Facebook to give its users new privacy tools due to a new European law

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO

Well-known social media website – Facebook, is about to give its users more control over their personal data. What’s the cause of that sudden act of kindness towards us, the consumers, you might ask? Well, the newest European law named General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR for short), that will take charge as of May. Its main goal is to give users more control over their own data and how it’s being used. 

“We’re rolling out a new privacy center globally …


European LG G6 expected to receive Android 8.0 Oreo in Q2 2018

The G6 is definitely not the first LG smartphone to receive an update to Android 8.0 Oreo, but even being the second means waiting quite a long time. Although a beta program seems to be live in China, the LG G6 won’t be getting Android Oreo until February in the Middle East region, and that’s only if LG’s customer service was correct.

If you’ve purchased your LG G6 in the United States or Europe, you’ll have to wait even longer. According to LG Italy, LG G6 is supposed to be updated to Android Oreo within the first half of 2018, which means the update might arrive by June.

However, …

WSJ: Qualcomm to get European approval to purchase NXP for $39 billion

Qualcomm, the company that designs the Snapdragon mobile chipsets used on the majority of smartphones, is expected to be given approval today from European Anti-trust regulators to proceed with its $39 billion purchase of semiconductor manufacturer NXP. In order to obtain this approval, Qualcomm had to agree to certain conditions. For example, the San Diego based company cannot buy NXP’s standard essential patents, and Qualcomm had to promise that rival products will still work with NXP’s.

The deal was originally proposed by Qualcomm back in October 2016, and this past November Qualcomm …

European version of the Galaxy Note 8 receives a maintenance software update: Here's what's new

The European version of the Galaxy Note has just received an incremental maintenance update that squashes bugs, eliminates security loopholes, and last but not least, it introduces a trove of small but nonetheless useful features. 
Probably the biggest issue that was dealt away with is the recently-unraveled DeX connectivity issue which put users at risk while using their phone with the DeX dock. Aside from that, the phone has also been updated with a new Secure Wi-Fi feature, which is Samsung’s own VPN service that’s steadily rolling out to more and …

Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A1 now available for purchase in select European markets

The Mi A1 is one of the few mid-range Xiaomi smartphones that will go on sale internationally. Even though Android One program has been more of a local affair, as Android One phones are specifically launched in certain countries, Xiaomi Mi A1 doesn’t care about that unspoken rule.

The Chinese company announced last month the Android One-powered Mi A1 will be launched in many countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, as well as Americas. Starting this week, the affordable mid-range smartphone is available for purchase in several European countries …

European carrier confirms 3G Nokia 3310 arrives in late September or early October

There have been a couple of reports claiming HMD plans to launch a 3G version of the Nokia 3310, the feature phone that made its debut at MWC 2017 early this year, but nothing official transpired until recently.

It appears that an Irish carrier has just confirmed that it will offer the 3G Nokia 3310 starting later this year. The feature phone should be available at Three Ireland in late September or early October, but info about its price tag has yet to emerge.

Last month, a 3G version of the Nokia 3310 (model number TA-1036) was spotted at FCC (Federal Communications …

European pricing leaks for the Motorola Moto G5S and G5S Plus

Design-wise, the Motorola Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus are reportedly the same phones as the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus with one major change. The Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus both have an aluminum body, while the “S-less” models both use plastic in their builds with an aluminum back. Today, rumored pricing for the unannounced metal-clad versions was the subject of a tweet from tipster Roland Quandt. According to Quandt, the Moto G5S will be priced at 300 Euro, while the Moto G5S Plus will carry a 10% premium at 330 Euro. Translated into USD based on the current exchange rate, that works out to $353 …

Honor 9 slowly makes its way to European markets

Introduced in China less than two weeks ago, the Honor 9 is likely to make its debut in Europe in the coming weeks. The high-end smartphone was recently spotted at various major retailers across The Old Continent.

Unfortunately, neither of these retailers mention when the Honor 9 will actually hit the shelves. Although some of them allow customers to pre-order the smartphone, a few of them pulled the listing of the Honor 9.

The good news is we know the Honor 9 will be available for purchase in the UK for £379.99, whereas customers in Germany will have to …

Archos unveils four new Android smartphones for the European market

French Android OEM Archos has just announced the upcoming availability of four new smartphones for the European market: Diamond Gamma, Diamond Alpha, Sense 55S, and Sense 50X.

All four will be launched on the market this summer during of the month of July. The most expensive of the four, Archos Diamond Alpha will cost €299 (after a cash discount of €50), while the Archos Sense 55S will be available for purchase for €249 outright.

Next in line, Archos Diamond Gamma is priced to sell for €199, whereas the cheapest of the four, the rugged Sense 50X will be up …

Deal: Buy the LG G6 and get a free LG K8 (2017) in some European markets

As we noted earlier today, LG has begun to roll its new G6 smartphone out to consumers across Europe and in some markets, the company is throwing in its mid-range K8 for good measure. In Spain, Germany and Romania, some buyers of the LG G6 will also receive the LG K8 (2017), which could potentially be passed on as a gift or used as a backup handset. 

In terms of specs, the K8 (2017) is Bush League compared to its flagship cousin. There’s a 5.0-inch display with a 720 x 1280 resolution, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 SoC with 1.5 gigs of RAM …