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AOSP Android Oreo can now be compiled for Xperias through Sony's Open Devices program

Sony may not come to mind as one of the most developer-friendly mobile tech companies out there, but its Open Devices program proves otherwise. The latest fruits of this creation come in the form of AOSP Android 8.0 Oreo, which is now available for six Xperia smartphones.

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Sony lists the devices that will get Android Oreo 8.0

At its IFA press conference, Sony announced several new devices and importantly, it also let us know which existing phones will be updated to Android Oreo 8.0. For the past few years, Sony has been one of the best (if not the absolute fastest) companies at updating its existing portfolio of devices to the new versions of Android, even keeping relatively old phones on top of the update cycle in relatively fast manner.

It continues to be the case with Oreo 8.0, as Sony has announced several devices from its catalogue will get the update at some point in the future.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia X is $214.99 at B&H and Amazon

The Xperia X is an upper-mid range (is that even a thing?) phone from Sony, which arrived in the United States about a year ago. It was pretty expensive for the specifications when it was released, priced at $549 in the US. But since then, it has continued to drop in price, and now you can get it for $214.99 from Amazon and B&H - the lowest price we've seen yet.

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[Deal Alert] B&H DealZone has the US unlocked Xperia X for $230

Unlike what B&H would like you to believe, the Sony Xperia X hasn't retailed for $399 in a long time. Actually, it's been hovering around the $300 mark since the end of 2016 and has recently dipped to and stayed at $250 on Amazon. However, if B&H wants to call this a DealZone deal, then we shall call it a DealZone deal, even if it's only $20 less than other stores.

Still, you shouldn't scoff at what you get with the Xperia X. You're looking at the North American unlocked variant, which is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile (band 12 and all).

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Android 7.1.1 rolls out to the Xperia X and X Compact

Until recently, it almost seemed like most phone manufacturers were skipping Android 7.1 in favor of the upcoming Android O release. Thankfully, we've seen several manufacturers start to push 7.1 updates to at least some of their devices, and Sony's Xperia X and X Compact phones are up next.

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[Deal Alert] Xperia X 32GB (F5121) $250 at Amazon and B&H

I've seen that there are two general camps when it comes to phones these days: those who want something big, and those who don't. For the latter, Sony has become a bit of a savior by continuing to make decent phones in a small form-factor. If you're part of that camp and you've been waiting for a deal on a recent Sony phone, that time has arrived. B&H and Amazon have the Xperia X for $250. That'll get you a nice 5" display and decent specs for a reasonable price.

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Sony's Xperia X Concept program ending in May

Back in 2015, Sony created the "Sony's Concept for Android" program. The result was something between a beta program and an alternate ROM that offered a mostly-stock Android experience with fast updates. Unfortunately, Sony has decided to end the program - at least for the Xperia X.

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Xperia X Concept users on Experimental Track will get Android 7.1.2 this week

Sony's Concept is an optional program for Xperia X owners, which switches out the custom Xperia software for a nearly-stock Android ROM. Android 7.1.2 was released for Nexus and Pixel phones only two weeks ago, and it looks like Sony will be the first OEM besides Google to push the update.

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Android 7.0 Nougat starts rolling out for the Xperia X and X Compact

When Android 7.0 Nougat started rolling out in August, Sony announced a list of devices that would get the official update sooner or later. These updates started at the beginning of the month with the Xperia X Performance and XZ and now another duo of phones is getting the Nougat treatment: the X and X Compact.

The update was announced a few hours ago by Sony's Twitter account, stating that the rollouts are phased and might be coming to certain regions before others. But XperiaBlog had actually spotted the update a couple of days prior and provided more details regarding it: it's rolling to the Xperia X (F5121), Xperia X Dual (F5122), and Xperia X Compact (F5321) and is marked as build number 34.2.A.0.266.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia X is down to $300 on Amazon ($100 off)

We have yet another deal from Sony to celebrate the Thankgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. Over on Amazon, you can score an Xperia X for $299, saving a total of $100. That price feels about right for this phone (finally). So if you have been considering getting this little guy, now is a good time to pick one up.

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