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Unlocking your Android's potential

04 May 2015
Mariah - amaysim blogger


amaysim's content guru

Fandroids, you can give yourself some extra wiggle-room by taking on board these hot tips.

The Android vs. Apple rivalry can get pretty heated, but one area where I reckon the ‘droids come out on top is when it comes to data-saving options. There are quite a few data-saving settings on Android smartphones that any data-holic would be buzzing to jump on.

Reduce your data usage on Chrome

If you use Chrome, you can minimise your data usage by adjusting the data settings in the Chrome app. This will automatically compress web pages so that less data is used to download them – the app will remove unnecessary white space on pages and images will switch to a smaller format. For some, this’ll mean a pretty healthy decrease in data usage. You can find out how to turn the Data Saver feature on here.

Just keep in mind that, by compressing the elements on a web page, some images might look fuzzy and some websites might not be able to accurately determine your location. This also won’t work on secure pages (where the URL starts with ‘https’) and incognito pages. But I really recommend setting this up if you want to save on data without changing your habits too much.

Set up data usage warnings

The crew at amaysim like to keep you on top of your data too! That’s why you get a text message and email when you hit 50%, 85% and 100% of the included data in you amaysim mobile or data plan. You can also be extra vigilant with the amount of data you use by setting up data usage warnings on your Android smartphone.

This will help you keep tabs on the amount of data you use across all your apps, so setting these alerts can act as an extra line of data defence. Here’s how you set up the data usage warnings on your Android:

  • Go to Settings and then 'Data Usage';
  • Select 'Set mobile data limit' and tap 'Ok';
  • Set the orange line at a data limit - you'll get a warning when your data usage levels hit;
  • Set the red line at a data limit - your mobile connect will turn off when your data usage hits this maximum.

We recommend the orange line at about the half way mark, and the red line somewhere between 300MB-500MB below your mobile plan’s data limit. That way you’ll still have some data up your sleeve even when you do hit your phone’s data limit.

Restrict background data for specific apps

Want to know which of your apps are taking the biggest byte out of your mobile data? Go to the ‘Data Usage’ option in your Settings and you’ll get a quick rundown of your apps and the amount of data they’ve each used in the past month.

Clicking on the individual apps will also tell you how much data your apps use when you’re actually using them versus when they’re running in the background when you’re not. You can save on data too by restricting the app’s background data – that way your apps won’t chew up data when you’re not using them.

Got all that down? Remember, with great data comes great responsibility. When in doubt, get in the habit of checking how much data you’ve got up your sleeve for the rest of your billing period. Either text ‘BAL’ to 586, log in to My amaysim or use the free amaysim app for Apple or Android.

Mariah - amaysim's communication's coordinator and resident Fandroid.


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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.