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EU plans to force OEMs to use a common USB-C charger and ship phones without one in the box

The European Commission is set to present a legislative proposal today for all phones, tablets, and headphones sold in the European Union to have a common charging port. This comes after the European Parliament had voted in favor of Right to Repair, an initiative that would benefit consumers as well as the Union's plan to...

EU is reportedly investigating if Google Assistant is being forced on Android phones

The European Commission is reportedly investigating whether or not Google is forcing Android device makers to ship Google Assistant on smartphones. According to a report from MLex (via Reuters), EU regulators have asked multiple unnamed device makers to provide evidence that they have been forced by Google to make Google Assistant the default voice assistant service...

OnePlus Nord 2 with Dimensity 1200 and IMX 766 launches with an amazing price tag

The original OnePlus Nord was the company's attempt at making the signature OnePlus experience available at a lower price to make it more accessible to the masses. As it turns out, people really liked the Nord. It became one of the most successful smartphones from OnePlus in several regions, in sharp contrast to the unlucky...

EU paves the way for Wi-Fi 6E devices to hit Europe

In April last year, the FCC opened up 1200MHz of spectrum in the 6GHz band, paving the way for Wi-Fi 6E in the US. The European Union is now following suit and has opened up 480MHz spectrum in the 6GHz band for the implementation of wireless access systems. For the unaware, Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 802.11ax...

EU accuses Apple of anticompetitive App Store policies

The European Commission on Friday said it is formally accusing Apple of engaging in anti-competitive behavior. The Commission said Apple is guilty of abusing its dominate position and has an unfair advantage when competing against other apps in the App Store. The ruling follows an initial complaint from Spotify back in 2019, and takes issue with...

Epic Games raises antitrust complaint against Apple in the EU

Epic Games is trying its damnedest to force Apple and Google to loosen their grip on the App Store and Play Store. We recently learned that the company's Coalition for App Fairness non-profit was lobbying for the North Dakota bill that could dismantle Apple and Google's app store and payment monopolies. But while the bill...

European Parliament votes in favor of Right to Repair

The Right to Repair rules in the European Union just got stronger as the European Parliament has voted in favor of the law. The EU had announced the ruling earlier this year as a part of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The new law mandates that devices should be useful for a longer period before...

The European Union wants to force OEMs to let users uninstall bloatware

Bloatware and carrier phones: name a more iconic duo. The number of preinstalled apps on some smartphones has grown so much these days that people still come to our forums to flash stock Android builds to get rid of the bloat. Bloatware is often preloaded on smartphones by carriers or even smartphone manufacturers themselves. They...

New European regulation could force Apple and Google to be fairer to app developers

Google and Apple are known for keeping a tight leash on what gets published on their respective app stores. However, at times, the companies have been found guilty of removing apps/games from their platforms without offering developers a clear reason behind the app's removal. A new EU regulation aims to address this issue and promote a...

The EU is set to introduce “right to repair” laws that could also force OEMs to let you update your smartphone

The EU has been taking a hardline stance when it comes to climate change, including plans to vote on legislation that would see standardized charging across the board when it comes to smartphones. The EU has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan today, which includes a number of goals that the EU will, as...

The EU has opened an antitrust investigation into Qualcomm for its radio-frequency chips

Qualcomm is a major company in the Android smartphone market. Not only does the company design the SoCs that make their way in flagship, mid-range, and budget smartphones, but it also designs and sells modem chips, which make it possible for smartphones to connect to wireless cellular data networks. It's been noted before that Qualcomm...

MIUI Themes is coming back to Xiaomi phones in Europe

One of the many features that makes MIUI unique is the theming options. You can change the entire look and style of your Xiaomi smartphone thanks to MIUI themes, even making it look close to AOSP if you'd like. The feature was removed from European Union smartphones back in February of last year, with the...