WP Update 3: If you have a WP.
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Marvel's Avengers PC version features and system requirements released
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The Marvel's Avengers title that's being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal is only a month away from releasing, and prospective PC players finally received word today on what sort of hardware does the game require to get a smooth experience. Plus, PC specific features were also detailed today.
Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements, which paints a rather well-optimized experience:
Moreover, a 30GB optional high-resolution texture pack will be made available to all PC players from day one, which should account for the higher space requirements in the recommended specification. Describing the texture pack, the developer said that while using it, "forests will feel lusher, the tundra more frigid, and AIM facilities all the more sinister to really bring the experience to life."
Ultra-wide resolution and multi-monitor display support were also confirmed, alongside unlocked frame rates and configurable keyboard and mouse controls.
PC players will be able to jump into the upcoming three-day beta weekends on Steam - which come with access to single-player and co-op missions - starting from August 14 for pre-order owners, while the open beta will kick-off on August 21. Participants will even be able to download and test out the high-resolution texture pack during the beta. More information regarding the beta can be found on this FAQ page set up by the developer.
EA's Origin client is getting a redesign, beta coming soon
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
In the world of PC game clients, it is now EA's turn to upgrade its own service. The Origin client is being rebuilt behind the scenes to offer a more modern experience, and a beta for it will soon be kicking off, though it will be gated behind Origin Access at first.
There is now an Origin Beta EA page that offers a glimpse at what the new client will look like. Keep in mind that this could be an early mock-up and the actual release may look different. As seen in the image above, there are some heavy similarities to the old client, such as having two sidebars, but what's displayed on them and the overall design has changed.
It's apparent that a much darker color scheme will be coming to client with the beta, shedding the largely white and gray design that's available currently. Meanwhile, the left sidebar looks to be losing the global search functionality, and the usual cluttered offering of links is being condensed to simply displaying Browse and My Collection. A new 'Recently Played' section now occupies this sidebar too, joined by a playtime monitor and the familiar download queue at the bottom.
The right sidebar looks pretty much identical to the friends list that's being offered in the current client, though like everything else, it has become much darker. However, it may be losing the minimize and popout abilities, as those buttons are nowhere to be seen in the new client's promo image.
The Origin logo and lettering is being changed as well, now coming in with a vibrant reddish pink color, fully capitalized wording, along with less pronounced pointy bits on the logo symbol itself - as seen on the top client image. Moreover, aside from the client, the Origin store itself seems to be taking the darker color scheme on board, while also going for a cleaner tile approach to displaying its wares.
The new Origin Beta is slated to roll out in the coming weeks, and Origin Access subscribers can now sign up to participate - if they haven't already received an invite through email. Once testing starts, it will be interesting to see what changes and new features the beta version will bring to the software, other than a change in look.
Samsung opens One UI 3 and Android 11 developer beta program for Galaxy S20
by Rajesh Pandey
In a surprising move, Samsung has opened up a One UI 3.0 beta program based on Android 11 developer beta for the Galaxy S20 series (Via XDA) in South Korea and the United States. This is the first time that the company has launched such a closed beta of an Android OS even before the official release of the OS.
This is essentially a closed beta from Samsung and requires one to apply for the program using the Samsung Members app that's only available to Galaxy S20 owners in South Korea and the United States. Samsung will manually approve the participants based on their region and other details. While all variants of the Galaxy S20 in South Korea are supported by the program, in the United States, only the unlocked and T-Mobile/Sprint variants of the S20 are compatible. If interested, you can apply for the One UI 3.0 beta program here.
Samsung also intends to do a public beta and expand the availability of the program to other parts of the world including China, Germany, India, Poland, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom. However, there was no word from the company as to when the public beta program will go live.
Samsung has never really been known for rolling out quick OS updates for its devices, though it has managed to improve its speed in recent times particularly when it comes to rolling out security patches. The company does tend to launch a public beta program but that usually happens after a new version of Android has been publicly released by Google. Hopefully, the early closed beta program from Samsung means that it will be able to roll out the final Android 11 and One UI 3.0 update for its flagship Galaxy S20 lineup faster than before.
By Abhay V
Here's what's fixed and improved in Windows 10 build 19042.421
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft released a surprise 20H2 build today to the Beta channel, bringing a few new features that will be released to everyone in the second half of the year. The reason that 20H2 build 19042.421 is a surprising one is that it brings the new Start menu experience and the Alt+Tab shortcut for Edge, something that was debuted in the Dev channel with build 20161, part of a release that is not due until next year.
With the changes to how Microsoft serves updates, the second half of the year should be only bringing quality improvements, but it is interesting to see the company add major features via a cumulative update. As with all major builds, there are also fixes and improvements that make it to the release. Interestingly, the build today does not list any known issues.
Here is the complete list of changes, improvements, and fixes:
The company’s decision to include these features and UI improvements in the H2 update could also be because the company is rumored to launch Windows 10X early next year, in turn pushing the next major Windows 10 update to the second half of 2021, making it a long wait for any major UI changes.
Users that are enrolled in the Beta Channel of the Windows Insider Program should begin seeing this update through Windows Update.
Android 11 Beta 2 cleans up the share menu by merging app share intents
by Rajesh Pandey
Google released the second beta of Android 11 for all compatible Pixel devices with a bunch of bug fixes and stability improvements. Among the plethora of changes, the company has also tweaked the share menu to give it a cleaner look. The move comes after Google greatly improved the speed of the share menu with the Android 10 update last year.
The company has done this by merging multiple share intents from the same app into one. So, for example, while Twitter used to show multiple share intents in the share menu -- Tweet, Direct, and Fleet -- the share menu in Android 11 beta 2 only has one Twitter share intent. To access the other intents, users will first have to tap on the Twitter button in the share menu and then select the desired intent. This is also denoted by the small drop-down arrow in the share intent of an app.
Share menu in Android 10 (left) vs Android 11 (right) This does mean that there's now an additional step for sharing content in apps with multiple share intents. However, Google is allowing users to pin specific share targets as a workaround to this problem. This can be done by long-pressing on a share intent and selecting the 'Pin' option. Pinned share options are now shown at the top of the share menu with a pin icon to highlight that they have been pinned.
Given how cluttered the share menu in Android devices tends to become due to multiple share intents from the same app, this move from Google is definitely a welcome one.