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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...

Leaked EU proposal reveals plan to make smartphone batteries easier to replace

Replacing a dead battery on smartphones used to be quite easy not so long ago. It didn't require any professional help and users could easily pop the back cover open to access the replaceable battery. And having a replaceable battery on your smartphone was more of a norm than an exception. These days, however, replacing...

[Update: Voted Passed, Law Pending] The EU will vote to force all smartphones to adopt USB-C

Since smartphones with USB-C started coming out in 2015, the standard has come a long way. Nowadays, it has become, well, the standard connector for almost all Android smartphones out there, from flagship phones to budget devices. With the exception of certain, really cheap phones and accessories, micro-USB is, for most intents and purposes, pretty...

The EU is considering banning facial recognition in public for 5 years

In a bid to curb the misuse of facial recognition technology, the European Commission has revealed that it's considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to 5 years. While the use of facial recognition is on the rise, the European regulators want time to draft rules to prevent...

[Update 2: Search Providers Announced] Google to add search provider choices in Android to comply with EU ruling

Android users in Europe can now look forward to easily selecting between a host of search providers, as Google has just announced an upcoming change to how Android would function in the European Union. From 2020 onwards, Android smartphone and tablet users in Europe will be able to select a search provider that will power...

Google introduces search app and browser options for Android users in Europe

In July 2018, the European Union found Google guilty of violating antitrust regulations, and subsequently imposed a fine of $5 Billion. The EU held that Google "imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search." After the ruling, Google announced changes to how it...

Google is mandating major OEMs offer 2 years of Android security updates

We keep everything on your smartphones, and it's gotten to the point that for many, they replace a laptop. That's both good and bad - phones are obviously smaller and more convenient while gracing us with some of the exact same capabilities as a laptop. However, their ubiquity means that they are often a target...

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...

Samsung Galaxy J6 Prime & new Galaxy A9 coming to EU & other markets

Samsung has over a dozen different smartphone labels in which they sell around the world. You likely know their most popular one, being the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the soon-t0-be released Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Samsung makes those two series of phones in virtually every country they have a presence in. However, there are other devices that are made for...

[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...