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iFixit now has an Android DIY repair portal

iFixit now has an Android DIY repair portal

When new devices come out, we often look to iFixit for the lowdown on what’s under the hood. We also look to them for guidance on best practices for fixing things, or at least how much we can expect to spend for someone else to do it. For the DIY repair crowd, though, the site is an invaluable tool, and just became a lot more useful. Now, the iFixit crew has an Android portal, so you can repair your cracked Android everything.

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Lenovo’s long phone “Vibe Z3 Pro” details leaked

Lenovo’s long phone “Vibe Z3 Pro” details leaked

It would appear that the long phone - the phone with a horizontal back - is coming from Lenovo for real. This is what's being rumored as the Lenovo Vibe Z3 Pro, otherwise known as the Lenovo Vibe Shot. It works with a 16-megapixel camera at its back and is - clearly - made for taking photos and video. This phone has been leaked in three color combinations - silver/white, black/silver, and red/black. They're made of glass and metal, if it wasn't already clear from the first render you see here.

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Trello reports 7 million users as app updates on iOS

Trello reports 7 million users as app updates on iOS

Trello, the app that acts like a whiteboard (or to-do list, your call) has a pretty large user base. Co-founder of Trello, Michael Pryor, now says the app has over seven million users, with an additional 120,000 signing up each week. It might be a rare case of underground success, too, as Pryor also says “eighty percent of sign-ups come from word of mouth”. Not content with simple success, Trello recently updated, which should bring even more users.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

This week the folks at Qualcomm have introduced a number of new processors for high volume tiers of smartphones. They've started off with two families: Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400. From there, you'll find units like the Snapdragon 620 and the Snapdragon 618 coming out, ready to "redefine the 600 tier with significantly higher levels of performance with integrated 64-bit ARM Cortex A-72 CPUs and new X8 LTE modems." There's also a new octa-core CPU for the 400 tier - so its looking like even the "lowest end" of the smartphone universe is coming up powerful!

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Google Play Store merchants can sign up in 12 more countries

Google Play Store merchants can sign up in 12 more countries

Google has announced an expansion of its Play Store that will allow merchants from 12 new countries to register. This means that developers from the dozen new countries will be able to offer free and paid apps to Android fans looking for new games and other content. Add these new locations to the existing locations and merchants can sign up for Google Play in 74 countries.

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ZRRO Android console challenges the status quo with zTouch

ZRRO Android console challenges the status quo with zTouch

By this time, the concept of playing Android games on the big screen is no longer a novel idea, but there doesn't seem to be a clear winner just yet. And neither has it caught on even with hardcore Android gamers. ZRRO, a new Android console vying for your attention and your support, thinks it knows the reason why. Almost all of these force Android developers to create or retrofit their games to their controllers. ZRRO's solution? A controller that lets you "Touch the TV screen from the couch without looking at the controller."

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Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

The first wearable device by Neptune was a phone for your wrist. The second wearable from Neptune, called Neptune Duo, will be a phone for your wrist AND a device - like a smartphone - that uses your smartwatch as a base. So it's as if the team at Neptune decided that it didn't make enough sense for the smartphone to be the key device - like it is now - and decided to switch places with the smartwatch. How strange, you might say - how weird it is that they'd do such a thing!

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Report says LG will delay G4 announcement to ‘make a bigger splash’

Report says LG will delay G4 announcement to ‘make a bigger splash’

Right about the time we’ve all collectively come down from the boost of energy supplied by the Galaxy S6, LG will reportedly be ready for us. The expected announcement date for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is at Mobile World Congress, which likely means a release later in the month. After the initial crush for the Galaxy S6, LG will reportedly unveil the G4, their own flagship follow-up. According to a new report, LG wants to distance themselves as an also-ran in Android.

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Dell Venue 8 7000 review; premium hardware, work-in-progress software

Dell Venue 8 7000 review; premium hardware, work-in-progress software

Dell is on the comeback trail. Quietly, the company that used to make PCs that would make you groan with disdain has been releasing a series of pretty stellar products. After releasing a MacBook challenger last year, the company made an impressive showing at CES this year. Part of the excitement surrounded the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet, which is as gorgeous an Android slate as you’ll ever lay eyes on. With an interesting camera under the hood, we took the Venue to task in order to find out if Dell was really back.

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Moto G Lollipop upgrade coming soon

Moto G Lollipop upgrade coming soon

In "upcoming weeks" says Motorola on the first-generation Moto G's next big upgrade. This update will bring the smartphone up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, a software that many devices - some of which cost several times as much at the Moto G - haven't gotten yet. It's up to the manufacturer how these updates come - when and if - and most manufacturers have opted not to upgrade phones more than a year old, much less one that cost most users under $200 USD, and has a second generation on the market.

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