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 trend of junior flagship phones to the continuing trade war with China, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Google and OnePlus are embracing the junior flagship trend | Vlad Savov: There’s now an intermediary step between flagship phones and midrange phones. The trend started, as so many smartphone trends do, with iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models getting variants. Now even manufacturers like Google and OnePlus are getting in on things. And make no mistake, these aren’t what would be considered mid-range phones. They contain many of the features that their flagship siblings, but with some compromises.

Google Nest: Why Google Finally Embraced Nest As Its Smart Home Brand | Nick Statt and Dieter Bohn: Google is making moves to unify all of its smart home efforts under one brand: Nest. The new team up will increase privacy for customers, but it may break some of the customizations that Nest consumers have built to integrate their smart homes over the years.

Trump’s Trade War With China Hasn’t Wrecked Tech- Yet | Zachary Karabell: Tensions between the US and China are rising again, as the government is adding tariffs to another $200 Billion of Chinese goods. While manufacturing groups in the US have spoken out against the tariffs, they haven’t had quite the effect that experts feared. Outside of a few specific industries, the impact hasn’t been severe, and the costs have yet to be passed on to consumers.

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