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Simple social messaging

Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram... why can’t life be simple?

23 May 2016
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We’ve teamed up with comedians Josh Hawkins (aka the guy that throws things) and Paige Gardiner to tackle some everyday head-scratchers in our latest video series.

Would you WhatsApp your boss or send a cheeky Snapchat to your parents? Are Facebook’s new reactions too complicated? Or are you not really sure of the best way to make new friends in the real world?

Life’s far from simple, that’s for sure! Our first video, 'How to contact people', offers some tongue-in-cheek advice for those of us drowning in all the digital ways we can contact our mates these days.

Useful, right?

Recent research1 commissioned by the team here at amaysim, confirms our hunch that without a guide, more than a few folks get the stress sweats thinking about how to get in touch with their mates using digital methods, even though smartphones are now more common than hipsters with beards. That’s right – nearly half of 18-24 year olds stress about the right communication methods to use for different people and situations.

The research also found that more Aussies aged 18-24 are using Facebook Messenger (88 per cent) than they are SMS (87 per cent). But that’s not all, it looks like Snapchat (50 per cent)and WhatsApp (27 per cent) are hot on the heels of more traditional SMS messaging too. On the flipside the days of the humble home phone might be numbered, with 70 per cent of 18-24-year-old Aussies reporting that they never bother with using a home phone. Younger generations are literally cutting the cord.

The saying ‘different strokes for different folks’ has never been truer too - rather than sticking to the same one or two methods for everyone, a whopping 73 per cent of 18-24 year olds reserve specific communication methods for particular people in their lives. For parents, 56 per cent said they prefer calling via mobile phone, while for friends, social media (51 per cent) and SMS (31 per cent) rule the roost. As for casual acquaintances, 45 per cent prefer to communicate with them via Facebook Messenger.

Having more ways to chat than ever before may seem awesome but it’s not all smooth social sailing – 44 per cent of young adults agreed that modern messaging options have added a new layer of stress to social situations. The main culprit here is the ability to see when messages are read (or haven’t been), when people are online (and possibly ignoring you), and when someone is (or isn’t) composing a reply. “Sorry, I didn’t see your message!” just doesn’t cut it as a white lie anymore.

You know what I'm talking about – you get up the courage to text someone, you see this:

iOS iMessage Bubble

You start to get excited that they’re texting you back, it’s taking them a while to write their message so you start to get anxious, then all they say is “Hi.” It’s like, “WTF, it doesn’t take that long to write two letters and what kind of response is ’Hi’ anyway?”

For more simple solutions, check out the video series on YouTube. If you’re looking for a simple solution to a life hassle, tell us by commenting on the videos on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and Josh and Paige might tackle it in one of their next videos.

Tipo - amaysim's content guy

1 The research was conducted by Pureprofile in March 2016 on behalf of amaysim, surveying a nationally representative sample of 1,000 respondents in Australia aged 18 and over.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.