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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...

Ireland fines WhatsApp €225 million over privacy concerns

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has issued a €225 million fine on WhatsApp for breaching the EU's GDPR rules. The fine is related to an investigation that started in 2018 regarding WhatsApp's lack of transparency about how it processes user data. In a press release regarding its decision, the Irish DPC notes: "The Data Protection Commission...

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...

Google is expanding Android’s search engine choice screen in Europe

Google is bringing new updates to its Search engine selection screen that was introduced in Europe in 2019, as per directions by the European Union. Later this year, users in the European Economic Area (EEA) and the UK will see up to 12 options for their preferred search engine for the pre-installed Google app and...

WhatsApp faces fresh trouble in Germany for its new privacy policy

WhatsApp's new privacy policy has initiated plenty of conversations around the world, both among consumers and among regulators. Even as WhatsApp resolved to not take immediate coercive action against users who do not accept the new policy, and instead present them with a gradual nag-screen and account limitations, data protection regulators are swinging into action...

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...

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...

Google adds search provider choices for Android users in the EU

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 Play Store now lets Europeans see content from other EEA countries

Google restricts the availability of apps and other Google Play content by location. To bypass these geo-restrictions on Google Play Store content, users have tried different methods like VPN services, locations spoofers, market enablers, or even modified versions of the Google Play Store. But these efforts have usually yielded only limited success since these restrictions...

OPPO and Vodafone announce partnership to bring OPPO smartphones to Vodafone’s European markets

OPPO launched its proper flagship for 2020, the OPPO Find X2 Pro in March, bringing over some key technologies to customers across Europe. While the phone does cement the company's place among the premium Android OEMs, OPPO still has a lot of room to grow in terms of sales and market reach. Now, OPPO and...

Broadcom aims to settle EU antitrust probe with offer to scrap exclusivity deals

U.S. chipmaker Broadcom, one of the biggest suppliers of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modems and SoCs for TVs around the world, has offered to scrap its exclusivity deals with TV and modem makers in an attempt to settle an ongoing EU antitrust investigation against the company. The European Commission kicked off the antitrust probe back in June last...