europe

EU to require phone makers to use standard charger

Citing the alarming growth of e-waste, a European Union committee has unanimously voted to require all smartphone, and probably tablets as well, manufacturers to use the same type of charger. While many such European companies have already adopted a common charger interface, this could potentially pose problems for Apple who has consistently been using its own proprietary connections.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SIM card restrictions surface

The folks at Clove have recently announced they have received their initial inventory for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And while the announcement could have been left at just that, it appears as if there are some points that potential buyers may want to know upfront. This is in regards to the model number SM-N9005 which ships with a European SIM card. Basically, this model is not going to be good for those who travel the world.

Europe looks to ban mobile roaming charges with new legislation

Some recently leaked details on new legislation in Europe looks to ban those pesky and sometimes outrageous roaming charges accrued on mobile devices. If the details from The Guardian are accurate, The European Commission will be shutting down the possibility for networks to charge roaming fees. This would be a huge move, and hopefully makes its way to other regions.

Motorola: No immediate plans for a Moto X launch in Europe

We know many of you are excited about the brand new Moto X smartphone that was announced today, but many of you are probably wondering if you'll ever see it outside the US. Today Google and Motorola confirmed all 5 major US carriers will get the new device in late August and early September, but what about other regions? Today we've just received some bad news for Europe, and other markets.

Oppo Find 5 smartphone available today in Europe

The popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo released a pretty impressive smartphone back in December in the Find 5, but we've been patiently waiting for it to arrive for other regions. Starting today the Oppo Find 5 has made its way to European shelves, and it is also available from their online store for those interested in the device.

Sony Xperia Z goes up for sale early in Europe

Sony has an impressive new smartphone headed to market soon. Simply known as the Xperia Z. Their new flagship smartphone was pretty impressive when we got our hands on it at CES, and now it looks like those in Europe can get it right this minute. Last week Sony confirmed the device would hit the streets starting February 21st in Europe, but it appears to already be available.

Antitrust charges on the way for Samsung from European Commission

More bad news for Samsung today, as the European Commission told Reuters that it may soon be hitting the Galaxy S III maker with antitrust charges. These possible anti-competitive charges come after a larger and longer investigation of Samsung carried out by the European Commission. Essentially, the European Commission wants to know if Samsung broke the EU's competition rules by filing patent suits against Apple.

Ice Cream Sandwich hitting LG Optimus 2X in Europe

It's been a long, long time coming, but it appears that some folks outside of Korea are finally getting the long awaited update to Ice Cream Sandwich on their LG Optimus 2X. We've been talking about this update for more than a year now, with LG even leading us to believe at one point that the Optimus 2X would not be getting an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. In a rather strange (and very delayed) turn of events, GSMArena has spotted a thread on the XDA Developers forum that says the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Optimus 2X is now ready for Europe.

Samsung Mobile Store opens its doors in Paris, France

If you're planning to take a trip to a Paris soon (or you happen to live there), then perhaps you should stop in at Samsung's first Mobile Store. The Samsung Mobile Store opened its doors late last week, and though it isn't the first retail store for ol' Sammy, it is the first retail location to focus only on the company's mobile devices. This means that you can expect a ton of Android devices on display, among other things.
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