The other day, Nintendo officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. For all intents and purposes, the Switch Lite seemed identical to the Switch, except that it was smaller, lacked detachable controllers, could not connect to a TV, and was also cheaper. However, it seems that the differences between consoles is big enough where not all games will be supported.
For example, games that require the console to be connected to the TV will not be supported on the Switch Lite. Games that are also played in tabletop mode will not be supported either. Some games that require the gamers to have a Joy-Con will also not be supported, but in those instances, there are some that will work if players connect Joy-Con controllers to their console.
It has been rumored for a while now that Microsoft is working on a dual-display device which will be introduced under the Surface brand. A recent report had even suggested that the company had displayed a prototype of this device to employees. A new report claims that this unnamed device will have two 9 inch displays with 4:3 aspect ratio and that it will be capable of running Android apps.
The report claims that this device, codenamed Centaurus, will be able to run Android apps as that will be supported by Microsoft’s new Windows Core OS (WCOS) operating system. WCOS is essentially the platform for a more lightweight version of Windows OS. It’s this operating system that’s known as Windows Lite internally which will be used for dual-screen devices and competitors for Chromebooks.
As part of its new Shadowkeep year three update, Bungie is bringing cross-progression to Destiny 2. Players will be able to benefit from cross-save support for the title on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Google’s Stadia game streaming service. The announcement comes mere months after Bungie announced its split with publishing partner Activision.
This move will enable Destiny 2 players to share their characters across multiple gaming platforms which include Google’s new Stadia service, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It is certainly going to make life easier for Destiny 2 players who previously had to create separate characters and make do with progress that was tied to each individual gaming platform. This will let them carry their characters and progression across platforms.
Apple will soon improve the gaming experience on the Apple TV set-top box significantly. The company announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 today that an upcoming firmware update for the set-top box will bring support for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers to the Apple TV.
It’s no surprise that Apple has waited all this time to bring controller support to its set-top box. This would have always made sense regardless of when Apple had done it. The company is doing it now as its new Apple Arcade game subscription service is due to arrive soon. This service will offer more than 100 new and exclusive curated games which will be playable across Mac, iPad, iPhone, and the Apple TV.
Google announced the Android Q beta 3 at its I/O 2019 developers’ conference and confirmed that a total of 21 devices will be eligible for the beta. The list didn’t include the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the new smartphones that Google unveiled at I/O, but it later confirmed that they would get the beta. The list has now been updated and the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been removed.
The official page for enrolling in the Android Q beta 3 only mentions that six previous Pixel smartphones are supported. They don’t include the new handsets but the website mentions that the “Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be eligible in June.”
The Android Beam feature has been around for a few years now but it seems that not a lot of people have been using it. Perhaps that’s why Google has decided to remove this functionality with Android Q. The next major OS release is going to remove the Android Beam feature with no official replacement taking its place.
Google introduced Android Beam in 2011 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Android has come a very long way since then. Those who do use Android Beam need not worry. They can get similar functionality by using many third-party apps. The company’s very own Google Files app offers a similar feature as well.
If you’ve ever wanted to take a screenshot of a message thread or a website, back in the day, the problem was that you could only screenshot what you saw. This meant that if messages go beyond the screen, you would need to take multiple screenshots. However, some handset makers introduced a feature known as scrollable screenshots.
For those unfamiliar, this meant that you could take screenshots the length of the entire conversation in a chat app if you so choose, thus saving users time from having to take multiple screenshots and send multiple files. If you were hoping that such a feature would find its way into native Android, think again.
Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has pledged to help women in Saudi Arabia take an active role in society. He also said that he hopes to see Japan's investment in the Middle East increase.
Kono visited a Japan-affiliated plant that manufactures diapers and sanitary products outside of the capital, Riyadh.