EU fines Qualcomm $1.2 billion for antitrust violations

The European Commission says the world’s largest supplier of LTE chipsets abused its dominant position in the marketplace to keep phone makers from using chips from rival companies. As a result, the EU has issued a €997 million ($1.23 billion) fine against Qualcomm. Qualcomm says it will appeal the decision. At issue is an agreement […]

Archos launches 4 new phones, including two with gimmicks (or special features)

French device maker Archos hasn’t been a big name in the Android tablet space for a while, but the company continues to crank out entry-level and mid-range smartphones year after year. The latest include two phones that actually look pretty good on paper, especially when you consider their prices. And then there are the other […]

Honor 8 Pro launches in Europe for about €549 (under $600)

As expected, Huawei’s Honor 8 Pro is launching in Europe this week. Priced at €549 (about $585), the phone features flagship-level specs, including a high-res display, a speedy processor, plenty of memory and storage, and a big battery. The phone is basically the same as the Honor V9 that launched recently in China, but the international […]

Archos to build Kodak-branded tablets for European market

Over the past few years the Kodak name has gone from one that represents a pioneering film and photography company to a brand name that’s slapped on products built by other companies. There are phones built by Bullitt Group, and soon there will be tablets built by Archos (PDF link). Kodak has announced it’s working […]

European Union takes aim at geo-blocking, lets travelers stream media across country lines

The European Commission has unveiled a new agreement that will allow people from one European Union member country to access their digital media while traveling to other EU countries. In other words, if you pay for streaming music or movie services in Germany, you’ll be able to watch or listen in France. The deal applies […]

ZTE Axon 7 mini launches (in Germany, at least)

The $400 ZTE Axon 7 smartphone offers a lot of bang for your buck, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display. But what if you’re looking for something a little smaller? Then there’s the ZTE Axon 7 Mini… which is a little […]

HP Elite x3 priced at $699 (Windows phone for enterprise) UPDATED

The HP Elite x3 is the Windows smartphone I think some people were hoping the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL would be. It has top-tier specs, support for Microsoft Continuum software so you can connect a keyboard, mouse, and external display to run Universal Windows apps in desktop mode… and it uses virtualization to let […]

HTC launches One S9 smartphone in Europe

For the last few years HTC has used the “HTC One” brand for its flagship smartphones. This year the company dropped the One from and introduced a new phone with top-tier specs and a new name: the HTC 10. But that doesn’t mean the HTC One line is dead. The company just launched a new […]