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12 of the coolest gadgets, apps, and tech products not available in Europe

Posted July 11, 2017 0:6 AM
12 of the coolest gadgets, apps, and tech products not available in Europe

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Europe's has a burgeoning tech scene, but when it comes to the coolest new apps and products, the continent often gets left behind.

Sometimes it's because the continent is lower priority; other times it's because of stricter regulations.

But whatever the reason, Europeans often end up missing out on the latest and greatest American tech, from Snapchat's Snapcash to the Amazon Echo Show.

Here are 14 of the most exciting products that Europeans can't get their hands on in 2017.

1. Amazon Echo Show

The Echo Show is the latest version of Amazon's artificial intelligence-powered smart speaker. Coming with a screen for the first time, you can use your voice to play music from a variety of sources, read audiobooks and the news, provide traffic, weather, and sports updates, control internet-connected appliances and more. But not if you live in Europe.

The US is the online retail giant's primary market, and it tends to roll out its products there first. The original Echo was available in the US for years before making its way to Europe, so expect the Echo Show to turn up — eventually.

2. The Essential smartphone

There was a huge amount of hype around the Essential smartphone before it was announced, and with good reason: The high-end Android device is being built by Andy Rubin, creator of Android.

It hasn't started shipping the $699 (£542) phone yet, and it appears to be delayed — but once it does find its way into the hands of customers, it will be (at first, at least) US-only.

It features an almost edge-to-edge screen, a modular back for adding accessories (like a 360-degree camera), and is made of titanium and ceramic.

3. Pandora

Pandora is an popular online radio service, with 81 million active users. But Europeans wanting to give it are out of luck: It’s only operational in the US, Australia, and New Zealand due to "licensing constraints."

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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