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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Buds2 TWS headphones have been in the rumor mill for quite some time now and the leaks themselves are pretty extensive too. We already know most of the features as well as the design and available colors. What’s left is the pricing.
We’ve had some price guesses already from various sources, but this is the first one coming from а tech media with a solid track record when it comes to this type of stuff. If its internal connections are right, the Galaxy Buds 2 will cost approximately €172.90 including VAT.
As of now, the Galaxy Buds Pro go for about €130-140, but they asked about €230 at launch. The Galaxy Buds+, which can be considered as the predecessors, launched at €170 as well, so there won’t be a price hike. Well below Apple’s AirPods Pro price tag too. And considering the fact that the Buds2 will offer ANC, that’s a pretty good deal.
We’ve reached the halfway point in Formula 1’s 2021 season and drivers and teams will be in Hungary for what looks to be a heated Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend and we have all the details on how you can watch the race on TV or online.
The ongoing rivalry between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen came to a head earlier this month at the British Grand Prix when the two drivers collided during the first lap of the race. While Verstappen crashed his car into the tire barrier and was taken to the hospital, Hamilton went on to take the podium after passing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with just three laps left in the race.
As Verstappen is currently in first place with 185 points with five wins and eight podiums, winning this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix could be enough to move Hamilton out of second place and back to the top of the standings. Hamilton also currently holds the best lap record at the Hungaroring with a time of one minute and sixteen seconds which he set at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix which does give him an advantage over Verstappen.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is held at the Hungaroring in Mogyoród, Hungary each year and the track has 14 turns with a circuit length of 2.722 miles. Drivers will complete 70 laps and cover just over 190 miles before finishing the race. The Hungaroring also holds the distinction of being Formula 1’s first Grand Prix behind the former Iron Curtain. Back in 1985, former chief executive of the Formula 1 Group Bernie Ecclestone decided he wanted a race in the USSR and a friend recommended Budapest. The circuit was originally intended to be located in Budapest’s largest park and be similar to the one used in the Monaco Grand Prix. However, the Hungarian government decided to build the Hungaroring outside the city near a major highway.
Whether you’ve been closely following the 2021 Formula 1 season or the rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen, we have all the details on how you can watch the Hungarian Grand Prix from anywhere in the world.
Hungarian Grand Prix – When and where?
The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix will be held at the Hungaroring in Mogyoród, Hungary from July 30 to August 1. Two practice sessions will be held on Friday and another practice session along with the qualifying session will be held on Saturday. The Hungarian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, August 1 and the race will begin at 9am ET / 6am PT / 2pm BST. Racing fans in the US will be able to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix on ESPN while it will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK, TSN in Canada and on Fox Sports in Australia.
How to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix for free
Racing fans in Austria will be able to watch the entire F1 season for free this year as the Red Bull-owned free-to-air station ServusTV has split the broadcast rights with ORF. This means that if you live in Austria, you’ll be able to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix for free on either ServusTV or ORF beginning at 3pm CEST on Sunday.
How to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix live from anywhere
We have all the details on how you can watch the Hungarian Grand Prix in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia further below in this guide. However, if you want to watch this year’s race when you’re away from home, then you’ll run into problems as your domestic coverage online from abroad will likely be geo-blocked.
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How to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix live in the U. S.
If you live in the U.S. and have a cable subscription, you’ll be able to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix on ESPN with coverage of the race beginning at 8:55am ET / 5:55am PT. If you happen to miss the race, don’t worry as ESPN will show a replay on ESPN3 later on in the afternoon at 11am ET / 8am PT.
Not interested in signing up for cable just to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix on ESPN. Don’t worry as there are now a number of streaming services, all at different price points, which will give you access to the network so you watch the race online. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below to make things easier for you.
Hulu with Live TV – $64.99 per month – As well as giving you access to ESPN, the service also includes its own Hulu Originals and supports a wide variety of streaming devices.
Sling TV – $35 per month – In order to get access to ESPN, you’ll have to sign up for Sling TV’s Sling Orange package. The service also lets you watch on three screens simultaneously and record 50 hours of live TV with its Cloud DVR.
YouTube TV – $65 per month – YouTube TV gives you access to ESPN as well as over 70 other TV channels and a free 14-day trial available.
AT&T TV Now – $55 per month – AT&T TV Now’s plus plan gives you access to ESPN as well as over 45 other live TV channels and you can also record up to 20 hours of content using its cloud DVR.
Alternatively, fuboTV is an even broader end-to-end cable replacement service, offering ESPN and over 120 other channels on plans starting from $64.99 a month.
Watch the Hungarian Grand Prix in Canada
Formula 1 fans in Canada will be able to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix on TSN and the network’s coverage of the race will begin at 8:55am ET / 5:55am PT on TSN5. You can also stream the entire race online with the TSN app on your smartphone and other mobile devices.
If you’ve already cut the cord and want to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix online, you can get access to TSN’s content for as little as $4.99 for a TSN Direct Day Pass or $19.99 for a monthly streaming subscription.
TSN Direct offers F1 streaming for $20 a month, or just snag a Day Pass to watch the French Grand Prix.
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Live stream the Hungarian Grand Prix in the UK
UK viewers with a Sky Sports subscription will be able to watch this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix on the network’s dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel beginning at 2pm BST. However, you can also stream the full race on your smartphone or tablet with the Sky Go app.
Don’t want to sign up for a lengthy Sky Sports contract just to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix, don’t worry as you can watch the race live on NOW TV with a Sky Sports Day Pass for £9.98 or a Sky Sports Two Month Pass for £25.99. NOW TV will also let you stream the race on your computer, smartphone, smart TV or other streaming devices.
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How to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix in Australia
If you live in Australia and have a Foxtel cable package, you’ll be able to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix on Fox Sports beginning at 10:55pm AEST / 8:55pm AWST on Sunday evening. However, if you happen to miss the race, there will be replays on Monday at both 6am AEST / 4am AWST and later on in the afternoon at 12:30pm AEST / 10:30am AWST.
Not interested in signing up for cable to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix? Don’t worry as you can watch the entire event online on Kayo Sports. The service costs between $25 and $35 per month depending on the package you choose but new customers can take advantage of Kayo Sports’ 14-day free trial to watch the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Kayo Sports is an easy way to get streaming access to Fox Sports’ coverage of the French Grand Prix. You can even make the most of a free trial if you’ve never signed up before.
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Yes, the official news today begin with deals and to switch things up a little bit, we have some smartwatches for you guys. Starting with the first one you’re expecting on the list, the Apple Watch. If you want the Series 6, the RED variant is available for 134 dollars off, leaving the base model for 265 but, you can also get 69 dollar discounts on the other color variants if RED is not your thing. The Apple Watch SE is also getting a cool 30 dollar price drop, leaving the base model at 249. Moving on to the smartwatch I’m currently rocking, the Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire is almost 56 bucks off, so you can get it for 744. I know pretty expensive but a Garmin is still a Garmin. Now, if you want something that’s a bit more mainstream and competes with a regular smartwatch, the Garmin Venu is also on sale with 85 bucks in savings, meaning you can get that one for just 265. Moving on to Samsung, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is still 20 bucks off, leaving the base model at 250. To conclude with smartwatches the Galaxy Watch 3 is 50 dollars off ahead of Unpacked, so you can still get it for 430. And since we’re on the topic of Samsung, you can still reserve your device for Unpacked gaining some crazy perks while you’re at it. We have more deals on the S21 Series, Logitech and Razer peripherals and more in the links in the description.
Sticking to official news, let’s move the spotlight on to Microsoft and Windows 11. It’s been over a month since the company announced their next major upgrade and now, they just released the first Windows 11 Preview for the public to test the beta. If you’d seen any screenshots of it running before, it was only available for Developer’s but now you can get it by signing up for their Insider Program. Of course, the requirements have not changed and you need to own a Windows 11 compatible computer, of course we have the hardware requirements in the link in the description if you’re interested. And keep in mind that this is a beta so it might not be too stable so make sure to back everything up. Whenever you download a new version of Windows it usually requires a complete OS reinstall but, according to the Windows Insider twitter, this one is possible to do in a short period of time by doing a quick restart, but you should still double check the steps before you do. So yeah, I’m definitely gonna put it on my Galaxy Book Pro 360 but, so far so good from everyone I’ve seen on Twitter, let us know if you’re getting the beta.
But alright, let’s shift gears on to Sammy for the first time today and this time we’ll be talking about the smaller foldable which hasn’t gotten as much love from leakers just yet, the Z Flip. Starting with some certifications, the Z Flip 3 just went through the 3C database and really, the only thing we can get from here is that it’ll be capable of 25W charging which is definitely better than the 15W we had heard before but, the charger probably doesn’t come in the box so you’ll have to buy the outlet anyways. Moving on to some more interesting rumors, we have some new exclusive case renders from 91Mobiles that show the new design and some very interesting functionality. These cases further confirm the two tone design but, they also bring a strap and a ring attachment, kind of like those old belt clips that I most definitely used back in the day but, I’m not entirely sure on how this ones will work, it kinda looks like a keychain. But, it’s actually pretty cool considering that the phone collapses to become so small that it’s not really a burden in your pocket, belt or backpack. And yes, the phone still looks very good. And since we haven’t talked much about the Z Flip, we’re expecting it to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G, we’re not sure on if it’s the Plus, 8 gigs of RAM and 128 Gigs of internal storage. We’re also reportedly not getting crease on the main display thanks to the new UTG. We’ll see what happens at Unpacked as we’re just a few days away.
Finally, for the hottest news today, let’s keep talking Samsung but, not for the reasons you’d think, at all… I mean yes we’re closer to the event but it looks like there’s a significant group of fans that’s not happy with Samsung’s new strategy. Cause yes, apparently fans are so upset that Samsung is skipping a Note this year. So much so that they have started a Change.org petition where they’re basically asking Samsung to skip the Galaxy S22 release in the first half of next year, and launch a new Galaxy Note instead. They’re even giving Samsung the idea of keeping all of their flagship line ups alive by alternating between them and that way they get to keep fans of every line up happy at the same time. At the time of Diego writing this script the petition had 11 thousand people signed up. And here’s the thing, I feel that it’s very interesting that even with some of the key features in the Note Series like the S Pen making their way to other line ups like the S21 or the Z Fold 3. However, people still want a squared off, S-Pen integrated Galaxy Note. Let’s be real, that phone looked hot! We’ll see if Samsung decides to acknowledge that this is going on at least through a statement or something because, I’ve been checking and the signatures haven’t stopped.
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The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 is reportedly all set to launch in August and previous rumors suggest that the handset will launch with the company’s MIUI 13 software. In fact, it was believed that the event would not only be about the handset but about the new version of the OS too.
However, Xiaomi’s PR, Wang Hua, disproved those claims by saying that developers are still working on polishing out the user experience, which also happens to be the main focus of the new MIUI 13. It will take some time before Xiaomi announces MIUI 13, that’s for sure.
This information is in line with Digital Chat Station’s report that all of Xiaomi’s phones in the foreseeable future will ship with MIUI 12.5 out of the box, Mi Mix 4 included.
Lenovo is most likely not the first company that comes to mind when you want to upgrade your smartphone, but it offers a few unique devices that are worth taking a look at. In recent years, Lenovo has mostly become known as the Motorola owner, and they are indeed still the king when it comes to getting the best smartphones in a lower price segment. Lenovo has also recently started taking a closer look at making the best and most powerful Android phone, which is mainly a gaming-oriented one.
In the following guide, we’ve collected the best Lenovo phones that are worth considering and picking up, especially if you want something reliable and cheap. They cost much less than other well-known brands, such as Samsung smartphones for example. They’re reliable, cheap, and often tick all the boxes and provide an overall great user experience.
Best for Gamers: Lenovo Legion 2 Pro
It’s one of the latest gaming devices on the market, one of the most powerful smartphones, and one of the best Lenovo phones that exists today. It features the Snapdragon 888 5G chipset and comes with 12-18GB of memory and 128/256/512GB of storage, but that’ll depend on which memory configuration you go for. The Lenovo Legion 2 Pro is the ultimate smartphone for gamers looking to up their game with six pressure-sensitive zones, four ultrasonic buttons, and two capacitive sliding buttons. It even has two built-in cooling fans and an RGB light panel on the back.
There’s a 6.92-inch AMOLED FHD+ 144Hz high refresh rate display that supports HDR10+ and has 1,300 nits peak brightness. There are two cameras on the back, a 64MP primary sensor and a 16MP ultrawide. If you’d rather stream yourself playing games, the 44MP motorized pop-up selfie camera will take care of that. There are also two USB-C ports — one on the bottom and one on the right side — so if you’re playing in landscape mode, you can charge it without any interruptions.
Speaking of charging, there’s a 5,500 mAh battery inside, and it supports 65W fast charging, or you could use the two USB-C ports and charge it at 90W. At that rate, you’d get a 50% charge in just 12 minutes, or 100% in just 30 minutes.
If you’re looking for the ultimate gaming smartphone with the latest and greatest features, the Lenovo Legion 2 Pro gets the well-deserved gold medal. It’s one of the best Lenovo phones the company ever created.
Lenovo Z6 Pro
It may not be a recent device, but it has some great specifications that still hold up today. There’s a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display at FHD+ resolution. A Snapdragon 855 chipset powers it, and it has 6-12GB of memory, depending on which of the 128/256/512GB storage configurations you opt for. It also has a microSD card slot, in case the internal one wouldn’t be enough for your needs.
There’s a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP telephoto, 16MP ultrawide, and a 2MP dedicated depth sensor. The selfie camera is 32MP. The Z6 Pro also has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 18W fast charging. If you’re looking for a fairly cheap but powerful smartphone, it’s worth considering, especially if you prefer Lenovo over other manufacturers.
Best Affordable: Lenovo K12 Pro
To complete basic tasks and keep up with friends and family, you don’t need a powerful device, which is why the K12 Pro is an excellent choice if you want something great on the cheap. The 6.8-inch IPS LCD HD display is large enough to enjoy movies, but it’s not necessarily crisp and powerful enough to play graphics-intensive games. It has a Snapdragon 662 chipset and 4GB of memory, so everyday tasks will be just fine, just don’t expect too much. There is 64GB or 128GB of storage built-in, and luckily it can be expanded with a MicroSD card slot.
There are also three cameras on the back, a 64MP main sensor, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera is 16MP. The 6,000 mAh battery will allow you to stay in touch with friends for a very long time before you’ll have to recharge again, and even when you need a little more power, the 20W fast charger should make it a little more pleasant.
The Lenovo K12 Pro offers an excellent package for those wanting to stay in touch with friends and family, and don’t want to break the bank with a four-digit high-end smartphone.
Best Budget: Lenovo A8 2020
The Lenovo A8 from 2020 comes with a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset and 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. It has a 6.53-inch IPS HD+ display that’s perfect for reading, browsing the web, and chatting with friends and family. There are also three cameras on the back, there’s a 13MP main sensor, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera is just a normal 5MP sensor, which is good enough for having video chats. There’s also a 5,000 mAh battery and it supports 10W charging.
The first pick is going to be an easy one. If you’re looking for the best and most powerful gaming smartphone on the market, the Lenovo Legion 2 Pro must be considered. It’s one of the best Lenovo phones to ever exist from the company. It comes with all the unique features that gamers would want, such as shoulder buttons, convenient placement of USB-C ports and so much more. If you’re a true gamer looking for the ultimate flagship, this will serve you well.
The second pick is a little more challenging. Lenovo doesn’t really have as many devices as its subsidiary, Motorola, but it does have a few cheap ones. The Lenovo A8 2020 for example is excellent for those wanting a cheap, basic device. For those wanting a little bit more, the K12 Pro will likely be a better choice, and finally, for those who don’t mind getting an older smartphone, the Lenovo Z6 Pro is still very acceptable nowadays.
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Now hold on… when I say “bad design” here, I’m talking about bad design in the context of user experience and human-computer interaction design not the beautiful new immaterial background wallpaper graphics. The new background images and semi-opaque Vista-like windows look great! Human-computer interaction design generally has two important approaches; “easy to use” and “easy to learn.” There’s also the “easy to look at” approach to design, and that seems to be more what Microsoft is going for here as many of the “easy to use” and “easy to learn” aspects have been broken in Windows 11. That’s probably going to prove to be a problem since Windows is something that people often need to use instead of just look at. The best design would have a balanced yet high grade of “easy to use”, “easy to learn”, and “easy to look at”.
Why the centered start menu is bad
I know you can move the start menu button back to the lower-left corner where it has been by default since the mid-1990s by changing the settings, but there’s a lot to be said about changing its position by default. Most users will probably leave things at their default and frustratingly deal with the changes while gaining hatred for the operating system. The centered Start menu is new and different and eye-catching, but is it good? Let’s start with learning some interaction design basics.
Interaction design basics
One of the big basics of interaction design is part of Bruce Tog’s “AskTog: A Quiz Designed to Give You Fitts“. Also see “Designing for People Who Have Better Things To Do With Their Lives, Part Two“. Question 3 is “List the five-pixel locations on the screen that the user can access fastest.” The answer is:
The pixel immediately at the current cursor location: Click the mouse and you’re done.
The bottom-right corner.
The top-left corner.
The top-right corner.
The bottom-left corner.
This, of course, presumes that the user is using a computer with a mouse or trackpad, which for Windows is very likely. Touch and pen interaction efficiency has different rules. Anyway, the reason the corners of the screen are the quickest and easiest to access is that they don’t require any precision to access the target. You can flick the mouse pointer in any of those directions, and it will end up in that pixel in the corner ready to click and activate whatever is there. Logic would dictate that you should add some most-used interactive elements to those corners in order to make them easiest to access.
What functions are available in the 4 corners of Windows 11 by default?
Bottom-left corner: nothing
Bottom-right corner: show desktop (this option can be disabled, but then the corner will do nothing. Ideally, the corner click should show the notifications bar.)
Top-right corner: nothing or close program if a program is active and maximized.
Top-left corner: nothing or show windows control menu if a program is active and maximized and the top left corner windows control menu exists in that program
The only command there that I would consider frequent and useful would be the “close program” command. The windows control menu is also useful, but Windows programs no longer have that as a standard component so you can’t rely on that being consistent anymore.
Other desktop operating systems are much better at this. In fact, Windows 8, had a brilliant use of the 4 corner click pixels, but nobody knew about those since there were no visual cues or identifiers for the functions. In other words, the “easy to learn” aspect was missing for Windows 8, while the “easy to use” aspect was certainly there. Without the “easy to learn” aspect, the “easy to use” aspect is often lost.
It used to be that the bottom left corner would activate the start menu by default all the time. This was great because you could easily flick the mouse pointer in that direction, click, and get access to everything there right away. It’s been like that since 1995. You don’t even have to look at the screen… you can glance out the window while navigating if you want to.
It’s not in the right place anymore
Windows 11 removes that extremely efficient and easy-to-use interaction method (by default) in favor of putting the Start menu button closer to the center of the bottom edge of your screen. To be sure, this is not one of the quickest and easiest locations for an interactive element. But it gets worse…
It’s not even always in the same new place
While the bottom-left corner was already super easy to access, you could also build motor memory for its location. All you need to do is remember “flick to the lower-left corner, click”. So efficient! Well, on Windows 11, not only do you have to be much more precise in trying to click the start menu button, but it also moves around sometimes.
That’s right, it’s not consistently in the same location at the bottom of your screen! If I launch a bunch of programs, the app icons will fill up a larger width within the taskbar. This will displace the start menu button, task switcher, widgets, and search buttons to the left. That means you can’t build motor memory for their locations and thus have to spend some brainpower to search for the proper icon using your eyes every time you need to use them. If that sounds like it’s going to require more cognitive energy and waste your time, you’re right.
You may remember that with Windows 7, Microsoft’s research found that people would often launch programs in a specific sequence so that they would continuously be listed in the taskbar in a specific order. Windows 7 allowed users to pin programs to the taskbar in their desired position so that users could build motor memory for their most-used applications and quickly switch to them. With Windows 11’s centered taskbar, you can no longer build motor memory for application locations since their locations are always displaced depending on how many other programs are running at the same time (unless you pin all of the programs that you’ll ever use.) In other words, Windows 11’s new taskbar design degrades the usefulness of pinning applications.
Application launching is much further away
The layout of the new start menu has problems too. The “All Programs” button is about as far away from the mouse pointer’s initial location as it possibly can be, and even the listing of “pinned” applications is very far away.
On Windows 10, I can arrange my start menu’s application tiles to be very close to my mouse pointer so that I can access them with minimal mouse movement. That’s an efficiency boost and a time saver. Windows 11’s Start menu does the opposite AND doesn’t allow the user to customize it for better efficiency. That’s another “bad design” aspect of the new Start menu.
Which function in the Windows 11 Start menu is the closest to the Start button for easiest access? My username? A button that I can use to sign out? Something I’ve never done? Does that really deserve the fastest access location? Nope!
Live tiles are gone and the widget window isn’t as good
Besides being much easier to customize and arrange into an efficient layout, the Windows 10 start menu also had instant access at-a-glance live tiles that could make viewing information as simple as clicking the start menu button. With one click I could see the time in a variety of time zones, the weather, my next appointment, upcoming tasks, flagged email lists, news, etc.
The new Widgets window kind of does a lot of the same things that live tiles did, but it’s all in a completely different section from the start menu now and has a lot more irrelevant info and a lot less personal info. I mean, the calendar widget doesn’t even work yet.
That being said, Windows 10 live tiles never met their full potential as they did on Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7’s live tiles were fantastically customizable and personal. I could pin photo albums, OneNote Notebooks or pages, plane ticket PDFs, contact groups with their Facebook/Twitter/MSN latest posts, specific email folders, web pages, movies, music albums, playlists… it was far far more robust back then.
Ambiguous icons are objectively more difficult to learn & use
All of the research on the usability of interactive elements has shown that labeling buttons in the users’ native language have many advantages that make the system both “easy to learn” and “easy to use”. If you’re someone who doesn’t have anything better to do than learn new software interaction methods then this might not be a big deal to you. For people who do have better things to do, an instantly obvious and consistent user interface is a huge advantage for a positive user experience. Here are some references for you if you don’t believe me:
One of those is an article about Microsoft’s own research from 2005! Going back to Bruce Tog’s interaction designer quiz, buttons with labels also improve interaction according to Fitts’ Law since the labels increase the target area of the buttons.
You might say that aesthetically, the ribbon-style interface of 2005-2021 looks more cluttered and that’s a valid criticism, but I can much more easily determine the functions of all of those buttons because I learned about “words” when I was 2 years old. Plus, they’re all one click away, thus improving efficiency. Windows 11 makes the buttons harder to understand, harder to explain to other users, and harder to find thus requiring more cognitive energy and time. Windows 11’s file manager removes the extremely useful customizable toolbar where I could add frequently-used commands in the order I choose for extra efficiency.
So we’ve already proven many times over the past few decades that obvious interactive elements are better. Yet, today with Windows 11, we’re going backward. The new File Explorer is a good example of a bad design. While in 2005, Microsoft proved that their new “ribbon” style toolbar interface was going to be much easier to use and easier to learn (it is), now we’re throwing that out for crowded cryptic icon toolbars that Microsoft had so many problems within the 1990s. Even Windows Vista’s File Explorer was easier to use since at least that had labeled buttons that people could understand. Microsoft never even finished consistently implementing the 2005 ribbon interface across its systems, and now we’re going back to a 90s era interface design that was proven problematic decades ago.
Windows that don’t behave like Windows
Speaking of confusing unlabeled icons, in Windows 11’s taskbar we’ve got a few icons there by default that don’t behave like the other icons. They LOOK a lot like the other icons though. They’ve got blue colors just like all the other Windows program icons and they’re the same size as all the other program icons. That’s going to cause some confusion. The Windows icon, Search icon, Tasks switcher icon, and Widgets icon are all stuck to the left side of the centered taskbar, while program icons appear to the right. Program icons can be arranged how you want and they can be “pinned” so that they’ll stay on the taskbar even when not running. The Windows, Search, Tasks and Widgets icons look the same as program icons, but they cannot be arranged in the same manner. What’s worse is that they also launch windows that look like program windows (just like the program icons on the right), but these other types of windows don’t behave like program windows.
In Windows 10, we also had a series of system icons on the left side of the taskbar for similar things like the task view, start menu, Cortana, and search, but these were designed to look different from the program icons to the right. That was a good thing. We could visually identify that these icons would behave differently… AND they did behave differently. Instead of opening up a program window like the program icons did, these icons would generally open a menu that popped up from the taskbar (with the exception of “task view” which would give a full-screen overlay).
In Windows 11, not only is the difference unclear, but now those system icons no longer open menus that are clearly attached to their icons in the taskbar… instead, they open floating graphic windows. These windows look like they could be application windows, but they don’t have standard minimize/maximize/close buttons in the upper right corners like all windows are supposed to have… and they are not resizable or repositionable like all windows are supposed to be. Why would you do that to us, Microsoft? Is there any real reason for a new type of window that’s not nearly as usable or flexible as the other types of windows? Is there any reason to make their launch mechanism look exactly like the launch mechanism for windows that do behave like we expect windows to behave? The answer is no. This creates more confusion for the users and requires them to spend cognitive energy memorizing the differences when really there should be no differences.
Either the Start window, Search window, Task view, Chat, and Widgets window should behave like program windows, or the Start, Search, Tasks, Chat, and Widgets buttons should behave like taskbar menus that are clearly different from program windows. My vote is that they should all behave like program windows as that would be very useful and much more simple for understanding the system as a whole. I’d love to be able to move around and resize the search window, widgets window, and program launcher window. Microsoft already did that with Cortana; making it a normal program window as opposed to a taskbar menu (as per one of my feature requests). The whole system would be much easier to use if window behavior was consistent as users would be able to expect the same functionality and behavior from all windows in the system.
The whole system would be much easier to use if window behavior was consistent as users would be able to expect the same functionality and behavior from all windows in the system.
How awesome would it be to have the program launcher window stay open and resizable/repositionable so that I can launch as many programs as I want with one click each? Instead, I have to re-open the start/program launcher window every time I want to launch another program because it disappears as soon as I click something.
The widgets window looks like an application window, but it isn’t. How awesome would it be if it was resizable, snap-able, and max/minimizable though? If the widgets window is a menu, why isn’t it visually anywhere near the widgets button on the taskbar? What a mess!
The search window isn’t a normal window either. It disappears as soon as you click something else, which is an awful user experience. How awesome would it be if the search window was a normal window that I could snap to the side and open results in other windows without losing the results listing? That would have been really useful! The only scenario where users actually like new windows opening on-click (See “Opening Links in New Browser Windows and Tabs (nngroup.com)“) is the scenario where Microsoft makes the actual list of results disappear thus requiring a do-over of the search every time.
With an update and a reboot, I now have 5 icons on the left side of the taskbar that LOOK like program icons, but they don’t open normal program windows and they aren’t drag/drop rearrangeable. On the right part, I have 3 actual program icons that do open normal program windows and are re-arrangeable and have keyboard shortcuts like expected. It’s impossible to visually tell which icons behave normally and which do not. Why can’t they all behave normally so that users can build a simple consistent mental model of how the system works?
Speaking of a confusing lack of consistency that causes frustration among users, let’s not forget about the ridiculous number of different scrolling interfaces we’ve got to deal with on Windows 11. Sometimes we’ve got dots for scrolling, sometimes we’ve got tiny scrollbars that are difficult to click, sometimes we’ve got larger scrollbars that are easier to use, sometimes we have no scrollbars. It’s a total mess that makes interaction complicated and inefficient for users.
In the above image, you’ll see 5 different methods of vertically scrolling content in windows. The first one in the widgets window is invisible until you move your mouse over it. The second one is just two tiny dots in the start window. The third one is a very thin vertical line in the right edge of the File Explorer window that becomes slightly larger and shows up/down arrows when you mouse over it. The fourth one is a rounded scrollbar, and the fifth one is a rectangular scrollbar. The last one is probably the best since its targets are larger and it’s easy to see.
When you learned to drive a car how many different styles of steering wheels were there in that one car that you learned to drive on? Certainly not 5, right? Windows used to have a central “Appearance” control panel where you could actually customize the scrollbars in order to change the colors or make them bigger or smaller. That was pretty awesome… and, get this… It applied to all of the scrollbars in all of the programs! So simple, consistent, and easy!
While the removal of the easy-to-use ribbon interface from the file explorer, and the centered start menu are also accessibility problems, Microsoft is also removing another accessibility advantage that was present in all previous versions of Windows… access keys.
If you want to be very efficient in your computer interaction methods, you’ll probably want to learn how to use access keys and keyboard shortcuts to navigate the interface instead of taking your hands off the keyboard and reaching for the mouse, trackpad, or touch screen. In the old days, all Windows programs had menus at the top that were accessible via the keyboard. You could simply press the Alt key once followed by the underlined letter within the menu in order to quickly access that command. This was awesome for power user efficiency as well as for users with motor skill disabilities. It still works this way in many programs today.
With Microsoft’s 2005 ribbon interface, the access keys were hidden by default but would show with a single press of the Alt key, making it easy to learn the access keys even though the ribbon UI didn’t follow the menu structure of most other programs.
Today, with Windows 10 UWP apps and now Windows 11… access keys are mostly gone. The Windows key + X menu has removed them completely, and that was one of the most useful set of access keys. On Windows 10, I could type Windows key + X, u, u, in order to shut down the computer. Or I could type Windows key + X, u, s, to go into sleep mode. Those are all gone. The File explorer’s context-sensitive menu has been degraded as well, hiding the usual menu items that we’ve come to expect behind a “more options” command that makes those hidden functions more complicated and less efficient.
Keyboard navigation has been degraded with Windows 11, too. You have to use the tab key and arrow keys to sequentially select every button in a window before you can get to the one you want. No more instant access keyboard shortcuts like we had in Windows 95-Windows 7.
What about tablet interaction?
The “Tablet mode” in Windows 10 has been completely removed from Windows 11. Tablets definitely require different interaction methods from mouse/trackpad pointers, because touch screens have different capabilities.
First of all, a touch screen doesn’t let you depend on mouse-hover interactions or tooltips because that’s not possible. I can’t show a tooltip for an unlabeled icon by hovering my finger over it because 1. touch screens don’t work that way, and 2. if they did I wouldn’t be able to see the text label because my finger and hand would be covering it. This means that interactive buttons should be even more obvious so that users don’t have to spend cognitive energy trying to guess what they do before pressing them.
If the easiest to access point on a computer’s interface is the pixel right below your mouse pointer’s current location, then what’s the easiest to access area of a touch screen tablet interface? How about the area just beneath the area within reach of your fingers?
In the above photo, I’ve circled my thumbs in red so that you can see where they’re located and what area of the touch screen would be easiest for me to access with those fingers. Of course, this all depends on how you hold a tablet, but I’m willing to bet that most people hold it by the left or right edges… certainly not the center and certainly not the bottom edge.
Windows 8 actually did the tablet interface really well, but it had hidden left and right edge gestures that would reveal some extremely useful controls on the edges right below your thumbs. I could easily get the task switcher with the left edge or the start screen and a series of “charm” control buttons on the right edge. As mentioned previously, Windows 8’s downfall was not making these things clear to new users.
Windows 11 actually does have a left and right edge gesture function that reveals some controls on a tablet, but… they’re not nearly as useful as they could be.
A left edge swipe reveals the widgets window. This is much less useful than were it to reveal the task view like it did on Windows 10 or actually activate task switching like it did on Windows 8. How many times has Microsoft tried this widget thing, by the way? I guess I did think it was pretty cool in 1996 with the Windows 95 “Active Desktop”.
A right edge swipe reveals the notifications panel that lists all of your recent notifications. That’s ok, but it could have been something much better.
Worst of all, the centered start menu is about as far away as possible from my fingers as you can get, thus making application launching much more difficult than it could be.
On the other hand, the touch keyboard is very much improved with new theme capabilities and a scaling option. The scaling option is in the settings though. Really, the better way to do it would have been to allow the keyboard to behave just like a normal application window that I can resize by dragging the corners. That’s actually how the touch keyboard was in previous versions of Windows and it was so much more flexible that way.
How about that Windows Ink support and pen interaction though? Well, it looks like there’s no improvement there. Windows Ink still wants to switch tools automatically and against my will thus making things like OneNote impossible to use. Pen interaction is obviously another user interaction scenario that deserves a different design than touch and mouse as well. For pen interaction, the corners and edges aren’t as easy to access as with a mouse or finger edge swipe. The center or top of the screen does make sense for pen interaction, however, but Windows 11 doesn’t seem to be taking that into account either as so many other pen interaction functions are broken.
The “Bring Backs” List
It looks like I’m not the only one with complaints about Windows 11’s design. It was fine when all of these things were in Windows 10X because we knew that no one would have to use that (and probably wouldn’t), but now that they’re coming into Windows 11, and will ship on all new computers in the future… that’s a problem.
The “Bring backs” list is getting pretty popular on the Windows Insiders Feedback hub.
Many other people are complaining about the user interface design changes as well. It’s not just me.
Microsoft Design’s explanation
Microsoft’s Design team wrote an article explaining a lot of the design decisions in Windows 11, and many parts sound good but don’t really make sense. See: Windows 11: Designing the Next Generation | by Microsoft Design | Microsoft Design | Jul, 2021 | Medium
For example, “After listening to people express a need for more efficiency and less noise when using Start, we designed a cleaner and simpler experience that puts people at the center by prioritizing the apps they love and the documents they need. It also adapts to modern device form factors and enables easier access for all screen sizes, from a Surface Go to an ultrawide monitor.” Yeah, that sounds good, but it’s not what they did. It’s not simpler, it’s not more efficient, and I’m not seeing it adapt to modern device form factors very well. Where’s the smartphone version? The Start window can’t even be resized by the user.
Another example, “The Microsoft Windows Design Team is driven by creative pragmatism. Designing for over one billion people requires empathy. It relies on internalizing human needs to build solutions that are inclusive of all, while still delivering a personal touch. As Windows leaps into its next era, the story of its evolution is told again through human-centered product design and a deep commitment to build the most inclusive and personal operating system.” Again, that sounds good, but Windows 11 looks less inclusive, less pragmatic, less personal, and less human-centered than ever. Those words are all kind of ambiguous though.
The above video talks about how Microsoft Research decided on the new design of the Start window, and it illustrates a common mistake in how good user research should be done when it comes to interaction design. The mistake here is asking users what they want. Users are notoriously bad at self awareness, so asking users to fill out a survey or tell you what they want is often going to give you bad results. The smarter way is to observe actual user behavior during the interaction with prototypes instead and analyze the problems within those interactions in order to realize what the best solution is going to be. See: Usability Testing 101 (nngroup.com) Observe how the users actually use Windows and determine areas which could be improved based on the time it takes users to complete frequent tasks. Do we often launch programs and then open documents or do we open the File Explorer and then open documents? Are recent documents actually used, or are they created, finished, emailed and never touched again? That kind of data would be more useful for designing around simplicity and efficiency and would probably quickly reveal the problems with Windows 11’s new designs.
Apparently, Microsoft let users arrange interactive elements as pieces of paper on a table and they found some similarities in the arrangements and went with whatever was most popular. The problem here is that most of the research participants are probably doing this with a visual-priority approach, and that’s going to be very different from a interaction-efficiency-priority approach. Yes, I’m going to look at the center of the screen and if I’m from a culture that reads from top to bottom and left to right, I’ll probably look at the top left first. That’s great, but this doesn’t necessarily translate well to efficient or easy human-computer interaction designs.
Where the market is headed
“We believe that this is where the market is headed.” That’s an excuse that we often hear when companies decide to implement bad design and probably came up during discussions of this new design. I call this the “Lemmings excuse”. It’s similar to saying, “All the other kids are doing it, so why can’t I!?” My mom never fell for that excuse when I was a kid, and neither should you.
A good example is when Microsoft implemented hamburger buttons throughout Windows 10 even though all of the usability research data showed that this design reduces user engagement by 20-50%. Yeah, that’s where the market was, but it was still a bad decision. Luckily, today with Windows 11, that design convention has started to be abandoned, and Google is abandoning it too.
Copying bad design is still bad design. Yes, I get that Apple’s Mac OS does the centered dock with icons that move around in order to break motor memory, as does Chrome OS, but maybe that’s one of the reasons Windows users don’t want to use Mac OS and Chrome OS.
What Microsoft should have done
One of the interesting things in Microsoft Design’s videos was that one of the employees said that the new design is more “human”. How do you figure that?! It’s not easier to use, it’s not easier to learn, it’s not more accessible… it’s not even more accommodating to diversity. It’s worse at all of those things.
If you disagree with any of those things, then you’ll probably agree with the next paragraph.
Design for Diversity
Diversity is probably the most important “human” thing that a computing interface should be designed for. Microsoft’s excuse for removing accessibility & efficiency features that people rely on will probably be that the user metrics they capture shows that the people who use those features are in the minority. That may be true, and if you’re in the majority, you may not care, but removing things that minorities depend on is a form of discrimination. It’s also kind of sad that people who care about user interface efficiency & usability would be in the minority these days. However, it should be obvious by now that different people prefer different interaction methods & design styles so a theme/customization structure that accommodates that makes a lot of sense.
It’s sad that people who care about user interface efficiency & usability would be in the minority these days.
There is one other computing system out there that is absolutely designed for diversity (albeit in kind of a messy way). It’s Linux! There are no restrictions to what you can do with Linux, all minorities are welcome to add and use any features they want. It’s possible to make a Linux desktop environment that focuses on “easy to learn” concepts just as it’s possible to make one that focuses on “easy to use” highly efficient interaction concepts. The users have the power to choose.
User experience design in Linux is incredibly flexible. My favorite desktop environment on Linux is the Xfce Desktop Environment. By default it may look pretty old and dated, but it happens to be extremely flexible. It’s possible to create desktop environment user interface panels in XFCE that make it look like Windows or Mac OS or some combination in between. I can put whatever menus or functions I want in the corners of the screen for the most efficient easy-to-use access to those functions. If you don’t like the XFCE environment, don’t worry, there are plenty of other completely different user interface options to install and choose from.
One of the things that helps desktop environments look different is the The GTK Project’s theme structure. That’s an open source framework that many Linux systems and applications use in order to theme their programs and desktop environments. Anyone can create a theme that completely changes the design of the entire system. Some are beautiful, some are utilitarian. That’s the beauty of a system designed for technological diversity… users can choose their priorities. Also see: How to design an OS for the future and why companies should read this (pocketnow.com)
Take a look at just a hand-full of examples of system-wide tech diversity you can get on Linux:
Granted, there is a lot more bad design in the Linux community, but at least it’s far more open to diversity and it’s far easier to refine the design for more efficient workflows… and then keep that design available to you for a very long time.
It’s still possible to get very old yet consistent desktop environments running on Linux. Mate is a good example as that’s a continuation of Gnome 2.0. Choosing a GUI that’s most efficient for you and then being able to use that forever is a huge advantage for cognitive load. Users can become accustomed to the interface and spend cognitive energy on better things like innovation and getting things done more efficiently so that they can take vacations.
Prioritize “Easy to Learn” (like Windows 95 did)
Of course, on Linux, choosing a desktop environment and a compatible theme that you like can be extremely daunting. The best choice is to design for the lowest common denominator and make the default environment as “easy to learn” as possible while still providing the tools for more advanced users to customize the environment to their preference. You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time… unless you give them the tools to please themselves.
You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time… unless you give them the tools to please themselves.
Neglecting the “easy to learn” aspect was a huge problem with Windows 8 and was a big reason that failed. On the other hand, Windows 95 had a huge focus on the “easy to learn” aspect and was probably the most successful computing operating system of all time. If you look at the Windows 95 desktop environment, a beginner might think, “OMG, where do I start?” Then they’d see the button that literally says “Start” and instantly know that’s going to help them figure out where to begin and what to do next. Today’s computing operating systems have nothing so obvious and easy to figure out and thus require some investment of extra cognitive energy understanding what the designer meant to do. Interaction designers often don’t realize that The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think (nngroup.com)!
Of course, not everyone needs or wants an operating system interface that is ridiculously easy. Some may want something that just looks good. That’s where extremely flexible themes and desktop environment options come in.
Windows 11 should have or could have been just a new theme that gives users a new desktop environment option to try. Power users should be able to select and create the environment theme that’s most useful to them, while other users should be able to select the environment that may be most attractive to them. Making the design “human” means accommodating both the majorities and minorities.
Why now though?
Windows 10 was supposed to be the last version of Windows, where it would continue to evolve as a service while maintaining all of the things users have become accustomed to. Maybe they were thinking to be kind of like Mac OS X, which had been stuck at version 10 from 2001 through 2020. Now that Mac OS 11 is out, I guess Microsoft wants to catch up. Although, the Windows as a Service concept had a lot of problems, too. See: “Windows as a Service” isn’t really working | Pocketnow
Another idea goes along with the idea behind releasing Windows Vista. One goal with that was to kick start the market into buying more new computers to run the newest software. Windows 11 seems to be heading in the same direction as it requires a TPM 2.0 module that many current devices may not have. This means many computers out now will not be upgradable to Windows 11 and you’ll need to get a new one in order to use the newest operating system. This forced obsolescence didn’t work out so well for Windows Vista as that has long been labeled one of the worst computing operating systems of all time. I was a beta tester for that and I couldn’t even get it to boot until maybe 2 service packs after the official release. Many users stuck with Windows XP for many years in order to avoid Vista… even through to the Windows 7 release! That’s how hard Vista backfired.
The “Centered on you” tagline seems to be a marketing thing as well. The centered design is clearly not something that’s going to be useful in terms of productivity, and it doesn’t even bring my personal information to the forefront like the old Live Tiles of Windows 8 and Windows Phone did. It’s more of a regression to the old stale grid of icons that we had in Windows and Mac OS of the late 1980’s, but not as good since there’s no folder structure for organizing programs into categories.
I doubt that the backlash against Windows 11 will be as severe as Windows Vista or Windows 8, but I definitely predict that there will still be some backlash. You’re seeing it in the Windows Insiders Feedback Hub, and YouTube video comments already. On the other hand, you’re also seeing some comments about how Windows 11 looks awesome. Those are likely putting more weight on the “easy to look at” approach in their decisions. Either way, it should be clear that theming and customization are probably going to be the best solution for accommodating human-computer interaction design diversity. It makes a lot of sense after all… we humans like to choose and customize our own clothes, furniture, cars, houses, yards, etc. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to choose and customize our own computer interface?
Maybe we’ll get some better design for diversity and efficiency in Windows 12.
Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!
Perhaps Bulgaria is one of the few countries left in Europe that doesn’t have its own Mi Store, but that’s not the case anymore. The company officially unveiled its first Mi Store in the country’s capital Sofia.
Mi Store in Sofia, Paradise Center
We had the chance to talk to a representative, who said that this is just the first of many Mi Stores in the country and it has plans to open up a lot more. Additionally, the official Mi Stores in Bulgaria will work with a new distributor with its own channel. This, in turn, means that the Mi Stores will offer some products that you couldn’t find in the country before.
The company’s representative had a lot more interesting things to say about the company’s future plans, devices and even talked about the chip shortage crisis and how the company plans to handle it. We are preparing a separate interview piece, so stay tuned to learn more.
Samsung released the August 2021 Android security patch for the Galaxy A52 a few days ago, followed by the A72 and A8 (2018). Now, the company has rolled out the latest security patch to three more smartphones – Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra
The new build carrying the August 2021 security patch comes with firmware version G99x0ZCU2AUGE, and the update for the S21 Ultra requires a download of about 300MB.
The update is currently seeding in China and should begin rolling in Hong Kong and Taiwan in a few days, with the rollout expected to expand to more countries in a couple of weeks.
If you live in China and haven’t received the new firmware on your S21/S21+/S21 Ultra yet, you can try checking it manually by going to your device’s Settings > Software update menu.
2021 has been a rather interesting and exciting year for OnePlus. The company has launched tons of new affordable devices thanks to its popular Nord series, while its main series is now considered to be in the flagship category. And even though we may not get a new OnePlus 9T Pro or a 9T at all, it seems that the company is heading in the right direction, as recent reports show amazing growth.
OnePlus is a different company from the one that gave us several flagship killers years ago. It is now a different beast. According to recent information from CounterPoint Research, OnePlus was the fastest growing OEM in the US in the first half of 2021, reaching 428 percent YoY growth. You can’t deny that this is rather impressive, considering that the company entered the US Market just three years ago with the OnePlus 6T.
Still, things get even more impressive when we find that the company has recently announced its global shipment numbers. “Global technology brand OnePlus today announced a significant milestone for its global smartphone shipments, reporting a 257% YoY shipment growth globally for the first half of 20211. The brand also achieved significant sales growth across each of its key markets including the United States, Europe, India and China in the first half of 2021, driven by its global smartphone portfolio including its latest flagship series, the OnePlus 9 series, and its new mid-range products, the Nord and Nord N series.”
What’s even more amazing is knowing that OnePlus has managed these amazing numbers while the tech world is still being affected by an ongoing pandemic. Pete Lau, founder of OnePlus said, “Despite a number of significant global challenges, 2020 was a remarkable year for OnePlus as we updated our business strategy to expand our user base. This year, we continued to strengthen our flagship offering by taking a big step in building a truly premium camera system with the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, while introducing even more accessible products with the OnePlus Nord product line. The growth we see now demonstrates that our approach to offering a premium experience together with competitive pricing is in line with our community’s needs.”
We will have to wait and see how the company’s new decisions may affect or improve these numbers. Remember that rumors claim that OnePlus may skip this year’s T series, but that may be because of the global chip shortage, meaning that we could get a new T device next year. Also, OnePlus has recently joined OPPO, which will give us more years of major upgrades, and who knows what else.
A former bilingual teacher that left the classrooms to join the team of Pocketnow as a news editor and content creator for the Spanish audience. An artist by nature who enjoys video games, guitars, action figures, cooking, painting, drawing and good music.