Back in February, Facebook publicly announced its plans to acquire the popular messaging company WhatsApp for around $19 billion. However, the deal still has to be approved by regulatory agencies across the world, including the EU's competition authority. That apparently shouldn't concern Facebook, as the EU is rumored to give it the go-ahead unconditionally.
"Unconditionally" means the company won't have to make any concessions and the deal will simply be approved as is, since Facebook reportedly managed to convince the European Commission that it would have no anticompetitive effect. The information allegedly comes from two people familiar with the matter.
The EU approval deadline will on October,3rd. The US already approved the purchase.
The kernel sources for Samsung's latest and greatest flagship smartphones have been released by the company but as of now, only the kernels of the Exynos 8895 powered variants have been made available. Nevertheless, it's good news and I am pretty sure that Samsung will be releasing the same for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 powered American and Chinese variants as well.
If you are not aware what the kernels will be useful for, then let us inform you that these are necessary to build custom firmware that many Android smartphone enthusiasts love. Of course that may not be the best idea right now as the device is still new, but a year down the line, new firmware can make a lot of difference for a lot of users. The first of the custom firmware kernels should be ready within the next few weeks or so.
Would you be trying any of the custom ROMs on your S8 or S8+ anytime soon? Or would you rather build one yourself? Speaking of custom firmware, head over to our firmware section to find a whole range of them for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)