4 ways Apple can HIT BACK at Google after the Pixel reveal

This week, Google finally revealed its much anticipated follow up to the Nexus: the Pixel phone.

The consensus seems to be that Google has built a genuine challenger to the iPhone. I mean, of course they have – they look exactly the same!

Some people, however, seem to think the Pixel is pointless. That the point of an Android phone is to be cheap, and that anyone who’s spending £599 on a piece of metal to go in their pocket is going to spend it on Apple’s hunk o’ junk.

There’s definitely an argument to be had there, but we think the Pixel is gorgeous, and finally offers stiff, big money, big profile, big spec, big everything competition to the iPhone.

Given all that then, how can Apple hit back? Here’s how…

4. Make the battery better

iPhone 5S

Google’s Pixel may not have the best battery life in the world – it’s pretty much comparable with the iPhone 7, in fact – but it does, according to Google, charge 7 hours’ worth of battery life in 15 minutes.

I know a few iPhone users who would love their phones to have that kind of speed while they’re getting ready for a night out.

In response, Apple should give the iPhone 8 a proper battery and fast charging. Then we can all flick through Twitter to our heart’s content.

3. Make a VR headset

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The 3 best Android phones available in 2016 – Does the Pixel make the cut?

Are you a fan of slightly glitchy interfaces? Love holding cheap materials in your hand? Like your devices in the explodey variety?

Then you’ll love Android phones!

Nah, I’m kidding – Android is alright. I’ve got nothing against them. I’ve got one myself, in fact, because I can’t afford an iPhone. Oh well.

But if your heart’s set on getting a ‘Droid, or you just can’t quite scrape enough together to go for an iPhone, then check out our list of the best Android phones out there today.

Google Pixel

Google Pixel

Cost: £599 / £719

Where better to start than what Google hopes is the iPhone’s new nemesis? The Pixel comes with iPhone grade prices, but also iPhone grade specs.

It’s armed with 4GB RAM, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processor, a 5in / 5.5in AMOLED screen, 32GB or 128GB storage, a 8MP selfie camera and a 12MP rear camera. Phew, that was a mouthful.

It’s also boasting Google’s answer to Siri, Google Assistant, built in, and it’s the only phone currently built for Google’s new VR headset, Daydream.

Oh, and it has a headphone jack 😉

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Cost: £329

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Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 – which is best?

After Carphone Warehouse spoiled the surprise a day early, Google finally unveiled its new Pixel phone yesterday!

And guess what? It kinda looks like a huge rip off of the iPhone!

Google has sold its own phones for a while now of course – just made by other companies and labelled with the Nexus brand rather than anything overtly Googlarian (that’s probably a word). And Nexus has always been the benchmark for Android phones. As Android as it gets without being a walking, talking robot.

Now though, Google seems to be taking its flagship phone in a new direction – on a collision course with Apple! The Pixel phone looks to imitate the iPhone in every conceivable way. So let’s examine which is best.


Google Pixel

It’s difficult to compare specs between an Android phone and an iPhone, but here goes. Prepare for NERDINESS.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are 5in and 5.5in respectively, while the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are 4.7in and 5.5in. Google’s babies come in either 32GB or 128GB varieties, which the iPhone shares along with a super big 256GB beast.

I can’t be bothered to get into the super anorakky stuff like colour spectrums and light density, but battery life is something iPhones have come under fire for their whole life, so let’s take a look.

The 7 Plus actually boasts slightly better battery li…

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Price Drop: Pixel Cup Soccer (Games)

Pixel Cup Soccer 1.5

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ .99 -> Free, Version: 1.5 (iTunes)


PIXEL CUP SOCCER 16 is now available on the App Store!!!

Pixel Cup Soccer is now FREE TO PLAY!
You can choose to play and watch video ads, at the start and at the half time interval of each game, or buy an In App Purchase that removes these ads.

“Fans of the pixel art style will love this game.” – TouchArcade.com
“…charming and worth coming back to again and again.” – TouchArcade.com
“…wind your way through the defense and get a good shot on net.” – iLounge.com

Pixel Cup Soccer is a retro-style arcade soccer game with simple controls and fun, addictive gameplay. Choose from 32 national teams to play friendly matches, the Pixel Cup championship, and awesome fun player-versus-player matches!

– Local player-versus-player mode you can play with MFI (Made For iPhone) game controllers.
– Simplified controls: shoot, pass, and run your way to victory.
– Pick-up and play with clean and challenging gameplay.
– Retro-style pixel art game resembling classic 8-bit games, evoking nostalgia.
– Play as one of 32 national teams, the same countries that played in Brazil 2014.
– Choose your favorite team and lead them to win the Pixel Cup Championship.
– Customize your match time and speed.
– Face off in different weather conditions and stadiums.
– Show off your achievements in the Pixel Cup mode on the Game Center.
– Share your replays with Everyplay.

Pixel Cup Soccer has the following game modes:
– Friendly Game mode: Play a single game against the computer.
– Pixel Cup mode: Lead your chosen national team against the computer to win the championship through group play and a “Round of 16” format .
– Local PvP mode: Take on your chosen opponent using your favorite game controllers.

What’s New

Pixel Cup Soccer is now FREE TO PLAY!
You can choose to play and watch video ads, at the start and at the half time interval of each game, or buy an In App Purchase that removes these ads.

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Price Drop: Pixel Cup Soccer 16 (Games)

Pixel Cup Soccer 16 1.0.4

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 2.99 -> Free, Version: 1.0.4 (iTunes)


"Pixel Cup Soccer 16 could be the best mobile retro football game yet!" – Pocket Gamer
"Pixel Cup Soccer 16 is a Great-Looking Arcade Soccer Game" – Touch Arcade
"The game’s visuals and music definitely take me back to all those retro soccer games I played when I was growing up." -Touch Arcade

Pixel Cup Soccer 16 is a casual retro style soccer game, a great evolution from the first edition. It’s a dynamic arcade game with a fast paced gameplay, just the fun part of soccer! The game has great pixel art graphics like the games from the 90’s, evoking nostalgia!

Play Modes:
1. Friendly Match
2. Competitions
3. Penalty Kicks

You can play single player (player VS computer), two players (player VS player), or Party Mode (in Competitions).

The supported competitions are:
– Rio 2016 Olympic Games (men and women)
– Copa America Centenario 2016 in USA
– European Cup 2016 in France
– World Cup
– Women’s World Cup
– Pixel League
– Pixel Tournament

– Universal Purchase: buy one, play on iOS and Apple TV.
– Play with your favorite MFi game controllers.
– Simplified controls for casual players. Only Shoots, Passes and Tackles.
– Simple to pick up and enjoy, with a clean and challenging gameplay.
– A very dynamic gameplay. No foul and no free kicks, just the fun part of the game!
– Retro style pixel art resembling old games and evoking nostalgia.
– Party modes: Play with your friends in different game modes (iPad & Apple TV).
– Deeper gameplay: short pass, long pass, etc., aiming when shooting, controled shoot or lobs, etc. (all this depending on the context).
– Lots of Animations (overhead kick, scorpion kick, scissors kick, diving header, etc.)
– Penalties!
– Women’s Soccer.
– 18 stadiums, full of animated fans!
– Revamped AI. This implementation was made from scratch and it allows us to create teams with very different game playing styles (ie: Catenaccio from Italy or Tiki-Taka like Barcelona FC).
– Tons of effects of retro style games / CRT shader.
– Many leagues and playing modes.

Whether you like football or not, this game will keep you entertained for hours!
Do you have what it takes to become a champion?

Feel free to post or contact us with your suggestions and ideas. We are always taking note of the player’s feedback to make Pixel Cup Soccer 16 the best retro soccer game on the market!

What’s New

New Features:
– New Challenge Matches featuring the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Bug Fixes:
– Fixed problem with second player controller not working when playing Player vs Player on AppleTV.

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