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Motorola RAZR MAXX coming to Europe and the Middle East

When Motorola and Verizon showed off the DROID RAZR MAXX way back at CES, plenty on international readers wondered, "OK, so when do we get it?" If you happen to be situated somewhere in Europe or the Middle East, the answer is, "May." Motorola announced that they'll be bring the extra-long battery life and charming design of the RAZR MAXX to those territories, minus Verizon's exclusive DROID name and 4G LTE connection. Just like the Motorola RAZR, it's basically a GSM version of Verizon's phone that's unlocked as far as carriers go.

Sony: Google TV finally hits Europe in September

We've been hearing lament and woe from international Google fans over the lack of Google TV outside the land of the free ever since it was released. Well those of you living in Europe finally, finally have a time frame in which to expect Google TV availability: September. That's when Sony France says that it'll begin selling Google TV stand-alone hardware, according to Les Echos. A Google TV box is expected to retail at around €200, with a Blu-ray version landing at around €300. Given the time frame, this will almost certainly be the Sony Google TV box we saw at CES.

HTC One series gets priced and dated in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

If you happen to live in central Europe, in one of those countries where the language has about three times as many consonants as it really needs, then you'll soon be able to pick up one one of HTC's shiny new consonant-themed smartphones. The HTC One X, One S and One V have been given proper release notes in Austria, Germany and Switzerland: all of them will be available unlocked starting on Monday, April 2nd. The One X will be €599 (about $795 or £500) The One S will be €499 ($663) and the One V will be €299 ($397).

Panasonic ELUGA headed to Japan March 29th, Europe soon after

Panasonic's most exciting mobile product in years is the ELUGA (and its big brother the ELUGA Power) spotted at Mobile World Congress, by the sheer novelty that it'll actually be available outside of Panasonic's home country of Japan. It'll stop off there first, though: NTT DoCoMo has announced that it'll make the phone available on March 29th as the NEXT series P-04D. (See, it's not just US carriers that give phones new names for no reason.) After that, it'll head for Europe in April, where the ELUGA Power is already stocked for pre-order. If you're a European who's miffed at the prospect of getting the phone later, take comfort in the fact that your phone won't be colored purple like NTT DoCoMo's.

European Android developers left unpaid and angry

In what seems to be a massive oversight on Google's part, developers from all over Europe are reporting that their expected Android Market/Google Play Store payments for early March have not been delivered. Though the payments are marked as delivered in the internal developer systems, the money simply isn't appearing in developers' accounts. Those who have reached out to Google directly via developer support channels have thus far been met with silence. After almost a week of reports in the Google Checkout help section, the primary complaint thread has hundreds of replies.

European Commission VP eyes Android for privacy violations

Data privacy has been in the headlines a lot lately, and thanks to the latest bit of news concerning its photo system, Android is right there with it. The increased attention has brought a flurry of media coverage, and even political types (who, for better or worse, are usually a step or two behind) are getting in on the action. The Vice President of the European Commission recently told Channel 4 News that Android's potentially harmful privacy policies are concerning... and may actually be illegal, at least by European Union common law.

LG Optimus L3 to get Europe launch this month

The lowliest of LG's Mobile World Congress reveals is still a pretty slick little device, and those of you in Europe won't have to wait long to get your hands on it. The company announced that the budget-minded Optimus L3 will gets its debut in Europe later in March, with Asian and American releases to follow. There's no word on a price tag, though the unlocked version should be priced well below the going rate for Android phones, given its light emphasis on specifications.

Doro PhoneEasy 740 is Android meets Jitterbug

As someone who has personally tried to teach basic operation of a DROID 3 to a septuagenarian, let me tell you, it's not an experience to be relished. Despite manufacturer's claims to "Simplify" the admittedly complex Android user interface with a new skin, it's just as hard if not harder for the non-technically inclined to learn basic smartphone operation these days. Enter Doro and their PhoneEasy 740, an Android slider handset that's designed with an eye towards people who are, uh, rich in years.

Panasonic shows off Eluga smartphone for Europe

Ready for a new entry in the manufacturer wars, Europe? Electronics giant Panasonic just announced that they'd be bringing their Eluga smartphone to the Eurozone sometime in 2012, making it the company's first high-end Android phone to debut outside of Japan. They're playing it close to the chest when it comes to specifications, but we do know the phone will be semi-ruggedized, and features a qHD display and NFC capability. Like some of Samsung's late tablets, it'll work as a remote control for Panasonic's TV line.

European Union slams the breaks on Google-Motorola antitrust review

Excited at the prospect of Google having its own in-house hardware branch? Prepare to curb your enthusiasm: Bloomberg reports that antitrust proceedings for Google's acquisition of Motorola in the European Union will take even longer than normal, after the European Commission has halted its investigation to allow for more discovery. The Commission is requesting "certain documents that are essential to its evaluation of the transaction", with no ETA on the continuing process.
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