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Sony's smaller 2018 flagship, the Xperia XZ2 Compact, is now just $450 ($200 off) at B&H

If you want a small flagship-level Android phone, your options are limited — namely, the Google Pixel 3, Galaxy S9, or Xperia XZ2 Compact. Sony's XZ2 Compact has now gone on sale, dropping to just $450 at B&H Photo. That's a $200 discount from the original price.

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[Update: New dates shared] Sony confirms Pie update timeline for Xperia XZ1, XZ2, and XA2 devices

Google has rolled out Android Pie to Pixel devices, and Essential managed to get an update out on the same day. A few OEMs like Moto and HTC have offered some insight on what they're updating. Today, you can add Sony to the list. It says updates are coming to devices in XZ2, XZ1, and XA2 families. Some of them might be here sooner than you expect.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact now receiving Android 9 Pie update

Unlike many OEMs, Sony is actually pretty good at launching its phones with the latest build of Android. The Xperia XZ1 was the first phone to ship with Android 8.0 Oreo, and the XZ3 was the first to ship with Android 9 Pie. The XZ2 wasn't as unique as its siblings in that regard, but it is among the first to receive the Android 9 Pie update.

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[Update: Mate 20 Lite and Pocophone F1, too] ARCore adds support for Galaxy Note9 and Tab S4, Xperia XZ2 line, and Nokia 6.1 Plus

ARCore's list of supported devices was just updated earlier this month, but with the introductions of so many new Android devices, a second revision for the month of August was required. Samsung's latest and greatest, the Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy Tab S4, are present, as are all three members of the Xperia XZ2 line and the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is $500 ($150 off) at Amazon and Best Buy, $470 ($180 off) at B&H

The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact were released in the United States back in April. The Xperia XZ3 series is expected to come out soon, and as such, steeper discounts on the original models have started. Now you can get the XZ2 Compact for $499.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, or $470 at B&H.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XZ2 down to $650 ($150 off), XZ2 Compact $570 ($80 off) at B&H

Sony seems to finally be making somewhat of an effort stateside, having put the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact up for pre-order here around three months ago. Now that it's ditched the side-mounted fingerprint sensor design, there are even functional fingerprint sensors here in the US! B&H is currently offering the XZ2 for $649.99 and the XZ2 Compact for $569.99, equating to a $150 and $80 discount, respectively.

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Android Enterprise Recommended program adds new models from Huawei, Motorola, BlackBerry, and others

Back in February, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program, which defines which phones are ideal for business use. Devices in the program have to follow a set of guidelines from Google, such as rolling out security updates within 90 days of release. The company announced today that a handful of more devices have been added to the program, including the Moto G6, Huawei P20/P20 Pro, and Sony Xperia XZ2.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XZ2 down to $700 ($100 off), XZ2 Compact to $600 ($50 off) at many retailers

The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact were announced less than two months ago, but they're already seeing some nice discounts. The larger XZ2 is down to $699.99, $100 off its MSRP, and the XZ2 Compact has dropped to $599.99 ($50 off). Amazon, B&H, and Best Buy are all offering these discounts.

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Sony offers Android P Beta 2 for Xperia XZ2 devices

Just a few weeks after launching its Android P testing program for Xperia XZ2 devices, Sony has made the second beta available to download. It's available over-the-air for those already running Android P Beta 1, and it comes with a whole bunch of big fixes.

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Sony adds Google Lens to camera app on XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

Google originally debuted Lens in Google Photos for select devices, but it didn't get much use there. Now, it's appearing in Google Assistant on most phones, and a few devices are slated to get Lens integration in the camera app. Sony has followed through, adding Google Lens to the camera app on its Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact phones.

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