Our Austrian friends might be in for a surprise the next time they stroll into a local retailer. Google Play gift cards are now live in Austria with no official announcement. The Google support page hasn't even been updated to list Austria yet. That's cool and all, but how about a little heads up next time, Google?
Update: at least one German gadget site has more evidence of an eminent Chromecast release, including retailers Amazon and Media Mart.
Our European readers have been waiting to get their hands on the Chromecast ever since Google announced its diminutive streaming gadget, and at least some of them will be able to soon - the UK is getting it on Wednesday. But what about the rest of the continent?
Customers of T-Mobile in the Netherlands should be able to start charging Google Play purchases to their phone bills, in addition to more traditional payment methods. Google has updated its support pages to reflect the change.
Competing mobile carrier Hi in the Netherlands got carrier billing last year. At the time, Dutch news sources were reporting that T-Mobile would be getting carrier billing soon, as it already had deals in place in many other EU nations.
Google (and Apple) representatives are having a sit-down with members of European Commission member states and the Consumer Protection Cooperation today to talk about apps. Specifically, the commission is asking some hard questions about in-app purchases following complaints from consumer protection groups in Denmark, Britain, and several other EU nations.
The issue revolves around the use of the term 'free' in the descriptions of games that push in-app purchases. The commission fears these listings could be misleading, especially to children.
Not content with being the world's biggest phone manufacturer, Samsung has decided to break into the retail space in a big way. The company already has three stand-alone Samsung stores in Spain, operated by the established retailer Carphone Warehouse. Now the two companies have announced that Samsung will expand the program, completely converting over 60 existing Carphone Warehouse retail locations into Samsung-excusive stores.
Samsung already operates "mini stores" inside many Best Buy retail locations.
The Notion Ink Adam II has been a long time coming, with the Indian manufacturer having announced two years ago that it was using Texas Instruments components inside the upcoming device. It finally became available for purchase just last month - in India. While the tablet is still not shipping to most of the planet, today is the day that the Adam II becomes available in Europe. The WiFi model goes for 219 euros, while the 3G model goes for 30 euros more.
HTC One users across the pond: your time has come. We're hearing from multiple sources across the Internet that HTC One units in continental Europe and Russia are being updated to the latest version of Android right now. The first one to tip us was reader Matiss Justs, who got the over-the-air alert for Android 4.4.2 just before noon local time (4AM EST) in Latvia.
LG's curvalicious smartphone made the jump straight from Asia to North America, but now it's going to cover some of the ground in between. Starting next month, the G Flex will start arriving in Europe. It is expected to be on sale in more than 20 nations in short order.
The main selling point of this device is, of course, the 6-inch curved P-OLED screen. It's only 720p, but the rest of the specs are top-of-the-line.
Motorola's Moto X is making the trip to Europe, and while it isn't packing everything into its suitcase in time for launch (such as Moto Maker), it will still be the same phone we already know and love when it hits store shelves in France, Germany, and the UK come February 1st. The device will sell for £380 or 399 euros unlocked with British customers also able to snag one up on contract starting at £25 a month.
The once and future king of mini-consoles has made a bit of a splash in the news the last few weeks, but for those of you who actually own and use an OUYA, there's good news in the form of a software update. The company posted a full changelog to the official blog yesterday, and the third major update should be making its way to your console now if you don't have it already.