Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Paris one-handed swords and their locations

This week we’re taking a peek at the latest for the Viking beast of a game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The game’s next major update comes in the form of a DLC called The Siege of Paris. We’re going back to Paris, just like when we were here with Assassin’s Creed Unity all the way back in late 2014. Now we get to see how the scale of that monster lines up with this newest reveal – and to find the one-handed swords Durendal Sword, Ring-Sword, Engbert Sword, and the Joyeuse Sword!

The original Assassin’s Creed: Unity was a gigantic game, mapping the city of Paris in the 1790s (CE) during the French Revolution. The new game The Siege of Paris takes place approximately a thousand years earlier – during the siege of the year 845 CE.

Above you’ll see the Xbox-posted Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trainer for The Siege of Paris expansion. If you’ve not already dropped in on this DLC, you can do so this week! The Siege of Paris will be free for those users that purchased the Season Pass. Users will also be able to purchase the Siege of Paris DLC on its own for approximately $24.99 USD. This expansion can be purchased for any of the platforms on which the original game was released.

If you’re looking specifically for the one-handed swords new to this game with this expansion, take a peek at the video above. There you’ll find a Ubisoft Gameplan video that shows all the One-Handed Sword locations in this new DLC.

The video is split into four parts. At approximately 16 seconds in, you’ll find the Durendal sword. At 34 seconds in, you’ll find the Ring-Sword, then the Engbert sword at around 52 seconds. The Joyeuse sword appears at one minute and 14 seconds into the video. If you’ve found any other radical new weapons in this expansion, let us know!

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Android 12’s second developer preview finally adds a one-handed mode

Android 12‘s second developer preview is out just a month after the first, and it includes a bevy of updates. While we’ll probably have to wait until a consumer-friendly public beta for the juiciest new bits, we’re already seeing some interesting new additions as Google’s next OS takes shape.

One of the most notable new features is a built-in one-handed mode. Although the first preview of Android 12 included this feature in its code, it wasn’t readily accessible in Settings, making it uncertain whether it was a feature Google was committing to. But as noted by Android Police, the feature is now visible right from the build’s gesture settings.

Here’s what the feature looked like in action in the first developer preview (via @MishaalRahman):

The feature is activated by swiping down near the bottom of your phone’s display. On most Android phones with a one-handed mode, the entire display shrinks towards the phone’s bottom left or right corner. With Android 12, Google is instead imitating Apple’s ‘Reachability’ feature, where your screen instead only gets smooshed vertically.

Personally, I prefer the approach Samsung and others take, as it maintains your screen’s aspect ratio, and it’s more comfortable for large phones which are not only tall but wide as well. Still, it’s better than nothing, and it’s nice to know future Android phones might all come with a one-handed mode now that Google is making it an official feature of its OS.

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Keep in mind this is no guarantee the feature will make it to the final version of Android 12; Google has previously removed features available in preview builds from the final release. Still, it’s a welcome feature now that phones are generally much larger than the average hand can reach across.

You can read more about what’s new in the second developer preview in Google’s post here (though oddly, they don’t actually mention the one-handed mode). The first public beta is expected to launch in a few months, so curious users should probably wait until then before installing, as developer previews are often too unstable for use on your primary device.

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Published March 17, 2021 — 20:32 UTC

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Android 12’s rumored one-handed mode could make big phones more usable

People love big phones, and companies oblige that demand by releasing devices with monster screens. Heck, even the “mid-sized” iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen.

Phones with big displays give you more screen estate to view content bigly, stack two apps in the splitscreen mode, and pack more icons on a page. But sometimes it’s really hard to reach across the screen with one hand.

Thankfully, iPhones have a one-handed mode which you can activate by swiping down on the bottom edge of the screen. Now, Android’s next version could get a similar option too.