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Ready, Set, Google! I/O registration opens 17 March

This is your friendly Android Community public service announcement. If you're in any way interested in attending Google I/O in person, better get your fingers ready, both for typing and for crossing them. Google has updated its I/O 2015 page to include details of the registration process. Those who want to be physically present can try their luck and fill in the registration form within the period starting March 17 at 9:00 AM PDT all the way up to March 19 at 5:00 PM PDT.

Sony Xperia Z4 leaked renders show unmistakable Sony design

Since Sony, and LG for that matter, didn't reveal any new flagship at MWC 2015 early this month, the mobile world awaits with bated breath what these manufacturers have in store for us when the time comes. While details on the soon to be Xperia Z4 are still slim, a few 3D renders of what is supposedly the upcoming Sony smartphone have leaked out. Unlike LG's promise to make the G4 different from its predecessors, the Xperia Z4 doesn't seem willing to change, whether you like it or not.

ZeroLemon SolarJuice harnesses the power of the sun

We've seen quite a few high capacity power banks, some larger than we want to be, but there are only a few that catch our attention because of their novelty or their strangeness. The ZeroLemon SolarJuice can pretty much fall in either or both of those categories, but don't be too quick to pan this power pack. Not only does it boast of a huge 20,000 mAh battery to replenish two of your precious mobile devices at the same time, it can also charge itself up using the power of light.

Level Up! New Kids on the Block edition

Last month we took a peek at some of the new titles that we can expect to land on our favorite mobile platform soon. But waiting is such a pain, so, in the mean time, we can enjoy some of the new games that have already made their way to Google Play Store just this week alone. Of course, we have the usual assortment of both high profile titles and novel but entertaining neophytes. Welcome to this week's edition of Level Up!, where we go through some of the newest kids in the neighborhood.

Enjoy your music more with Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds

Get exceptional performance, impeccable style, and unbelievable value when you purchase a pair of Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds, reduced by more than 70% right now at Android Community Deals. Cloud Buds connect wirelessly to any audio device that is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, including smartphones, tablets, and some MP3 players. They provide an exceptional listening experience that rivals competitor models that cost in the hundreds of dollars.

Cyanogen OS 12 ‘L’ out next week, picks up Boxer email app

Cyanogen Inc, the startup, has not kept it a secret that it wants to out-Google Google when it comes to growing up the Android platform. But to be able to really compete with head to head with Google's version of Android, Cyanogen must also be able to replace some of the core functionality and services that the search giant has to offer. Some of the pieces may be already in place, like the Nextbit Baton partnership last year, and Cyanogen is now adding one more: Boxer's email app.

Dungeon Hunter 5 slashes its way to Android

If you've been waiting for the latest installment of Gameloft's now iconic hack 'n' slash action RPG, then no more waiting for you. Dungeon Hunter 5 has indeed landed on Android and its bringing with it a ton of new goodies, aside from a new excuse to give your thumbs a good mashing exercise. With DH5, Gameloft overhauls the graphics system to exploit the power of newer devices. The game also features new mechanics, like a five-element system and a new multiplayer mode, all while delivering the same experience that fans have grown to expect.

First VAIO Phone revealed, puzzling specs and price

VAIO and Japan Communications Inc. have finally revealed the full details of the first ever VAIO Phone. Those, however, who have been eagerly awaiting the kind of phone that would come out of what was once Sony's PC business will most likely walk away with their heads down. The VAIO Phone, as it is named, bears a mix of mid-range specs paired with an almost high price tag that doesn't seem to match. Furthermore, the design isn't even VAIO's own and it simply took one from an ODM that is already used by Panasonic.

Google Play Store Devices is dead, long live Google Store!

Along with the introduction of the new Chromebook Pixel, Google is also introducing a new way to get that ultrabook along with the rest of its hardware and physical products. Google is now creating a more formal divide between its digital and non-digital items, banishing the latter from its its Google Play Store website. Now, those interested in getting Nexus, Chromebooks, smartwatches, or even Nest will have to go through a new "Google Store" portal made especially for these things.

Google’s new Chromebook Pixel touts USB-C ports

As expected, Google has come out with a revamped Chromebook Pixel to add to its growing army of Chrome OS ultrabooks. And as expected, the Pixel still bore the same high resolution screen that made it so interesting 2013. Sadly, it actually is still the same 12.85-inch 2560x1700 touch-sensitive screen with the 3:2 aspect ratio and not even slightly higher. One interesting tidbit about the new model though is that it bears not one but two USB-C ports, hinting at a positive future for the new reversible plug standard.
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