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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...

Google fined €1.5 billion by EU for restricting ad competitors

While Google has seen little regulation in countries like the United States, the European Commission has launched a number of antitrust investigations against the Mountain View tech giant. Investigations seem to be increasing over the years with some resulting in major fines and changes to the software in those countries. The latest fine comes in...

Google app suite may cost up to $40 per phone after new EU deal

Many would say that the European Union has been picking on Google quite a lot lately. The company has been fined multiple times over the last few years with the latest breaking records when it was issued a $5 billion fine for antitrust violations. With Google having such a dominant market share across the union,...

Google to charge OEMs in Europe for Android apps to comply with the EU

Google and the EU have been battling it out for a while now. Last time we reported on the situation, Google had been fined $5 billion for antitrust violations. The European Commision claims Google's practice of pre-installing apps like Search and Chrome on Android make it difficult for the competition. The company has always stood...

[Update: Official] ASUS Chromebook C223 is an Ultra-Slim 11.6-inch Chromebook Coming to Europe

Chromebooks are slowly but surely becoming the popular choice when it comes to daily computing needs as more people have come to rely on cloud services. The rise in popularity is also fuelled by Google's decision to provide Google Play access to Chromebooks, as well as the new-found ability to run Linux apps through Project...

Google fined $5 billion by the EU for antitrust violations

In the ongoing feud between Google and the EU, the EU has fined Google $5 billion for antitrust violations. This marks the second time the company has come under fire from the EU in recent months. We knew it was coming because of an earlier report, but the fine has now been confirmed. The EU...

EU may block Google from making Google Search and Google Chrome default apps on Android

Manufacturers who sell devices with Google Play Services installed have to adhere to a strict set of rules. OEMs who fail to abide by these rules will have their Android devices stripped of certification to access the Google Play Store. These rules include what applications must be preinstalled, and Google Chrome and Google Search are...