Google launched a pair of new 5G Android smartphones: the Pixel 5, its flagship model, and the Pixel 4a 5G, an entry-level device with faster cellular network speeds.
While the Pixel 5’s display is in line with the latest top-end phones from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., changes to its features and a lower price put the handset more directly in competition with lower-end phones from those companies.
Google started offering its own smartphones with much fanfare in 2016, after years of collaborating with handset manufacturers on a bespoke Nexus line intended to demonstrate the best of its Android operating system. Progress has been slow. While IDC data show Pixel shipments rose 52% to 7.2 million units last year, Apple, Samsung and Huawei Technologies Co. each sell more than 100 million handsets annually.
The Pixel 5 moves to a front display that is almost all screen. Both new phones include slower processors, fewer camera sensors and cost less than the premier phones from its rivals. The Alphabet Inc. unit also removed the facial recognition camera and motion sensor from last year’s Pixel 4, instead adding a hole-punch sized notch for the camera and reverting to a fingerprint sensor on the back. The starting price for the Pixel 5 is $699, $100 less than last year, and the same price as the entry-level iPhone 11.
Apple and Samsung’s latest top offerings cost more than $1,000. Rick Osterloh, Google’s hardware chief, said the company removed expensive components because it didn’t want to sell a $1,000 phone that would price many consumers out of the market in an economic downturn.
The flagship handset unveiled Wednesday for new fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks now comes in a single 6-inch model, replacing the 5.7-inch and 6.3-inch Pixel 4 offerings from last year. It comes in black and green. The phone also adds the ability to charge headphones on the phone’s back, and new low-power mode to extend battery life.
Pixel devices have won over some customers with capable cameras and photo-related software. But Apple and other manufacturers have caught up and one of Google’s leading camera technology experts, Marc Levoy, left earlier this year.
The Pixel 5 adds an ultrawide-angle camera, replacing the telephoto camera lens from last year’s model. The latest setup helps users photograph more of the environment, while the telephoto lens had more zoom. Google is making up for the lack of optical zoom with software. Apple and Samsung offer three separate cameras on the rear of their pricier top-tier phones.
The front camera on the Pixel 5 is 8 megapixels, the same as the Pixel 4, but the new handset has more memory and a larger battery. The phone also adds a feature to use portrait mode in the dark and new modes for enhanced video stabilization.
The Pixel 4a 5G is similar to the Pixel 4a announced in August, but adds a 6.2-inch screen, improved cameras and a faster processor. That phone costs $499, considerably more than the smaller non-5G variant. Both phones are scheduled to be released Oct. 15, Google said.
Apple plans to launch four new iPhones in October, adding faster chips, improved cameras, its largest and smallest display options and an updated design, Bloomberg News has reported.
Google introduced other hardware products on Wednesday, including a new Nest Audio speaker and an updated Chromecast TV streaming device.
— With assistance by Vlad Savov
Black Friday 2020: All Retailer Ads, Best Deals, Store Closings, And More – GameSpot
It’s been an incredibly strange and brutal year, but somehow, it’s nearly November, and the busy holiday shopping season is now upon us. In the United States, Black Friday is known as the best time of year to save money on big-ticket items, to cross all those names off your shopping list and splurge for yourself a little (or a lot) too. But with COVID-19 still a very real threat in the US, Black Friday 2020 is going to look much different from previous years.
Fortunately, Black Friday has been developing a strong online presence for years now. With companies like Amazon proving that huge online sales like Prime Day can be a major success, retailers have slowly been offering more noteworthy Black Friday deals online over the years, and this year will be no exception. In fact, with retailers looking to avoid mass crowds that normally push into stores on Black Friday, there’s even greater incentive to make sure the best deals are also available online–and earlier.
So what has been confirmed so far regarding retailers’ plans for Black Friday 2020? Here’s what we know right now about Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday shopping this year.
Many stores are closing on Thanksgiving Day
Walmart led the charge in announcing all Walmart and Sam’s Club locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 26), breaking a decade-long tradition in which Black Friday offers would be available in-store as early as Thanksgiving evening. Soon after, Target, Best Buy, and GameStop announced they would be closing their doors on Thanksgiving as well.
While certainly the best decision to allow employees more time with their families and to avoid huge crowds in stores on Thanksgiving, this is a major change to the typical rhythm of Black Friday, as we’re used to seeing some of the best doorbuster deals kick off on Thanksgiving Day. As a result, we expect to see some great online-only doorbusters this Thanksgiving and an overall shift in the deals schedule.
You can check out more of the major retailers who have confirmed they’re closing their doors on Thanksgiving this year below. Of course, some stores traditionally close on Thanksgiving Day every year, such as Apple and Costco, and it’s likely they’ll remain closed this year as well.
Confirmed store closings for Thanksgiving Day 2020
- Walmart / Sam’s Club
- Best Buy
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- TJ Maxx
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Office Depot
Black Friday deals are going to start earlier this year
To avoid the massive rush of people visiting stores in mid to late November, Black Friday-level deals will start rolling out much earlier this year to space out the promotions. Target has confirmed its first Black Friday deals will start November 1, with “Black Friday pricing” available throughout the entire month. Meanwhile, Best Buy released its first batch of Black Friday deals during Amazon Prime Day, and the store is still offering Black Friday prices online now. GameStop and Walmart have both pledged to offer deals earlier than usual as well. And with Prime Day in the rearview mirror, Amazon has already moved on with its “Holiday Dash” sale, which is offering steep discounts in the leadup to Black Friday weekend.
Though it may seem strange, this is a natural progression of the way Black Friday has been unfolding in recent years. Black Friday ads usually start to leak in late October, and some retailers have designated the entire month of November as a major deals period in the past. Gone are the days when Black Friday stuck to a single week–the frenzy has been expanding for several years now, so it’s no huge surprise that those promotions are kicking off in October or early November at some stores as part of an overall holiday push.
That said, it’s safe to assume many Black Friday offers will still center around the week of Thanksgiving, with the bulk of the deals kicking off between November 22 and November 30. This year, however, you won’t have to push through any crowds to get the best offers, as retailers will likely avoid in-store exclusives.
Black Friday 2020 retailer ads
Retailers have started to release their Black Friday 2020 ads, and the first wave of Black Friday deals will begin the first week of November. Plus, most stores have early deals available right now.
- Walmart Black Friday 2020 ad: Walmart has not just one, but multiple Black Friday ads this year, as it plans to release Black Friday deals in multiple batches. The first round of online deals goes live on November 4, with in-store deals starting November 7.
- Best Buy Black Friday 2020 ad: Best Buy’s Black Friday ad features the best gaming deals we’ve seen so far this year, with discounts on new game releases, online memberships, and more. An early Black Friday sale is live October 29 through November 1.
- Target Black Friday 2020 ad: Target released part of its Black Friday ad, revealing its first batch of deals on Apple products, smart devices, and more.
- Newegg Black Friday 2020 sale: Newegg’s month-long Black Friday sale kicks off November 1, with a PC gaming-specific sale planned for November 4-8.
- Dell Black Friday 2020 ad: Dell released its Black Friday ad and kicked off its sale on the same day, offering a great chance to save big on laptops and gaming PCs right now.
- Costco Black Friday 2020 ad: If you’re a Costco member (or know somebody who is), you can shop Costco’s Black Friday sale starting November 5.
Best Black Friday deals available now
In the leadup to Black Friday 2020, we’re tracking the best early deals as they go live at various retailers. Here’s an updated list of some of the best early Black Friday 2020 deals available now.
At Best Buy:
Best Black Friday gaming deals (upcoming)
This is a unique year in many ways, including the fact that next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and PS5, are launching this November. While there won’t be any straight-up discounts on these consoles during Black Friday, you may have a chance at buying them during the sale, as at least one retailer, Best Buy, has confirmed it will restock the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S during Black Friday. No start dates or times have been shared for this restock yet.
Now that retailers are starting to drop their Black Friday 2020 ads, here are some of the best upcoming gaming deals we know about so far. Right now, the best deals are coming from Best Buy’s Black Friday ad, which does not offer any start dates or times. When that info is available, we’ll include it here.
Best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals
Best PS4 and PS5 Black Friday deals
Best Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S Black Friday deals
Best PC gaming deals
Of course, we’ll be covering all the best Black Friday 2020 deals on games, accessories, consoles, and more here at GameSpot, so keep checking back as we update this story with more information. Be sure to follow GameSpot Deals on Twitter for the hottest discounts, including lightning deals that will sell out fast during Prime Day and Black Friday, and sign up for our deals newsletter to keep up with the latest sales below. Plus, check out more of the best Black Friday tech deals, business deals, and fashion and beauty deals.
Early Black Friday kitchen deals: air fryers, multicookers and blenders galore – CNET
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Friday is getting into the Halloween spirit, dressing up as the always iconic Black Friday. We’re still weeks away fromand actual , but Best Buy has bumped some of the best deals of the year up to this weekend so you can get a jump-start on your holiday shopping. (Or snag a little something for yourself.) The deals are major, and we’ve got a list of the , but there are some truly door-busting kitchen deals happening right now. We’re talking a , a , a (normally $140) and an army of very handy, down as low as $10 or $15.
Check out our top picks for kitchen deals on now at Best Buy’s early Black Friday event. The sale technically runs through the weekend but Best Buy bargains are known to sell out, so you may not want to sleep on this one. The larger items — more than $40 — include free shipping and everything can be picked up for free in-store, pending inventory.
One of the best prices you’ll find on an air fryer of this size. It’s large enough to cook crispy fries, wings and calamari for a group and costs less than a night of takeout for two.
This does all the things an Instant Pot does but you’ll pay a third of the price. It also scores super high marks in a whopping 4,000-plus verified purchase reviews, so don’t stress if you’re not as familiar with the brand name. We’ve done the digging.
You’re an adult so it’s time to get yourself an adult blender. I promise it’ll make all the difference in the world. Mine turned me into a total smoothie guy and that’s a fun world to be a part of. This powerful Ninja can crush ice in seconds, whip dense ingredients into soups and sauces and can be used as a food processor too. The to-go cups mean you can blend a drink and sashay out the door with a healthy breakfast never having to wash a single thing. This is mega, people. For reference, the same bundle is $40 more at Amazon.
Tell me this cherry red Nespresso machine wouldn’t look totally fabulous on your countertop? This line is a step up from your standard pod coffee maker in overall design and performance — and $105 is a very nice price. It’ll make quick cups of hot coffee or creamy espresso with one button push using custom pods. This model doesn’t come with a milk frother but, pssst, I’ve got a secret: You can easily find one of those for just $20.
And don’t sleep on a small army of mini kitchen appliances marked down as low as $10 or $15. That includes handy, , and . See the entire list of mini appliances and gadgets on sale .
Apple One subscription bundle now available in Canada – MobileSyrup
Apple’s new ‘Apple One’ subscription services bundle is now available in Canada.
The services package, which was first revealed at Apple’s fall hardware event back in September, is available in several tiers that range in price. The tech giant surprise revealed that the service was launching on October 30th during its recent Q4 2020 earnings call.
Below are all of the Apple One bundles available in Canada:
- Individual — includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and 50GB of iCloud storage for $15.95 CAD per month
- Family — includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and 200GB of iCloud storage for up to six users for $20.95
- Premier — includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, 2TB of iCloud storage and the recently announced Apple Fitness+ service for $33.95 per month (bundle can be shared with up to six family members)
According to Apple, the company’s ‘Individual’ plan offers roughly $7 in savings, the ‘Family’ plan features $10 in savings and the ‘Premiere’ tier boasts $32 in savings.
It’s also worth noting that Apple One includes a 30-day free trial. The subscription platform is available across iPhone, iPad and Mac.
While the Family plan offers the best value, most people will likely end up sticking with the Individual tier option.
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