It seems like every few weeks there’s a new game making the rounds on the pocket gamer circuit that seems to have everyone addicted for a month or two.
They’re the games you see people playing on the train or while they wait for their mates. So I thought I’d road test the top three games I’ve seen being played around town the most to see what all the fuss is about.
Splish Splash Pong
Take the general premise of Frogger, immerse it in water and add in one determined duck surrounded by a gang of sharks and you’ve got Splish, Splash, Pong! It sounds simple enough – bounce the duck between two posts to collect gold coins and tap the screen to avoid colliding with sharks. The reality however is a lot harder. Check out our video below to see exactly what it entails.
Brag much? The name of this game had me raising a sceptical brow and after breezing through the first few levels I thought I’d successfully debunked the title. But after a few more levels the struggles began. The game itself is a series of mini-games that range from fairly simply to teeth-grindingly annoying. Interestingly this game encourages the use of cheats to get through to the next round. While I thought I was above it, it wasn’t long before the cheat button became an awfully tempting sight.
Finally a game that does require cobra-like reflexes! Alphabetty might sound like a children’s game but just like its stable mates Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga, it’s an addictive skills-based game. The aim of the game is to assist Professor Alpha, Betty and friends explore the mouse world and collect new words to complete the Encyclopaedia of Everything.
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
New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
120Hz refresh rate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
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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.
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.
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.
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.