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Paranoid Android is back again, drops Oreo builds for some Sony devices

Are you ready for a surprise? Paranoid Android/AOSPA, of long-standing ROM fame, has just pushed out a status update on the project's plans, as well as the first ever Oreo releases for the ROM. Unfortunately for the vast majority of us, they're only available for a handful of Sony phones.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XZ1 is down to $495 ($205 off) on Amazon

Sony's Xperia XZ1 really isn't a bad phone if you can get over its 1080p display. The starting price of $699.99 was a little ambitious, but we've seen a couple of price drops since then. This latest deal marks the lowest price that we've seen thus far for the XZ1: $495, over $200 off the MSRP.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XZ1 is now $543.44 ($156.55 off) on Amazon

The Xperia XZ1 was originally announced at IFA 2017, and it arrived in the United States in September. The original price was a whopping $699.99, but as usual, the price started to fall shortly after launch. The XZ1 dropped to $599 back in November, and now you can get the 'Warm Silver' model for $543.44 from Amazon.

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Google's Project Treble could start a custom ROM revolution

Android phone buyers have been begging Google for years to do something about the platform's typically slow updates. As of this month, Android 8.0 Oreo only has 0.3% market share among Android devices, Marshmallow (released in 2015) is still at 30%, and Lollipop (from 2014) sits at 27%. Google's latest attempt to solve this problem is 'Project Treble,' a major restructuring of Android that is part of 8.0 Oreo.

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[Update: Now $599.99 everywhere] Deal alert: Xperia XZ1 is down to $605 ($95 off) with no tax outside NY/NJ on Amazon

Most of you may be under the impression that Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be the first phones out with Android 8.0 Oreo. But it's not those two, or even the LG V30, that can claim that honor; it's actually Sony's Xperia XZ1. And now, you can grab one of these Oreo-toting phones for just a hair over $605 on Amazon through Focus Camera, with no tax charged unless you're in New York or New Jersey. That's a decent bit lower than the $650 price we spotted a few weeks ago.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XZ1 is already $50 off ($650) on Amazon

The Xperia XZ1 is Sony's latest flagship, released less than a month ago in the United States. It's probably not the prettiest phone released this year, and it's fairly expensive (like all Sony phones), but it's not a bad device by any means. If you were looking to buy one, you'll be happy to know that it's already $50 off on Amazon (making the total $650).

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Sony's Xperia XZ1 Compact is up for pre-order in the U.S. for $599

We're in the thick of the holiday phone season, what with Apple's 2017 lineup on the table, Samsung's Note 8 available, and the Pixel announcement next week. Not to be deterred by all of that, Sony has opened up pre-orders for its next phone, the Xperia XZ1 Compact.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 is now shipping in the US for $699.99 with Android Oreo on board

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL may have leaked today, but we've still got around two weeks until they officially launch. So if you need a 2017 phone running Android 8.0 Oreo, you currently have one option: the Sony Xperia XZ1. That's right - the first phone to ship with Oreo isn't a Pixel, or even a Samsung or LG; it's a Sony.

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Galaxy Note8 and Xperia XZ1 are Netflix HDR capable

In the past few months, Netflix has added HDR streaming support on a few devices including the Xperia XZ Premium and LG V30, and now two new phones announced in the past weeks have joined the fold: the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the Sony Xperia XZ1.

The Note8 is the first Samsung device to be officially Netflix HDR compatible. The Galaxy S8 and S8+, despite having the required HDR displays, still haven't been officially green-lighted by Netflix to the dismay of many a user. The same can be said of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3. It's good that those who put down almost $1k for the Note8 won't have to wait or wonder whether their shiny new phone will have it, but it'd be even better if those previous devices would get the official support soon.

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