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Vsenn’s modular phone gets first approved ROM: Paranoid Android

Vsenn’s modular phone gets first approved ROM: Paranoid Android

Earlier this month Finnish startup Vsenn revealed that it is making its own modular phone, which will join Project Ara in what is sure to be a growing array of module-based handsets. Not much about the phone was revealed at the time (nor since then), but the makers did tease that security, customization, and guaranteed updates would all be central to its efforts. Following this, Vsenn has now announced that Paranoid Android is the first approved ROM under its Approved ROM Partner program.

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ZenCam app brings retro twist to smartphone photos, sends you prints

ZenCam app brings retro twist to smartphone photos, sends you prints

With smartphones, taking a picture is as easy as tapping a screen, and for that reason we often have hundreds of digital photos floating around that aren't terribly meaningful, and that are bound to get lost in the archives of some cloud storage service. The folks behind ZenCam want to change this by introducing a nostalgic twist to your smartphones: a digital roll of film that limits shots and, later on, arrives in your mailbox as physical prints.

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Microsoft Lumia 535 entry-level handset makes official debut

Microsoft Lumia 535 entry-level handset makes official debut

Following its leak last night, Microsoft has made its self-branded Lumia 535 smartphone official, making it the first Lumia handset to eschew the "Nokia" name. The Lumia 535 is a decidedly entry-level smartphone, but it is well-rounded as far as features go, giving budget-conscious users a device that covers most of the bases they'll care about most while drawing them nicely into the Windows Phone experience. As expected, the handset features a 5-inch IPS display with a 960 x 540 qHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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Vsenn takes on Project Ara with its own modular phone

Vsenn takes on Project Ara with its own modular phone

Google's Project Ara will soon have a competitor, with startup Vsenn announcing plans to create its own module-based handset. Vsenn is a Finnish company, and according to its website, it was co-founded by a former Nokia Android X program manager. The company has very little details about its plans and smartphone at this time, instead teasing with promises that its phone will offer "modular and upgradable hardware". Joining the modular design will be special attention paid to security, as well, with Vsenn saying "preserving...your privacy is our main priority."

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Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

There are many ways to protect your smartphone: password, pin, pattern, and more recently, a fingerprint. While legally you can't be compelled as part of an investigation to reveal any of the first three, a judge has ruled that you can be forced to relinquish your fingerprint to investigators seeking access to your device. The reason, says the judge, is that the fingerprint isn't knowledge like a password, but is instead a physical object of sorts, like a key or a DNA sample.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 arrive with svelte all-metal unibody

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 arrive with svelte all-metal unibody

Rumors can be put to rest, with Samsung introducing the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 handsets tonight. The phones come in a rainbow of colors, each sporting a full metal unibody and the design we saw leak earlier this month. The two handsets are largely the same, differing the most with their displays (5-inches and 4.5-inches, respectively) and their cameras, though the A5 does pack an additional gig of RAM. Selfies have been given some special attention by Samsung, as well, which packed the handsets with several features aiding in snapping the best shots of yourself.

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Gazelle now offers certified pre-owned phones, tablets

Gazelle now offers certified pre-owned phones, tablets

There are plenty of reasons to want (or need) a new smartphone or tablet. Sometimes you just want it, and other times it’s based on need. Maybe you dropped your device, or junior dunked it in the sink. No matter what the reason, there’s a new way to get a replacement device. Gazelle, a leader in the mobile device re-sale space, is introducing a Certified Pre-Owned program. Just like buying a car under the same pre-owned guise, these go through a detailed check-up before being offered to you.

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Sony Xperia Z3 arrives at T-Mobile

Sony Xperia Z3 arrives at T-Mobile

Earlier this month T-Mobile revealed that the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone would be arriving on its shelves October 29, and as promised the handset went live on the carrier's site yesterday. As with most phones, subscribers have the option to buy it outright from the carrier or shell out in piecemeal fashion via monthly payments (for those who qualify). In case you missed it, we got our hands on Sony's sleek smartphone back in September, detailing all it has to offer alongside a large gallery of the device.

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Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

When we first heard about Project Ara (or Phonebloks, if you prefer) here at SlashGear, our eyes lit up. The idea that we could switch-up the spec sheet on our phone was — and is — beyond exciting. Making your phone much more personal via hardware is a brand new take on what smartphones should be, but it’s coming slowly. Luckily, Google has been great to share details of their project as it happens, and have released a new video showing another big step toward true customization.

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Nexus 6 camera shown off in gallery of HDR+ photos

Nexus 6 camera shown off in gallery of HDR+ photos

Google cares about your photographs -- at least, about the quality of your photographs. Anyone who has their images shuttled off to Google+ is aware of the Auto Awesome feature, and many Android users have enjoyed the HDR functionality in Google Camera. For Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 users in particular, Google has taken things a step further, offering them an "HDR+" feature that produces notably improved image quality when compared to a non-HDR photo. Google took to its Research Blog recently to discuss this feature, detailing what its latest and greatest in particular has to offer.

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