Galaxy Z Flip while also launching its flagship Galaxy S20 series. Turns out, the company is going full throttle on everything tomorrow.

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Stadia Pro lets you save more than 50% on Borderlands 3 and NBA 2K20

Stadia Pro doesn't only let you collect free access to some video games, it also occasionally gives you deals on titles you have to buy additionally. At the moment, Google has two relatively recent games on offer, published in September last year: Borderlands 3's prices are slashed by 50 percent across all versions available on Stadia, starting at $30, while NBA 2K20 is going for $19.80, down from $60. The $80 Digital Deluxe and the $100 Legend Edition have also been reduced to $26.40 and $33, respectively.

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Stadia Pro adds Gylt and Metro Exodus to free game list for February, discounts Mortal Kombat 11 by 60% (Update: Available now)

Google's Stadia game streaming service has gotten a bit of a slow start, but Google has tried to keep founders happy with free and discounted games. And it's sticking with that strategy. There are new discounts and freebies today, although the free games won't be live until February 1st.

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(Update: Ozmo 920 drops an additional $250) Save up to $210 on Ecovacs Deebot robot vacuums at Amazon

We live in the future, and it's a future in which you can buy a robot to clean for you. They don't always come cheap, but you can get a few Ecovacs robot laborers this Black Friday for a bit less than usual. There's the relatively simple Deebot N79S, the mid-range Deebot 661, and the deluxe Deebot Ozmo 920.

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The Pixel 3 drops to just $350 at Rakuten

The Pixel 3 is now a year old, but it's still a capable phone with two more years of Googley updates. This device can be yours today for a mere $349.99 at Rakuten. You'll have to set up an account there to use the necessary coupon code, but it's worth it for the extra $77 discount.

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Eero mesh router kits are up to $150 off at Amazon

It's no longer cool to have just one router. This is the age of mesh routers, and Eero is one of the top brands. The company (an Amazon subsidiary) recently unveiled a new version of its routers, and that one is on sale along with the older "Pro" variants. You can save as much as $150 on new mesh routers if you go all out.

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Best Buy has the Core i7 Pixelbook on sale for $1,297 ($352 off)

Google launched the Pixelbook in 2017, but it has thus far refused to offer a worthy successor to this machine. The Pixel Slate and Pixelbook Go don't really fill the same niche, but the OG Pixelbook is still a capable laptop. It's coming down in price, too. The top-of-the-line model costs $1,649 from Google, but Best Buy has the same device for $352 less.

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Google smart speaker sales plummeted 40% last quarter as others saw big growth

Although smartphones are almost a necessity in the modern world, smart speakers and smart displays don't enjoy the same kind of perception despite their much lower cost. Case in point, Samsung alone shipped 78.9 million phones in Q3 2019, while all the smart speaker manufacturers in the world combined shipped less than 30 million units in the same time period. Smart speakers with displays take up an even smaller share. Regardless, both the smart speaker and smart display markets continue to be hotly contested, and most companies experienced healthy year-over-year growth in Q3 2019. The major exception was Google, whose market share dropped like a rock.

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Samsung and Huawei come out on top as global smartphone market grows for first time in two years

Ever since the global smartphone market started to decline back in 2017, it has stubbornly remained stagnant. Surprisingly, the trend has finally reversed itself as the global smartphone market has managed to eke out a 1% growth in Q3 2019, just barely reversing the two-year-long decline. The resurgence was led by market share leaders Samsung and Huawei, who experienced double-digit annual growth rates from Q3 2018. On the other hand, two of the top five smartphone vendors — Apple and Xiaomi — experienced single-digit declines in market share, while the number five Oppo saw some minor growth.

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