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

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

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.

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[Update: New dates shared] Sony confirms Pie update timeline for Xperia XZ1, XZ2, and XA2 devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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

Friday, October 12th, 2018

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.

Sony had previously communicated via its update schedule that the XZ2 line would begin receiving its Pie updates in November, but said updates have arrived even though we're not even halfway through October.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact now receiving Android 9 Pie update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant for TV learns more languages

Monday, October 1st, 2018

AI is not limited to simply phones and speakers anymore as TV manufacturers continue to add extra capabilities to their flatscreens. Smart TVs are essentially mini computers running operating systems such as Tizen, webOS, and of course Android TV. Google has made it possible for manufacturers to integrate Google Assistant into their products even if they don’t use Android TV, something LG has been doing this year. Until recently, the AI was limited to English, but this is beginning to change.

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Google Assistant for TV learns more languages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony Xperia XZ3 review: After years of mediocrity, Sony is finally ready to compete

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

For several years now, Sony fans and critics have been calling for the Japanese company to move away from its boxy, dated hardware design language and join its rivals in releasing a modern Android smartphone. When the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact arrived at MWC 2018 in February, we hailed them as a small step in the right direction. Curved glass and greatly reduced bezels around an 18:9 screen combined with high-end internals and a relatively stock treatment of Android — a recipe that was also followed for the overpriced XZ2 Premium that came in the summer.

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Sony Xperia XZ3 review: After years of mediocrity, Sony is finally ready to compete was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Fortnite players on Android will be able to play with PS4 users starting today

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Thanks to an extended Fortnite cross-play beta that launches on PlayStation 4 sometime today, Android players will finally be able to team up with their PS4 buddies. Cross-play is, of course, a feature that's already available to Android users, but now that Sony is finally concentrating on cooperating with competing gaming platforms, everyone can finally play together.

According to John Kodera, the president and CEO for Sony Interactive Entertainment, "an open beta beginning today for Fortnite will allow for cross-platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems." This is surprising news as Sony has not cooperated in the sphere previously, and had actually taken a hard line on not supporting the feature.

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Fortnite players on Android will be able to play with PS4 users starting today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony Xperia XZ3 hits Amazon with $900 price tag, free Xperia Ear Duo included with pre-orders

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

We got some hands-on time with Sony's new Xperia XZ3 at IFA late last month and walked away impressed. Now, the Japanese company's latest flagship phone has hit Amazon, and those who pre-order can get a pair of Xperia Ear Duo wireless earphones thrown in free of charge.

The Xperia XZ3 that Amazon is selling sports a 6.0" 1440p P-OLED display, a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 19MP Motion Eye rear camera, a 13MP front-facing camera, and a 3,330mAh battery.

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Sony Xperia XZ3 hits Amazon with $900 price tag, free Xperia Ear Duo included with pre-orders was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Pre-orders open] Sony’s robotic puppy Aibo is coming to the US in $2,899 ‘First Litter Edition’ bundle

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Sony first introduced Aibo, its robotic puppy toy, in 1999. It was discontinued in 2006. Then, last November, Aibo made a comeback in Japan, updated with modern trimmings like Wi-Fi connectivity and location mapping. The new model cost 198,000 yen (about $1,800), plus an additional 90,000 yen (about $800) for a three-year subscription to a cloud service.

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[Update: Pre-orders open] Sony's robotic puppy Aibo is coming to the US in $2,899 'First Litter Edition' bundle was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[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

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

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.

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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 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

7 of our favorite tech deals this week: Razer blowout and a blast from the Nexus past

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

With this year's IFA expo now squarely behind us, it's finally time for a return to some modicum of normalcy. As we shake off the jet lag and catch up with everything else that's been going on, we're taking a look back at some of the best tech deals to surface over the course of the last week. And whether you're in the market for a new phone, some old home-entertainment hardware, or just a few accessories, we've got you covered.

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7 of our favorite tech deals this week: Razer blowout and a blast from the Nexus past was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

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.

The XZ2 Compact has a Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage with microSD support, and a 5-inch 2160x1808 IPS LCD screen.

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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 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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