By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From the state of smartphones in 2019 to the hottest faucet trends, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Hey Tech Vendors: Smartphones Are Eating Your Supper | Alan Wolf: As smartphones get more powerful, more useful, and more ubiquitous, they’re also eating into other tech categories’ sales. Consumers are more likely to drop their hard-earned dollars on one product that does a lot rather than several products that maybe only do one or two tasks well.

2019’s Android phones make up for last year’s sad iPhone knockoffs | Jared Newman: Earlier predictions were correct- 2019 is the year that phone manufacturers are getting experimental. At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, everything from foldable phones to hole-punches for camera space, to 5G capabilities were on display.

New Looks for Kitchen and Bath Faucets in 2019 | Erin Carlyle: Consumers who enjoy mixing and matching are in luck. One of the trends spotted recently at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show was faucets that mix different colors and finishes on a single product. Pro stylings and matte black and brushed gold are also making inroads into kitchen and bathroom faucets.

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