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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...

[Update 3: Microsoft Bing Wins Big] Google adds search provider choices for Android users in the EU

Update 2 (1/9/2020 @ 11:50 AM ET): The alternative search providers that will be shown at setup alongside Google have been announced.Update 1 (10/1/2019 @ 9:50 AM ET): Google is testing showing search provider choices in Android ahead of the 2020 rollout. The article as published on August 2nd, 2019, is preserved below.[/alert] Android users in...

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...

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...

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...