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Samsung SmartThings gaining support for EU plugs in preparation for German launch

Samsung SmartThings is a versatile smart home platform with one crucial caveat: It only supports US and UK plugs at the moment, locking out many interested parties in countries with different wiring. This is about to change. In preparation for IFA in Berlin, Samsung announced on Wednesday that it's bringing SmartThings devices to Germany this September. With the country using EU wall plugs, this should allow people based in other countries with these sockets to import them, too, and use them without adaptors.

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The LG V50's bootloader will be unlockable in Europe

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Google Pay Send shutting down P2P transfers in the UK, but possible replacement in the works

While Google Pay lets you buy items in stores with your phone, Google Pay Send is more similar to Venmo or PayPal it allows you to send money to other Google users with just a few taps. The latter service was only available in three countries, and that will soon drop to two.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google introduces Android search and browser app choices for users in Europe

In the wake of the $5 billion antitrust fine it received from the European Commission last year, Google laid out plans to prompt Android users in Europe to choose a different default search or browser app. In a new blog post, Product Management Director Paul Gennai introduces the changes that will come as part of an imminent Google Play Store update.

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[Update: Now available in Europe] Leaks show the Galaxy S10 and S10+ in new vibrant red color

The Galaxy S10 is already available in white, black, green, and blue, and even though the phone came out two months ago, it might make a new shiny entrance in a vibrant red coat. Indeed, images leaked showing both the S10 and S10+ in a new color, reportedly named Cardinal Red.

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Assistant Smart Displays can now speak Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, and Swedish

Even though intelligent speakers can converse in an impressive thirteen languages, smart displays weren't as fast in completing their curriculum. Indeed, although they could initially interact exclusively in English, they've recently learned French and German as Lenovo launched its products in these two countries. Last week, users reported their devices started speaking Portuguese, Polish, and Hindi. However, these weren't mentioned on the company's support pages and could only be used as a second language. Nevertheless, Google just added four Northern European dialects to its list of officially supported languages, meaning they can be used as the primary tongue on smart displays.

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Huawei has trademarked possible Android replacement 'Ark OS' in Europe

Huawei is in deep trouble ever since the US Department of Commerce has banned American companies from doing business with it. The implications are reaching far broader than being cut off from Android – issues include WiFi and Bluetooth certification, ARM licenses for CPUs, and more. However, the Chinese conglomerate has repeatedly stated that it has a backup OS in place which is supposed to roll out in fall (though rumors have been very contradictory about it). Now, we also have a possible name thanks to the European Union Intellectual Property Office: "Ark OS."

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Google Maps adds support for transit directions in Bulgaria

Google is more and more integrated into our daily lives: Many of us use the company's email, calendar, and Assistant services, which work seamlessly with each other. They can be particularly handy when you receive an email for an event, which is then automatically recognized as a calendar appointment and added to your schedule. The day of the event, Assistant can remind you of this meeting and even tell you how long you'll need to get there. However, in order for all of this to work, Google's services need to be available where you need them, which is unfortunately not always the case.

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UK government adds '12,000 pieces of information' to Google Assistant and Alexa

Smart speakers are great for answering basic questions, like "what's the weather tomorrow" or "what's the population of Brazil" (it's 209.3 million, in case you were wondering). However, since the answers to many of these questions come from Google's ability to scrape the content of webpages, they can sometimes be inaccurate or purposely manipulated. Answers to questions about the UK government should now be fairly accurate, as the country has added "more than 12,000 pieces of information" to both Google Assistant and Alexa.

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New EU rules demand more transparency, fairness in online marketplaces from Google, Amazon, and others

As a result of new European Commission rules around the transparency of online platforms, Google already outlined planned improvements to its developer relations and communication about Play Store policy compliance. However, there are wider implications for Google, Amazon, Facebook, and others as the rules governing digital practices were approved on Wednesday.

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