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Spring has sprung! It's time to give your mobile a spring clean

Spring has sprung! It's time to give your mobile a spring clean

19 Aug 2018
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Spring cleaning isn’t just for the house or the office. Take a leaf out of our book this change of season and spring clean your mobile.

When you get into the swing of things, getting rid of unnecessary clutter in your life can be pretty satisfying – especially when it comes to your mobile.

From those unused data-munching apps to photos and videos that are taking up way too much space, we’ll show you how to clear it all away so you’re ready to start the sunny season on the right foot.

delete (or organise) your apps

What’s the first step to clean up your phone? Simple – a ruthless deleting-spree.

Think about it, do you really need a Tokyo train timetable app that you used on your trip to Japan three months ago? We love Tokyo, but we’re going to go with a hard no.

And never underestimate the importance of keeping your apps organised

Have four or five apps you use day-in and day-out? Move them straight to your main screen.

On the flip-side, it’s worthwhile moving apps that are used less frequently (or that get you easily distracted) into categories using folders on your phone’s secondary pages.

Having less clutter on your smartphone is a subtle but effective way of reducing visual overkill – meaning you’ll be more productive in the long-term.

manage your photos

If you constantly find yourself running out of storage and deleting photos on the fly, we have some easy wins so you’re not left red faced when you go to snap your next #foodporn meal:

  • Keep your photos organised and create photo albums for significant events and holidays
  • Once you do that, you’ll be able to transfer your photos to cloud storage or an expandable storage system without needing to re-organise everything
  • It’s never a bad idea to back up your photos to cloud storage or another device laptop so they aren’t lost if your phone is lost or becomes unusable.

freshen up your contact list

Now we know what you’re thinking – deleting friends, I can’t do that! In reality, many of us are guilty of having a bunch of contacts on our phone that we barely know.

Solution? Get rid of the contacts you either don’t remember or don’t need.

Plus, with apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, it’s more than likely you’ll be able to find the people who are important to you if you misplace or accidentally delete their number from your contact list.

keep a tidy email inbox

If your phone’s email inbox is out of control, you’ll be less likely to find and respond to important emails.

To keep your inbox in tip-top shape, unsubscribe from newsletters and promotional emails that you don’t need.

Also, create a filing system with folders that separate the different emails you get. That way you can stay up to date with the stuff that you find more important.

Finally - don't be afraid to delete! Once an email has been actioned and you don't need it anymore, put the delete hammer on full throttle so you can maintain your inbox's tidiness for good.


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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.