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If you're a fan of soccer, there's probably no reason to tell you the World Cup is fast approaching. Equally, if you're a regular on this site it's likely your smartphone will be your go-to place for all the latest news and views.


This summer will of course be the most interactive ever, whether you be wanting World Cup tips, live feeds to games or even fantasy football. Which means there are plenty of apps to download!


With just a few months until kick off, here are our favourite apps to help you countdown to June 14...


The Official Panini Sticker Album


Yes, ripping and sticking is no longer required with the new Panini app. You can enjoy the tradition of collecting World Cup stickers direct from your mobile.


It's free to download and you are given two free packets per day. Of course, if you want to fill it quicker you can buy packets too.


But what about the swaps? Well you can head to the Swap Area and make your trades.


The Official FIFA World Cup App

 

You'll probably want to hear all the latest news directly from the horse's mouth. The official World Cup app has you covered.


With all the latest news, views and video you'll be kept fully up to date on everything you need to know about Russia 2018.


William Hill App

 

Naturally, a big part of the World Cup is having a flutter. Fancy another Iceland giant killing? Perhaps you'd prefer to play safe and go for Messi to top score.


Either way, William Hill has got you covered and from now until the tournament will be providing you all the latest odds and offers to enjoy. It's one of the best places to have a punt and will have a huge range of World Cup markets.


An On Demand TV App


No matter where you are in the world, soccer's biggest tournament will be live on TV.


If you're out and about, an on demand app will have your back and you'll be able to watch live games no matter where you are.


The likes of BBC iPlayer or ESPN will steam games daily, meaning you'll never miss out on any of the action.


Football Manager 2018

 

Think you can do better? Why not download Football Manager 2018 and put yourself to the test.


It's not free and comes at a fair price but it's comfortably the most expansive and in depth simulation game on the market. Can you lead England to their first since ‘66? Maybe the dark horses Belgium are destined for the title under your reign.


There's only one way to find out...

 


xperia R1

 

That's 2160 x 5050 pixels. Sounds a lot. Isn't? Sony may not sound like a big name when it comes to the smartphone industry in 2019. It used to have a huge reputation for its display and camera technology but then it kind of got lost in the sea of all the smartphone manufacturers. Especially, in India, where all smartphone companies are facing a new mid-range device war you won't hear much about the Sony devices. However, Sony still holds a visible share in the industry, and the most recent launch from the company is the Sony Xperia 1, which support a 4K-resolution 21:9 aspect ratio and OLED display panel. A few new reports suggest that Sony is looking to move one step ahead with the Xperia 1R which could have a 5K-resolution screen.


A Japanese site Sumahoinfo discovered a leaked user-agent profile for the upcoming devices, which shows the resolution of the smartphone to be 5040 x 2160 pixels, making it the first 5k-resolution screen on the device. This is now believed to be called the Sony Xperia 1R, and not Xperia 2. Sony may launch this phone at IFA 2019. So far, the screen size isn't known by as pointed by GSMArena, it could be a 6.5-inch screen at the very least given that the Xperia 1 has a 6.5-inch 4k screen. This would put the pixel density at 899ppi. The aspect ratio is expected to be 21:9 just like Xperia 1.


At this point, some of you may wonder why we need such a high resolution at a cell phone. In normal cases, we don't but if you are using VR-based applications or want to watch a movie with lots of detailed sci-fiction effects, it might be worthwhile. While Sony is certainly pushing the boundaries of screen resolution on its smartphones, the company has long since lost its standing in the smartphone space, and recently withdrew from India and other markets in a bid to turn the business profitable.

 


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